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Is Public Space a Public Good?

Is public space a public good? According to Mark Kingswell, an award-winning professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto, the answer to this question is “No”. As discussed in his lecture on February 20, 2013 at SFU Vancouver, public space is a key place where intellect and imagination has to be exercised but we are…

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My Year Ahead: 2014

As it’s the first day of the new year, I want to take this opportunity to look ahead at some of my personal highlights in 2014. Apart from some exciting lectures and panel discussions, I guess I’ll use much of January to finish the massive relaunch of my blog, in particular by translating my remaining…

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My Year in Review: 2013

As it’s the last day of the year, I want to take this opportunity to look back at some of my personal moments of 2013 which has been a year of transitions, challenges, learning and so many great and diverse experiences for me. Let’s do this chronologically and with some pictures: January started with a…

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Peak Car and Future Urban Mobility

At this year’s fantastic Urbanize festival in Vienna, Katharina Manderscheid and Austria’s most renowned critic of excessive automobile usage, Hermann Knoflacher, spoke about future urban mobility. According to Katharina Manderscheid, we have reached peak car in Western countries where car usage and ownership are declining, especially among the urban youth who are also often refraining from…

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Climate Change in the City

At the recent Smart Cities Week in Vienna, Fritz Reusswig from the renowned Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research talked about the impact of climate change on cities. Climate change is here, we are on track to an unprecedented 4-6°C temperature increase until 2100 and climate change adaptation and mitigation are both necessary, just to…

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Do Smart Cities make Stupid Citizens?

I recently visited the Smart Cities Week in Vienna where various aspects of smart cities were discussed and many Austrian smart cities and smart regions shared their best practice examples, challenges and experiences. For Austria as a country of small cities (except Vienna) with very diverse structures it is important to break down the global…

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Hammarby Sjöstad: Sustainable urban development at its best

When I went to beautiful Stockholm for a long weekend last month, I also spent a sunny Sunday afternoon in Hammarby Sjöstad, the city’s landmark sustainable urban development district. As I’ve taken some pictures, let me share some of the ingredients of this exciting urban development project.   A dense and walkable neighborhood First of…

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