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Renowned Design Institutions Domus Academy and Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano (NABA) Team Up with Tsinghua University to present Noosphere XX1: A Model for the Production of Knowledge, at the XXI Triennale International Exhibition in Milan

Open to the public beginning on April 2, 2016 and located at the centre of the XXI Triennale International Exhibition, the Pavilion in the Triennale Garden explores new scenarios between Past, Present and Future, inspiring new educational forms in the world of design

MILAN, March 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — World renowned design institutions Domus Academy and Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano (NABA), along with the elite Tsinghua University, the first Academy and most important Chinese research institute for art and design, are proud to announce the opening of the Noosphere XX1: A Model for the Production of Knowledge Pavilion. The exhibit is part of the XXII Triennale International Exhibition 2016 and is open to the public beginning on Saturday, April 2, running through April 17, 2016.

Students from world renowned design institutions Domus Academy and NABA (Milan) and Tsinghua University (Beijing) team up for the unveiling of the joint exhibition, Noosphere XX1: A Model for the Production of Knowledge, at the XXI Triennale International Exhibition 2016 in Milan. Open to the public beginning on April 2, the Pavilion in the Triennale Garden explores new scenarios between Past, Present and Future, inspiring new educational forms in the world of design.

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The Pavilion will be located in the Triennale garden for all six months of the exhibition, is composed of three main parts:

  • A building shaped like a parallelepiped, which houses a space/workshop for events and activities, consisting of wooden structural elements and characterised by a tapestry placed on the main façade;
  • Transport crates containing installations on the themes “The Big Waste” and “Biological Science”; and
  • A structure made up of bamboo trees about 12 metres tall.

The concept that inspired the installation is that of the Noosphere, developed in the 1920s by French philosopher Edouard Le Roy, palaeontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Russian geochemist Vladimir Venadsky. At the core of the main definition of Noosphere, there is a dual perception: life on Earth is a unit that makes up a whole system known as the Biosphere; the mind or consciousness of life – the thinking layer of the Earth – makes up a discontinuous unit. It is represented by the next inevitable stage of the Earth’s evolution, which will encompass and transform the Biosphere.

Noosphere XX1 provides a model for the production of knowledge, focusing on students as a meeting point between Past, Present and Future, and inspiring new educational forms in the world of design.

Students from world renowned design institutions Domus Academy and NABA (Milan) and Tsinghua University (Beijing) team up to build and unveiling their joint exhibition, Noosphere XX1: A Model for the Production of Knowledge, at the XXI Triennale International Exhibition 2016 in Milan. Open to the public beginning on April 2, the Pavilion in the Triennale Garden explores new scenarios between Past, Present and Future, inspiring new educational forms in the world of design.

The three time dimensions will be represented through different events and installations, which will vary over the course of the six months of the XXl Triennale. The opening exhibition features the following content:

  • The Past – represented by images of the city of Palmyra, chosen from the collections of Paolo Mussat Sartor;
  • The Present – represented by Nature, by the animals from the Palazzo dei Musei in Reggio Emilia, through to the Crystal Stool designed by Studio Nucleo; and
  • The Future – shown in an installation that involves the YuMi robot by ABB and 3D printed materials.

Noosphere XX1 is a project curated by Su Dan, from the Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University, Italo Rota, Scientific Director of NABA and Domus Academy and Gianluigi Ricuperati, Creative Director of Domus Academy.

The Noosphere is also a metaphor for school and for the production of knowledge in an increasingly complex and interconnected world, where students will take centre stage. The Pavilion will therefore also present itself as opportunities for reflection on the contemporary school system, through a combination of different forms of education with contributions from professionals, institutions and companies.

Innovation in teaching methods and partnerships with companies and industry professionals are a fundamental and distinctive element of what NABA and Domus Academy have to offer, their aim being to enable students to take on actual projects and acquire specific skills, which will then allow them to build solid careers.


XXI Triennale International Exhibition 2016, Milan
2 April – 12 September
Viale Alemagna, 6

Academy of Art & Design, Tsinghua University – NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano – Domus Academy

Curated by: Su Dan (Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University), Italo Rota (Scientific Director of NABA and the Domus Academy), Gianluigi Ricuperati (Creative Director of the Domus Academy).

NABA and Domus Academy
Building Design: Italo Rota
Institutional projects leadership: Francesca Zocchi with Anna Durante, Ginevra Stuto
Academic contents: Alberto Bonisoli (leadership), Domus Academy and NABA faculty
Communication: Matteo Blandi, Sabrina Di Pietrantonio with Angela Ambrogio,
Federica Arrighi, Patrizia Sciglitano, Antonio Anaclerio and NABA BA in Graphic Design and Art Direction students Nicolò Frontini, Riccardo Suardi, Vincenzo Tortora

Tsinghua University

Assistant Curator: YANG Yunzhao
Building design assistant: CUI Jiahua, LANG Yujie, WANG Hongwu, ZHENG Jing, QIAN Hanxuan
Media Plan and Design: SHI Danqing, ZHAO Huasen, DAI Dai
Furniture research: YU Lizhan
Experimental Art Research:LI Tianyuan, REN Ri
Material research: WANG Yue
Parametric design research: XU Weiguo

Design & 3D modeling: Emilio Antinori, Vincenzo Franchino, Alessandro Zomparelli
Prototypes: Matteo Abbiati
For Robot Yumi: Oscar Ferrato, Emanuele Lomello

Boxes Installations: NABA Students Giorgia Amabili, Catarina Isabel Dos Santos Marques, Chen Ruy, Arianna Summo. Studio Italo Rota, Carlo Ferrari, Marco Fabris.
Bamboo Installation: Studio Cardenas with NABA and Domus Academy Students Diana Butuc
Vasinee Hongyantarachai, Shin Wai Lam, Alice Lamperti, Kang Hua Lan, Alessia Pastori, Mikel Peruch, Vashish Soobah, Xinxin Sun, Veronica Volpe, Renny Fitriaristi Wulandini, Xinyi Zhao

Production partner UNIClass
Construction partner ForMALIGNO

Thanks to ABB, Arch. Emilio Battisti, BONOTTOEDITIONS, Gondrand by Fercam Spa, Marzorati Ronchetti, Musei Civici di Reggio Emilia, Paolo Mussat Sartor, Sharebot, Studio Nucleo

ounded in 1982, Domus Academy is an internationally renowned, innovative design academy, based in the heart of Milan, a world capital of design. Domus Academy connects students with the design industry so they can take their career to the next level. Students learn from professional and talented designers, work on practical projects with leading companies and make invaluable connections with prestigious firms. Domus Academy has been named among the world’s top graduate schools in Masterclass; selected by Businessweek as one of the best design schools in the world; and selected by Domus Magazine as one of Europe’s Top 100 schools.

About NABA
NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano, is an art and design academy: it is the largest private Italian academy and was the first to obtain official recognition from the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR), in 1980. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the fields of design, fashion design, graphics and communication, multimedia arts, set design and visual arts, awarding academic diplomas equivalent to university degrees. It came about as a result of a private initiative in 1980 in Milan from Ausonio Zappa, Guido Ballo and Gianni Colombo, and its goal has always been to challenge the inflexible nature of academic tradition and to introduce visions and languages closer to contemporary artistic practices and the system of art and the creative professions. In 2009, NABA became one of the Laureate International Universities, an international network of more than 80 accredited institutions in 28 countries offering undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses to more than one million students worldwide. NABA was included in Domus Magazine’s guide to Europe’s top 100 schools of architecture and design and in Frame’s guide to the world’s 30 leading graduate schools of design and fashion. www.naba.it

Domus Academy
Domus Academy was set up in Milan in 1982 as the first postgraduate design school in Italy and as an open project revolving around the experience of Italian design and fashion. Over the years, it has established itself as a school in the full sense of the term: a place for postgraduate training and a research laboratory on the themes of innovation and design. The 1994 winner of the Compasso d’Oro for the quality of its academic and research approach, in 2009, for the third consecutive year, the Domus Academy was included in Business Week’s guide to the world’s top 60 design schools. In 2012 and 2013, it was included in Domus Magazine’s guide to Europe’s top 100 schools of architecture and design and in Frame’s guide to the world’s 30 leading graduate schools of design, architecture and fashion. In December 2009, the Domus Academy became one of the Laureate International Universities, an international network of more than 80 accredited institutions in 28 countries offering undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses to more than a million students worldwide. The courses on offer at the academy include the following Master’s programs, attended by students from around the world: Business Design, Product Design, Fashion Design, Interaction Design, Interior Design & Living, Urban Vision & Architectural Design, Fashion Management, Fashion Styling & Visual Merchandising, Visual Brand Design, Luxury Brand Management. www.domusacademy.com

Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University
Founded in 1956 as the first Academy of art and design in the new China, it has trained a large number of professionals. Many Academy graduates now occupy important positions in the country’s colleges and universities, research institutes and major companies.
The Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University is the leading Chinese research institute for art and design. It has been included twice in US magazine Business Week’s guide to the world’s top 60 design schools. www.tsinghua.edu.cn/publish/ad

South Africa: President Zuma “Unreservedly” Welcomes Concourt Ruling

Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma on Friday evening, in a televised address to the nation, said he “unreservedly” welcomes the Constitutional Court’s judgment that he pay back some of the money spent on the non-security upgrades to his private Nkandla residence, in line with the remedial action contained in the Public Protector’s report.

“Yesterday, the Constitutional Court … issued a judgement on the matter of security upgrades at my private residence in Nkandla.

“I welcome the judgement of the Constitutional Court unreservedly.

“The judgement has underscored the values that underpin our hard-won freedom and democracy, such as the rule of law and the accountability of public office bearers, while also respecting the rights of public office bearers facing scrutiny,” President Zuma said.

He said the judgement has further strengthened the country’s constitutional democracy and should make South Africans proud of their country’s Constitution and its strong and effective institutions.

“This is a ground-breaking judgement with regards to the powers of the Public Protector.

“I wish to thank the Court for providing clarity which will have a positive impact on other Chapter 9 institutions as well with regards to their work,” he said.

He said the Constitutional Court has ruled that the remedial actions of the Public Protector are binding, and that anyone wishing to challenge the remedial action can only do so through a review by a court of law.

“The Court has also ruled that the remedial actions with regards to six features of the Nkandla project must be carried out,” he said.

This entails the National Treasury establishing a reasonable proportion of the reasonable costs of each item to be paid by the President.

President Zuma respects, abides by judgement

President Zuma said he respected the judgement and will abide by it.

“I respect the judgement and will abide by it.

“I have consistently stated that I would pay an amount towards the Nkandla non-security upgrades once this had been determined by the correct authority. The Court has ruled on the matter and has devised a mechanism for such determination by the National Treasury.”

He said as alluded to by the court, they participated in the resolution of this matter voluntarily, through the proposal they made before the matter was heard by the court.

“We also consulted with other parties to the dispute as directed by the court. In the proposal I stated my willingness to pay and to abide by other measures.

“I would like to emphasise that it was never my intention not to comply with the remedial action taken against me by the Public Protector or to disrespect her office.

“It is for this reason that on receiving the report, I submitted it and my initial response to it to the National Assembly within 14 days as required by the Public Protector,” the President said.

He said the Court has welcomed this compliance and stated in the judgment that he also followed up with another response five months later.

“I then allowed another arm of the state, the National Assembly, to go through its own processes in dealing with the report.

“I welcome the finding of the court that it was legally permissible for me to inquire into the correctness of the aspects of the report that I may disagree with.

“I also welcome the clarity provided by the Constitutional Court that I should have then taken the matter on review by a court of law in the event of any queries or disagreement,” he said.

He said this interpretation will be followed by the Executive in the future in light of this judgement, adding that it will put an end to any other interpretations of this matter.

“I also respect the finding that failure to comply with the remedial action taken against me by the Public Protector is inconsistent with the Constitution of the Republic.

President Zuma never knowingly violated Constitution

“I wish to emphasise that I never knowingly or deliberately set out to violate the Constitution, which is the supreme law of the Republic.

“The finding by the court that my failure to comply with the remedial action taken against me by the Public Protector is inconsistent with the Constitution and therefore invalid, flows from the fact that I initially followed a different approach,” President Zuma said.

He said he did not act dishonestly with regards to the matter. “I wish to confirm in line with the findings of both the court and the Public Protector, that I did not act dishonestly or with any personal knowledge of the irregularities by the Department of Public Works with regards to the Nkandla project.

“The intention was not in pursuit of corrupt ends or to use state resources to unduly benefit me and my family. Hence I have agreed to pay for the identified items once a determination is made”.

Supply chain problems

He said the judgement has been very helpful.

“There are lessons to be learned for all of us in government which augur well for governance in the future.

“The Nkandla project brought sharply into focus, the problems within the government supply chain mechanisms.”

He said the gross inflation of prices in the Nkandla project is totally unacceptable and should never have been allowed, hence government is improving procurement measures to prevent any future recurrence.

Improving supply chain procedures

“The Office of the Chief Procurement Officer has been established at the National Treasury for this purpose of ensuring that strict supply chain procedures are followed by government departments,” the President said.

He said government also took a conscious decision to clean up the Department of Public Works to ensure that the flouting of supply chain procedures is eradicated and prevented.

“I issued a proclamation in December 2013 authorising the Special Investigating Unit to investigate the irregularities in the procurement of goods and services by government officials, their close family members or friends and contractors in Nkandla,” he said.

Criminal referrals sent to departments

He said subsequent to this, the Department of Public Works has instituted civil claims against the implicated officials and contractors.

Criminal referrals, the President said, have also been submitted to the National Prosecuting Authority, while referrals have also been sent to relevant government departments for disciplinary action.

“The Presidency is also reviewing the policy on the security benefits of members of the National Executive, to ensure that there is clarity with regards to what members are entitled to.”

President Zuma apologises to the nation

“I wish to reiterate that any action that has been found not to be in keeping with the Constitution happened because of a different approach and different legal advice.

“It all happened in good faith and there was no deliberate effort or intention to subvert the Constitution on my part.”

He said the judgement has helped him and his colleagues to reflect deeply on the entire matter. With hindsight, there are many matters that could have been handled differently, and which should never have been allowed to drag on this long, which was deeply regretted.

“The matter has caused a lot of frustration and confusion, for which I apologise, on my behalf and on behalf of government.

“I urge all parties to respect the judgement and abide by it,” President Zuma said.

He urged the nation to use the judgement to build and further strengthen the country’s democracy.


South Africa: Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers – Botswana High Level Breakfast Forum

Honourable Assistant Minister of Trade and Industry, Advocate Sadique Kebonang,

Your Excellency, Mr Sinombe, the High Commissioner of the Republic of Botswana,

Chief Executive Officer of the Botswana Investment and Trade Company, Mr. Letsebe Sejoe,

Distinguished guests,

Ladies and getlemen,

It is an honour for me to be here this morning, on an occasion which embodies the spirit and aspirations of our two countries to increase trade relations between our two countries.

More than our shared history, we also share languages, borders, common goals for the upliftment of our citizens and the growth of our respective countries as well as the region.

Your Excellency, Ladies and Gentlemen,

In order to give structure to our daily interactions with our neighbour, we established in 2013 the Bi-National Commission (BNC) between our two Republics. The BNC is presided over by the Heads of State and ensures that bilateral cooperation between South Africa and Botswana is directed at the highest level.

The BNC is organised according to clusters, one of which is the Trade, Infrastructure and Economic Sub-Committee. In this forum, Ministers and officials meet annually to review progress in the cluster, as well as to plan ahead to give effect to our common goals and aspirations.

We cooperate on a large number of issues including transport, trade and investment, health, education, environmental issues, water, science and technology, agriculture, justice, immigration, energy, finance, culture, security, and sport among others.

Needless to say that the fact that we share 16 border posts with Botswana and a significant stretch of land border, 1840km to be precise, makes our cooperation not only desirable, but an absolute necessity.

Furthermore, we have 36 Memoranda of Understanding and Agreements between our two countries, covering most of the areas mentioned above.

These Agreements provide a framework for cooperation under which specific action plans are then developed, implemented and monitored.

Concerning the economic ties between the two countries, we wish to acknowledge Botswana’s continued importance as one of South Africa’s major trading partners in the region.

We are aware of the large presence of South African companies in Botswana which are involved in various sectors such as housing, food and beverages, construction, retail, hotels and leisure, banking, medical services, etc. We trust that companies operating in Botswana will continue to contribute to the growth and development of the Botswana economy as well as skills transfer.

Your Excellency, Ladies and Gentlemen,

In view of the purpose of this event, I would like to highlight one particular issue that may be pertinent to this gathering. Under the auspices of the BNC, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Trade and Industrial Cooperation was signed by our respective Ministers of Trade and Industry in 2014.

The Ministers of Trade of the two countries subsequently met and has established a Joint Technical Committee that would implement the MOU.

The MOU recognises that there is significant challenges and opportunities arising from the evolving regional economic integration, as well the emerging global order.

The MOU commits our two countries to find new approaches and strategies of consolidating, expanding and deepening areas of economic development, industrial and trade cooperation.

Relevant Ministries and Departments are enjoined to facilitate the increase flow of investments and enhancement of trade and industry co-operation, including through institutional co-operation.

Regarding industrial cooperation, the MOU endorses cooperation with technically competent organisation which are capable of drawing up development oriented industrial projects and develop partnerships for funding and technical capacity.

Specific areas that have been highlighted includes transport and communications infrastructure projects; mining; energy; agro-business; tourism; financial and business retail services; processing of natural resources; agriculture; manufacturing; leather industry; information and communication technology; and pharmaceuticals.

The MOU also speaks to general trade cooperation; and physical and economic infrastructure.

Your Excellency,

Our bilateral cooperation in the mentioned fields, has at heart the same objectives: poverty eradication, job creation and economic diversification which would give us the resilience to face the vicissitudes of the international economic environment without significant local detrimental effects.

I would like to note that our bilateral cooperation is also reflected in the work being done in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Our esteemed host, Botswana, was the venue for the First Annual Southern Africa Business Forum held on 11-12 August 2015 in Gaborone, Botswana.

During the Forum the “Savuti Declaration” was adopted and work is on-going to implement the Declaration. Five (5) working groups have been established; and in working closely with the SADC Secretariat, the private sector is implementing the Savuti Declaration focusing on the following five thematic areas, (i) Regional Value Chains, (ii) Movement of Goods, Services and People, (iii) Railway Master plan, (iv) NTB Mechanism, (v) Energy and Water.

In addition to the involvement of the private sector, it is significant that the SADC Council of Ministers instructed that the new SADC budget for 2016/17 aims towards promoting regional industrialisation and infrastructure development.

In general, some of the high level outcomes that SADC is working towards, includes the approval of the SADC Industrialisation Strategy Action Plan in order to facilitate effective implementation of the Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap at both national and regional level; that one regional value chain and value addition strategy in priority sectors be developed to encourage value addition to the resources of the region with a view to diversifying production, increasing trade at regional and global levels; and

Capacity building programmes for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) developed to facilitate productivity improvements, innovation capacity and new business formations as well as linkages between small, medium and large enterprises.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Our region is facing many challenges: the global economic environment alluded to before; food insecurity; water shortages and persistent drought with significantly reduced crop production throughout Southern Africa.

It is only through acknowledging our mutual dependence and cooperation that we will be able to respond to our environment in a manner which will result in significant growth and development.

We will continue to strengthen our bilateral relations and the excellent work that has been achieved thus far on the political level and in the economic field in order to maximise the mutual benefit of our people.

We believe that it is against this background that Botswana has therefore decided to host today’s event, which we support and applaud. I wish this gathering success, and I trust that it will result in increased economic co-operation for our respective countries and peoples.


I thank you.

Issued by: Department of International Relations and Cooperation

Source: Department of International Relations and Cooperation

Activists Decry Nairobi Road Project After 2 Lions Killed


A new road and railway project cutting through an inner city Nairobi nature reserve poses increased risks to wildlife, livestock and human beings, conservationists said, after two lions were killed this week in the space of just 48 hours.

Kenyan wildlife rangers shot dead a male lion named “Mohawk” on Wednesday after it strayed from Nairobi National Park and attacked and injured a local resident.

The next day, following a helicopter and ground search, rangers found the body of another lion speared to death in a township to the south of Nairobi.

Conservationists said construction work on the new road which will link Nairobi airport to the city center was affecting animal behavior and leading more big cats to attempt to break free in search of quieter hunting grounds.

“Before construction started in the park the lions were not escaping, so there are indications that the noise and blasting is affecting their movements,” said Robert Ndetei, species conservation manager at World Wildlife Fund’s Nairobi office.

“If you don’t plan properly, if you don’t do proper environmental impact assessments, then you are doomed to fail and at the Nairobi National Park this could lead to more lions and other animals coming into contact with a growing human presence,” Ndetei told Reuters.

Nairobi National Park is home to about 35 lions. There are about 2,000 remaining in the whole of Kenya.

A senior Kenyan Wildlife Service official told reporters that contractors working on the new road project had accidentally cut an electric fence on the park’s boundary, giving the lions an escape route to find livestock.

“A key concern is that the developer is not taking proper care to ensure there is less disturbance of the habitat while also securing the perimeter fencing,” said Lucy Waruingi, acting secretary to the Conservation Alliance of Kenya.

Human settlements and activity have long been encroaching on the Nairobi National Park, which was established in 1946 on the city limits and provides views of lions, giraffes, zebras and other wildlife against a backdrop of high-rise buildings.

Kenya’s economy is expected to grow by 5.9 percent this year and by 6 percent in 2017, increasing pressure on the environment and exacerbating conflicts between humans and wildlife.

But wildlife tourism is also an essential foreign revenue earner for East Africa’s largest economy.

Source: Voice of America