• 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 & 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 >>

  • 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 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,  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…