• My "virtual and augmented reality" week: simply mind-blowing! by Giulia Lasen
    Sun, 11 Jun 2017 19:53:13 GMT

    Seeking out new experiences - you know, they always tell you you need to "get out of your comfort zone" and "think out of the box" - last month I enrolled in a 5-day course on Augmented Reality, organised by Fastweb Digital Academy and taught by two young guys, Luca Raho and Alessio Marzoli, of Forge Reply, a company, within the Reply Group, specialised in videogame development...

  • A library resembling a shopping center: Birmingham Central Library by Giulia Lasen
    Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:41:24 GMT

    During my recent holiday in England (Aug 2016) I arranged also a trip to Birmingham to meet a friend and thought it was a good opportunity to visit the new library. Opened in 2013 it is described as “the largest public library in the United Kingdom, the largest public cultural space in Europe and the largest regional library in Europe”. As I leave Moor Street train station and...

  • Down the memory lane at CBSO: a member of staff's view of the concert experience by
    Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:42:22 GMT

    I casually came across a paper titled "Views of an audience: understanding the orchestral concert experience from player and listener perspectives". It presents the results of a study carried out in Autumn 2010 to explore expectations of audience members of City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) and also the players' view of their audience. I had a seasonal job in the marketing off...

  • Milan and the Taraxacum88 lamp: a beautiful example of math in the city by
    Sat, 06 Jul 2013 15:38:59 GMT

    The name of this lamp derives from the taraxacum flower which assumes the shape of natural sphere when producing its fruit . The number 88 refers to the year when the lamp was designed. This lamp shows that an icosahedron, one of Plato’s shapes, is the one closest to a perfect sphere. The structure is, in fact, an aluminium icosahedron made of 20 identical equilateral triangles. Each tr...

  • Visual analysis: "Death or Assassination of Marat by Jacques-Louis David, 1793" explained by
    Sun, 22 Jul 2012 20:55:59 GMT

    This painting was realized by the French painter David (1748 – 1825) during the French Revolution. David could well be defined as a political artist although his views shifted considerably throughout his life. At first he embraced passionately the revolution’s ideals but later became an admirer of Napoleon and supporter of the regime. He ended his life in Brussels in a self-imposed exi...

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