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From San Diego to Copenhagen, From Vienna to Singapore, everybody wants to become a smart city. But how do you upgrade the world's most livable city?As he carefully takes the slat out of the hive, the solar panels in the background begin to gleam again in the sun. Not bothered at all by the swarm of bees whirring around him,...
Vienna’s dramatists have a long, brilliant and turbulent history. But no year was quite so momentous as 1929, the year modernity was born.Hedwig Kiesler was determined to act. She had traveled all the way to Berlin to study under the great Viennese director Max Reinhardt. But it seemed impossible to get an audition. So during a rehearsal, she slipped into...
Green Austria
No other country believes itself to be so in touch with nature. Is Austria living a lie? by Alexander Fanta & Benjamin Wolf Austria’s sole nuclear power plant is without any doubt the safest in the world. While some of Austria’s neighbors struggle with their aging Soviet-era reactors, the plant at Zwentendorf on the banks of the Danube has, in the...
Austrian business innovation
Austria often looks to America’s can-do approach to business, but can it foster its own forward-­leaning ­climate while still preserving its heritage?Anyone who has done business in both Austria and the United States will tell you the same thing. It’s like night and day.This is not to say one is better, or more lucrative. It’s just very different. Some...
Third-culture kids
For third-culture kids, international schools around the world become an important but temporary extended familyYou can hear them on the subway, a gaggle of teenagers from all backgrounds, speaking in an English that defies description, in an untraceable accent peppered with local and foreign words. A stranger, baffled by the diverse group, might ask them the simple question: Where...
What Austria’s turbulent past tells us about the current economic and financial crisisIn 2012, ratings agency Standard & Poor’s lowered Austria’s overall credit rating to AA+, citing “significant weaknesses” in the country’s financial system.  The outlook was also weaker than expected and several banks, including the Erste Bank and Raiffeisen Zentralbank, had their ratings lowered to BBB+, a significant blow...
collaborative economy
From cars to office space, and even livestock, the Collaborative Economy is changing more than how we use things. It’s reinventing how we value property. By George Jahn & Roxanne PowellOn any given day Lena Kover will wake to the sounds of oldies streamed over web radio. Busying herself in the kitchen of her 17th district apartment, she makes breakfast to...
From the internet to the bedroom, Austrians care about – and protect – the personal sphere. It’s a cultural thing.On a cold, grey day in January, a security camera suspended from a bouquet of colorful balloons was bobbing on a long cord over the Austrian parliament – a protest by AK Vorrat to highlight the imminent passage of the...
Does culture still matter in a world where big money often defines value?On a Monday evening in mid-November, the narrow street in front of the Dorotheum was throbbing with activity, as a steady stream of high-polish guests poured in over a golden carpet into the marble depths of the Continent’s largest auction house.It was opening night for Vienna Art...
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