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The Sky Is Not Enough

The Sky Is Not Enough

Approaching on the U1, the DC tower juts out from the landscape, a huge melanite shaft, dwarfing the surrounding buildings. It opened its doors in October and at 250 metres it’s Austria’s tallest skyscraper and the third tallest in Europe. There has been much debate over the development of what some people still jokingly call […]

Where’s Our Money?

Where’s Our  Money?

Time is money. Even so, in banking, we’ve become used to the idea that moving it around can take a while. But it doesn’t need to. A transfer that takes one workday in Austria, takes three to seven days in the United States, and only a few seconds in the U.K.. Most European transfers are […]

Remote Control Metropolis

Remote Control Metropolis

Vienna gets kudos for urban planning, passive and affordable housing, and trash disposal. The preferred nomenclature is “Smart City”. But nothing makes a slightly geeky Wien-dweller feel smarter than having the answer to everyday hurdles right on her phone. Plenty of tokens of the touchscreen are dedicated to local everyday needs and desires. With GPS […]

Vienna Lights The World

Vienna Lights The World

Blink as you drive south into Vienna’s industrial scrubland and you’ll miss it. The white office set back from the dusty Triesterstraße betrays nothing of the sensuous waterfalls of crystal and intricate gilded chandeliers, unlikely as spaceships, being assembled in the workshops at the back. But the quiet success of Lights of Vienna, a middle-sized, […]

Boosting New Business

Boosting New Business

There is a sense of concentration in the hallway of the INiTS building, the startup incubator of the University of Vienna. The only sounds are the clicking of computer keyboards from the office rooms and murmured discussions in the shared kitchen. The 5th floor is home to a handful of startup companies that may benefit […]

Vienna Meets The Mall

April saw the opening of the much-anticipated “Wien Mitte The Mall”, the transformed transportation hub at Wien Mitte that allows newcomers to enter Vienna via the City Airport Train (CAT) into a brand-new, six-story shopping mall. For some five years, this point of entry was plagued by scaffolding, construction and shifting labyrinthine detours, offering a […]

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