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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?
“Avenade” is a joint venture between Microsoft and Accenture that has created a new product purchase application. The application lets people interact with a movie screen while the film is playing, touching a good (i.e. a bag) and immediately knowing where they can buy that product and how much it costs.
“Casa Coop” is an on-line sit-com made by Coop (Italian supermarket chain) and spread on a social network owned by the brand. It is based on the daily lives of real people represented by actors including those who work in the supermarket. Scenes are shot within the stores themselves.