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Al fresco reading
Since June 2009 the citizens of Salbke (a ward of Magdeburg, in Eastern Germany) have had their own 24hour open-air library. Locals can borrow from over 10,000 books that have been privately donated from all over the country. It all started as a temporary project, but due to its success Salbke’s citizens now minister the project by themselves.
Why it matters
An architect’s office, the government's support, a local beer brewery and most importantly the citizens’ passionate commitment made this unorthodox project possible. Will more brands (like the brewery Hasseröder) have to participate in such local initiatives to create true social value of outdoor space and therefore brand value?
Ebarrito is a 100% organic shop that believes “green is the new black”. The stores, including display units and lighting, are all completely made of cardboard. Plus, everything is made locally in Italy, avoiding the impact of transporting and moving raw materials.
Beta Spaces is a one day festival of non-traditional art exhibitions. Instead of galleries, Beta Spaces uses alternative locations such as artists’ apartments, local cafes and even Smartphone apps to showcase the work of over 400 artists.