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ESA Social Theory Conference, Innsbruck, September 11-13, 2008

centres, exhibition halls, cafés and numerous other projects. As this trend continues, inhabitants and visitors alike enjoy the attractive changes in the cityscape, a harmonious blend of modern and historical architecture.

Nestled in a gentle basin and ringed by towering

mountains,

Innsbruck’s

unique

location

certainly

requires some unique architecture. This has become most evident in sports venues and projects dedicated to other leisure activities, representing the close link between urbanity and nature. Probably the most striking examples of such interaction are the Bergisel ski jump (2002) and the newly opened Hungerburgbahn funicular railway (2007), both of them designed by Zaha Hadid. Besides being an exceptional sports venue

for

professional

athletes;

its

viewing

deck

and

The sports district to the south of town comprises the ski jump, a football stadium (extended for EURO 2008) and ‘Olympiaworld’, the recently expanded Olympic ice rink complex. Olympiaworld includes also the Igls bobsleigh, luge and skeleton track, built in 1976 for the Winter Olympics and completely refurbished from 2005 to 2007. The technical features of this spectacular structure are now once again state-of-the art, and its outer shell is fitted with steel and aluminium. The buildings at the start and finish of the track as well as all public areas were rebuilt or extended. At the cupola- shaped Bobcafé spectators can relax from the excitement of the races. Anyone wanting to make a truly nerve-tingling experience can book a seat on a guest or racing bobsleigh and tear down the run’s

bends and gyroscope just like accompanied by an experienced pilot

.

a

pro,

safely

panoramic restaurant have turned the Bergisel ski jump into a popular tourist attraction.

Dance Temple and Roaring Sixties.

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    Jazz, hip-hop, reggae and grunge into the early hours.

Whether you want live music or party vibes Innsbruck's nightlife scene has something to suit all tastes. From dusk till dawn bars, clubs and music venues provide non-stop meeting points for all party animals. If you are on the look out for concerts and DJ events then you'll have found the right address at the Treibhaus, the Hafen and pmk. The Treibhaus in Angerzellgasse (very close to Sowi & Golden Roof) is the oldest alternative venue in Innsbruck, but even so, it still has one of the "youngest" gig programmes. Almost every day, musicians perform international jazz, hip-hop and Latin; it is also a venue for salsa discos, DJ events and cabaret evenings. Apart from the two event rooms in the "Tower" and on the ground floor, there is a spacious daytime and evening café on the ground floor and a jazz club in the cellar, both of which offer plenty of variety. The Hafen, near to the "West" motorway exit, specialises in pop, rock and heavy metal. Pmk (Platt-

form mobiler Kulturintiativen or platform of mobile cultu- ral initiatives), an amalgamation of more than 20 cultu- ral clubs, puts on alternative rock, electro-pop, grunge and heavy metal concerts in Viaduktbogen 19 at very reasonable prices.

We now find ourselves in yet another centre of Innsbruck's music scene, in the so-called Bögen or the Arches. Since 1985, bar after bar has opened in the arches of the railway viaduct, including the cool Babalon, the Project, the Plateau, or the Weli. If you are up for an Innsbruck "pub crawl" with only short distances between watering holes, plus many different types of bars, then the Arches will be just the place for you. Whatever your tastes, if you're visiting Innsbruck, it's worth enquiring about up-and-coming events. DJ Sundays by DKK (DJ Coffee and Cakes) are held in the Kulturgasthaus Bierstindl and club nights with international DJs and live acts take place on a regular basis in the Sinne in Wilhelm-Greil-Strasse, in the Hafen and in the Gothic cellar of the Hofburg.

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