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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 […]

Stubenviertel: Time-Honoured Temptation

Stubenviertel: Time-Honoured Temptation

In the middle ages, the hilly streets of the northeast quarter of Vienna’s 1st District – the neighbourhood now encompassed by Rotenturmstrasse, Stubenring and Singerstrasse – were where the gentry would go to the Badestube to bathe. This had nothing to do with Viennese cleanliness. Not only would men and women “bathe” together in the […]

The FPÖ and the Fraternities’ Ball

The FPÖ and the Fraternities’ Ball

Every year at the end of January, a “happening” takes place on the streets of Vienna’s inner districts that might seem strange to the eyes of visitors (see TVR, Feb. 2012). While inside the Hofburg, right-wing politicians and friends are taking the floor at what until last year was called the Wiener Korporations-Ball, on the […]

Startups Changing the Nature of the Economy

Startups Changing the Nature of the Economy

Walking into the Hofburg, city palace of the Habsburgs, you might well expect a world of elegance, nobility and pomp. Not today. At the startup and tech event Pioneers Festival, everything on stage is constructed from wooden pallets: a microphone pedestal, a table, two armchairs and more. Wooden pallets are the building material of an […]

Empowering Change?

Empowering Change?

“We face a once-in-a-generation opportunity to empower people in our changing world.” These were not the words of a protester on Tahrir Square, Puerta del Sol or Wall Street, although they could have been. They were the words of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. On 16 Feb., Ban took to the red carpet podium in the […]

Cinderella and the Generals

Ah, to be a princess for a night! Just once, I wanted to be like Cinderella in the fairy tale, going to the grand ball, dancing until the early morning hours with her prince! When the pumpkin turns into a Vier-Spanner coach and four horses… For me, ingloriously enough, ball‑night began with a thoroughly unpoetic […]

An Ode to Love and Longing

The spilt tears run down the windows that cover my heart, Tonight I will play without worrying, Tonight I heal my wounds singing songs, my brother, Why do we have to hate each other because somebody wants it? These struggles and successes, eloquently captured here by rapper Haris Alic, are still part of daily life […]

Austria’s Wines Come of Age

Exploring the Hofburg palace is in itself an enjoyable activity – the vast winter residence of the Habsburgs possessing one of the most stunning interiors in Vienna. However, when hosting the annual VieVinum international wine festival, the palace’s lush, aristocratic atmosphere is taken to a new level. The VieVinum, held on May 29-31, is a […]

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