New City tower is 'a parody of architectural hubris'

A claim that a new tower proposed for the City of London is 'a parody of architectural hubris' features in today's newspaper round-up.

The Guardian’s architecture critic, Oliver Wainwright, says that the proposed new "Tulip" tower would "see a 12-storey glass bubble erected on top of a concrete stem, filled with bars, restaurants and a viewing gallery, along with a free educational facility to help lubricate it through the planning system". Wainwright writes that the tower is "the kind of spectacle-hungry trinket worthy of London’s former mayor cum novelty infrastructure tsar, Boris Johnson, who spent his mayoralty trying to turn the capital into a theme park of vanity projects".

The Telegraph reports that "the world’s carbon-belching planes, trains and industrial sites could clean up their act by the middle of the century at a marginal cost to the economy, according to a report". The paper says that the Energy Transitions Committee, "a group backed by 200 industry leaders that promotes clean energy, claims in its ‘mission impossible’ report that global emissions could reach ‘net zero’ by 2060 by tackling pollution from transport, aviation and manufacturing alone".

The Times (subscription) reports that "almost four million homes across northern England could be converted to use hydrogen gas for heating and cooking by 2034 under a £23 billion scheme to tackle climate change". The paper says that the UK government "has committed" to reducing carbon emissions by at least 80 per cent from 1990 levels. "Options include switching to hydrogen gas, which produces only heat and water when burnt; installing electric-powered ‘heat pumps’ or setting up local heat networks that send hot water to homes from a central renewable source."

The Guardian reports that, according to a United Nations report, "a record surge in the creation of marine protected areas has taken the international community close to its goal of creating nature refuges on 17 per cent of the world’s land and ten per cent of seas by 2020". The paper says that "protected regions now cover more than five times the territory of the USA, but the authors said this good news was often undermined by poor enforcement". It adds: "Some reserves are little more than ‘paper parks’ with little value to nature conservation. At least one has been turned into an industrial zone."


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