December 31 2010This concludes our report of the

August 10, 2019

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first_imgDecember 31, 2010This concludes our report of the opening and dedication of the PAOLO SOLERI BRIDGE AND PLAZA. On-site construction of the bridge started in March, 2010. It is a Scottsdale Public Art project with construction managed by Howard S. Wright Constructors with assistance from Scottsdale architects, structural engineers and landscape architects and off-site work at Cosanti. The 130 foot long pedestrian bridge connects the Scottsdale Waterfront District and Old Town, spanning the Arizona Canal west of Camelback and Scottsdale Roads. It is 18 feet wide on the north bank widening to 27 feet on the south bank where it opens into the Soleri Plaza.[photo: YoungSoo Kim] The sloped plaza has soil retaining “drip walls” constructed with the help of another innovative technique developed by Paolo Soleri for the building of Cosanti. As a final stage in construction, concrete slurry is used allowing gravity to create a drippy surface.The design and construction of the Paolo Soleri Bridge and Plaza has been a once-in-a-lifetime project, uniting the will of a community, the intent of an artist, and the skills of many construction professionals.[photo: sue] 11 pre-cast concrete panels were created at Cosanti, delivered and installed at the plaza, ten along one edge of the south plaza and one double panel on the north bank. The 8-ft-high, 5-ft-wide panels are hand-carved and earth-cast, a process Paolo Soleri developed in the creation of the famous Soleri wind-bells and the buildings of Cosanti. The panels are unique artwork installations during the day, mysterious at night. [photo left: YoungSoo Kim]center_img The 22,000-sq-ft plaza is a gathering place with walkways and lawns, shade, seating and art to enjoy- a Soleri bell assembly and a collection of colorful “earth-cast” panels.The four pylons of the bridge are clad in elegant, brushed stainless steel. The shorter pylons are hollow and reveal a large Soleri bell assembly. The 10-ft- high bell assembly was first  cast in 1969 and displayed at the Goldwater Department Stores before it found a new home in the plaza.[photo: YoungSoo Kim]last_img read more


Vincent Bolloré A group of French journalists and

August 7, 2019

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first_imgVincent BolloréA group of French journalists and the Reporters sans Frontières group have signed an open letter calling for media regulator the CSA to put measures in place to protect the editorial independence of pay TV outfit Canal+.The group called for a charter guaranteeing the editorial independence of channels affiliated to the group.Among issues that have raised concern are the closing down of an investigation by Canal+ journalists into Crédit Mutuel, a partern bank of Vivendi, following which Bolloré allegedly intervened to prevent its airing.In the letter, published in Le Monde, the journalists said that the actions of Vivendi chairman Vincent Bolloré threatened the principle of the independence of the media.In addition to the Crédit Mutuel case, the journalists raise the issue of why a documentary on François Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy was cancelled and replaced in the schedule with a movie that had already been aired on the service, why a documentary on BNP Paribas was allegedly frozen on the instructions of Canal+ management and why a report on football team Olympique de Marseille that had been aired on Canal+ was withdrawn from the operator’s website.Bolloré will today explain his strategy for Canal+ to the CSA. The meeting was arranged by agreement between the two parties and is designed to enable the CSA to better understand Bolloré’s intentions.Bolloré is also set to explain his intentions to Catherine Morin-Desailly, president of the French senate’s commission for culture, education and communication.Separately, Canal+ has named Marie-Annick Darmaillac as director with responsibility for the promotion and development of talent within the group.Darmaillac was previously deputy secretary-general at Bolloré Group with responsibility for management, ethics and sustainable development.last_img read more


21st Century Fox has struck a deal to take a minor

August 7, 2019

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first_img21st Century Fox has struck a deal to take a minority stake in virtual reality and smartglasses designer and manufacturer Osterhout Design Group (ODG).Pending the completion of final agreements, 21st Century Fox will become the principal outside investor in ODG. In addition, the two companies plan to enter into a strategic partnership that brings together ODG’s technologies with 21st Century Fox’s industry content.“The power of virtual and augmented reality enables us to deliver on our longstanding commitment to bring audiences exciting new creative experiences fueled by next generation technologies,” said Jim Gianopulos, Chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox Film, a unit of 21st Century Fox.“Our agreement with ODG underscores the innovation we are bringing to market through our Fox Innovation Lab, most recently with VR experiences for The Martian and Wild. We look forward to partnering with ODG and serving as its lead outside investor as the ODG team pushes the film experience into the future with its high-definition, cinema-wide field of view technology.”Ralph Osterhout, CEO of ODG, said: “We’re excited to have 21st Century Fox join our family and help extend our considerable leadership in AR head-worn computing. This space is ultimately heading towards widespread consumer adoption and by having 21st Century Fox onboard, we’ll be able to deliver immersive and interactive entertainment experiences that transform how users consume content.”last_img read more