The rule-breaker

first_imgCreative conversation “Create buildings and places that engage people. It doesn’t mean pandering to historical models of the past,” Frank Gehry, the legendary architect, said of his guiding principles. “And question everything.”Though long known as a boundary-pushing visionary in design circles, Gehry found mainstream celebrity in the late ’90s with the opening of the now-iconic Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, a swirling, futuristic abstraction in stone, glass, and titanium. He’s since gone on to build many notable projects, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the MIT Stata Center.With salty, dry wit, Gehry reflected on his still very active 50-year-plus career during a talk Friday evening at the JFK Jr. Forum hosted by the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School.Deborah Borda, the president and chief executive officer of the Los Angeles Philharmonic who is now a Hauser Leader-in-Residence at HKS’s Center for Public Leadership, described the iconoclast as a man “who has almost single-handedly transformed the world of contemporary architecture.”“He’s done it through artistry, technology, resilience, and something people don’t always think about but which is a critical factor about Frank, and that is: Humanity.”— Christina Pazzanese Deborah Borda, Hauser Leader-in-Residence at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership and president and CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, spoke with celebrated architect Frank Gehry. Video courtesy of Harvard Institute of Politicscenter_img <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yD-IJ3784kA” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/yD-IJ3784kA/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a>last_img read more

Australian grid moving steadily toward renewables, decentralization

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:The politics may not change much, but Australia’s electricity grid is changing before our very eyes—slowly and inevitably becoming more renewable, more decentralised, and challenging the pre-conceptions of many in the industry.The latest National Emissions Audit from The Australia Institute, which includes an update on key electricity trends in the National Electricity Market, notes some interesting developments over the last three months.The most surprising of those developments may be the South Australia achievement, which shows that since the closure of the Hazelwood brown coal generator in March 2017, South Australia has become a net exporter of electricity, in net annualised terms.Lead author Hugh Saddler notes that this is a big change for South Australia, which in 1999 and 2000, when it had only gas and local coal, used to import 30 percent of its electricity demand.“The difference today is that the state is now taking advantage of its abundant resources of wind and solar radiation, and the new technologies which have made them the lowest cost sources of new generation, to supply much of its electricity requirements,” Saddler writes.As for rooftop solar, Saddler notes that the share of residential solar in the grid is still relatively small but it is the most steadily growing generation source in the NEM. By 2040, or perhaps 2050, the share of distributed generation, which includes rooftop solar, battery storage and demand management, is expected to reach nearly half of all Australia’s grid demand.More: The Rapidly Changing Dynamics of Australia’s Grid Australian grid moving steadily toward renewables, decentralizationlast_img read more

Liverpool Bounce Back with Bournemouth Win

first_imgLiverpool bounced back from their recent poor form to secure a record breaking 2-1 win against Bournemouth at Anfield yesterday.Despite going behind with less than 10 minutes into the game after Callum Wilson struck for Bournemouth, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane got on the score sheet, to end Liverpool’s run of three straight games without a win.The win means Liverpool have now won their last 22 Premier League home games, the longest such winning run in English top-flight history, breaking their own record. The Reds have now gone 25 points clear of second placed Manchester City who will be guests to Manchester United in the Manchester derby today. Bournemouth opened scoring in the 9th minute as Wilson passed the ball into the net following a neat attacking move.In the 25th minute Liverpool equalised through Salah who found the bottom corner after Mane won the ball back. And in the 33rd minute Mane made it 2-1 after he was set free by a pinpoint Virgil Van Dijk pass before coolly slotting the ball into the net.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more