September 10, 2016
UNESCO’S Creative Cities’ Network to meet in Ostersund, Sweden
Photo: Bank Palace, Ostersund, Sweden. Image Credit & Copyright © Anders.
Photo: Trees, Ostersund, Sweden. Image Credit & Copyright © Darcy Parks.
Photo: Students, Ostersund, Sweden. Image Credit & Copyright © Joel V.
The tenth Annual meeting of UNESCO’s Creative Cities’ Network (UCCN) will take place from 14 to 16 September in the Swedish city of Ostersund, which is a member of UCCN in the field of gastronomy. The event will bring together more than 250 representatives of the Network’s 116 Creative Cities, including 20 mayors.
AnnSofie Andersson, Mayor of Ostersund, will open the meeting with Alice Bah Kuhnke, Sweden’s Minister for Culture and Democracy, and Jyoti Hosagrahar, Director of UNESCO’s Division for Creativity.
The Annual Meeting is held to define the Network’s activities, support urban policies in favour of culture and creativity and foster partnerships between the members. It will provide the opportunity to affirm the role of the Network as an enabler of sustainable development in urban environments, in line with UNESCO’s Culture and Sustainable Urban Development Initiative and the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
“Every Annual Meeting of the Creative Cities Network represents an opportunity to strengthen the ties between its members,” said Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO. “The Network today comprises 116 cities in 54 countries and its diversity enhances its cooperation potential. The Network is a unique platform that helps place culture, creativity and innovation at the heart of sustainable urban development in the spirit of the 11th Goal of the 2030 Agenda.”
The main cultural urban policy achievements of the Creative Cities will be presented in several sessions and thematic workshops during the meeting.
The UNESCO Creative Cities Network covers seven creative fields: crafts and folk art, design, film, gastronomy, literature, music and media arts. Creative Cities work together to place creativity and cultural industries at the core of their local development plans and cooperate internationally through partnerships.
On 15 September, a creative business workshop will gather local and regional businesses as well as international guests to develop their networks and exchange views on the creation of new businesses.
Just ahead of the Annual Meeting, from 11 to 14 September, Mid Sweden University (MIUN) will hold a conference, “Valuing and Evaluating Creativity for Sustainable Regional Development”, which will examine ways to maximize the potential of urban-rural connections.
September 6, 2016
"Investment in Universities Pays" indicate the just announced QS World University Rankings 2016/2017
Photo: The University of Chicago Campus, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Image Credit & Copyright © Corey Seeman.
Photo: A building at the university campus. ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Image Credit & Copyright © Juhanson.
• The thirteenth edition of the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Rankings, announced today, indicates that investment in higher education - either public or private - is a key differentiating factor between this year’s risers (South Korea, Russia, the US, and China) and fallers (Most of Western and Southern Europe, South Africa, and Latin America).
- MIT is the world’s top university for the fifth consecutive year.
- Stanford, 2nd and Harvard, 3rd, follow.
- US institutions hold all top-three places for the first time since 2004/5.
- Western European institutions consistently suffer drops, particularly the UK and Germany. The University of Cambridge drops to fourth.
- Russia and South Korea rise significantly (16 top-500 universities compared to 13 last year).
- China progresses; Tsinghua (24th) achieves its highest-ever position.
- National University of Singapore (12th) leads Asian universities.
- Australia and Canada increase their representation in the top 200, with nine universities apiece, one more than last year.
- Latin America struggles, but sees a top-100 institution for the first time since 2006. Universidad de Buenos Aires (85th) occupies the second-highest rank ever achieved by a Latin American university.
- Universidade de Sao Paulo also occupies its highest-ever position (120th).
TOP 20 UNIVERSITIES 2016/2017
- MIT (US)
- STANFORD (US)
- HARVARD (US)
- CAMBRIDGE (UK)
- CALTECH (US)
- OXFORD (UK)
- UCL (UK)
- ETH ZURICH (SWITZERLAND)
- IMPERIAL COLLEGE (UK)
- CHICAGO (US)
- PRINCETON (US)
- NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE (SINGAPORE)
- NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (SINGAPORE)
- EPFL (SWITZERLAND)
- YALE (US)
- CORNELL (US)
- JOHNS HOPKINS (US)
- UPENN (US)
- EDINBURGH (UK)
- COLUMBIA (US)
QS World University Rankings 2016/17 — INDIA
QS RANK — INSTITUTION
- 152 — Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore
- 185 — Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)
- 219 — Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)
- 249 — Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)
- 302 — Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)
- 313 — Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP)
- 399 — Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR)
- 481-490 — Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG)
- 501-550 — University of Delhi
- 651-700 — University of Calcutta
- 701+ — Banaras Hindu University
- 701+ — Panjab University Chandigarh
- 701+ — University of Mumbai
- 701+ — University of Pune
74,651 academics and 37,781 employers contributed to the rankings through the QS global surveys, the largest of their kind. QS analyzed 10.3 million research papers and 66.3 million citations, indexed by Elsevier’s Scopus database.
• Ben Sowter, Head of Research, QS, said: “Institutions in countries providing high levels of targeted funding, whether from endowments or the public purse, rise. Conversely, Western European nations making or proposing cuts to public research spending lose ground to their US and Asian counterparts.”
The rankings include 916 universities from 81 countries. Thirty-three countries feature in the Top 200. The US dominates, with 48 institutions, ahead of the UK (30), Netherlands (12), Germany (11), Canada, Australia (9), Japan (8), China (7), France, Sweden and Hong Kong (5).
September 1, 2016
Fiat 124 Spider
Photos: The new Fiat 124 Spider. Images provided by & copyright © Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
The new Fiat 124 Spider revives the storied nameplate, bringing its classic styling and Italian performance to a new generation.
Designed at the Turin Style Centre, the new Fiat 124 Spider retains several trims and features of the original 1966 car and revisits them in a contemporary key. The Fiat 124 Spider has a slender, timeless silhouette, an attractive, classic and proportioned side panel, a low centre of gravity, a retracted passenger compartment and a long bonnet like a true sports car.
August 23, 2016
2016 Olympic Games come to a Close as Rio Rocks to Carnival Charm
Photo: 2016 Olympics, Rio de Janeiro. Men’s Marathon. Photographer: Alex Ferro. Image Credit & Copyright © Visit.Rio.
Photo: 2016 Olympics, Rio de Janeiro. Olympic Boulevard, Orla Conde, Rio de Janeiro. Photographer: Alexandre Macieira. Image Credit & Copyright © Visit.Rio.
Photo: 2016 Olympics, Rio de Janeiro. Canoe Slalom Whitewater Rapids competition. Photographer: Renato Sette Camara. Image Credit & Copyright © Visit.Rio.
Photo: 2016 Olympics, Rio de Janeiro. Sailing competition. Photographer: Renato Sette Camara. Image Credit & Copyright © Visit.Rio.
Photo: 2016 Olympics, Rio de Janeiro. A dancer entertains the crowd at Olympic Boulevard. Photographer: GAEL. Image Credit & Copyright © Visit.Rio.
Photo: 2016 Olympics, Rio de Janeiro. Artistic Gymnastics. Photographer: Renato Sette Camara. Image Credit & Copyright © Visit.Rio.
Photo: 2016 Olympics, Rio de Janeiro. Closing Ceremony. Photographer: JP Engelbrecht. Image Credit & Copyright © Visit.Rio.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, threw a spectacular party to celebrate the end of the 2016 Olympic Games. Closer in feel to a rock concert than a ceremony, the high-energy mix of music, dance and physical art neatly summed up the sense of joyful abandon that the city prides itself on.
Samba, frevo and choro - dances synonymous with Brazil’s rich musical heritage - all made a welcome bow with thousands of high-class athletes in attendance.
August 8, 2016
Mastercard Updates its Iconic Logo and Brand Identity
Photo: Attendees visit the MasterCard stand during the first day of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Feb. 22, 2016. (Carlos Alonso/AP Images for MasterCard). Image provided by & copyright © Mastercard News.
Photo: New MasterCard Logo. Mastercard is introducing an evolution of its brand identity - simplified, modernized and optimized for an increasingly digital world. Image provided by & copyright © Mastercard News.
Purchase, NY — Mastercard, one of the world’s most recognizable brands, unveiled the evolution of its brand identity, including a modernized and simplified update to its iconic red and yellow logo and new look and feel for branded communications and experiences. It was announced today.
“MasterCard is one of those unique brands that is instantly recognizable around the world,” said Raja Rajamannar, chief marketing and communications officer. “To thrive in this new digital world where business moves faster than ever, we want to modernize and elevate the brand in a design that is simple and elegant, yet unquestionably Mastercard.”
“We’ve been on a fantastic trajectory, with digital technology being an increasingly important part of our business,” Rajamannar added, “Now it’s time for our brand to embody the company we’ve become.”
Designing a brand mark to work seamlessly across all digital platforms, retail channels and connected-devices, while preserving its heritage was key to the overall effort, which also includes the most comprehensive brand design system ever introduced globally within Mastercard.
The evolved brand identity will be rolled out to all Mastercard products, communications, and experiences, starting with Masterpass later this month, and across Mastercard beginning in the fall.
August 5, 2016
International Olympic Committee (IOC) Elects New Officers and Members
Photo: Ukraine shooter Denys Kushnirov prepares to take a shot to win the gold medal of the 10m Air Pistol Boys Final Competition of the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games. Photo: SPH-SYOGOC/Kent Chow. Image provided by & copyright © International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon offers a toast at the dinner hosted by Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympics Committee (IOC), on the eve of the opening of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 04 August 2016. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. UN Photo/Mark Garten.
Photo: On Target. Archery. Marcus D’almeida of Brazil competes during the Men’s Recurve Individual match of archery event at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, on Aug. 26, 2014. Image Credit: Xinhua/Purbu Zhaxi. Image provided by & copyright © International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Photo: IOC President Thomas Bach arrives in Rio De Janeiro to attend the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. President Bach went directly to the Olympic Village from the airport to meet athletes and view the facilities in the village. Photograph by Ian Jones. Image provided by & copyright © International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Photo: Rio 2016: Olympic Torch Relay: Olympic Museum 29.04.2016 Lausanne, Switzerland. Photograph by IOC/A. Meylan. Image provided by & copyright © International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Photo: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. August 4, 2016: IOC President, Thomas Bach alongside the newly elected IOC members, L to R, Karl Stoss, Tricia Smith, Anant Singh, Auvita Papilla, Luis Alberto Moreno, Ivo Ferriani, Sari Essayah, and Nita Ambani during the third day of the 129th IOC Session at the Windsor Oceanic Hotel in Rio De Janeiro ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Photograph by IOC/Ian Jones. Image provided by & copyright © International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. August 4, 2016 — Two new IOC Vice-Presidents were elected along with seven new Members on the Executive Board at the 129th IOC Session ahead of the Olympic Games Rio 2016.
Juan Antonio Samaranch (ESP) and Ugur Erdener (TUR) will replace outgoing Vice-Presidents Nawal El Moutawakel (MAR) and Sir Craig Reedie (GBR). Five new and returning Members will also be joining the Executive Board: Gian Franco Kasper (SUI), Angela Ruggiero (USA), Sergey Bubka (UKR), Ser Miang Ng (SIN), and Willi Kaltschmitt (GUA). Ching-Kuo Wu and Patrick Hickey are resuming their seats as representatives of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) and the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) respectively. The new Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, Angela Ruggiero, replaces outgoing Chair Claudia Bokel, following the elections earlier this week. The newly composed EB will begin its work after the Olympic Games Rio 2016.
Following a proposal from the Executive Board, eight new IOC Members were elected at the 129th IOC Session ahead of the Olympic Games Rio 2016:
- Nita Ambani (IND);
- Sari Essayah (FIN);
- Ivo Ferriani (ITA);
- Luis Moreno (COL);
- Auvita Rapilla (PNG);
- Anant Singh (RSA);
- Tricia Smith (CAN); and
- Karl Stoss (AUT).
The newly-elected Members represent a cross-section of expertise from the worlds of sport, culture, medicine, sociology, business, law and management. Gender equality is guaranteed with four women and four men on the list.
Nita Ambani, from India, is the chairperson and founder of Reliance Foundation and a non-executive director of Reliance Industries. She is married to Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani. She is also owner of the Cricket Team — Mumbai Indians. She is the first indian woman to become member of IOC.
The addition of the new Members brings the total number of IOC Members to 98.
August 4, 2016
India's National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) Announces Revised Grading System
Photo: University of Mumbai, India. Image Credit: Steve.
The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) of India has informed that it has reviewed and revised its grading system from a four grade system to a seven grade system. More number of letter grades within the same CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) range will lead to further differentiation in quality of accredited institutions. The details of the revised grading system, being implemented from 1st July, 2016 onwards, are as follows:
The NAAC has further informed that the present system of descriptors for letter grades, i.e., Very Good, Good, Satisfactory, Unsatisfactory, has been discontinued in the revised grading system.
This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Mr. Prakash Javadekar, in parliament.
The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) is an organisation that assesses and accredits institutions of higher education (universities and colleges) in India. It is an autonomous body funded by the University Grants Commission of Government of India and is headquartered in Bangalore.
According to NAAC, “Assessment and Accreditation is broadly used for understanding the “Quality Status” of an institution. In the context of Higher Education, the accreditation status indicates that the particular Higher Educational Institutions (HEI) - a College, a University, or any other recognised Unit therein, meets the standards of quality as set by the Accreditation Agency, in terms of its performance, related to the educational processes and outcomes, covering the curriculum, teaching-learning, evaluation, faculty, research, infrastructure, learning resources, organisation, governance, financial well being and student services.”
July 30, 2016
International Tiger Day
Photo: Tiger cubs in Mysore, India. 01 April 1987. Mysore, India. UN Photo/John Isaac.
Observed annually on 29 July, International Tiger Day - also known as Global Tiger Day - seeks to promote the protection and expansion of wild tiger habitats and to gain support through awareness for tiger conservation. Some 97 per cent of all wild tigers have been lost in just over 100 years. As few as 3,000 tigers live in the wild today, and a number of tiger species have already become extinct.
With only a few thousand of the species remaining in the wild, mainly in Asia, the UN is reiterating its call for zero tolerance for wildlife crime as part of its 2016 Wild for Life campaign, which aims to mobilize millions of people around the world to take personal action to end the illegal trade in wildlife.
July 29, 2016
Miss Teen USA 2016 Competition is Underway
Photo: Alexis Wynne, Miss Colorado Teen USA 2016, helps to build a backpack for The Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth at The Venetian on Thursday July 28th. Tune in to the 2016 MISS TEEN USA Competition at 5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET live on Saturday, July 30, live from The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Teen USA 2016. Image provided by and copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Darren Decker.
Photo: Karly Knaus, Miss Wisconsin Teen USA 2016, helps to build a backpack for The Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth at The Venetian on Thursday July 28th. Tune in to the 2016 MISS TEEN USA Competition at 5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET live on Saturday, July 30, live from The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Teen USA 2016. Image provided by and copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Darren Decker.
Photo: Kate Pekuri, Miss Idaho Teen USA 2016, helps to build a backpack for The Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth at The Venetian on Thursday July 28th. Tune in to the 2016 MISS TEEN USA Competition at 5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET live on Saturday, July 30, live from The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Teen USA 2016. Image provided by and copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Darren Decker.
Photo: Tammy Vujanovic, Miss Vermont Teen USA 2016, helps to build a backpack for The Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth at The Venetian on Thursday July 28th. Tune in to the 2016 MISS TEEN USA Competition at 5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET live on Saturday, July 30, live from The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Teen USA 2016. Image provided by and copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Darren Decker.
Photo: Miss Teen USA 2015, Katherine Haik, rehearses for the upcoming show at The Venetian on Thursday July 28th. Tune in to the 2016 MISS TEEN USA Competition at 5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET live on Saturday, July 30, live from The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Teen USA 2016. Image provided by and copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Darren Decker.
Photo: Abby Larson, Miss Utah Teen USA 2016, rehearses for the upcoming show at The Venetian on Thursday July 28th. Tune in to the 2016 MISS TEEN USA Competition at 5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET live on Saturday, July 30, live from The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Teen USA 2016. Image provided by and copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Darren Decker.
Photo: Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach, walks the Red Carpet before the Miss Teen USA 2016 competition from The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Las Vegas on Saturday, July 30. Image provided by and copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Eric Tiu.
Photo: Karlie Hay, Miss Texas Teen USA 2016, reacts to being crowned Miss Teen USA 2016 at the conclusion of the live competition from The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Las Vegas on Saturday, July 30. The new winner will become a spokesperson for various charitable causes on behalf of The Miss Universe Organization. Image provided by and copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Darren Decker.
July 20, 2016
QS University Rankings: BRICS 2016 Announced
Photo: Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. Original building, built 1937. Image Credit & Copyright © Bill/USAFA87.
London, July 20, 2016 — Released today, the QS University Rankings: BRICS 2016 see Chinese universities confirm their dominance of the tables. Led by Tsinghua University (1st) and Peking University (2nd), China now occupies the top five spots in the ranking, and accounts for almost half (23) of the top 50.
Published annually, the QS University Rankings: BRICS compares leading universities in the five BRICS countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Collectively accounting for 42% of the world’s population, these five nations remain significant players in the changing global economy, and all have placed higher education at the center of plans for continued development.
For 2016, the ranking has been extended to feature the top 250 BRICS universities (previously 200). This expansion particularly benefits Brazil and India, which now have 54 and 44 entries respectively (compared to 40 and 31 last year). Nonetheless, China remains the most-represented nation, appearing 86 times, followed by Russia (55). South Africa has 11 universities featured, led by the University of Cape Town in 14th place.
Top 10 Universities in the BRICS Countries - Overall
(Based on the QS University Rankings: BRICS 2016)
Rank — Institution — Country
- Tsinghua University — China
- Peking University — China
- Fudan University — China
- University of Science and Technology of China — China
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University — China
- Indian Institute of Science Bangalore — India
- Lomonosov Moscow State University — Russia
- Nanjing University — China
- Zhejiang University — China
- Universidade de Sao Paulo — Brazil
The academic reputation indicator, based on a global survey of academics, awards full marks to four of the leading Chinese universities, as well as Russia’s Lomonosov Moscow State University and Brazil’s Universidade de Sao Paulo. All of these except the Russian institution also claim full marks in the employer reputation indicator, joined by the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.
INSTITUTIONS FROM INDIA
BRICS RANK — UNIVERSITY
- 6 — Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India
- 13 — Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), India
- 15 — Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD), India
- 19 — Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), India
- 22 — Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IITK), India
- 25 — Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP), India
- 39 — Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR), India
- 41 — University of Delhi, India
- 54 — University of Calcutta, India
- 54 — Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG), India
- 68 — University of Mumbai, India
- 88 — Jadavpur University, India
- 89 — University of Madras, India
- 101-110 — Banaras Hindu University, India
- 101-110 — Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India
- 101-110 — Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India
- 111-120 — National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India
- 111-120 — University of Calicut, India
- 121-130 — Amity University, India
- 131-140 — University of Pune, India
- 131-140 — Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh, India
- 131-140 — Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India
- 141-150 — Bharathidasan University, India
- 151-200 — Anna University, India
- 151-200 — Panjab University, Chandigarh, India
- 151-200 — Bangalore University, Bangalore, India
- 151-200 — Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University), India
- 151-200 — Andhra University, India
- 151-200 — Dr. Harisingh Gour University (University of Sagar), Sagar, India
- 151-200 — G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, India
- 151-200 — University of Kashmir, Srinagar, India
- 151-200 — University of Mysore, India
- 201-250 — Mangalore University, Mangalore, India
- 201-250 — Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Allahabad, India
- 201-250 — Shanmugha Arts Science Technology and Research Academy (SASTRA), India
- 201-250 — National Institute of Technology, Calicut, India
- 201-250 — Pondicherry University, India
- 201-250 — Cochin University of Science & Technology, India
- 201-250 — Goa University, India
- 201-250 — Indian School of Mines (ISM) University, Dhanbad, India
- 201-250 — Motilal Nehru NIT (MNNIT), Allahabad, India
- 201-250 — Sri Krishnadevaraya Univesity, India
- 201-250 — University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India
- 201-250 — VIT University, India
QS University Rankings: BRICS Top 10 Universities in India 2016 https://t.co/EPjnAWOeAS— Global Giants (@GlobalGiants) July 20, 2016
July 17, 2016
Chandigarh Capitol Complex declared UNESCO World Heritage Site
Photo: The Open Hand Monument, designed by Le Corbusier, is a symbolic structure located at Capitol Complex, Chandigarh, India. It is the emblem of the Chandigarh Administration and symbolizes “the hand to give and the hand to take; peace and prosperity, and the unity of mankind”. Image Credit & Copyright © Fernando Stankuns.
Photo: Pavillon Le Corbusier, Zurich, Switzerland. Image Credit & Copyright © Emiliano.
Photo: Chapelle Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, France. The Chapelle Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp was designed by Le Corbusier in the 1950s. It is one of the first and most famous post-modern architectural designs. Photographer, Image Credit & Copyright © Roiability.
Istanbul, Turkey, July 17, 2016 — Chandigarh Capitol Complex, India, has just been inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list as a part of “The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan, Switzerland)”.
The Chandigarh Capitol Complex comprises three buildings — Legislative Assembly, Secretariat and High Court.
India’s application for World Heritage Site status for Chandigarh Capitol Complex is actually part of an international effort as it involves 17 Le Corbusier buildings from Germany, France, Argentina, Japan, Belgium, Switzerland, and India - all collectively declared World Heritage by UNESCO.
The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan, Switzerland)—Chosen from the work of Le Corbusier, the 17 sites comprising this transnational serial property are spread over seven countries and are a testimonial to the invention of a new architectural language that made a break with the past. They were built over a period of a half-century, in the course of what Le Corbusier described as “patient research”. The Capitol Complex in Chandigarh (India), the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo (Japan), the House of Dr Curutchet in La Plata (Argentina) and the Unite d’habitation in Marseille (France) reflect the solutions that the Modern Movement sought to apply during the 20th century to the challenges of inventing new architectural techniques to respond to the needs of society. These masterpieces of creative genius also attest to the internationalization of architectural practice across the planet.
Following is the list of the 17 Le Corbusier sites that have been declared UNESCO World Heritage:
Year Designed: Site
- 1923: Houses La Roche and Jeanneret / Paris, France
- 1923: Small villa on Lake Geneva / Corseaux, Switzerland
- 1924: City Frugès / Pessac, France
- 1926: House Guiette / Antwerp, Belgium
- 1927: Houses in the Weissenhof-Siedlung / Stuttgart Germany
- 1928: Villa Savoye and gardener’s lodge / Poissy, France
- 1930: Building Clarity / Geneva, Switzerland
- 1931: Apartment building at Porte Molitor / Boulogne-Billancourt, France
- 1945: Housing unit / Marseille, France
- 1946: Manufacture in Saint Die / Saint-Die-des-Vosges, France
- 1949: Doctor’s House Curutchet / La Plata, Argentina
- 1950: Notre Dame du Haut / Ronchamp, France
- 1951: Shed Corbusier / Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France
- 1952: Capitol Complex / Chandigarh, India
- 1953: Couvent Sainte-Marie-de-la-Tourette / Éveux, France
- 1953: House of Culture of Firminy / Firminy, France
- 1955: National Museum of Fine Arts of the West / Tokyo, Japan
The 40th session of the World Heritage Committee, which opened in Istanbul, Turkey, on 10 July closes today. It is chaired by Ambassador, Director General of Cultural Affairs and Promotion Abroad of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lale Ulker.
• REACTIVE MONITORING
“Once a site is inscribed on the World Heritage List (and becomes a ‘World Heritage Property’), the State Party has to ensure that effective and active measures are taken for its protection, conservation and presentation. To do so, States Parties are encouraged to establish services for the protection, conservation and presentation of the heritage, to take appropriate legal, scientific, technical, administrative and financial measures to protect the heritage, not take any deliberate measures that directly or indirectly damage their heritage or that of another State Party to the Convention, and finally to provide information to the World Heritage Committee on the implementation of the Convention and on the state of conservation of their properties. To ensure that all possible measures are taken to prevent the deletion of any property from the World Heritage List, the World Heritage Committee has adopted a specific process, which is called Reactive Monitoring”.
• CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF WORLD HERITAGE SITES
“To be included on the World Heritage List, sites must be of outstanding universal value and meet at least one out of ten selection criteria. These criteria are explained in the Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention which, besides the text of the Convention, is the main working tool on World Heritage. The criteria are regularly revised by the Committee to reflect the evolution of the World Heritage concept itself”.
The elephant is the lion’s meat,
With drops of trickling ichor sweet;
Though lack thereof should come to pass,
The lion does not nibble grass.
— The Panchatantra.
July 13, 2016
'Porsche Experience For Women' Event In Leipzig, Germany
Photos: Leipzig, Germany - July 11, 2016: German actresses Claudia Eisinger and Julia Dietze with Porsche cars 718 Boxster S and 911 Carrera S at the ‘Porsche Experience For Women’ Event on July 11, 2016 in Leipzig, Germany. ((Images provided by Porsche AG. Copyright © Isa Foltin/Getty Images for Porsche AG).
Stuttgart & Leipzig, Germany — A Porsche is by far more than just a car: Porsche stands for an outstanding driving experience, timeless design, strong emotions and a special lifestyle. Two German actresses, Claudia Eisinger and Julia Dietze had the opportunity to find this out for themselves on the Porsche racing track in Leipzig on 11 July. Under the guidance of the Porsche Carrera Cup racing driver, Michelle Gatting, they both demonstrated their skills on Porsche’s own racing track. They both took on the challenging circuit at full tilt and it was clear to see that they were having a lot of fun. “I once sat in a Porsche and ever since then I have dreamt of driving one at full speed. The experience I had with Porsche in Leipzig today was better than I ever could have imagined: unlimited fun while driving, top speeds, pure adrenaline - and yet I still felt completely safe”, said Claudia Eisinger.
July 8, 2016
UN Secretary-General Visits Military Helicopter Peacekeeping Operations Centre in Beijing
Photos: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits the China Military Helicopter Centre for Peacekeeping Operations in Beijing. 07 July 2016. Beijing, China. UN Photos/Eskinder Debebe.
“The lion needs, for his appointing,
No ceremony, no anointing;
His deeds of heroism bring
Him fortune. Nature crowns him king.”
— The Panchatantra. Arthur W. Ryder’s Translation.
July 7, 2016
European Fashion Award FASH 2016 Awarded to Seven Promising Young Designers
Photo: Berlin, Germany — Young Fashion Designer and Award Winner Aylin Tamta during the European Fashion Award FASH 2016 at Neues Museum on June 28, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo © Isa Foltin/Getty Images for SDBI).
Berlin, Germany — At the start of Berlin Fashion Week, seven promising young designers were awarded the European Fashion Award FASH 2016. The awards, valued at EUR 200,000 in total, were presented in front of 250 guests on Monday evening by SDBI - Stiftung der Deutschen Bekleidungsindustrie (German Fashion Industry Foundation).
The Award Winners
- 1st prize: Flora Sophie Taubner and Lars Dittrich, Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle University of Art and Design (7th semester)
- 2nd prize: Julian Weth, Akademie JAK, Hamburg (7th semester)
- 3rd prize: Aylin Tomta, Fachhochschule Bielefeld (4th semester)
Graduate Projects Category
- 1st prize: Katharina Buczek, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design (Master’s)
- 2nd prize: Agnė Alaburdaitė, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (Bachelor’s)
- 3rd prize: Rani Maria Lange, Fachhochschule Bielefeld (Master’s)
This demanding competition attracts entrants from all over the world and is aimed at design students in their fourth semester and beyond. This year, the winning collections were selected from projects submitted by 151 participants from 28 countries.
July 4, 2016
L’ORÉAL STUDENTS FROM POLAND’S WARSAW SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS WIN L'ORÉAL’S 24TH EDITION OF BRANDSTORM
Photos: L’Oreal Ad and L’Oreal Brandstorm Winners 2016. Images provided by & copyright © L’Oreal.
On June 30th, 44 student teams from around the world gathered in Paris to compete in the 24th International Finals of L’Oréal’s Brandstorm business game. The teams, made up of three students from more than 300 universities around the world, were challenged to put themselves in the shoes of an international brand director of La Roche-Posay and help the brand attract and recruit young new consumers (15 to 25 years old).
The team “Fantasme” from Warsaw School of Economics from Poland won first place with their “Digitologist” concept; a web app that provides 3D skin scanning, online dermatological advice, and customized product recommendation. This “dermatologist in the digital sphere” solution addresses the common misconception among young consumers who associate a visit to the dermatologist with being sick. In addition to clearly understanding the brand values as well as the target, the team also provided a strong performance analysis of their business strategy.
Team “Le Charquican” from Adolfo Ibanez University in Chile came in second place with their extensive digital strategy including the “#BeInCharge” experience focusing on China, a market that represents a vast business potential and experiences air quality issues. Built around a wristband linked to a mobile application along with an educational campaign, the team’s strategy aimed to improve skin condition of young consumers while solving a major environmental problem.
Team “Epicphany” from Singapore Management University in Singapore took the third prize with their “#BeSensitive” concept where they want to encourage young consumers to embrace their sensitive side, both emotionally and where their skin is concerned. The strategy included a one-stop portal for skin evaluation, a “Smart Skincare Companion” mobile application, as well as a World Sensitive Day initiative.
This year, the L’Oréal Brandstorm selection jury was made of Nicolas Hieronimus, President Selective Divisions at L’Oréal, Jerome Tixier, Executive Vice-President Human Resources at L’Oréal, Lubomira Rochet, Chief Digital Officer at L’Oréal, Brigitte Liberman, Worldwide President Active Cosmetics Division at L’Oréal, Laetitia Toupet, La Roche-Posay International Brand Director at L’Oréal and Guive Balooch, Global Vice President of R&I Tech Incubator at L’Oréal.
Over the years, a total of more than 95,000 students coming from 58 different countries have participated.
Brandstorm is an innovative development Program for students and a recruitment tool for L’Oréal. It enables the Group to get an on-the-job evaluation of participants and to spot the best talents from around the world. Many countries have current employees who were recruited thanks to Brandstorm and who have gone on to have thriving careers. Every year, L’Oréal recruits between 150 to 200 students via Brandstorm.
L’Oréal has devoted itself to beauty for over 105 years. With its unique international portfolio of 32 diverse and complementary brands, the Group generated sales amounting to 25.26 billion euros in 2015 and employs 82,900 people worldwide. As the world’s leading beauty company, L’Oréal is present across all distribution networks: mass market, department stores, pharmacies and drugstores, hair salons, travel retail, branded retail and e-commerce.
July 1, 2016
UNESCO World Heritage Committee to Meet & Examine Nominations in Istanbul, Turkey, 10 to 20 July, 2016
Photo: Istanbul, Turkey. UNESCO World Heritage Committee would meet & examine nominations in Istanbul, Turkey, 10 to 20 July, 2016. Image Credit & Copyright © Jeremy Brooks.
Photo: Secretariat Building (part of Capitol Complex), Chandigarh, India - Le Corbusier. UNESCO World Heritage Committee would examine Chandigarh Capitol Complex under the following nomination (jointly filed by seven countries): “The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan, Switzerland)”. Image Credit & Copyright © David Quinn.
The World Heritage Committee will examine proposals to inscribe 29 sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List during its 40th session (10 to 20 July, 2016), which will be chaired by Ambassador Lale Ulker, General Director for Overseas Promotion and Cultural Affairs at the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The session will be held at the Istanbul Congress Centre.
The Committee will examine the nomination of nine natural, 16 cultural and four mixed sites, i.e., properties that are outstanding both for their natural and cultural characteristics. It will also examine the state of conservation of 108 sites already on the World Heritage List and of 48 sites on the World Heritage in Danger List.
The Following Nominations will be Examined:
- Mistaken Point (Canada)
- Hubei Shennongjia (China)
- Techno-volcanic Ensemble of the Chaîne des Puys and Limagne Fault (France)
- Lut Desert (Islamic Republic of Iran)
- Western Tien Shan (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan)
- Archipiélago de Revillagigedo (Mexico)
- Sanganeb Marine National Park and Dungonab Bay—Mukkawar Island National Park (Sudan)
- Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex (Thailand)
- Mountain Ecosystems of Koytendag (Turkmenistan)
Mixed Sites (Natural and Cultural):
- Pimachiowin Aki (Canada)
- Ennedi Massif: Natural and Cultural Landscape (Chad)
- Khangchendzonga National Park (India)
- The Ahwar of Southern Iraq: Refuge of Biodiversity and the Relict Lanscape of the Mesopotamian Cities (Iraq)
- Antigua Naval Dockyard and Related Archaeological Sites (Antigua and Barbuda)
- The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan, Switzerland)
- Stecci—Medieval Tombstones (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia)
- Pampulha Modern Ensemble (Brazil)
- Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art Cultural Landscape (China)
- Roman Urbanism of the Zadar Peninsula with the Monumental Complex of the Forum (Croatia)
- Archaeological Site of Philippi (Greece)
- Excavated Remains of Nalanda Mahavihara (India)
- Persian Qanat (Islamic Republic of Iran)
- Nan Madol: Ceremonial Centre of Eastern Micronesia (Federated States of Micronesia)
- Archaeological Site and Historic Centre of Panama City [Significant boundary modification of the Archaeological Site of Panama Viejo and Historic District of Panama] (Panama)
- Antequera Dolmens Site (Spain)
- Phu Phrabat Historical Park (Thailand)
- Archaeological site of Ani (Turkey)
- Gibraltar Neanderthal Caves and Environments (United Kingdom)
- Key Works of Modern Architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright (United States of America)
Sites Proposed for Danger Listing:
- Dja Faunal Reserve (Cameroon)
- Talamanca Range—La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park (Costa Rica/Panama)
- Lower Valley of the Omo (Ethiopia)
- Old Towns of Djenne (Mali)
- Kathmandu Valley (Nepal)
- Historic Centre of Shakhrisyabz (Uzbekistan)
- Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex (Thailand)
From 29 June to 11 July, Istanbul will host a World Heritage Youth Forum, which will bring together young people from different parts of the world who are committed to the protection of heritage. They will adopt a Declaration which will be presented to the Committee during its opening session.
June 30, 2016
FERRARI AT GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED
Photos: Ferrari cars at Goodwood Festival of Speed, Goodwood, England. Images provided by & copyright © Ferrari S.p.A., Italy.
Goodwood, England, 24 June 2016 - The Goodwood Festival of Speed opened with another outstanding display of cars from Ferrari. The California T Handling Speciale, 488 GTB, 488 Spider, and F12df were all taking part in the Michelin Supercar Run in which cars tackle the famed 1.6 mile hillclimb that features the notorious Molecomb Corner and the famous Flint Wall.
Ferrari 488 GTB - Official video / Video ufficiale - https://t.co/rpLgqGjzAb— Global Giants (@GlobalGiants) June 30, 2016
June 29, 2016
Porsche India Celebrates Arrival of the New Porsche 911
Photo: Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet. Image provided by & copyright © Porsche AG.
Photo: Newly arrived Porsche 911 Carrera in Mumbai. Image provided by & copyright © Porsche India.
Photo: Pavan Shetty, Director, Porsche India, with a newly arrived Porsche 911 Carrera. Image provided by & copyright © Porsche India.
Mumbai: Bursting with more power, refined design and increased efficiency, the new Porsche 911 range has arrived at in India showcasing cutting-edge technological advancements in what is the most highly evolved 911 to date.
Now available in a range of model variants including coupe and cabriolet, the new 911 features entirely new turbocharged power units evolved from the racetrack to the road, as part of Porsche’s commitment to technology transfer. This gives the world’s best-selling sports car a boost in performance alongside significantly improved fuel economy. On the exterior, the new 911 impresses with an evolutionary yet further sharpened design, while inside it features the new Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system delivering improved connectivity and controls.
Speaking at the launch event of the new 911 range, Pavan Shetty, Director, Porsche India, commented: “With its unique success story, the Porsche 911 is a car that has achieved iconic status over the decades and we are immensely pleased to be sharing its latest evolution with our enthusiasts and customers here in India. This model represents standard-setting sports car performance along with the convenience of everyday usability, all packaged in a legendary design. Thanks to the extensive range available right from the start, there is a 911 for every driver with each type boasting one overriding trait: pure Porsche performance. The innovations, which allow each version to deliver even more power but with increased efficiency, are nothing short of ground breaking and further extend the 911’s position as a segment leader.”
June 28, 2016
Mercedes-Benz Offers Most Affordable Convertible in the USA
Photo: 2017 smart fortwo Cabrio. Image provided by & copyright © Mercedes-Benz USA.
Atlanta: Mercedes-Benz USA today announced pricing for the 2017 smart fortwo cabrio. Arriving in U.S. dealers this fall, the smart fortwo cabrio will start at just $18,900, launching as the most affordable convertible on the market.
The introduction of the all-new smart fortwo cabrio represents the most expressive variant of the new model series. Last offered as a 2015 model, the new smart fortwo cabrio is the only convertible priced under $20,000 available in the United States. Customers can now park virtually anywhere and navigate narrow or city streets and highways effortlessly, all while enjoying the cabriolet lifestyle at an affordable cost.
The open-top two-seater is three cars in one: at the touch of a button the new smart cabrio is transformed from a closed two-seater into a car with a large sliding canvas sunroof, or a full-fledged cabriolet with the soft top completely open. This enables the fresh air driving experience to be adapted to the weather or the driver’s mood.
Quick and convenient to operate, the new power soft top operates at any speed and retracts in 12 seconds.
smart, a part of the Mercedes-Benz USA portfolio, is headquartered in Atlanta. The smart model line consists of eight fortwo models in both gasoline and electric.
June 26, 2016
ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS CELEBRATES LARGEST GATHERING OF ROLLS-ROYCES IN THE WORLD
Photo: ROLLS-ROYCE DAWN. Image provided by & copyright © Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
Photo: Rolls-Royce celebrates 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed. June 27, 2016. Image provided by & copyright © Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
23 June 2016, Goodwood, England — Rolls-Royce Motor Cars celebrates the largest gathering of Rolls-Royces in the world this weekend at the 57th Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club Annual Concours and Rally. The spectacular setting of Burghley House in Stamford, Lincolnshire provides the perfect backdrop for a record number of motor cars, with over 1000 heritage and contemporary Rolls-Royces attending the event.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is honouring the occasion with a display of six Bespoke models, hand-built by craftsmen and women at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood. Examples of Phantom, Ghost, Wraith and Dawn will be on display. The motor cars, hosted by a team of experts from the manufacturing plant, are expected to draw large crowds throughout the three-day event.
The Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club caters for anyone with an interest in the motor car products of Rolls-Royce. From just 11 people at the inaugural meeting in 1957, membership is now approaching 10,000, making it the largest club of its kind in the world. Membership is open to owners and non-owners alike and members are drawn from all walks of life and from many countries around the world.