Eugene Quinn


Spaziergänger, Creative

Eugene likes to walk in every weather.


Over the last six years, Eugene organised a serious of unusual tours in Vienna, to show the power and possibilities of walking as a low-resource, high-impact form of mobility. These tours include Smells like WIEN Spirit, the Invisible Smart City, a midnight walk, a naked walk, Vienna Ugly (touring some examples of questionable architecture, including government ministries, rooftop apartments and fancy hotels), and even a tour about why Vienna is judged the Best City in the World to Live. These events are basically debates in public space, but they show also the value of inviting an engaged audience to discover the city with new perspectives. 90% of participants are from Vienna, and so this is a new concept, #tourismForLocals.


Walkers approach the city with more trust and actually vote differently, for change and innovation, because they enjoy life more. And walking is working, which means that it is not the slowest form of mobility, but the most efficient. Jane Jacobs wrote about the economic benefits of walking, because it allows for so much networking, of meeting friends of friends, who might offer you a job, fall in love with you, or simply add to all of the contacts which make urban life exciting.


What he’s specially interested in is to move away from the technical aspects of walking, to the potential for romance, innovation, group identity and the political and social, and mental health side of building communities. To look at the concept of a catwalk, of flaneurs, wandering and encouraging people not always to choose to walk in green spaces, but instead in more complex, diverse, architectural lively quarters. He loves Favoritenstrasse and Yppenplatz, in Vienna.


Am 7. Juli 2021 gibt Eugene eine Sprechstunde zum Thema Street Capital: Über das Spazierengehen. Eugene is passionate about public space and how to animate and celebrate it. Through watching Fellini films and teaching spatial-planning at Vienna Technical University, he developed the theory he is known for: street capital. A measure of how much theatre and joy we find on some city streets, and the reverse – how dull and cold so many other streets are, because they lack people and interactions and a sense of play. Next time you walk along a city footpath, try to measure how much fun you see, and you will be applying the concept of street capital to your hometown. Poorer, more diverse Viertel usually score higher than rich, empty, parked-car streets. Verkuppelt von der Wirtschaftsagentur Wien.

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