August 12, 2009 This is the fourth installment in a series of reports with the most recent 3D renderings of “SOLARE The Lean Linear City”. Excerpts from BEYOND GRIDLOCK Paolo Soleri’s Lean Linear City by Tomiaki Tamura, Cosanti Foundation, August 2009. [Waste Management] SOLARE’s urban structures certainly make waste material collection more efficient. The linear transportation system also provides easier access to processing and recycling locations, and to waste disposal sites. [3D rendering: YoungSoo Kim & text: Tomiaki Tamura] The biologically processed (composting) materials fill the landscaping and garden soil enrichment needs. The energy recovery system in forms of solid, liquid and gaseous materials can also be adopted. [3D rendering: YoungSoo Kim & text: Tomiaki Tamura] Perhaps the largest contribution to waste management in SOLARE is the reduction in the absolute amount of material consumption; redefining the “quality of life” by giving its residents pedestrian access to many amenities, so that each resident does not have to own everything (but can share), therefore creating an environment in which less materials are needed. [3D rendering: YoungSoo Kim & text: Tomiaki Tamura] [Agriculture/Greenhouse] Sustainable agriculture may be a somewhat elusive concept, especially with the complexity of varied and shifting environmental conditions, and socio-economic needs of the communities that produce and consume the goods involved in the process. [3D rendering: YoungSoo Kim & text: Tomiaki Tamura] However, humanity’s attempt to reduce the ecological footprint that supports our lifestyle necessitates bringing agricultural activities much closer to the habitat where the consumption occurs. SOLARE explores urban agriculture in the adjacent open field (close proximity to the human habitat) and vertical farm built into the structure where applicable. Another unique feature of SOLARE is the terraced greenhouse unit (Energy Apron) intended to extend the growing season and provide diversified horticulture and floriculture practices within its stratified micro-climatic conditions. This glazed productive environment substantially reduces the amount of water usage, while diverting excess heat to upper structures for space heating when needed. This report continues on 8/14/2009. [3D rendering: YoungSoo Kim & text: Tomiaki Tamura]
Chris Albrecht has signed a contract to remain CEO of US premium cable channel Starz until 2020, simultaneously adding the title of company president.The new deal is effective as of July 1, with Albrecht replacing the long-serving Glenn Curtis as president.The news closely follows the appointment of global marketing president Jeffrey Hirsch as COO.Since joining the John Malone-backed Starz in 2010, former HBO chief Albrecht has overseen a strategic push intooriginal programming through shows such as Power, Outlander, Black Sails and The Girlfriend Experience. Previously, Starz and sister channel group StarzEncore had focused mainly on feature film deals.“Chris has developed Starz into a leading, innovative entertainment brand with award-winning original programing that resonates with US and international audiences,” said Starz chairman Greg Maffei.“He has made remarkable contributions to the business over the past six years, and we look forward to his vision creating even more value for distributors, partners and shareholders.”Albrecht has also been active in various talks over the future ownership structure with the likes of Lionsgate Entertainment, CBS and 21st Century Fox. Merger talks with Lionsgate were confirmed in February, though no deal has materialised.
Bouygues TelecomFrench construction-to-telecoms conglomerate Bouygues has categorically denied that it is in talks with other French operators after news service La Lettre de l’Expansion reported that Orange CEO Stéphane Richard and Martin Bouygues had talks about possible consolidation at the beginning of March.“Following the article published in La Lettre de l’Expansion on 13 March 2017 entitled ‘Orange-Bouygues, un accord en vue’, Bouygues wishes to categorically deny the existence of any discussions with other operators with a view to consolidating the French telecoms market,” said the company.La Lettre de l’Expansion reported that Bouygues’ bankers were looking for a deal that would see Bouygues Telecom valued at about the same level as when negotiations were taking place last year – about €10 billion.Any deal would be expected to involve the other main French telecom players – Free and SFR – to allay competition concerns. The most widely discussed scenario involves the Free Mobile taking over Bouygues wireless spectrum while Orange and SFR share the fourth operator’s subscribers and retail outlets.Bouygues broke off talks with Orange early last year after failing to find agreement with the larger player on key elements including the level of participation of Bouygues in Orange post the acquisition, the risks of execution and the value placed on Bouygues Telecom, as well as the fate of its employees.Bouygues said at the time that it would pursue a standalone strategy in a market that still had growth potential.
The European subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) market is due to reach revenues of US$6.8 billion in 2022, up from US$3.9 billion in 2017, according to Kagan research.The S&P Global Market Intelligence research group said that Netflix’s localised presence throughout Europe was one of the “main factors” contributing to this growth.Other cited factors were the expansion of Amazon Prime Video as a stand-alone service, the debut of international OTT services like Naspers’ Showmax, and the strengthening of offerings from local media providers such as Sky’s Now TV and ProSiebenSat.1 Media’s Maxdome.According to Kagan estimates, total paid subscriptions to online video services across 14 European markets will grow from 39.3 million in 2017 to 60.8 million in 2022, a compound annual growth rate of 9.1%.SVOD services were found to be especially popular in the Nordics, with Denmark, Norway and Sweden ranking as the countries with the highest penetration rates – ranging from 76.2% to 86.1% in 2017.Kagan said this can be attributed to the countries’ high percentage of English-speakers as well as disposable incomes higher than the European average.The UK was found to have Europe’s highest number of SVOD subscriptions, more than double those in Germany in 2017. The report said it expects this to continue over the next five years.Russia, Spain and Portugal were the three least SVOD-penetrated markets in Europe, according to the report.The study looked at 14 European markets – Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Poland and Russia.