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Photo by Luís Pinto, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

Respect. (from the lat. respectu) n. 1. respect; 2. consideration; high regard; 3. deference; compliance; veneration; 4. honour; worship; 5. relation; refererence...

We believe that everyone should be respected for their work, for their attitudes, opinions and options.

Photo by Mila Teshaieva, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

Rigor. (from the lat. rigore) n. 1. harshness; strength; 2.fig., severity; punctuality; accuracy.

There is no "more or less levelled", "more or less upright”, "more or less clean" or "more or less safe", but rather “levelled”, "upright”, "clean” and “safe". The rigour is reflected in our procedures, in time and in the rules to follow. In the light of moral and principles, being severe means being rigorous.

Photo by , finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2012.

Passion. (from the lat. passione) n. 1. intense and usually violent feeling (affection, joy, hate, etc.) which hinders the exercise of impartial logic; 2. derived from a feeling; 3. great predilection; 4. partiality; 5. great grief; immense suffering...

Under the sign of passion – a text of the Portuguese poet Regina Guimarães – is our icon. Passion is to reveal great enthusiasm for something, favourable encouragement or opposite to something.
It is the sensibility transmitted by an architect or engineer through work.
Passion is the dedication to a project. Passion is a state of warm soul.

Photo by Jakub Karwowski, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2012.

Loyalty. (from the lat. legalitate) n. the quality of being loyal; fidelity; sincerity.

Respect for the principles and rules that guide the honour and probity. Faithfulness to commitments and agreements undertaken, staunch character.
To remain loyal to the business partners because we depend on them and they depend on us.
Being trustworthy for being loyal.

Photo by Ian Lieske, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

Solidarity. (from the lat. solidare) n. 1. the quality of being solidary; 2. reciprocal responsibility among the members of a group, namely social, professional, etc.; 3. sense of sharing another’s suffering.

Being solidary is being a friend, offering our hand with genuine generosity and bringing joy and human warmth to those who, somehow, are marginalized. Being solidary is being more human. A solidary company is recognized as a fair and non-selfish company. A solidary company is a preferred choice in business. It is a more competitive company. Volunteering is a vehicle to solidarity. It is modern, fair, cultured, friend, it is a noble gesture of moral elevation.

Photo by Clarence Gorton, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2012.

Courage. (from the lat. coraticum) n. 1. bravery facing danger; intrepidity; to have audacity; 2. moral force before a suffering or setback; 3. [fig.] to input energy when performing a difficult task; perseverance...

Courage is essential in our life. Courage to face less pleasant situations when complex issues come up, not expecting random resolutions.
It is a value that we must highlight as opposed to the fearful, cowardly and laziness.
The courage to react to criticism not with an attitude of demotivation or sadness, but rather to search for the means and the action to overcome its own reason. This kind of courage, which is also an intellectual courage, is highly recommended.

Photo by Filipa Alves, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

Ambition. (from the lat. ambitione) n. 1. vehement desire of wealth, honours or glories; 2. expectation about the future; aspiration; 3. lust; greed…

Vehement desire to achieve a particular goal. Ambition not to resign ourselves. Ambition to take the best potential from ourselves. Ambition to deserve ourselves. Ambition to be athletes in our top-level competitive jobs. Ambition to beat our brands. Ambition to get the best deals with the maximum value, due to the high levels of proficiency and efficiency.

Photo by Scarlett Coten, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

Esthetics. ESTHETICS (from the Greek aisthetiké, "sensitive") n.f. 1. Philosophy branch of philosophy that studies the beauty and nature of artistic phenomena; 2. author's own style, time, etc.; 3. harmony of shapes and colors, beauty; 4. set of techniques and treatments that aim to beautify the body.

We decided to build the company's economic foundations under a cultured, cosmopolitan and cool image. Because it is a charming state of being. Good taste because we are sustainable and we respect the planet. Good taste because we are sensitive. Good taste just because.

Photo by Karl Erik Brondbo, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

Responsibility. (from the lat respondere) n. the trait of being answerable to someone for something or being responsible for one's conduct; a form of trustworthiness.

We must be certain that, before a choice, we chose what is best for both of us and not just the best for each one. Each employee is responsible for his negotiated activity and co-responsible if the co-worker does not fulfil his own task, thus preventing the common goal. A team is a set of individuals - is a whole. In the business game, as in social or family contexts, everyone must comply with their own relative position and we shall not permit that one of ours fails to be in our team.

2. premio zet vencedor
‘Refúgio’ wins DST group prize

Correio do Minho

A habitable sculpture by Lorenzo Bordonaro is the winning entry in the ‘Art in Public Space & Sustainability’ prize, a new initiative from DST group and zet gallery, backed by Minho University. The prizegiving will take place in October.

With ‘Refúgio’ (Refuge), Lorenzo Bordonaro has won the first edition of the ‘Art in Public Space & Sustainability’ prize, a new initiative promoted by DST group and zet gallery, with the support of the IB-S (Institute of Science and Innovation for Bio-Sustainability) of Minho University.

‘Refúgio’ stood out among the three finalists, selected from a total of 25 entries from all over the world, including Brazil, Chile, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, and Spain.

‘Boom: O Eterno Retorno’ (Boom: The Eternal Return) by Inês Osório and ‘Us trees’, by João Ó and Rita Machado were the other finalists. All three proposals earned the “unanimous praise” of the jury, which branded them “conceptually and aesthetically strong”.

However, it was Lorenzo Bordonaro’s bid that ultimately triumphed, as the “best suited to the materials and waste available at the DST group industrial campus and the most technically viable”, a choice reinforced by its “physical and structural solidity and aerodynamic balance”.

The jury, consisting of Lídia Jorge (winner of the 2019 DST Grand Prize for Literature), André Rangel (University of Porto School of Fine Art), João Castro Silva (University of Lisbon School of Fine Art), Tiago Miranda (Head of the IB-S at the University of Minho), and Ricardo Portela (representative of DST group), evaluated “the potential for incorporating elements of nature and the landscape in the artwork, its value as a “habitable sculpture” and its intrinsic aesthetic quality, as well as the capacity of the artist to adapt to the available materials and constraints, in response to the growing focus on the circular economy and sustainability”.

José Teixeira, chairman of Board of Directors of DST group, stresses that in addition to being a poetic presence in the city, ‘Refúgio’, is a physical space for utopian thought, where you can imagine an alternative urban future. “It is a work of art that is open to different interpretations, depending who looks at it and how they experience it, as this will depend on their memories, which are different for each of us”, said José Teixeira, quoted in a press release.

He also confesses that ‘Refúgio’ reminds him of “a Faraday Cage, as this ‘Refuge’ can also be a protective shield against harmful electrical and magnetic fields, against evil, ugliness and lies”. This ‘Refuge’ is “a shelter from ugliness, a zen haven, where we experience revelations about ourselves, and discover how to overcome fear by learning to ‘converse’ with Covid-19”, he adds.

The prize, launched in early March, just before the state of pandemic was declared is now more significant than ever. “While it was always justified, art in public spaces, and sustainable artwork in particular, is now essential to our mental wellbeing”, stresses José Teixeira.

According to the artist, ‘Refúgio’ was designed “as a dialogue with the surroundings of the installation, in particular the city and its architectural heritage, and leftover materials from Bysteel, selected from the DST group industrial campus. The final form of the piece will emerge from a practice based on upcycling and sustainability, adapting the idea to the resources available”.