University exhibits initial designs for Infirmary Masterplan

first_imgOxford University has this week unveiled initialdesign plans as part of the Masterplan for the Radcliffe Infirmary developmentdue to commence mid-2007.The project team is to maintainand renovate the original Radcliffe Infirmary building, completed in 1770, butreplace the more recent surrounding development with new buildings.A spokesperson for Rafael VinolyArchitects, who have been employed by the University for the project, said, “Theinspiration for the new development came from the surrounding environment. Forinstance, the nearby observatory and the Oxford University Press building werevery important in our planning process.“We wanted to open the visualavenues so that the original buildings could be appreciated as they deserved tobe. We also wanted to remove the later additions that were suffocating theRadcliffe Infirmary and have it in its original garden position.”The new development is potentiallyto house the Mathematics and Statistics departments and the Humanities faculties.The Radcliffe Infirmary site liesbetween the Woodstock Roadand Walton Streetand is also bordered by Somerville and Green Colleges.The University has estimated thatit will need a surplus 100,000 sq m for functional estate over the next 20years due to growth in educational and research activity. This need is to becatered for principally by the Radcliffe Infirmary Site, which was purchasedfrom the NHS in March 2003.The University’s interest in theRadcliffe Infirmary site for development dates back to the 1960s, when theHolford Report on land requirements of the University identified the RadcliffeInfirmary as the only sizeable developable land in the city centre, and statedthat the acquisition of it was of “primary importance”. A spokesperson for the projectteam spoke of his satisfaction with the Masterplan’s progress: “I don’t thinkanyone envisaged arriving at a universally agreed concept as rapidly as we havedone. 180 people have visited on the first day of the exhibition and thefeedback has been overwhelmingly positive.”One student, who did not wish tobe named, said he had visited the exhibition on the day it was was opened. “Ithink the plans look very impressive, but I am concerned that the location ofthe new site is too far removed from the centre of the city. The majority ofthe colleges are a good ten or 15 minutes walk from the Infirmary development.It would be a shame if the new learning centre meant that the city lost itsvibrant atmosphere to North Oxford.”ARCHIVE: 2nd week MT 2005last_img read more

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EMC & Lightstorm Entertainment Redefine the Film Industry for a Digital Future

first_imgBecause we’re 100 percent digital, our storage needs have evolved. We have to figure out, for example, how to take all of this data and keep it secure, and share it securely. How do we use digital technology to enhance what we can offer the consumer, or in our marketing of a movie when it comes out?Additional factors have a significant impact on our storage requirements. For example, these movies have to be designed; every illustration we do, every concept drawing – it’s digital. Every time we come on to a stage and do a test, and our performer does the right thing, the right stunt, the right action, we need to be able to store that data.With the next three Avatar sequels, we’re going to be pushing the boundaries of technology. These movies couldn’t even be thought about without digital technology, or without strategic partners like EMC that help us to manage all of this data that needs to be stored and pushed out to different teams across the world.When we were evaluating the EMC Isilon Scale-Out NAS system, our team found that it was the solution that delivers everything. It’s cost-effective, it’s reliable, it’s expedient and it’s efficient in how it operates. EMC was able to offer a package that served all of our data needs, and our data needs are huge.In the case of our Avatar sequels, the volumes of data are going to be in the numerous petabytes for both our Lightstorm Entertainment team here in Los Angeles, and for the Weta Digital visual effects team down in New Zealand. By comparison, for the first Avatar movie, we had 2 petabytes of storage with the Weta team alone, not including the production side.With the Avatar franchise, we’re not looking to have a number of partners in every area, we’re looking to have the gold-standard partners. The EMC Isilon system we have created brings us a new realm of possibilities around what we can do and how we can push technology even further.Truly, the door has just been cracked open on what we can do, and I think all of those answers are digital answers. We want to explore things like higher dynamic range and higher frame rates. We also believe that we’re going to be able to create a much higher-fidelity performance for our computer-generated characters thanks to a closer-knit marriage between Weta Digital in New Zealand and our team here in Los Angeles as we’re making this movie.Digital technology has enabled us to think of anything, and it’s now doable. It didn’t used to be. Whatever Jim (Lightstorm Entertainment co-founder James Cameron) conceives of, whatever our artists conceive of, we can create it, and we can create it not in isolation but with collaboration from the best of the best from around the world.To learn more about EMC’s relationship with Lightstorm Entertainment, check out the related video: Lighstorm Entertainment Transforms Film Industry with Isilon Data Lake Lightstorm Entertainment strives to push the boundaries of the film industry; with every movie we’ve done, from Titanic to Terminator 2: Judgment Day to Avatar. It’s interesting creatively for us to do things that stray from the norm, and that culture is reflected in the way we refer to our business.To me, there’s no such thing as a “film industry” anymore. Nobody works on film anymore; we certainly don’t. We are, unquestionably, 100 percent digital. Movies like Avatar – which grossed more than $2.7 billion worldwide – simply would not exist without digital technology.last_img read more

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On the Blogs: India Solar Power Is Now Cheaper Than Coal

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Peter Dockrill for anybody who’s been reading the headlines on investment into clean energy production, it’s clear that India has been heavily backing solar power. In recent times, the nation has unveiled a string of ambitious solar projects, including the world’s first 100 percent solar-powered airport and what is slated to become the world’s largest solar power station.One of the consequences of all this ongoing investment in infrastructure is that the cost of providing solar power in India is becoming increasingly affordable – to the point where the country’s energy minister, Piyush Goyal, now says that solar power is a more cost-effective option than the old fossil-fuel staple, coal.“I think a new coal plant would give you costlier power than a solar plant,” Goyal told the media at a press conference in India on Monday. “Of course there are challenges of 24/7 power. We accept all of that – but we have been able to come up with a solar-based long term vision that is not subsidy based.”That vision is part a national plan for to generate more than 100 gigawatts of solar power by 2022 – an ambitious target that’s about 20 times beyond the current level solar provides in India.But what could help make it happen is the falling price of solar power. This year, solar energy prices in the country dropped to around parity with coal for the first time ever, hitting 4.34 rupees (about 6 US cents) a kilowatt-hour (kWh), while coal tariffs range usually range in between 3–5 rupees/kWh (about 5–8 US cents).And if the price keeps falling at a similar rate, it will soon drop significantly below coal, with some saying that by 2020, solar could be as much as 10 percent cheaper than coal power.If that does happen, it would be a major turning point in a country where access to electricity is still not universal. Inconsistencies in the country’s power grid mean many of India’s cities are subject to blackouts and brownouts, and up to a quarter of the population – some 300 million people – have no access to electricity.Cheaper electricity sourced from the expansion of solar plants across the country could help make for a better, more reliable grid, and one that’s less harmful to Indians and the environment at large.Full post: India says the cost of solar power is now cheaper than coal On the Blogs: India Solar Power Is Now Cheaper Than Coallast_img read more

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Phelan appointed Hull City assistant manager

first_imgMike Phelan has been appointed Hull City’s new assistant manager.The former Manchester United and Norwich City coach links up with former Red Devils teammate Steve Bruce at the KC Stadium.Phelan left the Canaries, after missing out on the manager’s role, last month.Following the confirmation of his appointment, Phelan said: “I’m extremely pleased to be at this football club.“I want to work hard and channel all of my energy into helping the staff, the players and everybody associated with the club.“I’m looking forward to working with Steve and hopefully I can bring with me some of the things I have learnt over the years to help us improve.”Tigers manager Steve Bruce said: “I’m delighted to welcome Mike to the Club. Mike brings a wealth of experience to the position having worked with Sir Alex at Manchester United for many years.“I’ve known Mike for a long time and he is a good person who will undoubtedly add something different at the training ground.” Mike Phelan 1last_img read more

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