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Vienna knows how

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Vienna knows how


The current exhibition at Wiener Planungswerkstatt (Vienna Planning Workshop) “The Know-how of Vienna: Urban Technologies and Strategies“ gives visitors in-depth insights into the city as a living organism. Internationally renowned solutions in various sectors such as water management, environment, security, waste or communications are presented at this show.

“Why is waste in Vienna so valuable?“, “Why do pedestrian crossings bleep in Vienna?“ and “Why is everybody happy when ULF comes?“ – these are just some questions raised – and answered – in the present exhibition of Planungswerkstatt.

Why does Vienna work the way it is working?
It is an open secret that the city works the way it is working thanks to innovative infrastructure solutions. Many of them have been developed by services of the City of Vienna or Vienna-based companies. “TINA VIENNA Urban Technologies & Strategies GmbH“ – a company under the umbrella of “Wien Holding” – has been conceived as a hub for innovative urban and environmental technologies. It has contributed greatly to staging this exhibition of the Executive Office for Urban Planning, Development and Construction of the City of Vienna and its departments. "In this show we would like to present Vienna’s best practices applied in the area of urban and environmental technologies – mostly invisibly to the population. In addition, the spotlight is turned on their vital contribution to the smooth functioning of the city", stated Alexandra Vogl, managing director of TINA VIENNA, at the opening.

Alexandra Vogl, Rudolf Schicker and Brigitte Jilka
Das Wissen Wiens - exhibition poster
TINA managing director Alexandra Vogl, city councillor Rudi Schicker and Vienna’s director general of construction Brigitte Jilka opened the exhibition

Vienna’s solutions
Executive city councillor for transport Rudi Schicker highlighted some areas in which Vienna has created outstanding solutions, among them state-of-the-art flood prevention – the answer to the question “How do you know what is going to happen in 10,000 years?“. By realising the “New Danube” project between 1972 and 1998, Vienna put an end to the regular flooding occurring still in the 19th century. The second river bed becomes an additional branch of the Danube, to which the flood waters are diverted. The flood defences have been designed for critical flooding statistically occurring only once in 10,000 years.  

The 24-hour-a-day public transport service is also one of Vienna’s solutions. Night buses have been a standard service of the city for a long time. In autumn the around-the-clock underground service will be launched. Using low-floor buses and trams is one of the measures to make public transport accessible to all passengers. And this is why the Viennese are so happy about ULF (ultra-low floor) trams. 

Thanks to its waste management system, Vienna is triumphing at international level. In Vienna garbage is valuable because the city recycles its waste in three thermal waste treatment plants to produce energy. And in this context, the following question comes up: “How is the city’s picture created?“. For the Spittelau waste incineration plant designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser is one of the buildings where you often come across tourists taking photos.

Besides the information panels illustrated with pictures, the exhibition offers multi-stable displays showing different images if moved. “You have to take a very close look to see everything. This is precisely what we want the visitors of the exhibition to do“, said Alexandra Vogl.

Exhibition “The Know-how of Vienna: Urban Technologies and Strategies
Wiener Planungswerkstatt
1., Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 9
T: +43 1 4000-88888

Exhibition closing on June 18th, 2010
Opening hours: Mon. to Wed. and Fri. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thur. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Closed on Sat., Sun. and holidays

Ja:Wien. City of Vienna services at Rathausplatz
Visitors can go on a tour of discovery to find out about all the various City of Vienna services at Rathausplatz on the weekend of 29 and 30 May. Featuring interactive stations, in-depth information, stage shows, culinary specialities from around the world and an exciting quiz about Vienna, this fun event for the whole family presents the many different services offered by the municipal administration.