BMW’s Place of Production is an Asset to its Brand

BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke) – or literally translated, Bavarian Motor Works – is a global company. It is headquartered in Munich, and is viewed as an emblem of German engineering. It operates about 24 production and assembly plants in 13 countries, selling to 140 countries worldwide. It’s production plant and BMW Welt exhibition centre are prominent landmarks in … Continue reading

The ‘British Factor’: National Sentiment and Brand Loyalty

The ‘British Factor’: National Sentiment and Brand Loyalty

The consumer’s commitment to (re)purchase certain products or brands can be influenced by countless factors,  intangible to the consumer analyst. The idea of a certain national sentiment having connections to brand loyalty stumbled into my mind whilst slaving over my BA (Hons) dissertation, and has come (in dribs and drabs) to form the inspiration of this entry. Brands are … Continue reading

The Hustle, the Bustle and all the Kerfuffle

Thought i would dig out this beauty. I wrote this (geo)poem as part of a field course to China in 2011. The generic urban space of the ‘Chinese Street’ forms the inspiration, with its foreign and unfamiliar experience providing rich picking to the eager Geographer. Geo-poetics and Affective Geographies really do go hand-in-hand! The Hustle, the Bustle and … Continue reading

Plymouth’s Architectural Heritage Renaissance: An Asset to the City’s Image?

In Plymouth, Devon, there is a view that “[a]t first glance you probably wouldn’t describe Plymouth’s city centre as beautiful” as even one tourist promotion website for Plymouth puts it (GoPlymouth, 2011). The 1960s City Centre exhibits stark modernism in design, with straight lines, concrete facades and a seemingly unimaginative uniformity. There has, however, been … Continue reading

Lessons to be learnt: The European and Latin American Debt Crises

Lessons to be learnt: The European and Latin American Debt Crises

The Eurozone Debt Crisis is heating up. The newly-elected socialist French President, Francois Hollande, is pushing for pro-growth policies whilst his German counterpart, Angela Merkel, is entrenched by the ideas of austerity.   Tight Franco-German relations since the end of the Second World War have promoted further European integration. However, with the Greek Political Parties failing … Continue reading

‘This space is not for fun’

‘This space is not for fun’

The ‘undesirables’. That is how the Pillow Fight Flash Mobbers were branded. Simply having fun in the City Centre. However, this was not the right kind of fun. They’re gonna make a lot of mess, noise and we will be intimidated by the mob mentality. This public space’s citizens – those who create, obey and enforce … Continue reading

Surfing the City

Surfing the City

Surfers on the Eisbach River, near the English Garden in central Munich. The power of nature was tamed by channeling the river through the urban park, creating a idealised, and constructed nature. Now, this socio-nature phenomenon is employed for thrill seeking, leisure and disobedience against the (un)written rules of this space.

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The Marching City

The Marching City

In September 2011, looking in  from the edge of the Chinese city of Ningbo, i was experiencing urban history. I was witnessing first hand the fastest period of urbanisation the world had ever seen. Country turning into city. In China, this is progress. The city is modern, where you can live in the luxury of concrete-clad apartment blocks … Continue reading