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    First Look Inside Zaha Hadid Architects One Thousand Museum in Miami – Architectural Digest - January 19, 2020 by admin

    The structural technique also allows for fewer interior columns, affording even larger layouts to the half-floor and full-floor apartments that stack up inside. Juxtaposing the sweeping supports, the floor plans are perfectly square. However, in the amenities areas, those signature curves are omnipresent (Hadid abhorred right angles, once saying the world is not a rectangle). The lobbys ceiling is formed by a series of rounded-edge panels also reflected in the reception desk; on the spa level, a tornado-like spiral stair does double duty as a welcome desk; and the interior pool on level 60 features a waterfall shear wall with a feathered pattern. Also in this top of tower, which is billed as a sort of luxury club/event space with incredible views, the exterior structural supports from each edge come together in the ceiling. Its a seemingly simple solution to an intricate facade and all part of the plan, says Lepine. The building answers the question, How do you achieve visual dynamism or visual complexity with very simple underlying rules?

    A bar area.

    Where this visual complexity doesnt apply is One Thousand Museums color palette, which focuses solely on contrast between light and dark. Because the white facade, excess of glass, and bright Florida sunlight all contribute to the risk of blinding reflections, the firm chose dark stone floors throughout the lobby and amenities spaces. Dark wood lines the walls and all soft seating is black or gray. Architecturally, the strategy gives the buildings white-colored features more of a visual standout, highlighting its, at times, futuristic lines.

    A curvilinear stair in the top of tower alludes to the exoskeleton in Hadids signature design style.

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    Thomas Jefferson, architect: An exhibition at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Va., illustrates both the brilliance of the Founding Father’s… - January 19, 2020 by admin

    Thomas Jefferson was many things politician and diplomat, naturalist and scientist. Revered as America's third president, he was also the main author of the Declaration of Independence. What's less well-known is his role as an architect who helped shape the look of early America.

    That side of Jefferson is getting special attention at the moment with an exhibition at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia. It illustrates both the brilliance of his vision and what, to many, is an unforgivable blind spot.

    The title of the show is "Thomas Jefferson, Architect." Though not a professional architect, he was, said curator and museum director Erik Neil, "one of the most advanced architectural thinkers of his time."

    Neil said evidence of Jefferson's influence is how familiar his designs now look. Examining one architectural model, correspondent Brook Silva-Braga said, "This is almost like a clich of a government building now."

    "It wasn't then," said Neil. "Jefferson was saying, 'We want to do, like, what the Ancient Romans and what the Ancient Greeks did, because they had the highest form of government and the legislators acted with wisdom.'"

    The architecture, he felt, should convey that.

    Jefferson's plantation home, Monticello, carried those principles; so did his anonymous submission to a design competition for the White House, which featured a large dome.

    "This dome was to have glass windows," said Neil. "It was the most innovative. It was the most advanced. I'm not sure if it actually could've been built."

    These models first appeared at an Italian retrospective on Jefferson's architecture. Neil saw that show and wanted to bring it home to Virginia, but realized that was a complicated idea.

    Silva-Braga asked, "Would it be going too far to say that you thought that exhibition wouldn't be well-received here?"

    "It wouldn't be enough," Neil replied. "If I had presented that exhibition, I would have rightly been criticized."

    Jefferson's designs, after all, were made into buildings by slaves.

    As a politician he helped end the Atlantic slave trade, but at Monticello and elsewhere, Jefferson owned more than 600 human beings, including his mistress, Sally Hemings.

    So, Neil enlisted a diverse group of advisors to make a new kind of exhibit, highlighting the otherwise anonymous people who built things, like a paneled door made at Monticello.

    "They've been able to analyze the grain and the grooves, and the details of the door, and connect that to a set of tools that are known to have been John Hemmings'," said Neil.

    John Hemmings was Sally Hemings' brother

    There is a brick under glass, next to a handful of handmade nails as a tribute to Isaac Granger, one of the men who made Jefferson's nails. In a daguerreotype taken c. 1847, Granger is pictured wearing his workman's apron.

    Love it or hate it, the exhibit is a profoundly different way to present Jefferson.

    Silva-Braga asked, "I could see people saying, 'This is an American hero; why are you trying to bring him down?' I could see people saying, 'This is a slaveholder; why are you still building him up?'"

    "I've gotten a couple letters: 'How could you do this to Thomas Jefferson? Why would you tarnish the image of this great man?'" said Neil. "And I've had other people say, 'Really? We want to give praise to this man who really had a concubine, who had a slave mistress?'"

    The reassessment of Jefferson the architect will continue this spring at the University of Virginia, a campus he designed, when UVA dedicates a "memorial to enslaved laborers."

    Columbia University professor Mabel Wilson worked on the UVA memorial and the Chrysler Museum exhibit. She studies architecture and race, and says one of Jefferson's hallmarks was hiding the places where slaves lived and worked.

    "I think this is what makes him an architect," she said, "that he understands that the buildings make relationships between people. So, he is very shrewd at using architecture to make invisible something that he completely understood was morally reprehensible and against the values of freedom and equality."

    This is all part of a larger reckoning in Virginia.

    Janice Underwood is Virginia's first-ever director of diversity, equity and inclusion, hired by Governor Ralph Northam after a photo of a man in blackface was found on Northam's yearbook page. [Virginia's second governor was Thomas Jefferson, who designed the Capitol building where Underwood now works.]

    "He said that all men are created equal," Underwood said. "And while I know that to be true, he would not have included me in that. He would not have included Sally Hemings in that, or any of his children with Sally Hemings."

    Underwood says she isn't sure if the statue of Jefferson just behind the Capitol should even stay up.

    "I don't know, we're reckoning with those questions now," she said. "For so long, we've only told one side of the story."

    A handful of other museums across the country are making a similar shift, in some cases changing the labels next to paintings to explain that the person in the portrait was involved in the slave trade.

    In its way, the Chrysler Museum is attempting answers to the questions that surround Jefferson, by teaching new names, and attaching new meaning to old ones.

    Silva-Braga asked, "Do you want them to come away with the idea that Thomas Jefferson was a great American, or maybe just an important American?"

    "I would say he's a great American," Neil replied. "I would say the idea that we have a president who has ideals that we still aspire to, is really something I want people to take away with them. To recognize he fell short of his aspirations, I hope they come away with that as well."

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    Architects React to Trump’s New ‘Architect’ of the Capitol – Architectural Record - January 19, 2020 by admin

    Architects React to Trumps New Architect of the Capitol | 2020-01-17 | Architectural Record This website requires certain cookies to work and uses other cookies to help you have the best experience. By visiting this website, certain cookies have already been set, which you may delete and block. By closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to the use of cookies. Visit our updated privacy and cookie policy to learn more. This Website Uses CookiesBy closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to our cookie policy. Learn MoreThis website requires certain cookies to work and uses other cookies to help you have the best experience. By visiting this website, certain cookies have already been set, which you may delete and block. By closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to the use of cookies. Visit our updated privacy and cookie policy to learn more.

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    Blocky Minecraft-themed apartment building in Seoul clad with pixel-like tiles – Dezeen - January 19, 2020 by admin

    Aoa Architects has clad the stepped gables of a playful apartment block in South Korea with glossy red and white tiles in a reference to the video game Minecraft.

    The building, called Cascade House on account of its symmetrical stepped form, is located in Seoul's Mangwon-dong area.

    Along with Minecraft, Aoa Architects also cited colourful Lego bricks and the stepped gables of traditional Belgian houses as inspiration for the form and facade.

    Cascade house has apartments for five families placed atop a ground-floor shop.

    The design was also chosen as a counterpoint to the area's more bland, regulations-driven architecture.

    "Most family houses in the neighbourhood are the result of the auto-generative form [caused] by building regulations, such as solar setback requirements and the economic inevitability to accommodate as many units as possible," explained the practice.

    Instead, the unusually-shaped block conceals five apartments, arranged in a symmetrically.

    The block's line of symmetry cuts through a central staircase, which has been finished in exposed concrete and thin steel balustrades.

    Access to this stair is via an open undercroft supported by concrete pillars which sits alongside the shop unit, providing parking space and also a semi-private area next to the street.

    This undercroft gives a lightness to the bold stepped gables above.

    Cascade House's corners are accented by contrasting rough stone panels that also mark the top of each window.

    "The design was settled with partial decorations that could be easily done without causing trouble for the contractors," project architect Uk Sunwoo told Dezeen.

    Four single-bedroom apartments occupy each half of the first and second floors as they step upwards.

    A larger, two-bedroom apartment occupies the third floor, which opens onto two terraces and features an attic space above.

    The symmetrical layout continues in the individual apartments.

    A central stair opens into the living room, where a marble pillar sits at the centre of two sliding wooden doors leading to the kitchen or bedroom, separated by a glass-brick partition.

    "Split around the marble pillar in the living room, the spatial juxtaposition of the kitchen and the bedroom becomes somewhat surrealistic, like a drama set," said the practice.

    Wood, exposed concrete and white plaster dominate the interiors.

    The pixel-like red tiles that cover the exterior have been used to create bright splashbacks in the kitchens.

    Aoa Architects was founded by Jaewon Suh and Euihaing Lee in 2013.

    Another original take on South Korea's building regulations was created by practice STMPJ, which designed a skinny red house in Seoul.

    Architect Bjarke Ingels is also a fan of Minecraft, and has said he thinks architects should adopt the videogame's world building principles. The United Nations have used the game to get communities in developing countries to design their own public spaces.

    Photography is by Hyosook Chin.

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    Architect: Aoa ArchitectsProject team: Jaewon Suh, Euihaing Lee, Uk SunwooContractor: Coworkers construction

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    Carolina Panthers: The architects of a new defense – Cat Crave - January 19, 2020 by admin

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    CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA DECEMBER 15: Carolina Panthers helmets are seen prior to the game against Seattle Seahawks at Bank of America Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

    On Tuesday January fourteenth, 2020 at approximately 8:30 p.m. EST Panthers middle linebacker, Luke Kuechly, officially announced his retirement. Then on Thursday January sixteenth, 2020 at approximately 9:17 a.m. the Panthers officially hired former LSU passing game coordinator, Joe Brady, as their offensive coordinator.

    A proven legendary defensive mastermind of the last decade exits the organization as the first proven offensive mastermind of the current decade enters. The void left behind by Kuechly will be hard to fill, but Matt Rhule has reportedly been hard at work putting together a squad of defensive architects for his new team.

    While the hires havent been officially announced yet, Rhule is expected to addBaylors defensive coordinatorPhil Snow, Colts defensive line coachMike Phair, and Browns linebackers coach and run game coordinatorAl Holcomb.

    The theme of the projected coaching staff is familiarity, experience, and proven success. The Panthers organization (especially Tepper) prided themselves on acquiring someone like Rhule who turned the Baylor program into one of admirable talent. The new hires will enable Rhule to do the same in Charlotte.

    The new defensive coaches will be working with a relatively fresh mold of players seeking to replace the bevy of talent thats left over the last couple of years. Additionally, theyll be doing it with the assistance of someone who served as an offensive assistant to the Panthers divisional arch rival Saints. Now, lets see how all the pieces fit together.

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    Architects of CIA torture program to testify at Guantanamo for first time – Amnesty International USA - January 19, 2020 by admin

    The two psychologists responsible for designing and implementing the CIAs enhanced interrogation techniques will testify in pre-trial hearings in the September 11 case at Guantnamo Bay next week. Amnesty International experts will be there to observe their testimony.

    The contract psychologists, James E. Mitchell and John Bruce Jessen, are responsible for developing interrogation techniques, including waterboarding, confinement in small boxes, beatings, and sleep deprivation, which amounted to torture. Many detainees suffered such abuse in secret sites around the globe, including in Europe, with the complicity of a number of European governments. Julia Hall, Amnesty Internationals leading expert on counter-terrorism, who will be attending the hearings, said:

    The perverse work of these psychologists has dramatically set back the global fight against torture. The interrogation methods they championed have had a rippling effect around the world.

    Rather than being held to account, the people responsible for the US torture program including Mitchell and Jessen have been protected and, in some cases, promoted. The fact that they are testifying at this high-profile hearing shows the CIAs failure to root out the human rights abuses at the heart of its counter-terror program. Such impunity is a stain on US history. Torture is never justified and anyone who uses it must be held to account.

    WHAT:

    Briefing during pre-trial hearings at Guantnamo Bay naval base

    WHO:

    Julia Hall is a human rights lawyer and Amnesty Internationals expert on criminal justice, counter-terrorism and human rights

    Zeke Johnson is senior director of programs at Amnesty International USA. He leads a team of issue experts working to end urgent human rights abuses in the U.S.

    WHEN:

    January 18-February 1

    HOW:

    For further information, or to schedule an interview with Julia Hall or Zeke Johnson, contact Mariya Parodi at [emailprotected]

    Background

    Mitchell and Jessen are expected to testify beginning on January 20 in the pre-trial hearings against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other men charged with helping to plan and assist in the 9/11 attacks.

    Amnesty International is one of the few NGOs that have priority for The Gallery, where hearings that are not classified can be observed.

    Julia Hall was one of the first persons to be granted permission by the United States Department of Defense to monitor military commissions proceedings. She observed the first trial at Guantnamo in 2008 in the case of Salim Hamdan, Osama bin Ladens driver. She is an expert on European complicity in CIA secret sites, including those in Poland, Romania and Lithuania, and has been personally involved in the resettlement of three former detainees (to Ireland and Sweden).

    Zeke Johnson has represented the organization before the United Nations Committee Against Torture and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights; testified before members of Congress about U.S. drone strikes; and served as a trial monitor of the military commissions at Guantnamo Bay.

    Amnesty International has long advocated that government officials who were involved in the torture and ill-treatment of detainees in the course of the U.S.s global war on terror be held accountable, and that detainees at Guantnamo should either be released or tried promptly in U.S. federal court.

    Amnesty International has repeatedly called on the U.S. government to close the detention facility and put an end to years of human rights violations.

    Amnesty has called attention to the fact that the governments program of torture and ill-treatment and repeated delays of fair trial of alleged suspects of the September 11 attacks have directly contributed to the absence of real justice and remedy for the victims of September 11 and their family members.

    Whether torture-tainted statements should be excluded from evidence in the September 11 trial is the question at the core of the hearings at Guantnamo Bay this January. All five co-defendants could face the death penalty if found guilty by the military commissions, whose proceedings do not meet international fair trial standards. The use of this punishment in these cases would be the ultimate denial of basic human rights.

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    Pro bono architecture initiative, Architects Assist, connects architects with people in need – Archinect - January 19, 2020 by admin

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    The massive brushfires in Australia have damaged a large portion of the country's landscape.As of today, according to BBC News, "more than 100 fires are still burning in the states of New South Wales and Victoria." Many have lost their homes and family members in addition to the amount of wildlife impacted by the fires. However, as with previous large-scale tragedies such as this, people have started to come together to provide aid to those impacted.

    On January 4, 2020, architect Jiri Lev of, Atelier Jiri Lev, established Architects Assist, an initiative that aims to provide planning and design assistance to those who have lost their homes during the fire.According to the Architects Assist website, the initiative "acts as a simple referral service between clients and registered architects (it does not itself provide architectural services)." An initiative run under mantle of the Australian Institutes of Architects,Architects Assists has rallied to provide support for current and future natural disaster victims in Australia.

    With the media drawing much attention to the country's response to climate change, celebrities using their influence to assist, and news of the country's coal export-fueled economic growth threatened by the fires, Lev aims to provide another voice to the mix of disaster coverage.

    Excerpt fromArchitects Assist:

    "AA currently represents about500practices from across Australia, willing to dedicate some of their resources to pro bono work and1000students and graduates of architecture prepared to help if any opportunity becomes available to involve them in the AA program.

    We aim to enable those affected by the present and future disasters to rebuild their lives, either by themselves or with help from the community, at once or in stages, with minimum amount of money.

    Small businesses or communities which are finding it difficult to replace their lost assets, such as shops, halls, churches, or theaters, may also apply for assistance."

    Community support and collaboration across disciplines is needed during times of disaster. The role of architects and their response to issues such as these has grown over the years. Lev alongside architects, students, and graduate students alike have joined forces to create a movement that may provide a catalyst for increased action. With the aim of growing the initiative toward positive architectural impacts, Lev and his team have created the Architects Assist: Global Directory for other architects around the world to help provide pro bono services during times of crisis.

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    Architects of Hope Build Massive Public Art Installation in Coral Springs – Coral Springs Talk – Coral Springs Talk - January 19, 2020 by admin

    Besame Mucho in Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2016; photo by R&R Studios

    By: Jen Russon

    Thousands of silken flowers in bright colors are being assembled into letters, standing 16 feet tall and spelling out the words Peace & Love. The billboard-size message is by the Argentinian artists, Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt.

    The pair are the face of R & R Studios in Miami and were chosen to collaborate on the last installment in the Power of Art program.

    Behar and Marquardt shared details about their massive piece at the Coral Springs Museum of Art, in a room that included mayors and city commissioners from both Parkland and Coral Springs.

    Before the pair spoke, Mayor Scott Brook thanked them for bringing power, art, love, and healing to the community, introducing Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky to expound on those words.

    Peace and love are the way forward. Hate, anger, minimizing, marginalizing thats not how anything gets done, thats not how anyone heals, she said.

    She later added the Peace & Love project is incredibly joyful and a great way to end the Bloomberg Philanthropies series, which the two communities used as a way to come together and navigate its grief, following the unspeakable tragedy.

    The installation of Peace & Love will take place on the second anniversary of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and will project hope to the tens of thousands of people crossing its path, located on the corner of Sportsplex Drive and West Sample Road.

    This, the fourth in the Power of Art series was made possible by a $1 million grant from Bloomberg, and partnership with the Coral Springs Museum of Art and two cities.

    Museum director Julie Andrews said there would be a series of workshops at the museum, inviting the community to come out and build the letters of Peace & Love from scraps of silk.

    Flowers are a symbol of friendship, and thats what we wanted to convey with this piece friendship as well as a sense of hope and a better future for us all, said the artist Behar.

    Marquardt, who has been Behars partner since they were kids, agreed, explaining that, like their public art piece BESAME MUCHO, Peace & Love would also create a sense of welcome and well-being for visitors or those just passing through.

    A city belongs to everyone. If you feel the city loves you, then you love the city back, said Marquardt.

    The couples R&R Studios in Miami is asking the Coral Springs and Parkland communities to envision a positive future by weaving together visual arts, architecture, design, and the city.

    To work alongside Behar and Marquardt in workshops that complete construction of Peace & Love, register for the January 18, 21 and January 23 workshops on Eventbrite, and for more information on the official unveiling of Peace & Love on February 14, 2020, check in with Coral Springs Talk in coming weeks.

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    David Wurmser, Key Iraq War Architect, Advising Trump on Iran – The Intercept - January 19, 2020 by admin

    David Wurmser was a longtime advocate of war with Iraq in the Bush administration. Eventually, he got what he wanted, and it was a total disaster. Now, Wurmser again has the ear of a president this time, Donald Trump and his sights are set firmly on Iran.

    An influential neoconservative in President George W. Bushs White House who became a significant force behind the push for war with Iraq in 2003, Wurmser has recently been serving as an informal adviser to the Trump administration, according to new reporting from Bloomberg News. In that capacity, Wurmser helped make the case for the recent drone strike that assassinated Iranian Gen. Qassim Suleimani.

    David Wurmser again has the ear of a president this time, Donald Trump and his sights are set firmly on Iran.

    Wurmser wrote several memos to then-national security adviser John Bolton in May and June of 2019. In the documents, according to Bloomberg, Wurmser argued that aggressive action by the U.S. such as the killing of Suleimani would, in Wurmsers words, rattle the delicate internal balance offorces and the control over them upon which the [Iranian] regime depends for stability and survival.

    The significance of this is two-fold. First, while it was already clear that the neoconservative movement has powerfully influenced the Trump administration, Wurmsers role on Iran is further evidence of the sway that neoconservatism still holds on the U.S. right despite the catastrophic invasion of Iraq and Trumps disavowal of the war. Second, it demonstrates that neoconservatives such as Wurmser still cherish a peculiar theory about Iranian society.

    After Bushs reelection in 2005, the hard-right faction of his administration turned its attention to Iran. These officials had always wanted regime change in the Islamic Republic, but now some of them believed that a full-scale invasion would not be necessary to bring this about. A 2005 article in the New Yorker by Seymour Hersh quoted a government consultant who described the perspective of these officials as being that a bombing campaign against Irans nuclear facilities would spur a revolution led by secular nationalists and reformers. The consultant summarized their view: The minute the aura of invincibility which the mullahs enjoy is shattered, and with it the ability to hoodwink the West, the Iranian regime will collapse.

    Wurmsers outlook seems not to have changed one bit. In his memos to Bolton, he wrote that the U.S. will not need boots on the ground because Iranians would both beimpressed andpotentially encouraged by a targeted attack on symbols of repression.

    This theory, so popular among neoconservatives, has always been bizarre: Nations generally become more right-wing when under attack. For instance, after the destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001, Americans did not demand that Bush be impeached and Dennis Kucinich move into the Oval Office.

    We should definitely consider the possibility that the neocons dont know what theyre talking about. And yet, here we are, with those self-same neocons again helping shape our foreign policy in delusional and dangerous ways.

    The continued self-confidence of neoconservatives like Wurmser is particularly odd given how all their beliefs were proven disastrously wrong in Iraq.

    Wurmser holds a Ph.D. in international affairs and worked for the AIPAC-spinoff Washington Institute for Near East Policy in the mid-1990s. In 1996, he was one of the main thinkers behind a policy document titled A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm that was prepared by an Israeli think tank for then-incoming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus government in 1996. The paper called for Israel to engage in preemptive attacks on its perceived foes and a focus on removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq.

    In 1999, Wurmser wrote a book titled Tyrannys Ally: Americas Failure to Defeat Saddam Hussein, which was pretty much what it sounds like. Chemical, biological, and even nuclear weapons are the pillars of Saddams regime, Wurmser said, adding that the menace from Saddams Iraq will continue to grow if the U.S. did not remove him from power.

    After the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the purported wishes of the neoconservatives collided with reality, and reality won.

    After the September 11 attacks, Wurmser was appointed to a two-man intelligence unit by then-Defense Undersecretary Douglas Feith. (Feith is perhaps best known for being referred to as the fucking stupidest guy on the face of the earth by Gen. Tommy Franks, who led the invasion of Iraq.) Among Wurmsers ideas was for the U.S. to respond to Al Qaeda by, as the 9/11 Commission later put it, hitting a non-Al Qaeda target like Iraq.

    Wurmser then became a senior adviser to Bolton, who at that point was an undersecretary at the State Department and one of the most vociferous champions of a regime change war with Iraq.

    Eventually, Wurmser and company got what they wanted, and the U.S. led an invasion of Iraq in March 2003. At that point, the purported wishes of the neoconservatives collided with reality, and reality won. Hundreds of thousands of people died, the lives of millions have been blighted, and the entire region will be in flames for the indefinite future.

    In a 2007 interview, however, Wurmser continued to defend the decision to go to war, though he did question the Bush administrations rhetorical emphasis on democracy in Iraq. Im not a big fan of democracy per se, he said, Im a fan of freedom and one has to remember the difference. Freedom must precede democracy by a long, long time. In the same interview, he stated that if the U.S. failed to trigger a fundamental change in behavior by Irans leaders that America might have to think seriously about going directly into Iran.

    In any case, nothing in the past 17 years seems to have made much of an impression on Wurmser; he still maintains a belief in his own skill at precisely calibrated global strategy. Nor has this past calamitous decade and a half prevented him from having the ear of the people who operate Americas killer drones. Notably, the article about Wurmsers current accomplishments, by neoconservative Bloomberg journalist Eli Lake, does not mention any of Wurmsers unfortunate history.

    Wurmser did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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    Zaha Hadid Architects Revealed a Nearly Completed Exhibition and Conference Center, Part of Unicorn Island – ArchDaily - January 19, 2020 by admin

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    The Start-Up exhibition and conference center, the first building within Chengdu's Unicorn Island project, is nearing completion. Conceived by Zaha Hadid Architects, the 67-hectare mixed-use master plan will generate living and working environments for Chinese and international companies.

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    In line with Chinas evolving economy and continuous growth towards internet and technology-based organizations, the project creates a unicorn island or a hub for the development of start-ups. Located in the Tianfu New Area, south of Chengdu, an ecologically sustainable civic, business and residential center for Chinas technology and research sectors, Unicorn Island will be home for 70,000 researchers, office staff, residents and visitors. In fact, the project has been designed to enhance the wellbeing of its community; [] influenced by principles within the regions historical natural engineering projects.

    On another hand, following the environmental principles of Dujiangyans historic irrigation system and Tianfu New Areas ongoing work to re-establish its natural wetlands, the master plans guidelines define particular concepts that improve the efficiency of the structures and the wellbeing of its inhabitants. Actually, Unicorn Islands parkland design incorporates green civic spaces, water conservation, and enhanced connectivity to create its living and working environments.

    With a radial master plan, the design, conceived within a walkable and bikeable distance, allows instant access to the entire space. The central plaza and metro station are surrounded by integrated clusters of buildings, with heights and compositions that vary according to functions, program, etc. In fact,throughorganic growth, the structures will create a diverse community. Natural water management systems and innovations in urban farming technologies will be also incorporated in Unicorn Island.

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