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Webber ‘Global Detective’ Alan

Webber ‘Global Detective’ Alan

American businessman Alan Webber is fascinated with the dynamics of change.  As founding publisher of the award-winning magazine Fast Company and former editor of the Harvard Business Review, Webber’s take on trends in entrepreneurship and the shifts that shape the social and political life behind them, has won him a loyal following. It has also […]

Nassfeld: Frontier Fantasies

Nassfeld: Frontier Fantasies

I flung open the window to the balcony of my room in the Gartnerkofel hotel, breathed in the icy air, and peered out over a vast forest of heavily snow-laden trees. It was like waking up in Narnia. The hotel is built at an altitude of 1500 m, so for the first time on a […]

Stuwerviertel: Creating Campus Life

Stuwerviertel: Creating Campus Life

It’s a tricky business to reinvent a city district. The resurrection of the Gasometer – with a shopping mall and apartment buildings – more than a decade ago aimed to revitalise the 11th District. But somehow, the project never quite took off, leaving a mediocre shopping mall and plenty of empty apartments. The prospects for […]

Anita Lasker-Wallfisch: Music Amid the Memories of Horror

Anita Lasker-Wallfisch: Music Amid the Memories of Horror

Anita Lasker-Wallfisch had arrived by normal train to Auschwitz in September of 1942, not in a cattle car. Although she was a Jew, her job in a paper factory had protected her – until she and her sister were arrested for forging travel documents for French prisoners of war. So they were considered criminals, a […]

In Praise of Concrete

In Praise of Concrete

Vienna is a sacred city and rightly proud of its churches. From soaring Gothic to gilded Baroque, the place boasts myriad well-documented masterpieces. Concealed in its suburbs, however, lurk other gems that reach to the heavens in spires of concrete. A first in concrete Austria’s first concrete church was unveiled in 1913 in Ottakring. The […]

God and the Devil in the Details

God and the Devil in the Details

High above, a raven sits atop a medieval torture wheel, scraps of rags still hanging from the last victim. On the ground, a man in white stands watching, as a vast procession moves across a green and brown plain. In the middle of the procession, if you peer closely, you can see Christ carrying the […]

‘Silvester’ on the Graben

‘Silvester’ on the Graben

My plane set down in Vienna at 8:32 in the morning of December 31. It was grey and rainy, and much too warm to be New Years Eve. It had been a rough flight, at least on the inside: there were four babies in our section, with parents either too green or too tired to […]

(Un)dress To Impress

(Un)dress To Impress

For retro-themed ambiance, Vienna has few rivals, being somewhat Vintage itself: elegantly decrepit fin-de-siècle decadence still saturates the very walls of the manifold venues presenting themselves. One of them is the Volkstheater’s Rote Bar, home of the burlesque carnival Cirque Rouge, a celebration of vaudeville and cabaret culture taking place every few months. Setting it apart is its dedication to recreating a first-half […]

Saalbach’s Romantic Mountain Retreat

Saalbach’s Romantic Mountain Retreat

I kicked the new snow off our boots and laid the skis against the dark wood of the Pfefferalm hut. Inside an open fire was crackling in the corner. Some of the wood smoke had escaped the chimney and was spreading a pungent mist across the room. Through the haze I could just make out […]

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