Ford and Volkswagen team up on self-driving and electric cars

New York (CNN Business)Volkswagen and Ford announced plans Friday to work closely to develop electric- and self-driving vehicles, the latest automakers to partner in the face of massive changes rocking the auto industry. “We stand at the precipice of biggest shift in transportation since [the one] Henry Ford initiated over 116 years ago,” said Hackett speaking to analysts and media. “Our industry and the world is being upended by technology and innovation.” Traditional automakers are worried they could be left behind by changes in the market brought about by tougher environmental regulations in Europe and elsewhere, as well as new players such as Uber (UBER) and Tesla (TSLA) and potentially deep-pocketed tech companies such as Google parent Alphabet (GOOG) and …

Why New Orleans is vulnerable to flooding: It’s sinking

(CNN)New Orleans was built above sea level, but over time, it’s been sinking. Settlers who got the best land were able to build only about 10 feet above sea level. Even from the beginning, the city was fighting an uphill battle as it expanded. New Orleans is mostly flat, and areas around the French Quarter are just a little lower. But in this situation, every foot counts. “Even during its very beginnings, New Orleans’ residents understood the value of land elevated above the flood-prone land they had chosen to call home,” the US Federal Emergency Management Agency says in its History of Building Elevation in New Orleans. 2. It was built on loose soil As the city grew, architects chose …

Melania Trump Gets Wooden Statue In Hometown; Not Everyone Warms To It

Melania Trump has been carved from a tree near her hometown in Slovenia — and some are complaining about it. Brad Downey. It was created by local sculptor Ales “Maxi” Zupevc, who used a chainsaw to create a rough-hewn, peasant-looking character in a blue dress with a flat, nearly featureless face and waving. The statue, its creation and Zupevc will be featured in a documentary by Downey. It’s not to everyone’s taste. One resident told ITV that it “doesn’t look anything” like Melania, adding: “ But another told Reuters she liked that Melania was perched up high. “You know what makes her resemble Melania? Look at how high she climbed to the top,” the woman said. “Just like real Melania, …

Charles’ 50 years as Prince of Wales

Former Lord Lieutenant of South Glamorgan Sir Norman Lloyd Edwards, who went on to know the prince well, also recalled the excitement at Cardiff train station, where he was at the time of the announcement. “It didn’t have a roof, but if it had had a roof it would have come off,” he said. “There was enormous excitement on the platform and in the railway station.” Among the guests invited to the investiture 50 years ago was Sir Nicholas Soames, a lifelong friend of the prince. Image caption Dafydd Iwan said the investiture “came out of nowhere” amidst political turmoil In the late 1950s, Welsh nationalism was yet to spark into life. Eleven years later, when Charles was crowned, it …

Vandals spraypainted the ‘Bean’ sculpture at Chicago’s Millennium Park

(CNN)Seven people were arrested after the famous “Bean” sculpture in Chicago’s Millennium Park was vandalized. “We will send out more details when charges are finalized,” she said. It’s 33 feet high The Cloud Gate was created by Anish Kapoor, a British sculptor known for his large-scale works of stone and reflective steel. The Cloud Gate was completed in 2006, according to the Millennium Park Foundation’s website. One hundred and sixty-eight stainless steel plates were cut using computer technology and assembled together like a puzzle to create the sculpture. It’s 33 feet high, 42 feet wide, 66 feet long and weighs 110 tons. Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Jackie Kennedy’s Martha’s Vineyard estate is on sale for $65 million

(CNN)Looking to buy property in Martha’s Vineyard and have $65 million laying around? “Forty years ago, my mother fell in love with Martha’s Vineyard,” Onassis daughter, Caroline Kennedy, said in a statement. “When she found Red Gate Farm, it was a perfect expression of her romantic and adventurous spirit. The dunes and ponds and rolling hills of Aquinnah gave her the chance to create a world where she could be so close to nature, close to her family and friends, and, most importantly, close to her beloved books. Kennedy said her mother even had a “fairy treehouse” built on the property for her grandchildren. “Those grandchildren are grown so now it is time for us to follow my mother’s example …

Theatre photos bring backstage world to life

Image copyright Fraser McGee/Birmingham Rep Image caption “The Rep is more than a theatre. It’s an icon of the city, with its distinctive Brutalist architecture and its role in the history of Birmingham’s arts and culture scene dating back over a century,” said Mr McGee Image copyright Fraser McGee/Birmingham Rep Image caption “The theatre is unique in the city in that it’s our only producing theatre. Thanks to an incredible team of skilled crafts people, the theatre designs and creates its own sets and costumes, which makes its productions really special” Image copyright Fraser McGee/Birmingham REP Image caption Of the 100 exhibition photographs, one of Mr McGee’s favourites is a shot of a welder in the workshop. “Taken during the …

‘Marmite’ bus station up for Riba prize

Mr Quick, the University of Central Lancashire professor of public art practice, said he was not surprised the refurbishment of the station had received recognition, as it was “really sympathetic and brought it into the 21st Century”. ‘Marmite building’ He is helping to organise events this year to mark its 50th anniversary including an exhibition opening in September called ‘Beautiful and Brutal: 50 Years in the life of Preston Bus Station at Preston’s Harris Museum’. James Arnold, who is co-curating it, said the building certainly got people talking. “It has been described as Marmite, people love it or loathe it but it always gets a reaction,” he said. Other buildings on Riba’s list include Battersea Arts Centre in London, which …

The 150-year-old ‘soul’ of a seaside town

Image copyright Illustrated London News Image caption The pier opened in 1869 to great fanfare Image copyright Science & Society Picture Library Image caption It was constructed using surplus rails from Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s South Wales railway Image copyright Clevedon Pier & Heritage Trust Image caption Thousands came out to celebrate the pier’s reopening on 27 May 1989 Image copyright Clevedon Pier & Heritage Trust Image caption Another ceremony was held when a new pier head and landing stage for steamer ships was added A new visitors’ centre and restaurant opened in 2016, with visitor numbers topping 100,000 for the first time in 147 years. In April, it came third behind Worthing and Clacton in the National Piers Society competition …

Apollo 11 is paving a path from the moon to Mars

(CNN)Fifty years after humans first stepped on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission, NASA has created a goal of landing the first woman and next man on the moon’s South Pole by 2024. NASA has dubbed this path back to the moon Artemis, after Apollo’s twin sister from Greek mythology. Cernan and Schmitt, the only scientist to ever walk on the moon, landed in the Taurus-Littrow valley on December 11, 1972. “America’s challenge of today has forged man’s destiny of tomorrow,” Cernan said as they departed. “As we leave the moon and Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came, and, God willing, we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind.” Forty-seven years later, NASA announced the Moon to …

Honours for judge, 100, and street cleaner

He identified flaws in the system which, had they been solved previously, may have uncovered Shipman’s wrong-doing much earlier. Now they have been resolved they should prevent future such scandals, his citation said. Shipman, who died in 2004, killed at least 215 patients. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Stephen Lawrence, an 18-year-old aspiring architect, was murdered in a racist attack in London in 1993 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Georgia Hall won the British Open in August last year BEMs are also being awarded to Thomas McArdle, a 61-year-old street cleaner from Liverpool, and PC Alison Suffield of Lancashire Police for her response to the Manchester Arena bombing in May 2017. Mr McArdle, who has been cleaning the …

Best buildings in Scotland 2019 winners

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has announced the 10 winners of its 2019 awards. Jury chairman Prof John Cole said the journey around the country to view the projects had been “a reaffirmation” of the ability of architecture to positively influence the lives of individuals and communities. The winners will form the long list for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award, which will be announced in October. They are: The Black House They said they had “succeeded in creating a calm, inviting and exceptional home”. The Briongos MacKinnon House Image copyright Andrew Lee Image caption Broomlands Primary School, Kelso – contract value £8m (Stallan-Brand Architecture + Design Ltd for Scottish Borders Council) The school’s …

Taj Mahal Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s some background information about the Taj Mahal, India’s most popular tourist attraction. The monument is located on the banks of the Yamuna River in Agra, India. The site is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India, which has organized multi-year cleaning projects to restore discolored areas on the Taj Mahal’s facade caused by air pollution and also excretions from insects coming from the adjacent Yamuna River. Architecture:The most recognizable feature of the Taj Mahal is the large, white, domed mausoleum, which is surrounded by four tall minarets on each corner. The exterior is made of white marble. The main building contains two cenotaphs memorializing Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal. A cenotaph is a Greek word that means “empty tomb.” …

Does a ‘stunning school’ help learning?

Image copyright Scottish Borders Council Image caption The old school had a “lovely atmosphere” but “didn’t look the prettiest” Taking a stroll round the grounds – even on a relatively dreich day – the structure looks striking. And, chatting with everyone who sees and uses the building on a regular basis, their pride comes across in every word. Image copyright Andrew Lee Image caption Pupils said the bright new school “cheers you up a wee bit” A group of pupils at the new school – Bronwen, Ker, Kenny and Antonia – say their former home was “not that good an environment to learn in”. “It wasn’t very light because you had to put the lights on and if you turned …

Architect I.M. Pei Dead At 102

World-renowned architect Ieoh Ming Pei, known as I.M. Pei, died at age 102.  told The New York Times on Thursday that his father had died overnight. architect was known for iconic designs, such as the Louvre Pyramid in Paris, France. Among his most famous projects were museums like the East Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the JFK Library in Boston, designed in the 1970s, as well as buildings like the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong in the 1980s and the Four Seasons Hotel in Manhattan in the 1990s.  met with criticism from many in France’s art establishment. favorites among his works. “It’s like a man with many children … They all have …

‘Concealed shoes’ index to go online

The shoes hidden in homes to ward off evil Dr Ceri Houlbrook, of the university, said it was important to make the index available online as it shows footwear’s “prominent place in folklore”. Image copyright Dr Ceri Houlbrook Image caption Queen Victoria was captured throwing a shoe after her soldiers as they departed for the Crimean War Work began last year on a £6.7m refurbishment of the museum, which is due to be completed next year The project is being paid for by proceeds of the sale of the Northampton Borough Council-owned Egyptian Sekhemka statue, which was sold for £16m in 2014. Northampton’s history for boot and shoemaking dates back almost 900 years and grew in the middle of the …