Editorial

In this feature we explore things or current events we find noteworthy and feel like sharing with you.
Our aim is to understand what it is that has people talking and what challenges the norms of society, culture and contemporary arts. Every few weeks we will list three things you’d be well advised paying attention to.

1. Luxury automobile giant Aston Martin to go public

In an attempt to pursue growth, luxury car-maker Aston Martin is set to go public at the London Stock Exchange next month.

The classic British sports car manufacturer, founded in 1913, has made a name for itself over the years by combining elegant aesthetics with pure driving joy and is regarded as a British cultural icon. It has served as the vehicle of choice for none other than James Bond in several movies and the company has seen a in spike in sales lately, especially in the Asian markets.

The initial public offering will lie at around $23.24 to $29.88 per share, putting the company's worth at around $5.3 billion to $6.7 billion once it goes public on October 8th.

"The IPO will provide investors with a fitting opportunity to participate in our future success." says CEO Andy Palmer.

007 with his customized Aston Martin DB5

2. Celebrating the legacy of Renzo Piano

The buildings of Italian architect Renzo Piano has added elegance to many cities around the world.

From the New York Times building in New York to the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Piano's work has seen him become regarded as one of the greatest architectural minds of our time. By challenging the norms of tradition and progression, context and functionality, Renzo Piano remains as relevant as ever.

To celebrate his work over the past 30 years, the Royal Academy of Arts in London, in close collaboration with Renzo Piano himself, now hosts an exhibition containing rare drawings, models, photographs and more. In the center of the exhibition is an imagined ‘Island’, a sculptural installation which brings together nearly one hundred of Piano’s projects.

This is a must for anyone interested in the inner workings of one of the greats in modern architecture. And a rare window into how inspiring architecture is made.

15 September 2018 — 20 January 2019

www.royalacademy.org.uk

"The Shard" in London. Design: Renzo Piano

3. Austin City Limits Music Festival (Oct 5-7 & Oct 12-14)

Austin, Texas has become known, not only as a tech hub, but a south-western safe haven for the arts over the years, with young people flocking to the Texan capital to soak in its progressive spirit.

Add that to the fact that the city hosts two of the most popular events in the music calendar, SXSW and Austin City Limits, and you understand why Austin is considered one of the more happening cities in the US today.

After Jay-Z headlined last years festival, this years edition of Austin City Limits will feature acts like Travis Scott, Justice, Khalid, Paul McCartney, Arctic Monkeys, Blood Orange, Hozier and many many others. Mid-October is therefore your best bet to get what you really want out of a great American city that will have you coming back for more.