From: "Davide Giordano"Date: May 27, 2009 11:57:32 AM PDTSubject: Zaha Hadid Architects announce the Stone Towers, Cairo, Egypt
STONE TOWERS, CAIRO BY ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTSThe Stone Towers by Zaha Hadid Architects for Rooya Group of Egypt is located in the Stone Park district ofCairo. Providing office and retail facilities to a rapidly expanding Cairo, the unique 525,000sqm Stone Towersdevelopment also includes a five-star business hotel with serviced apartments, retail with food and beveragefacilities and sunken landscaped gardens and plaza called the 'Delta'.Hisham Shoukri, CEO of Rooya Group said "There is a overwhelming need in Egypt for developments of the highestinternational standards required by the serious and growing investment climate of the country - ultimatelycontributing to making it a hub for multinationals in the region. The Stone Towers needed an architect with daringideas, innovation, international expertise and experience…it needed Zaha Hadid."Ancient Egyptian stonework incorporates a vast array of patterns and textures that, when illuminated by theintense sunlight of the region, creates animated displays of light and shadow. The effect is powerful, direct andinspiring. The facades on the North and South elevations of each building within Stone Towers adopts arich vocabulary of alternating protrusions, recesses and voids to enhance the deep reveal shadow lines thataccentuate the curvatures of each building within the development and animate the project throughout the day.“I am delighted to be working in Cairo, states Hadid. “I have visited Egypt many times and I have always beenfascinated by the mathematics and arts of the Arab world. In our office we have always researched the formalconcepts of geometry - which relates a great deal to the region’s art traditions and sciences in terms of algebra,geometry and mathematics. This research has informed the design for Stone Towers.“With a large-scale project such as the Stone Towers, care must be taken to balance a necessary requirementfor repetitive elements whilst avoiding an uncompromising repetition of static building masses.” states Hadid.“The architecture of Stone Towers pursues a geometric rhythm of similar, interlocking, yet individuallydifferentiated building forms that creates a cohesive composition.”Client: Rooya GroupArchitect: Zaha Hadid ArchitectsStructural Engineer: Adams Kara TaylorGross Building Area: 525,000 m2Site Area: 170,000 m2
I just sent out this email to the TED mailing list. If any new Twitter friends care to make the trip, I think I can promise significant doses of wonder, fascination and inspiration ...+ connection with an amazing community.
Email just received from Fred Krupp, head of Environmental Defence Fund, the organization based on real-world science and economics that famously persuaded the first Bush government to initiate cap-and-trade to tackle acid rain (widely recognized as a brilliant succes), and is now leading the charge on cap-and-trade as the best solution for limiting carbon emissions. They have some great web resources devoted to explaining the idea. Lot of debate as to whether carbon tax is better way to go, but EDF is pretty convincing.
From: "Fred Krupp"Date: May 21, 2009 10:29:02 PM EDTSubject: Great news from DC
On a beautiful day in Washington, DC, the House Energy and Commerce Committee has just put the historic climate change legislation on the path to the President’s desk. The American Clean Energy and Security Act, which mandates a declining cap on global warming pollution, cleared the Committee with a vote of 33 to 25.
This is a huge step forward - and many, many people working together made it happen. It couldn’t have happened without you and your strong support for EDF – or the close cooperation of our colleagues in the environmental community and our friends in the business world. The environmental community has worked collaboratively more successfully than ever. And the business community deserves major credit - the American Clean Energy and Security Act draws on key provisions of a legislative blueprint negotiated by the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP). The bill also won support from labor unions like the United Auto Workers and the Steelworkers, faith groups, and state and local officials.
Chairman Waxman has bridged regional differences to produce a bill that can win broad support in the House and serve as a template for quick action in the Senate. We have common ground. Political leaders representing very different economic sectors voted for this bill, recognizing that it will lift the economy. It’s time for the entire House and the Senate to act to strengthen America and leave a world for our children and grandchildren.
The takeaway from today is that there now is a path to President Obama’s desk, and working together we will drive this legislation there.
Many thanks for all you have done to get us this far.
TWISI = "The Way I See It". Viral wisdom on Twitter
I had an interesting chat just now with Twitter's CEO Evan Williams (@ev) about the company's #fixreplies, #twitterfail problems this week (in which a status change that apparently impacted just 2% of Twitter users ignited a firestorm.)
TED Prize winner Sylvia Earle just emailed that the World Ocean Conference in Manado, Indonesia, which has government delegations from 50 countries, is including the following statement in its closing declaration: