Urban Revitalization
10.08.2018 : Eremitage

The first art-collection of Zar Katharina II originates from Prussia/Germany. The textile merchant and owner of the "Aechte Porcelaine Manufacture" in Berlin, J.E.Gotzkowsky (1710-1775), bought in 1763 for the Prussian King Friedrich II 225 Dutch and Flamish paintings, which the King had ordered but due to the costs of the Seven-Years-War (1756-1763) between Austria and Prussia had been no longer affordable for Frederic II.

Gotzkowsky solved his own liquidity problem which derived from that situation by a deal with the Russian aristocrate W.S.Dolgoruki : the Russian got the paintings (passing them on to Katharina II in 1764) and Gotzkowski got in turn grain for the horses of Frederic II. Based on this initiative and the accumulation of art within the next two centuries now the Eremitage Gallery in the former Winter Palace in St.Petersburg attracts visitors from all over the world.

10.07.2018 : City Ambassador Beethoven

Bonn was founded by the Romans 2000 years ago; internationally famous it became as West Germany's capital after World War II. But the most famous figure/symbol is the composer and piano-player Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827) being born in Bonn.

The sculpturer E.Hähnel had created a statue at the date of Beethoven's 75th birthday; in 2007 Europe's oldest still operating manufacturer for puppets/figures for retail/craftsmen/art placement MOCH/Cologne (www.moch.com) sponsored 50 copies of the statue (see photo in this News) - and another one for the main building of the United Nations in New York as an ambassador for the 2020 Beethoven Anniversary.

01.06.2018 : Multi Channel

At its conference in the city of Bochum/Germany the North Rhine Westphalia (NRW) Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) stressed that for growth in retail Multi Channel is a must! NRW-Minister Prof.Dr.Pinkwart (picture) offered credits for small and medium sized companies to help to implant digital investments.

To the conference were also invited speakers from the Netherlands, Austria and Sweden. Prof.Dr.Hallier during the small talks pointed to the fact that in the history of the EuroShop exhibition it was proved that scouting for best practices for retail had to go beyond the own borders. Also EuroCIS was successfully established internationally to empower retailers through IT.

18.05.2018 : Mayors' Club

Five years after the announcement of the Chinese President Xin Jinping to support the revitalization of the historic Silk Road by a billion US $ investment - now in 2018 in Astana/Kazakhstan 60 mayors of cities along the Silk Road gathered to sign a memorandum for a joint Club ( see more : www.dailymotion.com/video/x6nihg5)

Prof. Dr.B.Hallier - participating as a guest at the Mayors' Round Table - sees a parallel in this action to the Hanse-Organization during the Middle ages which at that time was the driver of innovation and globalization around the Baltic Sea (see also: www.european-retail-academy.org/BUN). "Cities can act jointly solving problems by creating cross-border solutions; University Networks of Applied Sciences can help in this dialogue" Hallier stated.

16.04.2018 : Shine Astana

The City of Astana was founded as the new capital of Kazakhstan after the collaps of the Soviet-Union. Within its twenty years of existance it got already a high image due to its futuristic sky-line, its Global Summits supported by the group of Astana Nobel Laureates and finally in 2017 by the EXPO.

For the 20th Anniversary of Astana in 2018 Sir Karl Jenkins , one of the greatest modern composers, created the oratorio "Shine Astana" which was performed by a combination of 500 singers from choirs from 10 Silk Road countries and by 300 musicians. Its premire took place at the First Silk Road Mayors Joint Conference which according to Prof.Dr.B.Hallier was a historic and cultural highland for all the region.

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