Editor's Letter
It looks easy, being greenIt was less a big lifestyle change,  more a series of little tweaks. When my family moved from the U.S.  to Austria, the differences in environmental awareness were pretty clear, like basic recycling: In the States we had a catch-all blue container, here we even separate colored from clear glass. Some things were less obvious.“Don’t...
Letters to the Editor
We’ve been getting great feedback from our readers over social media. Thanks very much for your thoughts, ideas and insights! Check us out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!To the Editor,In Rupture, Risk And the Quite Life, Martin Ehl is giving a gripping and far too seldom insight into the situation of startups in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). I am...
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As failed crops, droughts, and extreme weather cause more upheaval we may need to rethink our definitionsAcross 17th century Europe, the temperature suddenly dropped two degrees, in what we now call the Little Ice Age. Crops failed and livestock froze to death; famines claimed millions of lives and soon, whole populations were on the move.Fruit growers in Austria might...
Editorial
It’s election day and as these lines are being written, it’s too close to call. It may be just as well, as it doesn’t really matter who Austria’s next head of state will be. Whoever gets to spend the next six years in the Hofburg will inherit a deeply polarized electorate, antagonizing almost half of his constituency from day...
Reports of the end of Austria’s post-war idyll have been greatly exaggerated. But this presidential election may finally be the turning point. For the first time, instead of the Social-Democrats (SPÖ) and Conservatives (ÖVP), a right-wing populist Norbert Hofer (FPÖ), and a former Green party leader Alexander Van der Bellen take the stage as presidential candidates. Austria – a...
op-ed
Breaking its election promises, a Tory government has left expat Britons out in the coldDisenfranchisement is an ugly word. As a UK citizen without a vote in my own country, I feel cheated. I’m a fully paid-up, urban middle class British liberal, tolerant and open-minded, slightly under-done pink in the middle. I even have friends who wear skinny black...
melange
We met Stephan Sicars, Director of the Environmental Branch of UNIDO, at Café Wortner, an old-school coffee house on a cobblestone corner of the 4th districtEssentially he’s a salesman. Stephan Sicars’ product is a brighter future, which seems like an easy sell, but he has to make it a winning proposition for the environment and the industry. His title...
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...
brexit
The Brexit referendum will set a new precedent. Those who expect special treatment may be in for a surprise.The year is 2018 and the United Kingdom is no longer a member of the European Union. After an overwhelming majority of voters opted for ‘Brexit’ two years earlier, Scotland declared its independence, the banks quit London, EU immigration ground to a...
They say it takes a village, but making Vienna shine as one of the most eco-friendly cities worldwide takes all sorts: we spoke to an urban gardener, a corporate eco-advocate, a street cleaner and an environmental activist.By Doina Boev & Benjamin WolfGerhard PauliGardener at the MA 42 Vienna Parks & Gardens Every time we are tasked to redesign a street, the...
lower carbon footprint
Want to go greener? Be like a Wiener! An introduction to the eco-friendly habits of the VienneseIn many parts of the industrialized world, living ecologically has become trendy. While often impractical, it’s the “right thing” to do, and very hip.In Austria, it’s about being “konsequent” – a word tricky to translate into English. It’s an adjective that conveys concerted...
Medical Apps
Have you ever googled your symptoms? Everyone wants to avoid trips to the doctor. These apps may give patients insights and help doctors diagnose better and fasterIt can be hard to talk to a doctor. Those few minutes go by so fast. Even if you plan out what you want to say, critical information gets lost in the fray....
Community Supported Agriculture
As industrial farming comes under attack, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) hopes to change the gameRevolution is the new black. Every pillar of our existence is under attack, from democracy to what we eat. For Ronald Jacobs and his wife Shelly, founders of Kurt Pure Frozen Yogurt, it’s become a call to action. With five like-minded families, he has taken...
E-readers may be an innovative, eco-friendly alternative to pulp. But are publishers now looking over your shoulder while you read?Have you heard about the latest innovation in book publishing? Neither have we. Like most monopolies, the traditional book publishing business resists change, even as retail bookselling has been disrupted almost beyond recognition by digital technology.Launched in 1995, Amazon revolutionized...
Vienna has a love affair with small suburban gardens, a parallel world of pruning, planting and peace of mindFor many Viennese, crossing the Danube has long meant venturing into uncharted territory, a journey not to be undertaken lightly. Even though rising rents in central Vienna have softened this elitist view of “the other side,” getting off at Donaustadtbrücke in...
Karmelitermarkt – Karmeliterviertel
Hard to pin down, but easy to love, this quirky corner of the city has a surprise almost at every turn. By Dardis McNamee & Rosie WaitesWhen we moved to the Karmeliterviertel in 2001, friends thought we were mad.  “You’re going to live where?” This off-beat neighborhood has long been a slightly suspect potpourri of working-class Austrians and immigrants of...
Vienna’s botanical garden enacts the history of the Empire in the splendor of flowersThe first thing you notice is the air. Softer somehow and faintly perfumed, it’s as though you’ve stepped into a different atmosphere, busy with scent. Then come the sights. A parched cluster of imperious cacti stand opposite a bright and dainty selection of alpine flora, their...
Michael Benson’s photo safari through the solar systemWhile a mission to Mars, let alone the rest of the solar system, is still in the realm of science fiction, recent drone fly-bys have given us a better idea of what our galactic neighborhood looks like – provided someone were to actually compile the information into evocative pictures.Fortunately, artist/scientist Michael Benson...
The influential sculptor gets his first major retrospective in AustriaConsidered one of the most important German artists of the early 20th century,  Wilhelm Lehmbruck is best known for his melancholy  statues, elongated and abstracted in a mixture of Naturalism and Expressionism.  Taking inspiration from Rodin and Maillol, as well as contemporaries like Alexander Archipenko, Constantin Brâncuși and Amedeo Modigliani,...
Elisabeth Leonskaja
Pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja celebrates her 70th birthday performing Franz SchubertPianist Elisabeth Leonskaja doesn’t take time for pleasantries on stage. She sits and begins to play nearly before the clapping stops, her mien serious if not downright stern. But within moments, her sweeping and sovereign lyricism has the hall in her grip.Born in Tbilisi and trained in Moscow, Leonskaja came...
Pink Martini Jazz Fest Wien
An impressive line-up of big names in venerable venues awaitGoing strong since 1991, this major date on the summer festival circuit starts right as most classical venues close for the summer,  ­drawing world-class talent by  the prospect of ­playing in locations like the Staatsoper, ­Musikverein or the Rathaus itself. As with other famed Jazz festivals such as Montreaux, the...
The city’s monster festival offers a little something for everyoneDrawing a staggering 3.3 million over three days last year, Donauinselfest, the largest free festival in Europe has come a long way from its origins as an  unexpectedly successful "cultural spring festival" thrown by a SPÖ (Social Democratic Party of Austria) district branch on the nearly-completed island in 1983.Still organized...
The .EVOLve Theater company delves into the love that bindsMs. Barbara Wolfram glides into Café ­Goldegg, a stone’s throw from Belvedere Palace. No jewelry or make up. Nothing fancy. She takes a moment. Gently spoken, she begins. We sit, mindful of our comfort and privilege.Something the .EVOLve Theater Company, which she co-founded and directs, does not take for granted. ...
Fin-de-siècle Slavic despair takes center stage at the VolkstheaterIf Anton Chekhov had been a painter, his palette would have been bleak, with sudden splashes of red. An astute observer of the human soul, he usually portrayed his tormented characters as misunderstood and helpless.The eponymous main character of his play Ivanov is a case in point. A middle-aged man with...
ORF has the entire city wondering about the new big-budget mini-series filming at the Hotel SacherCrossing the street from the Vienna State Opera, past the film production vans, I wiped the crumbs of a Sachertorte off my jacket. I was about to enter the Urquelle of Viennese confections, the elegant Sacher Hotel, to meet its 140-year old founder, and...
The fall of news anchor legend Dan Rather is dramatized with a star castHot on the heels of this year's academy award-winning Spotlight, Truth is another tribute to investigative journalism, showing what happens when it goes horribly wrong. Fresh from breaking the Abu Ghraib prison scandal in 2004, the team of CBS’s 60 Minutes, led by producer Mary Mapes...
Richard Linklater revisits the 1980sKnown for his fondness for coming-of-age-stories like the celebrated Boyhood and the seminal Dazed and Confused, acclaimed director Richard Linklater takes us on a scenic nostalgia ride with this informal sequel to the previous two films. Beginning where he left off, Everybody Wants Some!! (a Van Halen reference) follows freshmen baseball players at a small...
Fair fashion made in Austria, finally a trend that’s sustainableSustainability is all the rage these days, making the long overdue transition to conscientious consumption both a necessity and a fashion statement. Whether this stems from a sincere sense of concern or simply joining the trend may differ from person to person, but one thing is certain: the practices that...
Techno Cafe lights up warm Tuesday nightsby Lindsay Crocket & Binu Starnegg It’s Tuesday evening, and a warm breeze wafts through the terraced gardens of the Volksgarten Pavillon, a 1950s confection in pink, pistachio and cream that has become a fair-weather favorite of Vienna 30-somethings. Electronic music pulses rhythmically out over Heldenplatz nearby,  where a small group is doing yoga...
Buxbaum
Dine at your country house in the middle of the 1st districtAll great cities have secrets. In Vienna, time and curiosity may reveal a hidden courtyard, a graceful fountain, or quiet square, each an oasis of calm in an otherwise bustling section of town. The best can transform an afternoon.This is what happens at Buxbaum, a sophisticated yet unpretentious...
A Taste for Social EntrepreneurshipThere are not many kitchens in Vienna where you can overhear a waiter shout out an order for “one Kaiserschmarrn and one Baba Ghanoush!” But you will at Habibi & Hawara, where Chef David Kreytenberg has created a “fusion of Austrian and high-Arabic food” since it opened on May 5th. The food here is served...
The recent trend toward natural wines attempts to capture the spirit before industrializationFew developments or trends have aroused as many passions in the world of wine as the recent emergence of “natural”, wines. It’s a philosophy of “don’t interfere” and let nature do the work. Its unabashed name alone pits it against the status quo: When you categorize a...
Cycling from Vienna to Budapest along Europe’s iconic river, through three countries and changing cultures  It’s over 300 kilometers along the Danube from Vienna to Budapest, and I was going to cycle it. Despite the idea lingering in the back of my mind for ages, Viennese life somehow kept me from managing to find the time. With my sojourn in...
As a hub for international organizations and NGOs, Vienna is the venue for countless decisions about global policy. When it comes to the environment, Greenpeace plays a pivotal role. We asked Alexander Egit, the head of Greenpeace Austria, to tell us where he sees the biggest challenge for the planet in the coming years.Dear Readers,The biggest challenge for the...
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