• 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…

  • 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 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

    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 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 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…