July 23, 2015photos by Tomiaki TamuraPaolo Soleri’s affinity for vaults and apses is evidenced in many of the buildings he designed and built throughout his career. When Soleri was a student at Torino Politechnico, he worked on an assignment to draw architectural elements for Basilica di Massenzio built in ancient Rome. The building consists of vaults and apse to create a spacious architectural presence and still partially remains in the Roman Forum in the middle of the city to remind us its glory days.The building is also said to be used as a textbook for famous Renaissance greats such as Michalangelo, Brunelleschi, Bramante and others for their architectural practices. [Text and photos by ttmr]photo by Tomiaki TamuraSoleri obliged to the tradition set by the creative minds in the past, using the same design vocabulary (vault and apse), and translated them into a contemporary architectural context to provide us with unique spatial experiences. At Arcosanti, the vaults give us many opportunities to explore a various cultural possibilities.(Shown here is an Arcosanti regular Flam Chen Performance in the evening)photo by Tomiaki TamuraApse, a quater spherical form, has been also interpreted using modern building materials (concrete and steel) to add a new meaning to architectural expression and functionality in some of the Arcosanti bulidings.(Shown here is activities in the Arcosanti Ceramics Apse)
Russian pay TV operator NTV Plus has launched a discount offer on its services for purchasers of Thomson DSI-4000NTV set-top boxes.Subscribers living in Russia that can receive signals from the Eutelsat W4 satellites who buy a Thomson receiver will receive a discount of RUB4,700 (€116) on NTV’s services. The offer will be valid from November 22 until March 31 next year.
Technology company Access has named Neale Foster as CEO of Access Europe and a member of the company’s board.Dr Neale FosterFoster will be responsible for driving the company’s strategy and realising Access’ ambition to offer best in class experiences in and out of the home – including in connected cars and devices by leveraging the Internet of Things.Foster joined Access Europe in 2009 as VP of global sales. He was previously VP of channel sales and business development at Espial and market development manager at WindRiver.“From building and launching the world’s first mobile browser to supporting the delivery of a multiscreen service to 100 million consumers in India and developing new use cases in the connected car, Access has always been at the forefront of the connected entertainment industry,” said Foster.“With 1.5 billion devices supporting our solutions today, we are in a unique position as all the moving pieces are coming together to enable content to be delivered to any device over any network. I’m looking forward showcasing Access’ pioneering spirit and ability to turn futuristic concepts into reality.”