• Urban Culture,  Urban Fashion

    It’s Selburose Time. Winter is coming.

    by Emma Sarappo, Washington D.C. When I was a teenager, a friend bought me a pair of socks from Target for Christmas. They were cream and brown, with a symmetrical octagon pattern that looked like a star or snowflake. I brought them with me when I moved to Chicago for college, because they seemed perfect for winter. It took me years to name the pattern that wrapped around the cuff: the selburose. I’d seen the star plenty of times before I knew what it was. When I was growing up, my house was filled with mittens that my Norwegian bestemor would knit and send—black-and-white mittens with a pointed end, a…

  • Urban Culture

    We are walking. Again!

    Stairs meet Instagram! Opulent stairwells are currently experiencing a renaissance around the world, as they fit so well both with the fitness trend and Instagram. Stairways worldwide are also experiencing a renaissance as a challenging architectural task – after they have been declared dead in recent years or at least degraded to purely functional, overgrown by norms and as cheap to produce residual space. The nature of a staircase has been left to religion in recent years (the Tower of Babel is a staircase), ancient achitecture (step pyramid), cinema (staircase scene in “Battleship Potemkin”) or to music (“Stairway to Heaven”). Stairs that are almost as old as humanity’s first housing…

  • Urban & Environment,  Urban Infrastructure

    Sustainable living in a “hole”

    Sleeping in the “hole”: A luxury hotel in an open pit mine is opening near the Chinese metropolis of Shanghai. The 18-storey building was built into the walls of a huge quarry, 16 of the floors are below the surface of the earth, two of them even under water. Due to the location within the abandoned mine, the building is considered to be environmentally friendly. Using solar energy and geothermal energy, the hotel also wants to produce enough energy to meet its daily needs. Source: Spiegel Online >>

  • Urban Infrastructure

    Smart Cities need to be Accessible Cities

    It is often said, that acceptance of new tech solutions goes hand in hand with understanding the user benefit. But what user are we looking at in Urban Scenarios? Today, to fully exploit the potential of Smart Cities, you better be  a role-model user – young, smart, understanding the potential of technologies and knowing how to use it. Reality, however is different. A key concept in tomorrow’s scenarios for accepting Smart Technology in cities is Accessibility. This goes for access to technology (not everyone is using Internet several times a day), for public services (do you really understand the details of the public transport system in the city you live…

  • Urban Culture

    Living alone does not mean loneliness

    Urban Living often means livng alone. As a single, at any age. Talks about the quality of livingin cities slowly turns to quality of single livngin cities. Countless rankings appeared in the last years, which city in the world is best for singles. In a Forbes ranking for the U.S., Atlanta appeared as top cities for singles they looked through. With its number of nightspots per capita, hipness, gender balance and relatively high percentage of unmarried people (almost 70%), this city in the south of the U.S.  tops the list. San Francisco and Boston follow. In Europe, Edinburgh, Berlin, Vienna and Budapest are often at the top. There is one…

  • Urban Mindfulness

    Future Urban Living needs more Mindfulness

    The summer is over. The hot days of hard glittering sunlight, bringing every Ray Ban to the edge of efficiency, give way to the mild October sun. We spend the Sundays in nature, stroll the fields, walk along lake shore drives and above all rediscover the golden autumn forests. Mindfulness is required, especially when walking through nature. Take your time along the way, smell the flowers (there are no roses) and taste the mushrooms. Play with the kids. Many people in Germany spoke of a “summer of the century”, the drought periods have brought whole agricultural existences to the brink of despair. There was talk of the tropical climate, but…

  • Urban Mindfulness

    Mindfulness in Urban Life

    Finally. The endless summer is coming to an end, the warm sunlight will give room to the hard blue skies in only a few weeks and people start to dress more appropriate again. True, one might argue color and cut of clothes sometimes, but the main difference is that winter fashion has significantly smaller impact on others than in summer. Why is that? I believe it’s simply convenience. Unkempt feet in open sandals, skirts and pants offering views on body parts the owner can’t be too proud of and an unhealthy indifference against the normal physical perspirations – why was it again that God invented deodorant? Now, combine this picture…

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    New Cooperation with Hong Kong University

    moov’inStyle is happy and proud to announce a framework agreement with the Institute of Transport Studies at Hong Kong University  >>. The city was not chosen by coincidence: Hong Kong is one of the best cities for sustainable urban mobility >>. In their latest Sustainable Cities Mobility Index (SCMI), consultants Arcadis have ranked 100 cities for sustainable mobility from a social, environmental and economic perspective. European cities occupy 7 of the Top 10 spots – but Hong Kong is the overall winner. Whether it’s London’s Tube, LA’s freeways or Amsterdam’s bicybles, cities are defined in part by their distinct urban transport systems. But not all cities are in the same place in…

  • Urban Culture

    We all want to be mobile

    Freedom as the basis of mobility People want to be mobile and move – how, when and where they want. This basic human need is not new and is basedon an even stronger motivation: freedom. Mobility is less a goal in itself, the freedom of the individual is the desirable state. Freedom to move to where and when you want. Freedom to choose your workplace and place of residence virtually independently. These and more individual freedoms were and are (still) made possible by mobility solutions. In the process, this desired freedom was based above all on the availability of mobility, which led first to the ownership of horses and then…