On Monday, July 25, 2011 we had our first day at the INEX Green.Building.Solutions. 2011. In the first week we got picked up from our students’ home in the Molkereistraße 1 and went as a group to our first lectures at the BOKU Vienna.
On the first day we got to know the different organizations and did a lot of teambuilding. It is very important to get to know each other and to build relationships right from the beginning as we are going to spend three weeks together. We tried to find similarities and differences between cultures and talked about what sustainability means in different countries.
We also build some structures and had to compete against other groups to win the Marshmallow Challenge. The task was to build the highest freestanding structure in only 18 minutes of time. This was a lot of fun and brought out our competitive spirits.Marshmallow Challenge
In the evening there was a big reception at the Kuppelsaal of the TU. We heard key speeches of Helga Kromp-Kolb and Wolfgang Feist and a panel discussion about Sustainability and Green Buildings. The buffet was great and we had a first opportunity to get to know some of the speakers and professors we are going to hear in the next couple of weeks.
We are all looking forward to experience some great lectures and life changing experiences.

A tale of getting to know each other:

Once upon a time in a near past a group of scholars came to an enchanted place to study and to change the near and distant future and to make the world a better place…

To lead them on their quest there was Philipp from from Austria riding on an elephant. Some companions already knew the land but would still come back to see more like Leandro from Italy. And Julia from Austria would scout they way in her car whenever she felt bored, while Trond from Norway would jump out of airplanes while they are still working…

So they came from far and long, on boat and ship and train and plane and bus, as Chris from Greece, and even during their Holydays as Stefan from Austria, who had better things do to, or Juan from Spain who missed the sun, but in the end they were happy to be with this courageous group of learners…

They would prepare for their three weeks quest. Some would even bring their families and Martyn from Belgium would make coffee every morning, while Sara from Australia would provide them with nutritious Vegemite

Andrea from Austria would pray to the gods of laughter in the form of a yellow sponge, while Ivan from Zimbabwe would find comfort in nature… Alexandra from the Ukraine was very interested in Indian culture

Shruti from India and Anca from the US would see to it, that no animal should be killed, harmed or even used for making shoes, this of course means that only vegetables are a true vegans desire…

Monika from Italy would do a classical danse and Henrique from Brasil would provide the music. And even though Loulou likes to dance, she couldn’t because of a bruised rib, but Maljete would move and detach her shoulder to the rhythm…

Neda would not find anything special, and Dominik would not show us his special scar, while Liz would go on to live in 6 different countries over the next few months.

And as it is written in other epic stories Maximilian from Austria has stored in his archives of hundreds of data files, this specific story has just begun…

text and picture: Maximilian Eberl