Utility and Beauty: The Strange Bedfellows of Novel Indulgence

By Hanabi S Blackmoor “A house that has been experienced is not an inert box”–Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space What is the relationship between utility and beauty? Or more specifically, what is the relationship between economics and art? These questions arise when investigating the current conversations on Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) in the art market….

China’s Crackdown: Singapore’s Ascent to a Cryptocurrency Powerhouse

By Aikana Williams Following Beijing’s announcement in May 2021 that the Chinese government will enforce a crackdown on cryptocurrency transactions, Singapore has experienced an unprecedented rise in firms relocating their operational headquarters to the city-state. The new Chinese regulations have already come into effect, with the People’s Bank of China having made all cryptocurrency-related transactions…

Taking on Tokyo: A discussion of the 2020 Olympic Games

By Isabella Green The planning for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games began promisingly. During Japan’s selection to host the 2020 games, the country was widely hailed as a “safe pair of hands.” Adorable mascots were developed and placed on merchandise, including keychains and plush toys. The games would be the first to include skateboarding,…