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Learning, living, working - these are the three words which accurately describe “Stiftung Vivendra”. The establishment was founded in 1965 by a parents’ association as “Stiftung Schulheim Dielsdorf für cerebral Gelähmte“ (facility for cerebrally paralyzed persons). In 1970, the Dielsdorf location with a remedial pedagogic school, a boarding school, therapies and a home for adults was opened. In 2011, the name was changed into “Stiftung Vivendra“. This did not affect the objective of the institution, namely the care for cerebrally (“concer-ning the cerebrum“) handicapped persons of every age - from the baby in the integrative day-care facility for children to the group home for old people. Today, the organization is operating at four localities in the Zurich region. The facades of the nucleus of the foundation at Dielsdorf have been extensively renovated recently. The result is impressive because of durable and future-oriented solutions, but preserving the architectural roots at the same time.
More than two years of research and development have led to the ROOM 2525®, a patient room full of innovations and technical highlights. It combines modern design, an atmosphere of well-being and patient friendliness with barrier-free accessibility, most elevated hygienic requirements and optimal conditions for medical and health care. Intelligent lighting and acoustic concepts, digital interconnection and environmental compatibility also set a new standard in hospital treatment and care. In spring of 2016, the ROOM 2525® was publicly presented for the first time in the Asklepios clinic St. Wolfgang at Bad Griesbach in Lower Bavaria.
Today it is common practice for many people to buy things online via the internet. However, shops in the real “offline world“ still have their charm for all those who attach importance to atmosphere, mood, flair or the frequently quoted pleasant shopping experience, which goes far beyond the simple acquisition of products needed just at that moment. The essential aspect for this is that the customer feels good in the sales rooms and the ambience subtly triggers agreeable emotions or - in slangy words - “good vibrations“. The presentation of the goods and the materials used of course play an important part in this connection. These factors are decisive for the overall impression and, from the point of view of depth psychology, influence both impulse and targeted buying.
Today’s Pretoria Tower (also known as “Volkskas Building“ or “Absa Tower“) was erected at the end of the 1970s. The building not only was the first skyscraper in the rapidly growing metropolis of Pretoria, but also was considered as showcase project for modern construction at that time throughout South Africa. Thus, it is an architectural witness to history which - centrally located at the corner of Pretorius Street / Lilian Ngoyi Street - represents a landmark visible from far away within the business quarter of the city. This exposed position and its monumental, sculptural appearance make the Pretoria Tower a striking reference point, which has been a characteristic element of the cityscape for more than three decades.
The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Zurich was founded in 1855 as former Federal Polytechnic School. Since that time, it has developed into one of the globally leading technology and science universities. Accordingly, the list of graduates and lecturers reads like the who is who of masterminds and even includes Nobel laureates such as Albert Einstein or Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen. Today, approximately 500 professors are teaching and doing research at the renowned educational institution counting about 18,500 students from more than 110 countries.