One of the biggest architectural comeback stories of the decade belongs to Brutalism. The style–instantly recognizable for its hulking raw concrete forms–was once detested for its harshness and domineering presence, but now it’s basking in renewed appreciation. advertisement advertisement Blue Crow Media, an independent publisher based in London, has been part of Brutalism’s recent resurgence. The company has been steadily publishing city guides focused on uncovering modern concrete masterpieces all around the world, chronicling how the style evolved locally. You may have read about Paris, London, and Washington, D.C., and the publisher has recently released maps for Sydney and Belgrade. I wanted to know how a tiny publisher became one of Brutalism’s biggest–or at least most active–advocates. The answer lies with its founder and sole full-time employee, Derek Lamberton. Lamberton, who studied avant-garde Russian art and … [Read more...] about How An Independent Publisher Is Helping The World Fall In Love With Brutalism
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How well do you know the Villa Savoye from the Katsura Imperial Villa? The Parthenon from the Pergamon? If you think you’ve got Austin Rogers levels of knowledge on architectural trivia, Memories of Architecture is the puzzle for you. Fumio Matsumo, a project professor at the University of Tokyo’s University Museum, created a 3D-printed model composed of the defining architectural features from 30 famous structures dating from ancient Egypt to the present day. He’s stacked the elements so the model reads like a chronological timeline as you move from its base to its top. If you need a few hints: Look closely for the arched spans of the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct built in France in 4 BC.; the vaults of Notre Dame, a Gothic cathedral built in the 13th century; and the gridded glass of the Bauhaus’s Dessau campus, built in 1925. Have a look at the images in the slide show above and test your knowledge. And if you must look at an answer key, find it here. … [Read more...] about Can You Spot The 30 Famous Buildings Hidden In This Mega Model?
Presiding over her first meeting of the European Central Bank on Thursday, Christine Lagarde is all but certain to keep money taps wide open and may provide fresh clues about a broader policy revamp that could become the cornerstone of her tenure.The former International Monetary Fund chief, who took over Europe's most powerful financial institution on Nov. 1, has promised a rigorous assessment of how the ECB does business, weighing fundamental issues like changing the inflation target and how to fight climate change.The review, due to start early next year, comes as policy is expected to stay on auto pilot for months to come amid relative tranquillity on financial markets that allows policymakers to contemplate longer-term issues.Close With the threat of a recession averted, financial analysts see the ECB on hold throughout next year, even if risks are still skewed towards more policy easing with no euro zone recovery in sight. related news Donald Trump impeachment: What … [Read more...] about Christine Lagarde in the spotlight at first ECB meeting
The cabinet on December 11 extended the partial credit guarantee scheme for public sector banks (PSBs) to purchase high-rated pooled assets from non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) and housing finance companies (HFCs).The state-owned banks can now purchase high-rated pooled assets from financially sound NBFCs and HFCs, with the amount of overall guarantee provided by the government till the first loss of up to 10 percent of fair value of assets being purchased by banks or Rs 10,000 crore, whichever is lower, said a report.Close However, brokerage houses are not convinced. Credit Suisse is of the view that the wholesale debt market differentiation among NBFCs hasn’t eased. related news Cabinet approves Partial Credit Guarantee Scheme to help NBFCs, HFCs with liquidity Centre's FY20 fiscal deficit target may touch 3.5-3.8%: Report Credit Suisse continues to prefer retail-focused NBFCs such as HDFC Ltd, M&M Finance, Chola Finance, and LIC … [Read more...] about 4 stocks that will benefit most from changes in partial credit guarantee scheme
The 100 people on 2015’s Most Creative People in Business list have achieved impressive breakthroughs across a wide swath of industries: finding a possible cure for Ebola, using drone technology to help save endangered animals, modeling jet engines with 3-D printers. advertisement advertisement None of these breakthroughs came from resting easy on outdated ideas or settling into familiar ruts. And yet, even this illustrious group admits to getting stuck and actively seeking grist for the mill. So we put the following question to the group: Where or from whom do you seek out inspiration? What do you do when you’re in a rut? And most importantly, how do you keep new ideas flowing? Here’s what some of them had to say–if you try them out yourself, one each day of the work week, you’ll have almost a month of options to help spark some creative new ideas of your own. Jens Bergensten, lead creative designer, Minecraft, #5: “Before I started … [Read more...] about How The Most Creative People In Business Generate New Ideas