Posts Tagged:Quality of life

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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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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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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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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South East False Creek: One of Vancouver’s many great urban development projects

South East False Creek is one of Vancouver’s many great urban development projects as the city turned the Olympic Village from 2010 into a residential neighborhood that embraces modern architecture, sustainability, density, quality of life and a beautiful waterfront. Next to the historic salt building, the great public square, the cafés and shops as well…

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Cycling insights and other lessons learned from Copenhagen

Today, I will visit a talk by Andreas Røhl, Copenhagen’s Bicycle Programme Manager, on “Sticks, Carrots and Tambourines: Actively Learning from Copenhagen’s Transport Successes” at SFU Harbour Centre. As a short preview, I would like to share five insights that I have gained during my visit to Copenhagen 2.5 years ago. In September 2009, prior to…

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Many ingredients for a sustainable lifestyle

Here in Vancouver, sustainability is not just a catch-phrase but has become an integral part of people’s daily lives. Therefore, I already visited the three-day EPIC Sustainable Living Expo in the impressive Vancouver Convention Centre on its first day to gain a diverse insight into the various facets of a sustainable lifestyle. During this weekend, more than…

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Interview on Bulgarian TV: “Climate change is a matter of responsibility”

This week, the Bulgarian national TV station interviewed several TH!NKers about climate change and the COP15 summit. In my interview on the morning show, I tried to talk about the aspect of global responsibility, to highlight some possibilities for individual action and to emphasize the importance of ambitious emissions reduction goals and comprehensive adaptation funds…

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