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New Marks & Spencer building will be a showcase for low-carbon design | Letter

I write in response to Oliver Wainwright’s piece about our proposed building for Marks & Spencer on London’s Oxford Street (‘Public vandalism’: M&S wants to flatten its art deco flagship store – here are six alternative options, 7 June). As architects, we understand the benefits of retrofit, but at Oxford Street it simply isn’t feasible.Our proposal secured support from Westminster council, the London mayor and the independent planning inspector. The highly experienced and wholly independent inquiry inspector dismissed Save Britain’s Heritage’s retrofit scheme as “so deeply problematic, even for Oxford Street, that no-one would be likely to pursue it or fund it”.The site contains three buildings of poor quality – unlisted and excluded from the surrounding conservation areas – with misaligned floor levels, cores and column grids, resulting in a confusing environment for customers that is highly problematic for M&S – or any retailer – to operate

June182024
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Electric carmaker Fisker files for US bankruptcy protection

The electric car company Fisker has filed for US bankruptcy protection, making it the latest EV startup to collapse trying to challenge the established car industry.The company was started in 2016 by the husband-and-wife team Henrik Fisker and Geeta Gupta-Fisker. It is the second attempt by Fisker, a former Aston Martin design chief, to establish an EV challenger that has ended in bankruptcy.Alongside focusing on green manufacturing methods, Fisker also used an unusual “asset-light” production model. This relied on contract manufacturers to assemble its cars, avoiding the huge investments required to build factories

June182024
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Does what happens on your iPhone still stay on your iPhone?

AI is power-hungry, and that’s causing problems for Apple.We’re still working through the ramifications of the company’s worldwide developers conference, where it revealed how it intends to incorporate AI into your daily life – but only, for the most part, if your daily life involves a brand new iPhone:Apple’s new AI models will run on the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max, the only two devices the company has yet shipped with its A17 processor. Macs up to three years old will also be able to take advantage of the upgrade, provided they have a M1, 2 or 3 chip, and so too will iPad Pros with the same internal hardware.The cheaper iPhone 15 models run the A16 Bionic, a chip that debuted in 2022. They also have 6GB of memory, compared with the 8GB included on their more expensive Pro siblings, which may be the pertinent difference, since the M1 chips which can run AI models on the Mac are equivalent to 2020’s A14 iPhone processors

June182024
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Sam Bankman-Fried funded a group with racist ties. FTX wants its $5m back

Multiple events hosted at a historic former hotel in Berkeley, California, have brought together people from intellectual movements popular at the highest levels in Silicon Valley while platforming prominent people linked to scientific racism, the Guardian reveals.But because of alleged financial ties between the non-profit that owns the building – Lightcone Infrastructure (Lightcone) – and jailed crypto mogul Sam Bankman-Fried, the administrators of FTX, Bankman-Fried’s failed crypto exchange, are demanding the return of almost $5m that new court filings allege were used to bankroll the purchase of the property.During the last year, Lightcone and its director, Oliver Habryka, have made the $20m Lighthaven Campus available for conferences and workshops associated with the “longtermism”, “rationalism” and “effective altruism” (EA) communities, all of which often see empowering the tech sector, its elites and its beliefs as crucial to human survival in the far future.At these events, movement influencers rub shoulders with startup founders and tech-funded San Francisco politicians – as well as people linked to eugenics and scientific racism.Since acquiring the Lighthaven property – formerly the Rose Garden Inn – in late 2022, Lightcone has transformed it into a walled, surveilled compound without attracting much notice outside the subculture it exists to promote

June162024
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Andy Murray finds his feet at Queen’s to beat Popyrin in 1,000th ATP match

As his frustrating results dimmed his hope throughout this season, Andy Murray has repeatedly indicated this year that he is unlikely to extend his career past the summer tournaments. Finally, summer has arrived and Murray returned to Queen’s at the beginning of possibly the final grass-court season of his career with a solid win, producing a strong performance to defeat Alexei Popyrin 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the first round.Murray’s victory over Popyrin marks his 1,000th ATP match, a milestone that only four other active players have achieved and an indication of his enduring longevity despite his physical issues. It is also Murray’s first ATP match win since he injured his ankle at the Miami Open in March. Asked how he was feeling physically, Murray noted, with a smile, that he has felt better

June182024
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Royal Ascot 2024 day one: Rosallion wins St James’s Palace Stakes after 80-1 shock – as it happened

Notable Speech came to the party at Royal Ascot as the potential star of the week but it was Rosallion on Tuesday turning the tables on the disappointing Guineas winner and running out a deserved winner of the St James’s Palace Stakes to live up the high billing his trainer, Richard Hannon, has always had of him.Rosallion will head now for the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood next which is threatening to be quote some contest. “He’s in the Sussex [at Goodwood], he’s in all those big races, and I can’t wait,” said the trainer afterwards. “He’s already done enough for me if he never does another .

June182024