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Aesthetics and Happiness

In a bygone age, virtue was to be expressed through earnest exertion. That mastered nature while, more recently, happiness was derived from the material possessions that a career provided. In a globe where the environment no longer seems limitless, meaning will be increasingly sought in workplaces that are genuinely committed to corporate social responsibility.

Capitals of Culture

Each year two cities from two pre-determined states are selected as Europe’s Capitals of culture (ECoC). Criteria such as the artistic quality of the presented program and its overall european vision determine which city is to represent for the coming year the richness and diversity of european cultures.

Getting the ‘Green Light’

Looking green, thinking green, shaping green cities, and living green seem to be the contemporary ‘must do’ things. Green thinking really can bring positive change in cities worldwide. Local administrations are leading the way. They know that improving quality of life brings benefits. The challenge of greening the economy has been taken very seriously by local governments, since this is one of most effective drivers for improving quality of life in large and medium-sized urban areas. ...

The Cost of Doing Business

The problem is becoming constantly more urgent, not just for governments, but for businesses as well, and companies can benefit from an active contribution to a less polluted site and city. When it comes to deciding on the location of a plant or an office, executives typically consider a combination of business opportunities, tax advantage corporate structures, and low costs, including the cost of environmental regulation. All of which is quite normal! In many countries  one would also look ...

Simplicity & Sustainability

The office furniture industry has suffered as a result of the economic crisis. During a downturn, companies concentrate on “saving money”, cutting back on new office furniture, ignoring the fact that such investment accounts for just 1% of company costs.  The global economic situation is creating difficulties all round. What are the prospects for the office furniture industry? MARKET SITUATION Claudio Feltrin, CEO of Arper (Italy) is brave-hearted, and tells us “We are fighting ...

Best Vintages

Taking a glance at the world and looking for the best vintage of the years 2000, it is difficult to have a single answer. This is another evidence for the richness of the wine-world! The useful indication below, directly spoken out by the producers, will drive your curiosity in a successful tasting experience! Asking major rising wine producers worldwide about the future prospects of wine, we discovered three main drivers of development. First and foremost: the tremendous effort that ...

Producers and Experts

When you ask winemakers which has been the best vintage of the new millennium through 2008 the answers will be different for each of them. In SW Europe probably 2004, 2006 and 2007 were the best vintages, in Greece we had an exceptional 2005, while in Germany 1999 and 2006 were two great years. It is more difficult to have a “fair vintage statistic” for South Africa, Argentina or Australia since, there, wine-makers are striving continuously and successfully to make better and better ...

Medium Size is Better

A prize for merit still not have been realized, maybe it is only a wish, a hope, an act of trust. Regarding this, we could summarize the decision to award the Nobel Prize to the President of United States, Barack Obama as one of the most discussed issues for the last part of 2009. Without taking a stand on the issue, one fact seems to stand out: that an individual’s wish to act is more likely to succeed if it enjoys the diplomatic, economic and military backing of a major nation, as ...

Olympics, Work in Progress

“I confess to you if I die right now my life would have been worth it” said Brazil’s president Luiz Inácio Lula after the proclamation of Rio de Janeiro as the city of choice for the 2016 Summer Olympics. President Lula celebrated Rio’s victory over American (Chicago), Spanish (Madrid) and Japanese (Tokyo), “rivals”, insisting that it was time for new continents to host the Games, and labelling the opportunity as “unparalleled” for his country. Lula’s joy and ...

Sleeping Tigers

Parag Khanna is the Director of the Global Governance Initiative and Senior Research Fellow in the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation. And he is the author of the international best-seller The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (Random House, 2008), which has been translated into over a dozen languages. Twsm interviews Khanna, about the phenomenon of the “Four Asian Tigers” that he describes as being tranquillized lately and almost to be ...

Invest in Beauty

We collect for love, for fad, for gaining prestige to our position in the society and for permanence in time, in fact after death since art remains a symbolic value. People collect for vanity as well, but in a generous way because private collections could be open to the public. And usually people collect also as a way of investing their money, making their resources visible and tangible for. The relation between art and money encourages consideration regarding the motive from collecti...

Environmental Quality

Environmental quality has a key role concerning workers’ physical and psychological wellbeing. What does it mean for an architect to create a workplace that generates wellness? “From corporate headquarters to university research centres, buildings should generate a sense of community by providing informal spaces for interaction and the open exchange of ideas. Through a number of projects, we have shown how the design process can question our assumptions about buildings...