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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?
The Meadow store in New York and online, sells only four categories of products: salt, chocolate, alcohol and flowers. In limiting its product range so strictly it is celebrating the “classical pleasures of life” with a highly specialised offering.
This is a “haptic” floor tiling system that has a “deformable plate suspended on a platform”, which means when a user steps on the plate they can get different tactile sensations as if they are stepping on different surfaces. There is even top-down projection and speakers to use the visual and audio feedback. This means you get the crunch of snow and the rustle of leaves.