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  • Ginger: a secret, spicy friend in the kitchen

    By Eleonora Pallavicino on December 6, 2012 In Home Made, Suggestion
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    It’s always fun to challenge family and friends in finding out that secret ingredient that has given a special, unusual flavour to some dish we have cooked. In China, experiment after experiment, I met my perfect, secret and tasty friend: the ginger.
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  • Berlin-Shanghai: 88 days on the Silk Road

    By Manuela Castiglione on November 30, 2012 In Looking at China, Suggestion
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    “The traveller is active. He went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive. He expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes sight-seeing”, said Goethe almost three hundreds years ago. In 2012 two young German cousins shared this traveller´s attitude. Moritz and Paul decided to invest 88 days of their lives to travel by car all the way from Berlin to Shanghai fed up of the consumerist tourists´ culture: jumping from one airport to the other completely missing all the land that lies in the middle.
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  • Gordon Ramsay? 20,000 years ago was Chinese

    By Mauro Scanu on November 23, 2012 In Looking at China, Suggestion
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    The first cook in the history might be Chinese. Recently a group of archaeologists unearthed the oldest known samples of pottery in Xianrendong cave, in southern China. Lab analysis revealed that those fragments belongs to a large bowl – probably a cauldron to cook food, or possibly to brew alcohol – dating back to 20,000 years ago. This new finding suggests that hunter-gatherers in East Asia used pottery for cooking at least 10,000 years before farming appeared in that part of the world.
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  • Energize your thoughts with a coherent heart

    By Editorial team on October 26, 2012 In Senti-mentally, Suggestion
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    Great video by Gregg Braden, the New York Times best selling author, internationally renowned as a pioneer in bridging science, spirituality and the real world.
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  • The horse whisperer lady

    By Manuela Castiglione on October 24, 2012 In Senti-mentally, Suggestion
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    When I met Christiane it was one of those beautiful autumn days in Berlin with red and orange leaves carpeting the sidewalks. She was waiting for me sitting in a sunny spot of Café Lentz in a charming corner of Charlottenburg ready to tell me her story, step by step. It´s a story where rationality and feelings magically intertwine to always let the heart show the right way. She is Christiane Schwagrzinna known as the “Pferdefrau” (the “horse lady”)
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  • Made in the promotion of love and trust

    By Thomas and Christine on October 15, 2012 In Senti-mentally, Suggestion
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    Experiences as a traveller on the road can be significantly shaped by the people you meet. Brisbane-based, Iranian-New Zealander artist Nabil Azadi has translated this idea into his work, a book titled ‘For You The Traveller’. Hand bound with wood and covered in recycled rabbit fur, inside this little book you’ll find the contact details of some kind people dotted around the world, as well as hand drawn maps to assist in reaching them.
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  • When a sketchbook becomes the hyphen between two sensibilities

    By Steven Guarnaccia on October 9, 2012 In Senti-mentally, Suggestion
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    I recently paired up my senior thesis Illustration students at Parsons and gave them very small accordion-fold sketchbooks to draw in. I first asked them to come up with a strategy together for drawing in the sketchbooks, and then to fill them in 20 minutes. When I collected the books, I found that the pairs of students had taken quite different approaches to working together.
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  • We are feelings´machines that think

    By Editorial team on October 4, 2012 In Senti-mentally, Suggestion
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    We opened the month dedicated to "Senti-mentally" by citing Antonio Damasio, University Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Southern California. We would like to share this video with you because it explains really good the power of the collaboration between feelings and rationality.
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  • A “Green Land” in Venice, where canals turn into meadows

    By Silvia Vatta on September 17, 2012 In Aequopolis, Suggestion
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    I have the impression that year by year we detach ourselves from the real problems of our planet. There is a lot of talk about environment, ecology, energy, nuclear, water, sun... We talk a lot, but what are we doing? Where are we going? ... Each city seems to act like a world apart with a separate system. The "Common Ground" has to be the solution. This ist the keyword and title of The Venice Biennale of Architecture, that collected and proposed different visions for the common development of towns and cities.
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  • Thoughts and nostalgia of a “Wahl-Berlinerin”

    By Manuela Castiglione on September 6, 2012 In Aequopolis, Suggestion
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    I´m a so called “Wahl-Berlinerin”. It means that I freely choose this city to live. I am one of the three and a half millions of residents who live on this extremely wide surface of 890 square meters that after the fall of the wall it has been changing face every day. If you stroll around the city, you could be sure to come across a building site.
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  • The Brocante Festival of Contemporary Circus in Val Colvera

    By marcominuz on August 14, 2012 In Food for the mind, Suggestion
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    Ever since I was a child, the circus has meant for me a circular space and a world of subdued light, overcast by a deep blue canopy decorated with stars and faded by many years of performances. A world inhabited by rather unhappy animals, the laughter of children more engrossed than myself and enormous tubs of popcorn. Then suddenly, a few weeks ago, on a rainy day in the electric green of a mountain valley I discovered that my circus had a close relation.
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  • Making ideas happen

    By Editorial team on August 9, 2012 In Food for the mind, Suggestion
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    It´s a shame! There´s a lot of great ideas out there that do not go anywhere. Do you know why? Yes you know it for sure. Because you got one at least once in your life that has been patiently lying in your fridge.
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  • Eat, drink and be happy!

    By Manuela Castiglione on August 7, 2012 In Food for the mind, Suggestion
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    “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well” . I definitely agree with Virginia Woolf. So, I would like to share with you my love for food giving you some tips where to get special delicatessen here in Berlin. Your belly will thank!
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  • Mobility and discipline give new fuel to your ideas

    By Editorial team on August 1, 2012 In Food for the mind, Suggestion
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    Mobility. Travelling. Exploring the richness of the world. Not only key words to give tips to a friend stuck in the middle of the boring daily life but ideas for ourselves to explore the possibilities out there and enrich our brain with "good food": the world!
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  • Rebuilding the alternative laid-back Berlin. The former Jewish Girls School back to life

    By Manuela Castiglione on April 10, 2012 In Refresh, Suggestion
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    Despite the never ending transformation and rebirth the city went thruogh in the last 20 years, Berlin is still able to surprise its inhabitants and visitors for its capacity of constant blossoming.
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  • Refresh your cells and boost your mind-power and vitality

    By Editorial team on April 6, 2012 In Refresh, Suggestion
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    Two more days to Eastern! Two more days to eating and drinking with family and friends. And right now we would like to suggest to you a rapid and delicious way to "update" your cells and get fit physically and mentally in time for the new season. We got spellbound by the wonders of a raw food diet that we would like to share with you and get your impressions in case you already practice it.
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  • Florence: new fresh air out of beautiful dust

    By Silvia Vatta on April 4, 2012 In Refresh, Suggestion
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    The city of Florence, along with Venice, is celebrated by the world tourism as one of the most traditional artistic destinations in Italy. I visited Florence many..too many years ago. I have to admit that I always associated in my memory this city with something old and a bit dusty. Now I am here! What a surprise to notice how the city renewed itself in these years.
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  • The heart of Brazil in each flavour. The Mocotó restaurant in San Paulo

    By Danilo Rezende on February 27, 2012 In Different Cultures, Suggestion
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    Brazil is huge, so you can imagine that there are so many different cultures inside one. São Paulo synthesizes that. With its nearly 18 million inhabitants, people still come from all over the country to look for a more prosperous life. With them come their accents, way of behaving and, of course, their way of cooking.
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  • Love on the International Express

    By Chiara Basso on February 24, 2012 In Different Cultures, Suggestion
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    The number 7 subway line in New York is like a time and place machine: you can travel around the world in few hours and without changing train. How is it possible? At every station you can find a different culture and ethnicity.
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  • The premiere of “Italy, love it or leave it” in Berlin

    By Manuela Castiglione on February 19, 2012 In Different Cultures, Suggestion
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    With the victory of Fratelli Taviani´s movie the 62nd Berlinale film festival closes under the sign of “Italianness”. But when I thought the “party” was over I came across an independent documentary film entitled “Italy, love it or leave it” directed and interpreted by Gustav Hofer and Luca Ragazzi.
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  • Yutaka Makino at the DAAD Galerie in Berlin: pushing you to the limits

    By Manuela Castiglione on December 20, 2011 In Nomadic Knowledge, Suggestion
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    Are you a visual artist? Or you are a music composer that would like to innovate the conventional character of Berlin´s musical life? Or you are rather a writer and you want to engage a dialogue between cultures through the verbal mode of communication that you so well know is able to supercede all cultural limitations? ... Well, then you should apply for the Berliner Künstlerprogramm to get a scholarship and come to Berlin for one year.
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  • Alessandro Bergonzoni about “coopetition”

    By marcominuz on November 10, 2011 In Coopetition, Suggestion
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    The comidian and artist Alessandro Bergonzoni in interview about the concepts of competition and collaboration.
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  • A Q&A with Ross Lovegrove

    By admin on October 12, 2011 In Galleria illy London, Suggestion
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    Looking back over my notes from last night’s Q&A with industrial designer Ross Lovegrove, I’m struck by the breadth of topics covered in such a speedy sitting. If the designer’s conversation is as bright, colourful and complex as a patchwork quilt, what seams it together is enquiry. Question marks pepper my pages...
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  • The Wonder of Wanders

    By admin on September 26, 2011 In Galleria illy London, Suggestion
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    Galleria illy was abuzz with crowds of design fans this afternoon, as innovative product and interior designer Marcel Wanders visited to launch his Mini Can Can and Chrysalis lights and share his thoughts on the importance of “lightness” to the world of design.
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  • The naked place

    By Ariella Risch on September 5, 2011 In Place Not Place, Suggestion
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    “The naked place”. Should I give today a title to my editorial of the magazine issue of year 2004 on the topic “Place, Not Place”, I would call it like that. A naked place is a place that I can cover or fill with my presence, my choices and my content.
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  • A dream that comes true. Maggie Doyne: a young woman who dared.

    By Editorial team on August 31, 2011 In Orientation, Suggestion
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    “I can loose my sense of direction but I can´t loose the instinct to dream”. This quote by our Chief Editor started this month issue about “Orientation”. So we decided to close the month with a video about “a dream that comes true” by the 23 years old Maggie Doyne who tells her story at the Do Lecturers (Talks that inspire action).

    Maggie Doyne — Why the human family can do better from The Do Lectures on Vimeo.

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  • “Ex-offenders at the scene of crime”: David Goldblatt at la Biennale di Venezia

    By Manuela Castiglione on August 23, 2011 In Orientation, Suggestion
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    “Ex-Offenders at the scene of crime”: sad stories with a happy end. Stories of people who lost their bearings in life and found them again. Stories of the lack of a sound sense of direction, of an ethical guidance. Stories of people who did a crime and found in it the strength, also in desperately difficult circumstances, to go finally straight.
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  • Dare or not to dare. Choose or not to choose, this is the question of orientation

    By Ariella Risch on August 9, 2011 In Orientation, Suggestion
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    I can loose my sense of direction but I can´t loose the instinct to dream. I´ll pass this saying on posterity authorizing it to use it! In 2003 I faced this issue. After so many years I want to ask you all if we are able now to choose the right direction. To orient yourself means to choose, even browsing through all the abundance that surrounds us.
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  • The story of stuff: the life cycle of material goods

    By Editorial team on July 27, 2011 In Suggestion, The Dictatorship of the Consumption
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    A 20 minute animation of the consumerist society, narrated by Anne Leonard. The Story of Stuff explains where our stuff comes from and where it goes when we throw it away. It shows the life cycle of material goods and in simple words of our actual consumeristic society.
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  • Dead malls in the US: when the consumption falls out of fashion

    By admin on July 25, 2011 In Suggestion, The Dictatorship of the Consumption
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    When the Viennese immigrant Victor Gruen designed the first Mall ever, the Northland Shopping Center in 1954, he only had good intentions. Once the customers had entered this world, they were shielded from everything that stood in the way of shopping: noise and congestion, heat and cold, and, of course, the criminal, the homeless and the poor who roamed the historic city centers in increasing numbers as the middle class escaped to the new suburbs.
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  • Playing with clichés: Eastern souvenirs in Western sauce

    By admin on July 6, 2011 In Suggestion, The Dictatorship of the Consumption
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    Considering that Milan in July is definitely not a key destination for art crowds, I finally managed to find a must see exhibition, in a hot and humid post-Basel fair artistic vacuum (the most important appointment of the year for several Italian galleries ended the 17th of June with the close of Art Basel fair, and Liste the Basel young art fair).
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  • The Humboldt-Box in Berlin, breathtaking views and outrageous architecture

    By Manuela Castiglione on July 1, 2011 In architecture, Suggestion
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    The Humboldt Box has been inaugurated yesterday in the stormy Berlin weather. Walking along Unter den Linden direction Alexanderplatz, in the middle of the baroque Berlin, just in front of the Berliner Dom you cannot do without coming across this postmodern asymmetric building.
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  • Arte Povera: Pistoletto, Kounellis, Merz

    By Ariella Risch on December 7, 2010 In Art, Suggestion, Techno-Ecology
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    The arte povera movement remains strong, propelled by its most representative artists whose manifesto is to use or reuse materials available to anyone. I’ve been thinking about the arte povera artists I’ve met over the years – Michelangelo Pistoletto, Jannis Kounellis, Mario Merz who passed away in 2003 – and how I have personally experienced their message. From Greek-born Jannis Kounellis (1936) perhaps I best understood how the arte povera movement made its mark... For me, he embodies the contradictions of a consumer society that has to think about reuse if it wants to survive.
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  • Re+ recycled light (Prato Dec. 3 launch)

    By Editorial team on November 30, 2010 In Colour, Suggestion, Techno-Ecology
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    The RE+ light fixture is a project winner of La Casa del Terzo Millennio (2009); designed by Stefano Giovacchini (who told us recently about his profession of colour design, remember?) it's a flexible light fixture made from a plastic core that is re-used from the textile yarn dyeing process.
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  • Waste Land movie review: art, garbage, and social change

    By Editorial team on November 24, 2010 In Experiences, Suggestion, Techno-Ecology
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    Waste Land is a film about finding the beauty in an ugly place. It’s about garbage and recycling, sort of. Or it is a film about looking at art, or about making art. Or about the potential of art to change people. It is all these things and more, I think, as I attempt to digest the powerful story that I saw last night at the Italian premiere (part of the Lo Schermo dell’Arte film festival in Florence). Directed by Lucy Walker and featuring New York contemporary artist Vik Muniz, the documentary film recounts the three-year project by Muniz “as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of catadores, self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. His collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores.”
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  • Seductive Colour: A Conversation with Laura González

    By Editorial team on October 25, 2010 In Colour, Suggestion
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    Colour and attraction, Colour and seduction. They seem to go hand in hand. What role does colour play in the process of seduction by things or people? To verify my theory I consulted artist and seduction expert Laura González. Here is our conversation.
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