Corinna Mascherin is a graduate student of the M.A. Transcultural Studies at Heidelberg University. During her undergraduate education in Japanese studies at Ca’ Foscari University she lived in Venice, where she appreciated a lively multicultural environment, and experienced the benefits of a human-sized urban landscape which promotes a life in harmony with nature. In Heidelberg, numerous seminars coordinated by the Chair of Visual and Media Anthropology have nurtured her academic interest in how we can live together in cities in more sustainable, community-oriented, and engaged ways. She is currently researching on intentional communities, ecovillages and bottom-up counter-hegemonic modes of living.