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Friday, October 19, 2018
Across the sprawling Habsburg monarchy, castles and courtyards, opera houses and onion domes projected their power and today the heritage of a shared culture All great empires leave an architectural footprint. It’s a portrait of a kind that tells us important things about who they were: The Romans built roads, the Turks built mosques, the British railroad systems and the...
Placed firmly on the fault lines of Europe, Ukraine looks both East and West. Yet, what Ukrainians fight for is nothing less than their future Among all European states Ukraine stands apart – historically, politically, geopolitically. One of the largest European states – just recently moved back to the map of Europe – it still remains a kind of “terra...
“He put so much love and dedication into this project. It’s no longer comprehensible what he accomplished here.” Whether it’s looking over the green roof gardens, peering up through winding staircases whose landings are each painted a diff erent pastel shade, or encountering colorful frescoes lining a corridor, wonders abound at the Hundertwasser House in Vienna’s 3rd district. No one window,...
“If you don’t want to look at art, you can choose not to hang any on your wall. Architecture is always all around us. You can’t just tune it out.” When Angelika Fitz was chosen out of 33 international candidates to be the new director of the Architekturzentrum Wien (AzW) two years ago, one of the first questions she was...
From welcoming refugees to protecting borders, the question of how to best deal with migration is vexing Europe The dramatic pictures that splashed across tablets and TV screens will linger long in the memories of Europeans: Hundreds, even thousands, of migrants some families with small children, huddled in the overcrowded Budapest Keleti pu railway station in dire conditions: There was...

#MeTwo

A debate unleashed by the hashtag #metwo highlights the need to fight everyday racism – and how listening is still a tall order. In recent weeks, migrants and multicultural Europeans in Germany have been sharing tweets over the hashtag #metwo, partly inspired by the #metoo campaign against sexual harassment. The revelations have been shocking at best: “I was 12 back then,”...
“When I go back to my buildings and see how people interact with it – that’s the best present I could ask for.” In 2002, blue stickers began to appear around Vienna boldly claiming: “I cried here,” “I’m never here,” “I hid out here” – riffs on the “I was here” graffiti. The 22,000 stickers, which were distributed to anyone...
How an EU agency in Vienna urges us all to be vigilant As citizens of the European Union, we often take our rights for granted. For us, it has become the norm to live in a country that respects democracy, liberty and the rule of law, that guards human rights and fundamental freedoms as laid out in Article 6 of...
“Some of the most famous architects in the world – Zaha Hadid, Kazuyo Sejima – are non-Western, non-European women. That says a lot about how ‘emancipated’ we are here in the West.” As an architecture student at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in the 1990s, Baerbel Mueller remembers having a lot of freedom: “We had no time pressure. Although...
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