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as design festival with an international layout.

The VIENNA DESIGN WEEK lets visitors see and feel the multifaceted producing in the fields of product, furniture and industrial design from October 2 until 12. After the successful festival premiere last year the event programme presents the work of designers from Austria and the world in Vienna. With help of numerous partners stretching from Viennese museums and producers, over shops and design institutions to designers from all over the world for ten intense days Vienna will become a platform for design. Again, Neigungsgruppe Design Tulga Beyerle,Thomas Geisler und Lilli Hollein is responsible for programme and realisation.

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red dot goes Dubai

red dot increases its involvement in the Arab world with a new promising cooperation: as a strategic partner of dmg world media, one of the largest international trade fair organisers and publishing companies, red dot will for the first time present itself with its own large exhibition at the interior design trade fair Index 2008 in Dubai from 3 to 7 December 2008.

Design on stage Index presents red dot winners is the title of the exhibition, which will open the door for the winners of the red dot design award one of the largest and most important international design competitions presented there to the currently most important growth market in the world. Recently, Bernard Walsh, managing director of dmg world media, and Professor Dr. Peter Zec, initiator of the red dot design award, signed the respective contract.

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People Portraits

Sonys Design Offensive Comeback through Design

Since the great stock exchange crash in 2000 the stock price of the Japanese electronics manufacturer Sony has never really recovered. In the past year alone, it dropped by about 27 percentage points at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Unlike its competitors Sony showed not much resistance against this slump in the past five years.

In contrast, Apple, Samsung, LG Electronics or Philips, improved their stock prices more or less been steeply in the past few years. With a comprehensive design offensive the Japanese electronics manufacturer seems to control this negative trend struggling to regain market shares it has lost over the past years to more flexible and aggressive competitors.

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City + Country Portraits

DESIGNSPOTTER Canada Lifestyle Tour 2008 is going to embark on a great journey in cooperation with the Canadian Tourism Commission CTC and the host destinations Alberta and Ontario to discover the "wild west".

Our Lifestyle-Tour is presented by and will show Canada from its young, fresh, wild, modern and stylish side, giving the viewer an individual and intimate view of the design-orientated Canada of today.

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City + Country Portraits

Nature´s Arc

An inter-ministerial steering committee is given responsibility for the establishment of the Seed Vault. The project is managed by the Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food.

The Norwegian Ministries of Foreign Affairs, of Environment and of Agriculture and Food, have joined forces to provide NOK 45 million to construct the seed vault.

The Norwegian Directorate of Public Construction and Property is responsible for the construction and technical maintenance of the Vault. The Nordic Gene Bank has the administrative responsibility for the management and operations of the Vault.

The Global Crop Diversity Trust is a major partner involved in all aspects of the project. It is funding the operations of the Seed Vault and organizing and funding shipment of seeds from developing countries to Svalbard.

An international council will monitor the activities of the Seed Vault to ensure user

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