Posts Tagged:Community

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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…

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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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EARTHtalks: Dare to be great!

On Thursday May, 16th, the annual EARTHtalks brought together renowned speakers and many (especially young) people interested in climate change and the environment in Vienna’s imperial Hofburg. In her introductory remarks, Freda Meissner-Blau chose “We want a lively planet” as the theme for this inspirational event which is organized by NEONGREEN Network as an “Initiative…

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Citizen engagement in Vancouver

While Austrian politics is becoming more and more of a fake democracy (whether it’s on the military referendum or the Viennese referendum), the Austrian newspaper DER STANDARD leads the way in terms of true participation. For a special issue on direct democracy it asks its readers for their ideas on articles as well as their…

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Connecting in the urban environment

Last week was packed with so many great events that I needed some days of reflection before blogging about all those exciting and inspiring insights. First of all, I attended the Opening Night, City Conversations, and Rain City Chronicles events of the SFU Public Square Community Summit and the Carbon Talks lecture. Moreover, I volunteered…

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Yummy: Local, Organic & Fresh!

The Austrian Ökoenergie-Blog recently raised the question “Where should your money go?”. I didn’t have to think about a short answer to this question despite the manifaceted energy, sustainability and redistribution questions behind it that would allow for a more thorough response. I got an exciting answer from my weekly visit to the West End…

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