GG House / Elías Rizo Arquitectos

first_imgPhotographs:  Marcos García Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project “COPY” Manufacturers: Eléctrica VariedadesCollaborators:Carlos Miramontes, Jenny Mora, Jenny Camarena, Paola Hernández, Alma Osnaya, Gabriela Chávez, Andrea Zúñiga, Roberto Contreras, Rodrigo Ortega, Daniela Valdez, Diana Reséndiz, Lourdes Rodríguez, Maripily Roel, Isaac Mora, Ma. Fernanda Peña, Sofía Valenzuela, Héctor GuardadoProject Architects:Elías Rizo Suárez y Alejandro Rizo SuárezCity:TapalpaCountry:MexicoMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Marcos GarcíaText description provided by the architects. The project for GG House emerged from a very particular commission. Our client, a middle-aged bachelor, wanted to build a weekend house in a clearing in a forest, on a property on a mountain. In addition to the topographical conditions, we found that the project involved unusual requirements in terms of privacy, which allowed a more open relationship between the spaces and the environment.Save this picture!© Marcos GarcíaThe house is located on a steep terrain overlooking a plain between mountains and the Colima volcano in the distance, visible above the tops of the oaks. The rugged topography was a determining factor in the layout of the project; it was designed on a series of terraces carved into the hill and linked by a zigzag path.Save this picture!PlanThe property is accessed from the highest point. The vehicles travel along a path that cuts the slope downhill towards a garage that sits on an intermediate terrace and sinks into the hill, framed by a stone portal. The roof of the house, the first facade that confronts the visitor, is seen between trees as an exposed concrete slab covered with gravel, and reveals the broken profile of the building.Save this picture!© Marcos GarcíaFrom the garage arises a staircase made of rectangular stone slabs of variable dimensions, from a carpet of gravel that refers to the roof and seems to suggest that the building is an extrusion of the land itself. At that moment, the front facade of the house is revealed, lined with a lacquered steel plate which will age at whim, like the rest of the materials. Over time, the plate will lose its luster and will oxidize, changing in the same way its surroundings do, and will leave a trail of oxide on the stone that will eventually be confused with red earth, very characteristic of the region.Save this picture!© Marcos GarcíaThe program of the house was designed in a rectangular plan that is inserted into one of the slits in the ground. The resulting volume is a prism sitting with respect on the ground, oriented transversely to the slope of the hill and exposing its longest side towards the view. We decided to make an inflection at about the center of the volume, in the entrance space, to create a break in the roof, to break with the elongated proportions of the building. In plan, the gesture of the break is repeated on the north side to allow a more ample terrace overlooking the Colima volcano.Save this picture!© Marcos GarcíaThe entrance lobby traverses the building and breaks it into two equal blocks. At the end of the west block there is a terrace clad in cumarú, suspended above the ground, and connected to the master bedroom through a window. The rest of the program includes two guest bedrooms, each one with its own bathroom, a guest bathroom and laundry area. The block east of the entrance houses the living room, dining room and kitchen; all in one large space that is connected via retractable window panels, a roof terrace that reflects the exterior at the other end and appears to float above the ground.Save this picture!© Marcos GarcíaProject gallerySee allShow lessOPEN’s Competition Entry for New Shenzhen Art Museum and LibraryUnbuilt ProjectAlberto Burri Retrospective in Final Week at New York City’s GuggenheimArchitecture News Share Mexico Photographs GG House / Elías Rizo ArquitectosSave this projectSaveGG House / Elías Rizo Arquitectos GG House / Elías Rizo Arquitectos Year:  Projects Houses Architects: Elías Rizo Arquitectos Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!© Marcos García+ 18 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard 2015 CopyAbout this officeElías Rizo ArquitectosOfficeFollowProductsGlassStone#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesTapalpaMexicoPublished on January 04, 2016Cite: “GG House / Elías Rizo Arquitectos” [Casa GG / Elías Rizo Arquitectos] 04 Jan 2016. 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Parachuting into a pandemic after historic spacewalk

first_imgHarvard Medical School Assistant Professor Jessica Meir was named to NASA’s astronaut class in 2013. A researcher in anesthesia at Massachusetts General Hospital, Meir, a scuba diver, a pilot, and an investigator into the effects of extreme environments on animal physiology, endured two years of training before getting into line for her turn in space. That came a year ago, in September 2019, when she rocketed to the International Space Station and weeks later rose to fame when she and Christina Koch made history’s first all-female spacewalk. Meir and two teammates lived in the space station for 205 days before literally parachuting into the middle of a pandemic, landing in Kazakhstan during COVID-19’s mid-April peak. Rounding out the year, in September 2020, Time named her among its 100 most influential people. Meir spoke to the Gazette about her tumultuous year in space and back.Q&AJessica MeirGAZETTE: How important was influencing people, being a role mode, among the reasons you became an astronaut?MEIR: For me, it primarily was about science and the sense of exploration. But outreach has always been incredibly important to me and now as an astronaut, it is part of our mission statement at NASA. I’ve never really thought of it as being an influencer, but more in terms of giving back. I’ve thought about how I can promote science and give back to the communities and all the people who helped me along the way.,GAZETTE: When you look back at the college student you once were and the astronaut that you are now, are there specific lessons you could offer to young women who are interested in science?MEIR: Looking back, I don’t think I realized how fortunate I was. Hearing other people’s stories and experiences, I never had moments in college or when I was younger of feeling like there was something I couldn’t do because of my gender or because of my background. I know that there are still many, many hurdles in terms of having true equity for women, for minorities. But I was very fortunate that I didn’t feel that struggle directly. My advice is to make sure you are doing what you are most passionate about, not what you think you should be doing or what your parents want you to do. If you’re not pursuing something you’re passionate about, you’re not going to excel at it, and you’re not going to be happy. Also be aware that you need to push yourself, go outside of your comfort zone. Without taking a little bit of risk and a little leap of faith, I don’t think you’ll be able to accomplish great things. You also should realize that it is OK — actually expected and necessary — to fail along the way. That’s true for me and all the other astronauts I know.GAZETTE: You were on the space station for 205 days and came back during the height of our first wave of COVID. How were things different for you when you landed?MEIR: When we launched in September there was no COVID and watching it unfold from up there was kind of surreal. We were very, very busy, and we weren’t able to deal with it, process it, as much just because we had to focus on the tasks at hand. But we were looking out the window at these extraordinary views of our planet, as beautiful as before COVID, and thinking about the magnitude and the scale of what was happening down there and how everybody’s lives were being affected, all 7.5 billion people, whether they were actually sick or if they just had their routines changed. We were thinking this is like a bad science-fiction movie, where there’s three humans on the space station during a global pandemic. All the people supporting us, of course, were affected, but NASA Johnson Space Center set up a secondary Mission Control Room that they would disinfect between shifts. The same people always worked in one room, and the other shift worked in the other room so they didn’t come in contact with each other. If we had not had those news sources and been talking to people, we wouldn’t have known what was happening. That’s a testament to the ground teams and how NASA always rises to whatever challenge comes our way. For the last 2½ months, it was only three of us up there: Drew Morgan, a medical doctor, and our Russian Commander Oleg Skripochka. Then we were joined by NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and two other Russian cosmonauts for the last eight days of our mission. Chris talked about it a lot. He said, “You have to prepare for this. You’re going back to a different planet, and it is extreme.”,GAZETTE: Were you worried about your family?MEIR: I was worried in the same way that everybody was, but nobody was in a dire medical situation. One of my sisters actually did have it, but it was so early on that it was before people realized that she and her husband had the stereotypical symptoms. They did end up testing positive for antibodies later, but they weren’t too sick. I was worried about my mom the most, given that she’s older. I’m actually only just getting to see my mom this week. I’ve been back for five months. As it has been for everybody else, just adapting to it and navigating through it has been hard. I actually got kind of depressed when I got back, not being able to see people and do anything. In the end, I was able to travel, see some family members, and spend a lot of time outside in nature. That cured me because that’s something that you can still do, and I have such a close connection to nature that that usually cures me anyway.GAZETTE: Any lessons that you have gleaned while being confined in the space station for folks here who may be dealing with isolation from COVID?MEIR: In space, isolation is just part of the mission. We expect that, and there’s a very good reason for it. And there are so many extraordinary things that we’re experiencing and doing that isolation isn’t a negative part of that experience. But here on Earth, our society is not built that way; we humans are not wired that way. I find it much more difficult to have this isolation on Earth. There are a lot of common strategies that we use as astronauts that people can benefit from down here. Part of that is sticking to a routine: still getting up and getting dressed and going through your day instead of just sitting home in your sweatpants all day. I don’t think that helps your mental attitude and your psyche. Then, making sure to make exercise part of that schedule. That’s so important for physical and mental health. And having good communication strategies with your loved ones and remembering the importance of interacting with people outside of your bubble.,GAZETTE: Do you still go into work every day now? I imagine being an astronaut isn’t something you can do via Zoom.MEIR: How it works when we come back from a space station mission is that the first two months are very busy. From a physiological and medical standpoint, that’s when you’re the subject, and they collect lots of data right upon your return. We do a lot of debriefs to make sure that we give back whatever is fresh in our memory to help improve the program. The first week back we lived in quarantine at NASA, on site at the facility. They did an extended quarantine for us — given COVID — because the immune system is actually dysregulated in spaceflight. Psychologically, I wouldn’t say I was more stressed. I was probably less stressed in space, but whatever stress being in space has on your body, whether it’s the microgravity, the radiation, the different environment, those things seem to have an effect on the immune system that we’ve measured for decades now. After two months, we enter a four-month period that is a mix of doing PR and having time off to recoup. Then you go back into the office for your official ground job again. That time is coming up for me, so in the middle of October I’ll report to the office. I don’t know what my assignment is yet, but I’ll become a normal person in the office again, working the ground job and also maintaining proficiency training, with spacewalk training and flight training, until I’m assigned another mission in the future.GAZETTE: Speaking of spacewalks, your historic spacewalk was a highlight of your time on the space station. What was that like? Can you describe stepping outside, what you saw and what you felt?MEIR: It was absolutely incredible. Just being in space in general was so much more incredible than I ever imagined, which is saying a lot because I’ve thought about it since I was 5 and had been training for it for seven years. But there’s just something about floating all the time and looking back at the Earth and having that perspective that I cannot even put into words. It was even more extreme and overwhelming than I ever imagined. Doing a spacewalk is up one more level. You are out there in your spacesuit, your own little mini-spacecraft, completely dependent on it. Even the Earth looks a little bit different than it does through the windows of the space station when you’re looking at it through your thin visor. I think it literally looks different, but there’s also the realization that there’s just this visor and then the vastness, the void of space. On your first walk, you’re always the second person out of the hatch. Christina had done a spacewalk before, and she was already out there. It was daylight when I came out. I look down, and I see my boots, and then I see the Earth below. The sense of motion is stronger when you’re out for a spacewalk than it is looking through the window and you see how quickly Earth is moving beneath you. I didn’t know how it was going to feel. Some astronauts describe a feeling of falling — not everyone feels that way. Some people are terrified. They are able to get out there and get the job done, but sometimes they’re uncomfortable. But I didn’t really have a sense of fear. I was just in awe of the fact that this was actually happening, this dream was coming true.,GAZETTE:  What was your mission out there? Were you nervous at all about that?MEIR: Your muscle memory kicks in because you’ve trained for so many hours and you know exactly how to operate the suit and how to use the tools. We have to be focused on what we’re doing, because spacewalks are the riskiest thing that we do and are the most challenging thing that we do mentally and physically. So you really have to just focus on your job. You’re not up there philosophizing. You go through the actions you’ve trained for on the ground. I tried to remind myself to steal a few moments to look at the Earth and appreciate that, to look down to Christina and see the Earth behind her and just try to sear this into my memory because it’s so extraordinary. We had to replace this box that had failed, the battery charge-discharge unit, which is an essential element of the power channel on the space station. We needed to replace that unit to bring this power channel back to life, and there’s only two other spares out there. If we damaged it or didn’t install it correctly, it would be quite a bad thing for the space station. So most the time you’re just thinking, “OK, don’t make a mistake. Don’t damage this hardware.” It’s all-consuming for sure.GAZETTE: What about its significance as the first all-women spacewalk?MEIR: Even though it was also historic, I had to be focused on the job. You need to make sure that you’re operating safely and that you can react to an emergent situation with your crew member, if necessary. I had also only been in space for two weeks so I was still figuring out how to float around and getting used to everything. The historical component of the spacewalk meant more to me after it was conducted, after we were back in the hatch safely, and we looked at each other and hugged, and we were really happy with how it went. But that’s not to take away from the significance. We felt so privileged to be a part of it, but it was more of a tribute to the generation of women and other minorities who didn’t have a seat at the table, who had to break those glass ceilings, and that pushed to get us where we are today. We are the result of their work and the fact that we had this opportunity is a result of all of that work. We were really representing those generations, and that’s most important to me. Obviously, we have a way to go in terms of social equity in this country, but I hope that this did show that we’re moving in the right direction.GAZETTE: Other than the walk itself, what was the main work there like? Was it conducting experiments the whole time? Were there maintenance tasks?MEIR: A blend of all those things. Our primary purpose is science but from a realistic point of view we’re not up there doing science all day long. The space station is over 20 years old, so things break, and we have to fix them. We have to maintain things to keep them functioning. So, one day we might be fixing the toilet all day — the toilet happens to break a lot while you’re up there. It was very rewarding for me as a scientist to be conducting the scientific experiments. They ranged from physiology and medicine to combustion science — even flames burn differently in space without convection. We do protein crystal growth experiments — you can grow larger and more pure proteins, which has had a lot of implications for the pharmaceutical world. There are even drugs in clinical trials right now based on those space station experiments. There’s one for Duchenne muscular dystrophy in clinical trials.Jessica Meir worked with research hardware to support the OsteoOmics-02 bone investigation. The experiment is helping doctors to compare bone cells in space with samples on Earth that are levitated magnetically. Observations from the study could provide deeper insights into bone ailments on Earth, including osteoporosis.GAZETTE: Was there an experiment thought particularly interesting?MEIR: We were working with what are called “mighty mice.” Myostatin is the inhibitor to muscle growth, part of our normal physiology, but in certain bone and muscle degenerative states, this pathway plays a really important role. We had mice that were myostatin knockouts and others that we were giving therapeutic doses that were disrupting that pathway. These mighty mice had much larger muscle mass, and they were able to maintain that muscle mass in space, despite the microgravity, and also maintain their bone density. That is interesting in its implications for long-duration space travel for humans. We exercise for 2½ hours a day, and we have to lift weights. We need that resistance, that loading to keep our bones and muscles healthy. But on long duration missions to Mars, for example, the machines that we’ve built in the space station are too big to have their equivalent in a small spacecraft. So we need to come up with either some small piece of equipment that still accomplishes all of that or some other therapeutic strategy. There’s also a possible benefit back on Earth. There are a lot of disease states — osteoporosis and other bone and muscle degenerative states — that could benefit from some kind of therapeutic. So it’s really exciting work.GAZETTE: Are you definitely going to go back into space?MEIR: I hope so, but we never know for sure. Assuming everything goes well during your mission, which it did for me, and you’re still medically qualified, then you get back in line for another mission. You’re not even medically certified again until six months after you land and for me, that’ll be in October. I would love to be part of those Artemis missions and go to the moon, but I’ll have to wait and see how that plays out. Right now, we’re in an incredibly exciting time because we’re developing new vehicles. We have SpaceX with their successful test flight so we’re launching from the U.S. again — and hopefully with Boeing too down the line. Then, with Artemis, we’re getting ready to send the first woman and the next man to the moon. We have the Orion spacecraft being built to make these missions beyond low Earth orbit, to go back to the moon, to go on to Mars. And the Space Launch System, the rocket that will enable that, is currently being built by NASA. So we’re at this precipice where lots of different things are happening.Interview was lightly edited for clarity and length. Related The first moon walk Natural history museum displays the relics, examines the legacy of space exploration, moon walk New NASA-funded program to study water worlds, environments to understand limits of life as part of the search for life on other planets Harvard Medical School grad to depart residency for astronaut training SEAL-tested, NASA-approved Oceans away The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

Report: Kogas in arbitration with Australia’s North West Shelf LNG project

first_imgImage courtesy of WoodsideSouth Korea’s LNG importing giant Kogas has reportedly gone into an arbitration with Australia’s North West Shelf export project led by Woodside.Kogas is looking to settle a liquefied natural gas contract that ended in 2016, Reuters reported on Monday citing a Kogas spokesperson.The arbitration relates to a difference over an agreed price renegotiation during a mid-term supply contract, the news agency said citing unidentified sources.The North West Shelf project facilities include five LNG processing trains and two domestic gas trains. The facility is located 1260 kilometres north of Perth, Western Australia.The LNG plant has an annual LNG export capacity of 16.9 mtpa which is exported to customers in the Asia Pacific region and beyond.Woodside operates these facilities on behalf of the North West Shelf project participants. Other NWS JV partners are BHP Billiton, BP, Chevron, Japan Australia LNG (MIMI) and Shell. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

Kennard’s Memorial Turf Club announces racing dates for 2019

first_imgTHE Kennard’s Memorial Turf Club (KMTC) is set to ride off its calendar of events for this year with the traditional Phagwah horserace meet on Sunday, March 24, at the club’s racing facilities, Bush Lot Farm, Corentyne.Other racing dates are: Sunday March 24, Sunday May 19, Sunday August 4, Sunday October 20 and Thursday, December 26 with the traditional Boxing Day card.last_img


first_imgDRUMKEEN NOTESDance Classes Two-hand dance classes in St. Patrick’s hall every Thurs from 8:30-10:30 pm. All welcome.Coffee MorningA coffee morning/day in aid of the Donegal Hospice will be held at the home of John & Patricia Guthrie, Callan, Drumkeen on Sat 13th Sept from 12 noon till late. Please support this very worthy cause. Hope to see you all there. Cancer Cure Control CareA charity clothing collection will take place in aid of Cancer Cure Control Care CCCC on September 12th on Convoy Main St (near the Church of Ireland) from 11-3.30All items of clothing shoes bags and household textiles needed-NO BRIC A BRACBags can be collected by arrangement any further info contact Mick on 0863821979Drumkeen UtdOur Under-16 team kick off the new season with a home match against Castlefin Celtic, this Sat 13th Sept at 10.30 am.Parish Hall Anyone wishing to book the hall should contact Charlie Quinn on 91/34010 or 087 7728608Drumkeen NotesAnyone wishing to have material included for next weekPlease Email: [email protected] or text 086 4083625 (Deadline Fri @ 8pm) DD LOCAL: DRUMKEEN TO HOST CHARITY CLOTHING COLLECTION was last modified: September 7th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

A’s can’t get the the break they need, lose to Astros again

first_imgOAKLAND — The Athletics needed a break, and the way Marcus Semien saw it, his blooper down the right field line against Houston starter Justin Verlander was just what his team needed.Instead, it went into the books as a foul ball, Semien received the first ejection of his life, and the Astros went on to beat the Athletics 5-1 Saturday night before a crowd of 20,425 at the Coliseum.It was the fourth straight loss … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile devicelast_img read more

Adobe After Effects: Stylized Text Using Layer Styles

first_imgPut another copy of the same video on the bottom , and turn off the eye icon for that layer so we can see what we are doing.Right-click on the middle layer (the video playing through the text) and select “Apply Layer Styles>All”.Turn on the eye for Drop Shadow and Bevel and Emboss (adjust the settings to taste).Now turn back on the eye icon for the background layer to see the final result.Experiment with different layer styles in AE to get varied and creative looks.  To learn more about layer styles check out the Adobe help page.What tricks do you use to stylize your text in AE?Let us know in the comments! Use layer styles to spice up text in Adobe After Effects.  After Effects gives you tons of creative options for making stylized looks.If you’re looking to make the text in your video project ‘pop’ here’s a must-know tips for using the layer styles in Adobe After Effects.  In this post, we’ll take a look at the basics of using layer styles in After Effects and then go over a quick technique that uses layer styles to add flair to your text.AE Layer Style BasicsLayer styles let you apply drop shadows, bevels, etc. to video, stills, and text…adding style and pizazz to your project.  With text, you can also use layer styles to improve on-screen readability.  Layer styles first appeared in Adobe Photoshop but now they are also available in Adobe After Effects.If you go to use layer styles in your AE project, you might initially have a hard time finding them.  They do not live in the Effect Menu like standard effects, but rather are under the Layer Menu (or you can right click on a layer in the Timeline Panel and apply them there.)You can apply all AE layer styles at once by selecting ” Show All”, and then turn on the eyeball for each property to see the effect. You can also select just one property which turns on the eyeball for the selected layer.Click the “collapsed property” triangle beside a property to “uncollapse” it and reveal the property options.In After Effects you can create looks and then reuse them by saving them as an “Animation Preset” (this is similar to saving favorites in FCP 7).Select the Layer Styles and from the Animation Menu select “Save Animation Preset”. You can also apply presets from the Animation Menu or the Effects & Presets Panel.Using Layer Styles for a Stylized LookNow that we’ve covered the basics, lets create a stylized text look. This After Effects technique requires 3 layers (a text layer, a video layer to play through the text and a background video layer).  In this example I am using the same footage for the the matte and the background to create a bevel emboss look. Note: video playing through a text layer is called a track matte or traveling matte.First, create a text layer (thick fonts tend to work better).Put the video underneath the text layer.On the Video layer select “alpha matte” in the TrkMat pulldown. Track Mattes look at the layer above them, so the text has has to be above the video layer for this to work (press F4 if you don’t see Mode & TrkMat).The video now plays inside the text.last_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid coach Solari defends his players

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Solari defends his playersby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari has defended his players ahead of facing Real Sociedad.Madrid meet La Real on the back of a 2-2 draw with Villarreal.Solari said, “We’ve got a really busy month ahead of us, because we now have a game once every three days. The most important thing is that we keep our energy levels up in the matches and that we start to welcome the injured players back. It’s also important that we don’t pick up any more injuries.”Footballers aren’t machines. It’s tough when you have to play a game every three days and we have to be ready for that and go out and compete. The key thing in the league is that we continue to climb the table, we’ve moved up from ninth to fourth and have to keep closing the gap because it’s a battle right until the end. It’s in situations of adversity that your character shines through. The LaLiga season and the campaign will be a battle until the end.” last_img read more

Viking XPRS Returns to HelsinkiTallinn Route

first_imgzoom Finnish ferry company Viking Line has returned the 2008-built M/S Viking XPRS to Helsinki-Tallinn route after the vessel underwent drydocking.During its drydocking, the vessel was equipped with a new type of propeller that under normal conditions can run on two instead of three main engines, according to Viking Line.With the new type of propeller, the company said it can reduce fuel consumption.Featuring a length of 185 meters and a width of 27.7 meters, the M/S Viking XPRS is able to accommodate 2,500 passengers.In recent years, Viking Line carried out major investments to renovate its fleet.Last year, the M/S Gabriella and M/S Amorella were renovated, while in 2015 the M/S Mariella underwent refurbishment.Viking Line has a fleet of seven ferries which are deployed on the Finland-Sweden and Finland-Estonia routes.Earlier this month, the company inked an agreement with compatriot provider of auxiliary wind propulsion systems Norsepower Oy to equip one of its ships, the M/S Viking, with Rotor Sail Solution. The project is said to be the first modern auxiliary wind propulsion technology installation onboard a ferry.last_img read more

SMM Opens Its Doors in Hamburg

first_imgThe biennial international maritime trade show SMM, which is taking place in Hamburg, Germany, has officially opened its doors this morning.The event has been kicked off with a press conference, focusing on the IMO Sulphur Cap 2020 and the industry’s commitment to the IMO goal to halve Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Shipping by 2050.Speaking on the agreement of the IMO member states to halve the industry’s GHG footprint, Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), commended the effort, adding that a more substantial discussion on concrete actions to be taken on the ambitious commitments of the industry is set to take place.As explained, there are major technical challenges for the industry to halve emissions by 2050, which would require considerable efforts and ingenuity of the engineers and ship designers to provide the industry with environmentally-friendly technological solutions.“We cannot change the target and therefore we have to undertake all the necessary efforts to achieve the goal,” he added.Considerable progress has already been made in reducing the global GHG footprint from shipping, according to Esben Poulsson, Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).“There are a lot of projects underway and we are confident that engineers will come up with the technology to develop zero-emissions solutions. I’m very confident and optimistic, because the incentives are there,” he said.“We need clarity and predictability,” Frank Starke, CEO of Caterpillar Motoren GmbH & Co KG, said, noting that motivation and enforcement are key to making that possible. ” We need to make sure we have clear boundary conditions.”The fair, being held September 4 – 7, 2018 at the Hamburg Messe und Congress (HMC), will gather 2,289 exhibitors and around 50,000 visitors from more than 124 countries over the four days.For the first time the event features a special exhibition on 3D-printing for the maritime industry, as well as a new theme route for the Cruise & Ferry segment.Under the motto of “Trends in SMMart Shipping”, the fair has a comprehensive conference programme, with Smart Shipping and Industry 4.0 taking center stage.Novelties at the event will include 3D printing, Cruise & Ferry Route, future-looking topics, cybersecurity, job exchange, new countries and ship-owning companies and the TradeWinds Shipowners Forum.World Maritime News Staff; Image by WMNlast_img read more