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Pick of the day – September 1st

A debate on building (ir)regularities, in the afternoon three hikes with business pioneers.

11:30-12:30 | Erwin-Schrödinger-Saal | Building (ir)regularities: are standards necessary or impediments to creativity?

Helen Runting (Credit: privat).

Helen Runting is an urban planner and urban designer from Australia living in Stockholm who strongly approves of European building regulations. Standards of construction are a highly controversial topic. The ideal living space cannot be defined. Nevertheless, building regulations set parameters.

“If we deregulate, I see, unfortunately, quite a dystopian future. Take a look at the Grenfell Tower in London for example and the fire that happened there. For me regulation is a way of ensuring a basic quality of life and then having a discussion about what kind of life we wanna have. And it’s important that the discussion continues and that we update our regulations,” Runting says.

Helen Runting, Herwig Spiegl, Karl Wurm, Angelika Fitz (Chair)

15:00-17:00 | Meeting Point: Otto-Molden-Foyer | Alpbach Hike: Hiking with pioneers

Maximilian Tayenthal. Credit:

UPDATE: Due to the unfortunate weather, the Alpbach Hike of the Financial Market Symposium will commence at 15:00 in the Europa Foyer (downstairs) of the Congress Centre Alpbach. Afterwards the three events will take place in the rooms “Flora”, “Heiss” and “Rogger”.

Three hikes with business pioneers will close this year’s Financial Market Symposium. (If the weather is bad, the events will take place in Flora-Saal, Heiss-Saal and Rogger-Saal.)

The Armenian-Russian entrepreneur Ruben Vardanyan who founded the investment bank Troika Dialog (today known as Sberbank CIB) will take you on a short hike to the restaurant Rossmoos. Maximilian Tayenthal, founder of the Berlin start-up Number26, will take you to Zirmalm. Philantropist Rupert Graf Strachwitz will hike to Wurmhof.

Rupert Graf Strachwitz, Ruben Vardanyan, Maximilian Tayenthal, Claus Raidl