Posts Tagged:Mobility

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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…

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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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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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Sustainable cities need integrated urban planning & energy planning

Earlier this month, I visited the Zero Emissions Cities Conference in Vienna’s City Hall which tried to answer the question how tomorrow’s smart cities can significantly reduce their carbon emissions. It offered general insights as well as presentations of specific technologies like building-integrated photovoltaics, small-scale urban wind power, LED lighting systems or thermal energy storage.…

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City Pics: Stockholm

As I’ve just spent a long weekend in beautiful Stockholm, this City Pics blogpost features some common photo insights into a livable city, in particular green speaces, unique waterfronts, multimodal transport, dense neighborhoods and a vibrant public life, plus plenty of people cycling, walking and pushing their baby strollers. Not to forget a beautiful sunset,…

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Jeffrey Tumlin: Sex, Neuroscience and Walkable Urbanism

SFU’s Segal Building was packed for yesterday’s public lecture by Jeffrey Tumlin on “Sex, Neuroscience and Walkable Urbanism”. According to Mr Tumlin, we’ve redesigned human habitat to take walking out of our daily lives. Today, typical city policies cause suburban towns to be built, thereby creating absolutely miserable places, causing death (more sprawl meaning higher…

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Copenhagen, again!

Since my TH!NK2 trip to Copenhagen in 2009, I’ve been a huge fan of this future-minded city. Last year’s lectures by Andreas Røhl and Mikael Colville-Andersen here in Vancouver got me even more excited about the unique bicycle culture and infrastructure of the Danish capital. So, I also very appreciated yesterday’s Oe1 radio programme on “Green Copenhagen – an ecological model city” by…

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Bicycle Culture by Design

I’d like to take a look back at an exciting event that I haven’t yet blogged about. With the global Velo-city conference, the Velopalooza bike festival, an awesome Critical Mass, the City’s announcement to install a public bikeshare system and two interesting SFU talks on “Actively Learning from Copenhagen’s Transport Successes” within a month, June…

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