The historic parliament building in Vienna has shut its doors for three years of much-needed repairs, in an unprecedented project that will cost the Austrian state upwards of €400 million.
In this 30-minute special, I survey Vienna's burgeoning fashion scene as I meet designers, shop owners and experts.
I talk to Alexander Kukelka, head of the Austrian Composers' Association, about the art of writing a film score.
The Slovak Radio Building in Bratislava is loved and hated in equal measure. Constructed between 1967 and 1983, it’s a pyramid turned on its head.
Vienna has preserved its old shop signs better than most cities. But the question is, how much longer will they last?
Last year, independent Austrian filmmaker Maya McKechneay released a documentary film that sheds light on a specific address in Vienna that has been plagued by misfortune. It has seen fires, suicide and injustice, and it has come to symbolise Austria's troubled history.
Early American sound cinema is a breath of fresh air compared to the stuffy Hollywood of later decades. I visit a retrospective at the Austrian Film Museum that looks at the films made before the introduction in 1934 of rigorous moral guidelines known as the Hays Code.
Forty years of communist planning left an indelible architectural mark on Slovakia, with rows upon rows of shabby prefabricated blocks. But a recent project by Bratislava-based architects gutgut has demonstrated that the outdated buildings can be updated to meet modern standards.
I meet a Viennese restaurateur fighting against convention while simultaneously supporting younger entrepreneurs.
Vienna’s city hall has levied a tax on public entertainment since the early 1960s but as of January 1 it is no more.
Austria bucked this year's political trend by rejecting a far-right candidate in its unprecedentedly protracted presidential election but many problems remain. I try to figure out what it all means for Austria and for Vienna.
The story of a piece of street furniture that’s become a contemporary design symbol of the Austrian capital.
You may know Austrian cinema’s greats like Fritz Lang, Ulrich Seidl or Michael Haneke but there is new talent on the horizon. I learn about the efforts to promote new Austrian cinema.
Demand for long-distance overnight services has been falling, leading many EU rail operators to phase out or shut down their midnight movers - with the exception of Austria.
In Vienna you are never far away from a green place: parks are plenty and vineyards and leafy hills are all within easy reach. I visit an elite membership club just outside the city that doubles as a social project helping refugees.
Austria has been trying to elect a president for months now but its plans keep coming unstuck - literally. The most recent attempt fell through because of an ineffective sealing mechanism on absentee ballot envelopes, dragging down the already depressed electoral mood.
The Soviet Union was better known for manufacturing shoddy knock-offs than producing premium goods but one product more than any other found a firm footing: Chinese-made canvas and rubber shoes called Dva myacha (Two balls), a Communist response to the success of Converse sneakers in the West. I meet a Moscow entrepreneur who has given them a new lease of life.
Moscow is hard to imagine without its ubiquitous kiosks, which sell everything from junk food to real estate, but now it seems their number may be up as city hall clamps down on what it says are illegally built structures.
The Armenian capital of Yerevan has many a fine structure to its name, all made of that characteristic reddish tuff that is indigenous to this tiny landlocked country in the South Caucasus. But there is one structure that draws attention like no other, the Cascade, the brainchild of a group of pioneering modernist architects from the 1960s.
The architectural and urban legacy of former Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov remains the subject of heated debate. While he condoned the destruction of historic buildings and streets, he also encouraged architectural experiments such as the city’s Egg House.