Over the last few years, Ingels has gone from being the mischievous young designer of mountain-shaped apartment blocks on the outskirts of Copenhagen, to becoming the go-to celebrity architect for some of the world’s biggest corporations. Now 45, he has recently popped up as the face of everything from Hyperloop to WeWork, and is currently designing a city-sized HQ for Google in California. Then there’s his actual city for Toyota in Japan, right under Mount Fuji.But most audacious of all, he tells me, is the masterplan he is now working on for the whole of Earth – provisionally titled The Masterplanet. … [Read more...] about The despot dilemma: should architects work for repressive regimes?
“Stakeholders report high-scale satellite and online piracy and ineffective enforcement measures to tackle them,” the report says. “An allegedly Saudi operator called BeoutQ currently makes available – without authorisation – content belonging to EU sport event organisers and EU right holders in the territory of Saudi Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa as well as in the EU. Saudi Arabia has reportedly not taken sufficient steps to stop the infringement despite the fact that the satellite services of BeoutQ are being transmitted by the satellite of the partly state-owned Arabsat.” … [Read more...] about Saudi Arabia criticised over pirate TV service ‘that airs Premier League’
In February, beIN Media, which has 55 million pay-TV customers worldwide, decided against renewing its five-year contract with Formula One saying that the impact of the piracy meant it had to look hard at which TV rights it could afford. It has spent billions on rights content including the Premier League, Champions League, World Cup, NBA and NFL. … [Read more...] about World’s football bodies urge Saudi Arabia to stop pirate TV service
The BBC and Sky have called on the European commission to take formal action against Saudi Arabia over a pirate TV and streaming service that provides UK viewers with illegal access to content including Premier League football, The Bodyguard and Game of Thrones. … [Read more...] about BBC and Sky call for EU crackdown on Saudi pirate TV service
The Federal Reserve is trying to keep investors in the dark as to what its next move will be. The decision to keep the bond-buying programme unchanged at $85 billion per month pushed equities higher, but speculation is mounting about what the next meeting will bring. As always, the Fed members are divided: James Bullard is hinting at tapering, while William Dudley isn’t convinced the US economy is strong enough yet. … [Read more...] about Greece asks Troika for more time, as Athens Uni suspends operations – as it happened