Architecture: ‘Plateau Residence’ By Michael Hennessey Architects


Plateau Residence

The severe topography and the intense climatic conditions at the site are the two primary factors that influence the design of this single-family residence. The building is situated on a plateau located above a steep, ambitious climb. The massing of the building is kept low to the ground to respect the existing topography below the plateau and to create a direct connection between the interior spaces and the surrounding landscape.

The site experiences relatively severe temperature swings from winter to summer. As a means to mediate a proper climatic response, a strategy is developed to relate the massing and fenestration specifically to the function of the public and private spaces of the residence. The public living spaces are defined with an abundance of glazing that is shaded with deep overhangs, horizontal slats, and vertical fins. Conversely, the private bedroom and bathroom spaces are shielded from the hot afternoon sun by stone walls.

Preview: The Economist Magazine – July 18, 2022


The Economist, July 18, 2022 – Europe’s winter of discontent

Even as temperatures soar Europe faces a bitter energy crisis later this year

There may be a heatwave in Europe, but winter is coming. It promises to be brutal and divisive: the energy crisis is rapidly worsening as Vladimir Putin strangles gas supplies

Ecosystems: Rewilding Property In Great Britain

The word rewilding can conjure up images of going back in time to a landscape of wild animals and deep forest. Its popularity is growing in the UK, but how exactly do you go about rewilding, and why is it being linked, in some cases, to greenwashing? The FT’s Leslie Hook visits two properties at different stages of the rewilding process to discover more.

Rewilding, or re-wilding, activities are conservation efforts aimed at restoring and protecting natural processes and wilderness areas. Rewilding is a form of ecological restoration with an emphasis on recreating an area’s “natural uncultivated state”. This may require active human intervention to achieve.

Opinion: U.S. Extremist Democrats, A European Winter & Wine Bottles

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, why the Democrats need to wake up and stop pandering to their extremes, Europe’s winter of discontent (9:50), and why bottling white wine in clear glass is an error (18:09).

Italy Tours: The Castles Of Rimini In Emilia-Romagna

The province of Rimini (Italian: provincia di Rimini) is a province in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. The provincial capital is the city Rimini. The province borders the independent state of the Republic of San Marino. As of 2015, the province has a population of 335,199 inhabitants over an area of 864.88 square kilometres (333.93 sq mi), giving it a population density of 387.57 inhabitants per square kilometre. The city Rimini has a population of 147,578 inhabitants, and the provincial president is Andrea Gnassi. There are 26 comuni (singular: comune) in the province, see comuni of the Province of Rimini.

Previews: The New Yorker Magazine – July 25, 2022


The New Yorker – July 25, 2022

Dept. of Transportation

The VW Bus Took the Sixties on the Road. Now It’s Getting a Twenty-first-Century Makeover

Once, it sparked dreams of community and counterculture. What’s gained—and lost—when flower power is electrified?

Morning News: Russia’s New North-South-China Axis, Hydrogen Projects

A.M. Edition for July 18. Russia’s war in Ukraine has isolated it from the West. Now, Russian President Vladimir Putin is betting on building a new diplomatic, economic and security network along the North-South axis, in alliance with China.

Jerry Seib, the WSJ’s former Capital Journal columnist and Washington executive editor, discusses why Russia is shifting strategy and what this will mean for the West. Annmarie Fertoli hosts.