Zurich, Geneva still in top three priciest cities Thursday, 16 September, 2010 The latest study from Switzerland’s biggest bank, UBS, finds once again that Geneva and Zurich are among the three priciest cities in the world. But is it a good measure of the quality of life here? Susan Flory puts this question to Daniel Kalt, head of global economic research at UBS:
IKEA finally opens in Geneva Wednesday, 15 September, 2010 A blight on the urban landscape or a slice of consumer heaven? It’s a banner day for fans of the Swedish chain’s retail charms. The world’s largest furniture store has opened a new branch on the western edge of Geneva proper, in Vernier. This is IKEA’s eighth store in Switzerland, which is also home to the company’s billionaire founder Ingvar Kamprad. The Swede has a reputation for being somewhat of a recluse, but Pierre Keller, director of the University of Art and Design in Lausanne, knows the man. He talks to WRS’s Adam Beaumont and paints a different, richer picture of the visionary behind flat-packed furniture.
Vintage Lake Geneva boats under threat Thursday, 26 August, 2010 The vintage boats criss-crossing Lake Geneva day in and day out make up the oldest historical passenger fleet in the world, according to the company that runs them: the CGN. It’s no surprise then that renovations are much needed. But these are costly, as is maintaining the various ports of call. So who should pay, how much and under what circumstances? Talks in Lausanne tackled these prickly questions yesterday, to little avail. WRS’s Lucas Chambers filed this report.
Good morning Geneva! Concerts, coffee at dawn Monday, 19 July, 2010 Geneva’s iconic Bains des Pâquis, a jetty on the lake, today begins its season of free dawn concerts, with coffee thrown in. These have grown in popularity since WRS’s Conor Lennon first went to check out the event two years ago, before sunrise was part of his everyday life:
New wave of expats changing Geneva Monday, 1 June, 2009 A new wave of British workers is expected to settle in the Swiss city of Geneva, as hedge funds and financial services companies look set to leave the UK capital London. Michele Mischler considers how such a wave could impact on the social fabric of the city, and is joined by Domic Longcroft, a long-time expatriate from the UK who now runs a company specialising in relocation.
Geneva: Small city, big world Friday, 15 May, 2009 Geneva might be known as the world’s smallest metropolis, but it has a big reputation as a vital meeting place for the world’s most influential decision makers.
Escalade explained Friday, 12 December, 2008 Geneva’s Fête de l’Escalade takes place this weekend amongst the sound of muskets and cannons firing, brass bands and the smashing of chocolate “marmites”. Ivan Rochet from Compagnie de 1602, responsible for the biggest historical reconstruction in Europe, came into the WRS studios to tell Conor Lennon about its history and traditions.
Running the Escalade in Geneva Sunday, 7 December, 2008 La Course de l’Escalade celebrated it’s 31st anniversary this weekend. Over 27,000 people ran throughout the streets of Geneva despite the cold and rainy conditions. WRS video journalist Amy Wong went out to see the races.
Geneva's housing crisis: Nowhere to grow? Thursday, 13 November, 2008 Wedged between the lake and the French border, Geneva isn’t exactly overflowing with space for new housing, but some say the will is a bigger question than the where…
Wanted: Apartment in Geneva Thursday, 13 November, 2008 I put out a housing ad of my own, looking for flat seekers in Geneva, and I found it all:
Spaces disappearing for Geneva's alternative culture Tuesday, 27 May, 2008 Geneva’s alternative scene is facing major problems. Throughout the eighties and nineties, there were more squats per capita than in anywhere else in Europe. And artistic activity filled these places. Now that is all changing. Squats full of artist ateliers and venues are being closed down to make way for more condos and green spaces. Young artists may soon have no place left in the city.