High speed 3 proposals split the pundits
Last month the Prime Minister and chancellor went to Leeds to announce plans for a High Speed 3 (HS3) rail link from Liverpool to Hull. The Times wrote that David Cameron and George Osborne "have rushed to get this far in the four months since Osborne first talked about a 'northern powerhouse' in June, and they are committing themselves to HS3 before a yard of track for High Speed 2 (HS2) has been laid. They will be accused of getting ahead of themselves, though the reverse is true." The paper said the plan "comes not a moment too soon", but the Independent argued that HS3 "may not necessarily be a sound investment". It wrote: "The notion of conurbations from Newcastle to Leeds becoming some great single, interconnected northern entity has a hopelessly utopian feel to it." The Telegraph said the UK has a "preference for drawing lines on a map over digging holes in the ground", noting that HS2 has yet to win full parliamentary approval.
Critic defends stewing 'starchitect'
The press launch for la Fondation Louis Vuitton art museum in Paris last month led to discussion of its architect Frank Gehry. The Daily Mail called his approach to critics "more direct than most" after he raised his middle finger to a journalist then "ranted about how 98 per cent of the world's buildings are 'pure shit'". The Guardian suggested that "everyone loved him" after he designed the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, "but a backlash is now under way", and this may have inspired the outburst. Observer architecture critic Rowan Moore wrote that Gehry is often given the ugly title of 'starchitect'", applying a "conspicuous stylistic signature to grandiose vanity projects", but "his buildings at their best are generous, thoughtful and responsive".
Silver lining sought in climate change report
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released it latest report this week. The Guardian wrote that it "almost certainly underestimates the actual severity" but shows an "astonishing consensus" among researchers, meaning that "no sentient person, including Republican Senate candidates, can any longer believe that there's not a problem here". The Independent predicted that "decision-makers have little incentive to change much" because the effects of climate change will not become critical for decades, and therefore, "as the IPCC implies, the outlook is about as grim as it can be". The Telegraph argued that "the most encouraging statistic in the IPCC's report has nothing to do with the climate" and is that GDP is expected to treble.
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