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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 […]

A Portrait of Life After War

A Portrait of Life After War

You have heard about the terrible war in ex- Yugoslavia between 1991 and 1999. You have read about it, maybe tried to understand it. You heard sad stories and saw shocking pictures. Maybe you’ve seen movies about it – like Angelina Jolie’s 2011 film In the Land of Blood and Honey that takes on the […]

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 […]

Book Review: Upriver With Nick Thorpe

Book Review: Upriver With Nick Thorpe

“These are the stories of the people of the Danube, and their dark dreamy river,” announces Nick  Thorpe at the beginning of a work that oozes with love for one of the world’s great arteries and is brought to life by the eccentricities and warmth of the diverse people who live by its banks. […]

Smoking Sections… Again?

Smoking Sections… Again?

Friday, 25 November. It was a headline in the U-Bahn daily Heute that got the talk started all over again: In the current negotiations on the new governing coalition, “an agreement was imminent” to make smoking illegal in all bars and restaurants in Austria. And just as quickly, a denial came from Lisa Fuchs, spokeswoman […]

El Gaucho – Raising the Steaks

El Gaucho – Raising the Steaks

In an LED-lit glass case, six cuts of beef take the stage. The waiter explains how differences in thickness and fat content influences the taste, or how long to grill it. The cooled presentation box was a conscious service choice. “Austrians like to eat steak but they don’t really know what they’re eating,” explained Peter […]

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 […]

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