Urban Revitalization
20.09.2020 : Smart Cities Reader

Prof.Dr. G.M.Mutanov published in a joint project of al-Farabi KazNu , UNAI Global Hub on sustainability , the Ban Ki-moon Institute of Sustanability, the MDP/Global Classroom Program the monograph "Smart Cities on the Silk Road: International Experience of Sustainable Development of Cities". Reviewers of the Reader had been Professor Dr. B.Hallier and Prof. Dr. A. Satybaldin.


For Prof.Dr.Hallier the Reader shows that the New Road and Belt Initiative is not only a revitalization of the traditional Silk Road but that the city- and regional planners are in search for future benchmarks for smart cities. More of his views : PDF

15.08.2020 : Cologne Faces

In daily life permanently we are physically confronted with faces - also in social media we look for "faces" which are known to us - and the success of "facebook" is obvious a proof of this thesis. "Faces" are profiles - and agglomerations of faces can stand for example for friendship-groups, parties or CITIES .


The medical doctor and artist Dr. Sascha Lehmann (SAXA) from Cologne/Germany developped his personal style "to look behind the faces" . He interviewed for a public exhibition 12 personalities of the City of Cologne each for an hour about their life-experiences ; those recorded words became the tool-box for the artist : by giving the characters of the words each a special strength/shadow he created portraits in the size of 1 meter x 1 meter as in the case of Prof.Dr.B.Hallier . Both are also together with the Fluxus-Artist Mary Bauermeister partners in the KTG-Foundation for Art and Art Therapy (see).

15.07.2020 : Electronic City Marketing

Already in 1999 Prof.Dr.Hallier created an EHI-Workshop for Electronic City Marketing in Germany. In three steps within two years a concept was discussed with experts from the city marketing associations , IT-experts and retailers; a framework for a research-project defined and a pitch for communication agencies organized ( see pic : retail technology 4/01, p. 28/29 ) . A test should have been run in five cities ranging from small to medium and big cities.

"Unfortunately the financial support for the 3 million Euro by potential sponsors failed at that time : peanuts seen in the review of more than 20 years. All actors of city marketing would have gained a lot of know-how which in 2020 is urgently needed due to the Covid 19 disruption." Prof.Hallier claimed in welcome greetings for international guests of the 25th CORP Conference in the city of Aachen . ( more about the Conference at corp)

20.05.2020 : Myth & History

The Wartburg(Castle)/Germany - being an Unesco Heritage since 1999 - is a traditional symbol of myth&history. In 1206 the place was used by the six most famous poets and singers of that time like Wolfram von Eschenbach and Walther von der Vogelweide for a competition between each other. Some years later in 1235 the Pope honoured the late Princess Elizabeth of Thueringen by the status "holy" : she had been already an icon for the Poor when dying in the age of 24.


In 1521 the priest Martin Luther - while hiding in the Castle - translated the New Testimonial from the Latin Bible into the German language and inspired protestantism in whole Europe. Richard Wagner composed the opera "Tannhaeuser" on the background of the Castle and the surrounding. Nowadays the location is among others also the backstage for marriages like for (Marie-Christin Hallier) (at the pic).

15.04.2020 : Heritage Preservation

In the 19th century within the industrial revolution the coal and steel production with its polluted air caused the terminus "Black Country" as a label for the Midlands/UK. Mining and the production of nails, chains and anchors as well as for example the iron pillars of the Crystal Palace for the Great Exhibition of 1851 are standing for that time and the Midlands.


While the dominance of the heavy industry eroded in the middle of the 20th century a site of 26 acres of former industrial land was bought for a Black Country Living Museum nearby the city of Dudley. Original features like stores, a church and other 150 items have been augmented and a collection of 66.000 objects like cars, boats, pots and pans amassed for exhibition; volunteers and staff dressed in costumes of the past demonstrate the old crafts and habits.

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