• Uncategorized,  Urban & Environment,  Urban Culture,  Urban Environment,  Urban Infrastructure

    Sharing is caring

    This quote is particularly true. Sharing is definitely turning us into better earthlings. In our consumer society, considered consumption is the main contribution we can make to protect the earth’s resources and leave something sustainable for coming generations. We are currently sharing loads and even more and more private stuff: our cars, our homes, our Wi-Fi, our Netflix accounts. Mobility is also becoming a shared object as Car-Sharing and Airbnb allow us to partake in someone else’s resources and offer ours at the same time. And now, something interesting happens, which one could call the “anonymity-effect”. Be honest to yourself: when staying in a hotel room, can you, hand on…

  • Culture,  Urban Environment,  Urban Infrastructure

    Runway Railway

    Critic to these days fashion goddesses and gods sometimes sounds something like “When in everyone’s name should I wear that screaming yellow puffy one shoulder brocade sequin cropped designer tee?” While strolling down a runway this extravagant piece of fashion sure looks good but what about the rest of us who rather take the railway than the runway? As established many times in the course of this blog in its fledgling yet aspiring years, style is not only what to wear (and to wear it first) but far more a style of living. It is also not having to show off what we purchased in our last shopping escapade –…

  • Urban Culture

    Diversity means accepting new styles

    by Christine Neumann  // So many different cultures living together in one place – it must be fascinating – these were my first thoughts, when I moved to Brussels a few years ago. I could not imagine how this was actually possible or working in practice, but I was curious to find out more. Cultural diversity offers so many different opportunities. Now, I am living in Mannheim – geographically embedded in the beautiful region Rhine-Neckar, close to Heidelberg and Frankfurt, having a very multi-cultural image, surrounded by lots of nature and a highly innovative and industrial eco-system. But in certain moments, I am still thinking of Brussels – a very…

  • Urban Culture,  Urban Infrastructure

    An ox remains an ox…

    …even if driven to Vienna. This Hungarian proverb suggests that the rural ox, driven to crowned-by-urban-myths-Vienna, is just an ox in the end, even if the Viennese would like it differently. There is no arguing about that but change a tiny preposition, the proverb goes “An ox remains an ox even if driven through Vienna”, and you would suddenly be wrong! Vienna took a huge leap towards an urban transportation system, which is inclusive throughout income groups, sustainable, and smart. The city is addressing one of the hugest problems modern metropolises face these days: car-congested streets, making our urban habitat less liveable than ever and housing shortage due to practically…

  • Urban Environment

    Waste to go or what disposable cups really mean to us

    Wallet, keys, mobile phone – and good to go. Not so good to go is almost every morning traveller’s thirst for some freshly roasted coffee beans and the thereof deriving tons of waste our cities need to cope with every day. 190,000 disposable cups are being thrown away every day in Munich. That means 43,000 felled trees, 1,5 billion litres of water, 111,000 tons of CO2 which ultimately cumulate in 40,000 tons of waste. Just. For. Drinking. Coffee. But not quite. Each and every one of us knows that it would be cheaper and – in most cases – even more delicious to just pour some coffee at home and…

  • Urban Cycling

    Cyclists and the Seasons

    Nothing quite shows seasons as an early morning road populated with urban cyclists on their way to work. Horses and dogs sense earthquakes earlier than humans do – same goes for cyclists and changing seasons. While the average U-Bahnee, Tramee and Trainee (no pun intended) still feels cuddled by yesterday’s summer heat, the cyclists flash their first delicate weapon in form of a silk scarf or a light hat to oppose to less gentle early-morning breezes brought to us by autumn itself. The more and more our streets are filled with these more and more masquerading fellow humans, the more it dawns to public transportation users that times are indeed…