Editor's Letter
Define smartIt’s hard to grumble in Vienna. Public transportation runs on time, a woman can safely walk home at night, the cycling paths make sense, there are parks and play-grounds within walking distance and if you lose something, chances are you’ll get it back. As a New Yorker, I laugh when people use the word “traffic” to describe mild...
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,Metropole has been a very welcome gain to my monthly reading list. I am always looking forward to reading the very well-edited issues that explore topics in such a way that...
editorial
Amid all the EU’s troubles over refugees, Schengen and the common currency, it’s easy to forget that in one regard, the Union has been extremely successful – strengthening peace on a historically belligerent continent. In just two generations, Europe went from a war-torn arena to a model of democracy and prosperity. Germany and France – at each other’s throats since...
editorial
The Olympics in Rio didn’t provide Austrians with all that much cause for cheer. While it rains medals on the self-dubbed “sports nation” every winter, its athletes for the Summer Olympics fight an uphill battle Whereas they proudly brought home seven medals – two of them gold – from the Games in Athens in 2004, they counted a mere three...
editorial once more
With contributions pouring in, Alexander Van der Bellen is out to win the Hofburg – again – and help set the tone for Europe’s future On a brilliantly sunny day in early August, Austrian presidential candidate Alexander Van der Bellen set off with a group of reporters and photographers over the mountain paths of the Kaunerberg, wedged between Italy and...
op-ed globalization
If globalization increases overall well-being, why have so many people become so hostile?Fifteen years ago, in Globalization and its Discontents, I described growing opposition in the developing world to globalizing reforms.Now, globalization’s opponents in the emerging markets and developing countries have been joined by tens of millions in the advanced countries. Opinion polls show that trade is among the...
greentech guru first lady
We met Eveline Steinberger-Kern, former executive at Verbund and Siemens, now founder of a green energy investment company – oh, and wife of the Austrian ChancellorThe past four months have been busy ones for Eveline Steinberger-Kern. Just two years after founding The Blue Minds Company, a sustainable energy consultancy based in Vienna and Tel Aviv, she is now juggling...
cover story pimp city
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,...
state union
The Brexit vote has shaken the Europe’s political foundations. Will the project begin to unravel, or is this a new start for the Continent?They did everything right. Study abroad, learn languages, do internships, live the European dream. Yet with Britain voting to leave the European Union (EU) by 51.9% on June 23rd, it is the Erasmus generation, alluding to...
Profiles
How smart is Vienna? Four pioneers of building a smart city share a sense of how far we’ve come, and how far we still have to goGeraldine Fitzpatrick, Esther Blaimschein, & Oliver Frey Organizers of “Smart Cities16 Designing Places & Urban Mentalities” Smart? – We’re smart people living in a city that enables our ­participation in ways that fit with...
smart town
A smartphone can be anything from a useful tool to a constant nag. Just don’t gawk at the screen while crossing the Gürtel and it can do much to improve your Vienna experienceUpdating Maslow’s hierarchy of needs for the smartphone generation, it’s probable that free WiFi, the gateway to cost-free app wizardry, is the primary concern. Good to know,...
science taking tube
Trips from Vienna to Bratislava are routine. But if the Hyperloop project has its way, they may soon become the most exciting commute on the planetOutside Bratislava’s old Market Hall, the pale yellow cobblestones glow in the searing heat. Inside, it is minds that are overheated and aglow, as dozens of programmers hack into their notebooks, trying to find...
Amazone Echo
The first home automation hub, Amazon Echo raises lots of questions about how much we want to depend on artificial intelligenceEntering our living room six weeks ago, I found my tech-savvy husband installing another addition to our already quite impressive set of technical devices. Another speaker for our apartment’s state-of-the-art sound system? An air humidifier (my second guess)? A...
philips lightning
07:00In the morning you wake up to a warm sunrise mood emanating from your Philips Hue system. It connects wireless lighting throughout your house, controlled via WiFi from your smartphone. You programmed it to wake you up when and in just the way you like.07:30In winter you might also get ready next to a daylight lamp to get that...
cooperative city
Smart cities need smart citizens. A growing movement of initiatives and startups, harnessing social media and using top-notch technology, aims to give city residents a voice at City HallTechnology entrepreneurs don’t normally have much patience for government bureaucracy. Nor do the venture capitalists who fund them. The layers of decision-makers, politically driven procurement and unpredictable budgets have all been...
advertorial
It will be easy for archaeologists of the future to work out what matters to us today. The Egyptians honored the dead with their pyramids, the Romans city infrastructure with aqueducts, Victorians valued mobility with railways. And we have larger than life steel and glass boxes of desks, whiteboards and water coolers.The office is our second home. We spend more...
books
In seeing the world in all its delicate beauty and overwhelming roughness, Christoph Ransmayr’s Atlas of an Anxious Man finds a language for mapping the intricacies of the human heartWe travel to discover the world; we peer at places and people through the display of a smartphone – only most of the time, we fail to see. Author Christoph...
books smart urbanism
Smart cities claim to improve the lives, productivity and eco-balance of their citizens. A new collection of essays questions whether the vision lives up to the promiseThe notion that technological change benefits citizens and consumers is nothing new. It is a narrative offered by forward-looking entrepreneurs, futurologists, philosophers and politicians. A key focus is the city, the physical space...
city life shaking gratzl
Gracious old Vienna can be set in its ways. But a few entrepreneurs and activists are trying to do things differentlyBy Alexander Fanta & Christoph SchlemmerHalf a century ago, Vienna was a very conservative place. To prove just how conservative, artist Günter Brus set out one day in July 1965.  He decked himself out entirely in white paint, adding...
grätzl oberdobling
Vienna’s hilly north side may be cozy but not sleepyThe 19th district, Döbling, is one of Vienna’s “noble” districts:  along with Hietzing (13th) or Währing (18th), among the most desired. Its name stems from an old Slavic word for a marsh or creek – probably a reference to the Krottenbach, a stream near the original 12th-century settlement.Most people come...
music
An intro to subscriptions for the upcoming music season, or how to remember where you put the ticketsThe concert season has finally reopened. From now until the last day of June, Vienna’s concert halls offer a musical bounty that is unsurpassed. For the most part,  this means “classical” music: a term that, for some, exudes a musty odor inducing visions...

Waves Vienna

waves vienna
The club culture festival presents emerging international artistsNow going into its sixth iteration, the Waves Vienna Music Festival and Conference stays true to its motto “East Meets West”, featuring a long, international line-up with a special emphasis on local and central European artists. Numerous artists will perform at different venues in and around the headquarters in WUK, allowing revelers...

Ben Harper

ben harper
The eclectic musician reunites with his backing band The Innocent Criminals for a new albumA darling of the alternative crowd, socially conscious multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Ben Harper is widely noted for his skill on the slide guitar and highly respected for his musical style – a diverse mix of folk, blues, rock, soul and reggae – winning three Grammys...
bacchus
For better or worse, the Langenlois Loisium is a theme park for the thirstyAfter driving up the hill through a seemingly endless colony of chic designer houses, we arrived at an ominous cement-clad modernistic castle. It’s a little unsettling: what does this have to do with wine? We had reached the Langenlois Loisium: the big beast among the Vinotheken,...
spontaneous combustions
At »MOMENT!« Fifth International Improv Festival, comedy and drama come at the speed of thoughtPromising to “put Vienna back on the international improv map”, the experimental Theater an der Gumpendorferstraße (TAG) kicks off the new season by unleashing the collective imaginations of both actor and audience with their Fifth International Festival of Improvisation. Over six nights, performers will take the...

Woody Sez

woody sez
The internationally acclaimed hit folk musical comes to ViennaWidely regarded as one of the leading exponents of American folk music, Woody Guthrie’s infectiously uplifting toe-tapping lyrics are set to thrust theatregoers into a world of raucous American spirit, but beneath the fiddles and the pennywhistles lies an undeniable rebellious political subtext. The show serves as a mouthpiece for all...
metamorphosis
Painting 2.0 tracks the art form and its adaptation to the information ageAt the exhibition Painting 2.0, the state of the art begins with its demise. As you enter, Martin Kippenberger’s Heavy Burschi fills the space, a large dumpster teaming with shredded artworks and wooden canvas stretchers. This has long been a favorite symbol for the death of painting,...
foreign gods
The Leopold Museum unveils a fine collection of tribal artServing as inspiration from the turn of the last century onward, African and Oceanic art has long enticed notable artists on to exploring alternative forms of expression. Featuring both tribal artifacts and “primitivist” works by the likes of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, André Derain, Max Ernst and Pablo Picasso, the Leopold...
vienna contemporary
Austria’s leading contemporary art fair presents emerging talent, highlighting collaborative new work from around Central EuropeShowcasing both new and established artists from a variety of international galleries, Vienna Contemporary seeks to send a strong message of artistic collaboration and cultural coexistence to the world, with Austria and the Central European region at its epicenter. With inclusion at its core,...
musical marco polo
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma leads once distant cultures joyously in consort in The Music of StrangersAs the screen goes black, the cacophony of instruments tuning up fills the cinema. Then abruptly, we are transported to a piazza in Venice to witness cellist YoYo Ma’s Silk Road Project in action. It’s like no orchestra you have ever seen or heard: a Babel...
light oceans
The moral dilemmas of M.L. Stedman's best-selling novel brought vividly on screenDirector Derek Cianfrance’s (The Place Beyond the Pines) exquisite adaptation of M.L Stedman’s literary sensation is permeated with intense emotional paradoxes, with turbulent elation and grief, with denial and conscience, separation and reconciliation. Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender), a veteran of The Great War, seeks to insulate himself from...
slash film festival
Straight from the lunatic fringe of cinema, 40 films in search of braaaaaiiiinsProviding fresh meat for fans of unconventional and weird movies, the seventh edition of this offbeat festival is decidedly zombie-centric, kicking off with Austrian filmmaker Dominik Hartl’s apocalyptic comedy Attack of the Lederhosenzombies, followed by a tongue-in-cheek après ski afterparty for the dead. Aside from Hartl’s gory...

Southside with You

southside with you
Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date, as told by HollywoodWith the outgoing first couple’s allure still sky high, this retelling of the Obamas’ early courtship is fortuitously timed. Set in 1989 in Chicago, Tika Sumpter affectionately portrays Michelle Robinson, strong and confident and initially resistant toward young Barack’s (Parker Sawyers) charismatic pursuit of her, as the couple visit an...
style
Science fiction meets wearable aesthetics at Vienna’s tallest skyscraper. Futurist colors and natural fabrics combine in a marriage of utility and beauty. Urban utopia, or brave new world?Location DC Tower // viennadc.at // Meliá Hotel // melia.com Styling/Creative Direction Ali Rabbani // iamrabbani.com Photos Chris Singer // chrissinger.com Hair & Makeup Steffi Lamm // makeupart.at (FEAT. mac cosmetics) Model Belinda Hirt // Wiener Models Production Margaret ChildsVideo Julian Sharp // www.publicsolitude.com...
Equipment Embellishments
Find more time for the important things in life with a little help from our friends from the world of wearables, e-mobility, virtual reality and the internet of things No More Fashion Over Function Looking smart has never been easier. Today’s accessories and beauty products can do more than make you look better.
Creatives
Jean-Claude Mpassy: The creator of the fashion website “New Kiss on the Blog” hails from Berlin and has chosen Vienna because he sees it as the city of opportunity, full of untapped potential
mind back future
Thoughts from our expert on design, gadgets and joie de vivreWhen I think about the not-so-distant future, sure, I see food printers, hologram interfaces and magnetic levitation trains. But not all innovations stand the test of time. The best developments to come are probably things we can’t even begin to imagine. For now, a Smart City is the theme...
guest sophie halder
Organic community building, one platter at a time“My concept is simply back to basics” says Sophie Halder, chef and manager of the new restaurant SCA33 on Gumpendorfer Straße. It certainly looks the part, its tiny interior all wooden panels and simplicity. Her cooking combines a love for healthy local food with a knack for new flavors and fresh combinations....
tapas lespagnole
When going for Tapas, do as the Spaniards do In Spain, tapas is a way of life. More than just finger food, these small delicacies served with wine or beer are an institución, a ritual of meeting friends over food and drink and sharing a good time. Above all, it must be agradable – gemütlich – otherwise you’re simply filling...
toys attic
Savor the last days of summer on the terrace of the 25hours Hotel's Dachboden barLate summer may be the best season to enjoy Vienna: As the evenings grow long again, locals scramble to make the most of the last golden days before another grey winter sets in. And better still, with half the (student) population either still on holiday...
walk wine side
The Wiener Weinwandertag makes it easy to get to know Vienna’s vintners on their own turfIf there is a day that sums up autumn in Vienna, the Wiener Weinwandertag (Vienna Wine Hiking Day) is it. Equal parts wine appreciation and a brisk outing in the countryside, it shows off some of the most delectable highlights of the only European...
champagne ponies
Spectators visit the Austrian Polo Open to witness the breakneck game and get a glimpse of the fanciful hats that make up the sport’s international styleIt was a hot day, one of those humid July Sundays that beg an afternoon of lounging and sipping something bubbly. Schloss Ebreichsdorf, the venue of the Austrian Polo Open seemed like just the place...
on the road tyrol
Our fearless adventurer Christian Cummins is tempted out of his comfort zone at Area 47, where your inner child rules the roostIt was 9:32 in the morning in a remote valley in Tyrol, when I jumped off the bridge. There was a moment of intense acceleration as I fell, a sudden lurch to the stomach – and then surging...
last word
For years Renate Brauner has been a key player in the planning and follow-through on Vienna’s Smart City initiative. She wrote you a letter about how Vienna aims to get smart(er) and what the term “Smart City” even means for the often hailed Capital of “Quality of Life”.  Dear Readers,Europe and the city of Vienna in its heart – together...
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