Tulip Tower could go ahead in London and other news – SURFACE
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22 October 2021
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A Tulip Tower grows in London
Last year one of the Norman Fosterthe most controversial buildings in nipped in the bud. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has canceled plans to build the Tulip Tower, which is expected to rise nearly 300 meters in the heart of London, on the grounds that it would offer “limited public benefit” and that it was not “the world-class architecture required to justify its prominence “. Despite town planning reports seeing the tower as a potential design icon, the mayor’s office found several problems, one being that the structure would do “significant harm” to the nearby Tower of London World Heritage site. . Khan also remarked that the design was of “insufficient quality” and “would result in an unwelcoming and poorly designed space at street level”.
Kahn wrote a letter reiterating these points to London housing secretary Robert Jenrick, who was due to cancel plans for the tower in September. An unexpected cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, however, saw Michael Gove reprise the role of Jenrick. He has a very different opinion of the structure: according to The telegraph, he is expected to vote in favor of granting a building permit in November. It is still unclear when the project can begin, but construction is expected to take at least five years.
Mezcal hoteliers plant flag in Oaxaca
Almost two years after the artisanal mezcal brand Gem & Bolt debuted at the Sin Nombre Meditative Hotel, Mezcal El Silencio has designed a special boutique hospitality experience. Located on the grounds of the brand’s distillery, 45 minutes from Oaxaca in the Xaaga Valley, Casa Silencio is a six-bedroom eco-retreat with a handmade spirit. Credit co-founders Vicente Cisneros and Fausto Zapata, who called on Mexican architect Alejandro D’Acosta, known for his “behind closed doors” principles and his mastery of raw and sustainable materials.
For this, the walls are built in earth using an old adobe technique; the ceilings are clad in recycled wood. Other zero waste features include solar panels and rainwater harvesting systems that serve the mezcal production plant, hotel and restaurant, where chef Daniel Robles Sumano produces contemporary interpretations of products from Mexican base.
Mexico City-based designer Martina D’Acosta outfitted interiors with pieces from local artisans: pedal-woven curtains sourced from Mitla, hand-woven rugs produced in Teotitlán del Valle, and brutal tables carved in the stone in San Salvador El Seco. There is a modern tactility that permeates Casa Silencio at every turn – a reflection of a mezcal-making process centered around a 1,000-pound tahona that grinds agave using a motorized energy system. solar. Customers can chop a few agave piñas and toss them into the roasting oven before booking a private tasting, where specialty spirits are complemented by little tastes from Oaxacan indigenous cuisine like cocoa ganache with splinters. cocoa and orange gum with Chilean worm.
Volta is postponing this year’s fair in Miami due to travel restrictions linked to the ongoing pandemic.
Volta gives up on Miami Art Week debut in light of a contract fallout with the Mana Contemporary cultural center. The director of the art fair, Kamiar Maleki, cited uncertainties of the location and travel restrictions in the event of a pandemic fueled the call for the cancellation, especially as galleries in Asia, Latin America and Europeans make up most of his list. Now the show is considering another potential third location beyond Basel and New York, although it remains unknown.
Facebook has gained notoriety for its profit policies on people after his Cambridge Analytica fiasco in 2018 and the recent Haugen reports that made his name synonymous with scandal. To address public perception, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook’s holding company will undergo a name change. The move is reminiscent of Google’s 2015 name change to Alphabet and suggests plans to diversify its interests beyond the acquisitions of WhatsApp and Instagram.
In just 15 years, the Boston Seaport has undergone a rapid transformation from empty warehouses and parking lots to a bustling neighborhood teeming with office workers, tourists and condo dwellers. Harbor Way, a linear park and pedestrian promenade leading to the harbor waterfront, ushers in a new era. Designed by James Corner Field Operations and developed by WS Development, the long awaited green space fuses the flora of New England with touches of Boston’s maritime history to create a unifying park that recalls the ambiance of Barcelona’s Las Ramblas.
Although the world is gradually returning to normal, pandemic-induced inflation in supply chains has caused price increases that have reduced purchases of household staples like paint. Ingredient shortages caused a financial spiral of the Dutch paint manufacturer Akzo Nobel NV when sourcing blue tones; the brand also noted that the tin plates needed for metal cans, in addition to additives for waterproof paints, sparked a shipping fiasco.
Downtown Las Vegas will start using advanced 5G networks and IoT with digital twin technology to improve air quality, water management and carbon emissions from large buildings. The technology for the project will be provided by Cityzenith as part of its Clean Cities – Clean Future initiative. Equipped to aggregate large amounts of data, digital twins are virtual environments that can provide intelligent building analytics while increasing the operational efficiency buildings by 35% and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50%.
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