ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Swedish culture keeps bringing events to Italy: on July 5th the author Jonas Hassen Khemiri will be at the 2017 Literature Festival. The writer emerged between 2003 and 2004, his novels were later represented in Norway, France, UK (and translated into many languages, including Italian). The ‘Festival of Literature’ in Rome, that kicked off on June 20th at the Basilica of Massenzio (in Via dei Fori Imperiali) continues until 21 July.
From June 17th to September 17th, the Carlo Bilotti Museum (at Villa Borghese, in Rome) will host the ideas of the Finnish artist Markku Piri (already at Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence between March 23rd and June 4th) in autumn the paintings will arrive at the Museo del Vetro di Murano in Venice.
“The world is now designed by one species, for one species. The flow of rivers, the fall of rain, and the composition of the atmosphere have been reshaped by human hands.” This sentence opens the description that Michael Wang makes of his own exhibition "Extinct in the Wild": a collection of artificial habitats that expose various species of flora and fauna that no longer exist beyond the limits of the man-made environment.
Helsinki has an ambitious plan for its future: eliminating private cars by 2025. In order to achieve this goal, Helsinki has decided to modify its existing public transport network by transforming it into a more extensive and effective “mobility on demand” system. The aim is to create such an innovative network of shared means of transport that car ownership will be pointless in ten years.
According to the Green City Index, a research project conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit and sponsored by Siemens, Vienna is among the five “greenest” cities in the world. Only Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Oslo achieve a higher position in the ranking of European cities, whereas among extra-European cities only San Francisco obtains a slightly higher score.
In South West England lies a city which is at the forefront of energy and transportation planning. In terms of sustainability, this city has planned massive investments: 500 million euros for transport improvements by 2015, and 300 million euros for energy efficiency and renewable energy by 2020.
Vitoria-Gasteiz is considered one of the “greenest” urban areas in Europe. Located in the heart of the Basque Country, this Spanish city is a model for sustainable development and public space management. Its arrangement in “concentric circles”, modelled after Anglo-Saxon theories of urban planning, is one of the factors which led the city to earn the title of European Green Capital 2012.
In Norway when it comes to innovation the first words you hear are culture and environment. The autumn of 2014 will bring as a dowry to the city of Oslo a municipal public library that will be fully functional a couple of years later and whose specificity is the integration with the whole urban context around.
Who would have ever thought that cave art dating back more than 8,000 years could be treated like an 'infidel' and found guilty of religious offence to such an extent that they have to be obliterated? That's what happened in the fall of 2012 in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, when a group of Salafi Muslims destroyed a number of prehistoric stone carvings at an archaeological site.
A British crowdsourcing project brings the everyday heroes of the First World War back to life by Tom Highway Everyone was at that ‘party’. Paul Klee, a leading figure of Expressionism, Cubism and Surrealism, as well as of the Bauhaus movement, painted camouflage on German fighter planes. Maurice Ravel, the composer of Bolero, was a volunteer truck driver near Verdun. Basil Rathbone, cinema’s Sherlock Holmes, slipped behind enemy lines disguised as a tree, freeing hostages and sussing out military secrets.