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Why and How Cities Must Take Pedestrians More Seriously

July 13, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

Times Square, NYC

Vienna is a case study and part of Harvard University’s Transforming Urban Transportation project. Ralph Buehler, Associate Professor in Urban Affairs & Planning and a Faculty Fellow with the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech’s Alexandria Center, has visited the city. An interview by Andrea Weninger, Walk21 Program Director.[read more]

The Most Beautiful Boulevard: Austria, Vienna Celebrates Ringstrasse's 150th Birthday

May 16, 2015 by The Global Grid

Ringstrasse and History

With its museums, austere Habsburg palaces, and the soaring spires of government offices more beautiful than most cathedrals, Austria’s capital city is breathtaking. Visitors to central Vienna are often left enchanted by the Ringstrasse, the historic ring road encircling the city’s innermost district.[read more]

Explore Your Neighbourhood During a Jane's Walk

April 24, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

Inspired by walking activist Jane Jacobs

The first weekend in May is Jane's Walk weekend! Read this Walking Story by Jane's Walk Vienna organizer Andreas Lindinger about the ideas behind the global Jane's Walk movement and what motivates him to run the show in Vienna.[read more]

Vienna vs. London: Differences while Walking the City

April 22, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

Walking in Vienna and London

How can very different cities be experienced while moving through them on foot? We present to you here a Walking Story about two different cities and experiences: Walking in London versus walking in Vienna, by Walk21 Ambassador Eugene Quinn.[read more]


Smart Cities Will Work If We Put People - Not Technology - First

June 5, 2014 by Florian Lorenz

It's about quality of life not technology.

Technology companies must not be allowed to set the agenda if smart cities are to let people thrive. That was a message from the 19th gathering of realCORP - the international conference on urban planning, regional development and the information society - that focussed on the smart city and urbanization.[read more]


Vienna Seeks Ideas to Reinvent Citizen Inclusion

April 17, 2014 by David Thorpe

Vienna seeks proposals for social harmony.

Forward-thinking cities around the world are increasingly competing - as well as cooperating - to position themselves as 'greener' than each other or to promote some singular quality that makes them stand out. Now Vienna has launched a competition for proposals to do just this.[read more]


WEBCAST Florian Lorenz on the Vienna Cycling Manifesto

January 13, 2014 by David Thorpe

Florian Lorenz

The Austrian capital has emerged as a leader in integrating cycling into cities. Other cities should pay attention. Vienna has published a new manifesto on promoting cycling - Velo-City. Florian Lorenz, our new cycling correspondent, who helped develop the manifesto, discusses it with David Thorpe.[read more]

It's a Bus, It's a Tram, It's Vienna's New Public Transport

Urban Transport in Vienna

Vienna is home to one of the largest tram systems in the world. But as the city has grown, trams have been supplemented by metro trains, gas-powered buses, and other forms of transport.[read more]

Urban Biking: Back to the Future

June 20, 2013 by Robin Carey

Photo courtesy of The China Watch

Smarter Than Car is taking the example of 1980's Beijing as a case study of a city moved to a great extent by pedals. Beijing’s pedal-powered past is an example for a Bicycle Urbanism which has potential for transportation in future cities.[read more]

Visualizing, Analyzing Vienna's Traffic Patterns

November 8, 2011 by Fabian Neuhaus

Vienna the city at the Donau is rediscovering itself. After decades directly at the iron curtan the city has begun to reestablish and revitalise its former vital connections deep into Eastern Europe. Between 1945 and the end of the Cold War in 1989 Vienna was effectively cut of its pulsing backcountry in the East. It was the Capital at...[read more]

US cities fare poorly in international “quality of life” rankings

April 30, 2009 by Kaid Benfield

  Six of the top ten cities in Mercer Consulting's annual rankings of over 200 international locations according to a composite "quality of living" index are either German or Swiss.  Here are the top ten: 1   Vienna 2   Zurich 3   Geneva 4   Vancouver 5   Auckland 6 ...[read more]