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03 Aug 2021
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A series of setbacks make New York’s solar energy industry economically unsustainable.
Although New York has ditched coal and prioritized resilience in the aftermath of Storm Sandy, the city has recently become more reliant on fossil fuels. The nuclear power plant that supplied most of the city’s zero-carbon electricity was recently closed and plans to build a transmission line to carry hydropower along the Hudson River failed. Although solar energy Once shown promise, a state program that once funded the installation of solar panels on city rooftops will run out of cash by the end of the summer, as a loophole has allowed fossil fuel infrastructure to dump. ‘use a large part of the funds. The city’s fire department also came up with new codes that would dramatically reduce the amount of rooftop space available for solar equipment.
A 40-story apartment tower threatens to cast shade over the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens.
As the New York City Department of Planning plans to establish an affordable housing program in Crown Heights, protesters and conservationists are thwarting the plan, citing its negative effects on nearby green spaces. Located 200 meters from the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, 960 Franklin Avenue is estimated to reduce the gardens’ daily sun exposure by four hours during its growing season. Municipal Art Society president Elizabeth Goldstein said that “the distribution of darkness would in fact be so vast that the nearby Jackie Robinson playground would experience a year-round shadow impact.” The promoters of the project note that it would generate an unprecedented supply of affordable housing permanently in the region.
Stefano Boeri completes a new entrance to the historic Roman monument Domus Aurea.
In a masterful example of integrating a contemporary intervention into a historic structure, the Milanese studio Stefano Boeri Architetti has produced a new entrance kiosk and pedestrian bridge inside the Domus Aurea Palace in Rome. Built by Emperor Nero after the great fire of 64 AD, the structure is still one of the most important historical sites in Rome. Although the excavated passages, vaults and hundreds of halls of the Domus Aurea have been closed to the public for much of the past decades despite regular restoration, the new entrance will offer visitors the opportunity to view the octagonal hall, where an exhibition dedicated to Renaissance artist Raphael is now open. “The project of a new entrance to the Domus Aurea and a pedestrian walkway to access the octagonal hall represented an extraordinary opportunity to bring to the attention of the city one of the most evocative realities in history. and Roman architecture, “said Boeri,” allowing every visitor to descend directly into the heart of the Domus of Nero. “
After a year of pandemic interruptions, restoration work on Notre-Dame has started.
France’s preparation for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics is punctuated by the date of reopening of Notre-Dame Cathedral as restoration work kick-off. After a turbulent year of pandemic outages and security checks, wood debris from the 2019 fire has been removed while new scaffolding and stabilizers have been installed; restoration work is expected to begin later this year. Harvesting more than 1,000 oak trees in France, remodeling of the cathedral’s damaged roof and spire will begin in the fall of 2022. In honor of the monument’s rebirth, the Catholic University of America in Washington DC is building the ‘one of the roof trusses using medieval techniques as “a gesture of global solidarity honoring the importance of cultural heritage.”
Affordable housing project made from shipping containers is taking shape in Los Angeles.
As California continues to face an unprecedented homelessness crisis set to worsen during the pandemic, a affordable housing project takes shape in Chinatown, Los Angeles. Originally intended to house a central prison for men, the site was rehabilitated to accommodate the Hilda L. Solis Care First Village: a 60,500 square foot campus that features 232 single occupant units in six buildings, an administrative building for services communal, and a dog park. Designed by a team led by Tim Ballard, the $ 57 million facility is built by stacking reused shipping containers, a go-to choice for modular design due to their abundance, ease of transport, low costs and their low environmental footprint. The design team completed the project in five quick months; normally, a project of this magnitude would take more than two years.
St Simon’s Church, the third oldest in Glasgow, is devastated by a nighttime fire.
Saint-Simon’s Church in Partick Cross was the victim of a mysterious fire which devastated the historic site and caused the roof of the masonry structure to collapse on the night of July 28. As the community mourns the loss of the 163-year-old church, a spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Glasgow said that “the destruction of St Simon’s Church by fire will be a blow to the people of the country. – beyond the west end of Glasgow. Although small in size, St Simon’s was very popular and was the spiritual home of the Polish community in the west of Scotland who had established a shrine there. It is the latest in a series of fires that have earned Glasgow the name “City of Tinderbox”—The most notable example in recent memory has seen the Glasgow School of Art caught fire in 2014 and again four years later as restoration work neared completion.
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