Category Archive for: Urbanism

IMG_7188

Walking through Sandleiten, an impressive municipal housing complex

Yesterday, I joined an Instawalk walking tour hosted by TEDxVienna and Instagramers Vienna in Sandleiten, one of Vienna’s most impressive municipal housing complexes in the district of Ottakring. Sandleiten is home to almost 5,000 people which makes it one of Vienna’s largest “Gemeindebau“, as the city’s municipal housing complexes are called. Gemeindebauten like Sandleiten have…

Read More →

IMG_6706

City Pics: Graz

Last weekend I went to Graz, Austria’s second-largest city which is only a 2.5-hour train ride from Vienna. With its compact, walkable downtown as a UNESCO World Heritage site and its mediterranean character, Graz is probably Austria’s most beautiful city and also one of its most vibrant. As the New York Times recently stated, “you…

Read More →

IMG_5957

City Pics: Brussels (again)

When I recently went to Brussels for a short business trip, I also had the opportunity to (again) explore Belgium’s (Europe’s) capital on a Sunday afternoon. The city that’s famous for chocolate and fries also offers beautiful buildings, a compact, walkable downtown, good public transit and bikeshare systems and many “sticky” streets with loads of…

Read More →

IMG_0965

Walking tour: Vienna’s highly debated Mariahilferstraße

On Friday, I participated in a walking tour along Vienna’s highly debated Mariahilferstraße which was recently turned into a shared space and pedestrian area and will hopefully become a great street for pedestrians and cyclists if the citizens of Vienna’s adjacent 6th and 7th districts vote to make these changes permanent (more on the current…

Read More →

12428796054_d1b7d56bb8_b

Great Placemaking brings Life back to Christchurch City Centre

When I recently saw the movie “The Human Scale” on Jan Gehl’s impressive work in cities around the world, I was particularly touched by the scenes from Christchurch and the struggles between people and developers as well as local and national politics on the city’s future after the devastating 2010-11 earthquakes. As we’re approaching the…

Read More →

IMG_2195

Video Sunday: Cycling in the World’s most Beautiful City

During my year in Vancouver, I learned to love cycling in the city. Riding my bike along the city’s beautiful Seawall, through Stanley Park or to Downtown, cycling to my favourite coffee shops, restaurants and other places in the West End or simply exploring other neighbourhoods around the city made me quickly realize that cycling…

Read More →

2009-09-20 um 11-56-06

Video Sunday: Copenhagenize’s Top 10 Design Elements

When I first visited this year’s European Green Capital Copenhagen in 2009, I was immediately impressed how walkable and bikeable a city can be. I was equally excited when I had the opportunity to get some first-hand insights into Copenhagen’s recipes for success by Danish cycling advocates Andreas Rohl and Mikael Colville-Andersen in 2012 at…

Read More →

Back to Top