Humanity is undergoing an alarming crisis of trust and human dignity. Pompous politicians, hidden hackers, and unaccountable executives are, unfortunately, actively shaping our world this very moment. They are unapologetic as they put forces of fear and coercion to use as weapons of manipulation, control, and obstruction of truth. Often these ‘weapons’ are masked within political rhetoric that is working to undermine progress, by pitting humans against ourselves.
Apathetic to the fate of humanity, these fear mongers are willing to forego any sense of the greater good for their own personal vengeance, political or economic gain, or sheer ego. Perhaps most disturbing is the fact that greater society sometimes falls victim, allowing the self-destructive behaviors and persuasion tactics of a few to permeate into our own beliefs and values, leading to a state of perpetual distrust. When this happens, we all fail.
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At the Bloomberg Center’s Cornell Tech building, by Pritzker Prize architect Thom Mayne, the New York DNA is part of the conceptual project. The outdoor texture has captured the skyline of Manhattan; the panorama is expressed through a green camouflage organic, steel skin. This shines and naturally changes during the day through the sun rays in the heart of Roosevelt Island’s campus. The aluminium panels register a continuous image which merges the river view scenery. Each pixel of the image is translated into the specific turn-and-tilt of a two-inch circular tab punched into the paneling. The depth and rotation of each of the tabs determines the amount of light reflected. This pixel map and its algorithm were fed into a repurposed welding robot, developed in collaboration with Cornell and MIT students.
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The time of grey suits is coming to the end – business now strives to be more innovative, creative and inclusive. To achieve that, we can look towards something that’s already all these things – the arts.
Some years ago The Arts Council (England) said that art:
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- Helps people “understand, interpret and adapt to the world around them.” To ensure long-term success of the business, it is essential that our strategies include understanding the world around us and our communities. We need to constantly adapt to survive – art can help.
- Brings “colour, beauty, passion and intensity to lives.”
- Builds people’s skills, confidence and self-esteem.