Human Cities

AkzoNobel to Restore Five Artworks in Brazil Ahead of 2017 Architecture Award

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Located in four cities in the State of São Paulo – Santo André, Santos, Guarulhos and São Paulo itself – the pieces are famous for their bright and energizing colors and will now be restored to the artist’s original vision.

The launch of the project coincides with a call for entries for the prestigious Instituto Tomie Ohtake AkzoNobel Architecture Award, which is now in its fourth year. Open to Brazilian architects – or foreign architects who have lived in Brazil for at least two years – the competition is designed to showcase Brazilian architecture in its most varied contexts.

How Having a Heart is Good for Business

AkzoNobel’s Human Cities Initiative Touched 9 million Lives in 2016
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Companies that balance their economic goals with societal goals will find that they are able to achieve greater success than if they were focused on profit alone. AkzoNobel has a long history of giving back to the community – it’s just in our DNA – and it’s what gives us momentum to do great things as a company.

AkzoNobel Digital Report 2016: Going Beyond the Numbers

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One of the most inspiring aspects of 2016 was seeing examples of our purpose being brought to life. Our Human Cities initiative played a major role in this, underlining how we welcome our responsibility to play an important role in the communities where we operate. During 2016, more than 300 projects were launched around the world, impacting over nine million people." To see one of our highlights for Human Cities, the inspiring Unexpected Courts project in Brazil. 

Human Cities Project Transforms Neighborhood in Uruguay

Eighty artists have helped to transform a neighborhood in Montevideo, Uruguay, as part of a Human Cities initiative developed by AkzoNobel’s Inca paint brand.
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The eye-catching event saw muralists, graffiti artists and painters take to the streets of La Teja to create murals on more than 40 walls to help brighten up the lives of local people and make their surroundings more liveable and inspiring. The walls were chosen jointly by neighbors and the artists.

Staged over the course of a weekend, the event attracted artists from Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Mexico and Cuba. All those who took part were from the Pintó artists group. They used more than 700 liters of Inca paint to revitalize the neighborhood through the use of essential color.

AkzoNobel Launches Latest Human Cities Project in Rotterdam

Schoolchildren in the Dutch city of Rotterdam are to benefit from AkzoNobel’s latest Human Cities initiative, which was officially launched today with the support of the city’s chief resilience officer, Arnoud Molenaar.
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November 18, 2016 ​/3BL Media/ - Working closely with city officials, the company has identified several projects that will contribute to the Rotterdam Resilience Strategy. These include repainting four primary schools, refurbishing areas of a popular local park and starting a pilot project for paint recycling.

Launched in 2014, the Human Cities initiative is focused on improving, energizing and regenerating urban communities across the world and represents everything AkzoNobel does for and with society.

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