How Gazprom sees its Place in the World
November 28, 2006, 1:46 pm
Filed under: Architecture, Energy, Environment, Strategic

Gazprom are commissioning architecture for their capital, Gazprom City, in St. Petersburg. Needless to say, if any of these designs are built in St. Petersburg it will tell us all rather a lot about power in modern Russia. Continue reading


Threat to Chinese Economy From Climate Change
November 24, 2006, 9:15 am
Filed under: Environment, Strategic

A report from a Hong Kong based think-tank decribes the threat to industry on the Pearl River Delta and in Hong Kong posed by increases in flooding and typhoons associated with climate change. The report also highlights the knock-on effects of damage to this region for global trade. [source:BBC]

We could yet see the Chinese government volunteering cuts in Greenhouse gas emissions and thereby removing the biggest bar to emissions restrictions for the largest liberal economies. If the perception of immediate risk from climate change overwhelms debates about fair competition then the current bars to international cooperation could be removed.

The Earliest Modular Capsule Architecture
November 19, 2006, 7:22 pm
Filed under: Architecture, Environment, Tokyo

This wonderful building, the Nakagin Capsule Tower, was designed by Kisho Kurokawa in 1970-1972 and built in the Ginza district of Tokyo. See Dork Magazine, and arcspace for more information including interior photos. [Source: Maximalism] Continue reading

Ministry of Transportation in Tbilisi
November 17, 2006, 2:38 am
Filed under: Architecture, Environment

I first came across the link to this photo on boing boing which was linking to an article in we-make-money-not-art. Ministry of Transportation

By photogropher Geert Goiris

Species Extinction Rate Growing
November 15, 2006, 11:06 pm
Filed under: Environment

Camille Parmesan has published a review of more then 800 papers documenting an acceleration in the rate of species extinction [source]. Species adapted to cold climates and a narrow range of temperatures have shown the largest increase in extinctions.