Good afternoon and welcome back to another roundup of the day’s news. There’s quite a bit to get through even as the days shorten, so let’s dive in.
Here’s what you need to know:
World leaders pledge stricter emission targets at COP26
With the first week of COP26 underway in Glasgow, a slew of world leaders, including President Joe Biden, have committed to cutting greenhouse gasses. Today, that included a promise to curb the production of methane; shorter lived than carbon dioxide, methane is 80 times more potent at warming the atmosphere and is produced constantly by livestock and oil and natural gas well leaks. Although President Biden has promised to tighten regulations around well leaks and cut methane emissions to 50 percent of what they were in 2005, legislation to actually do so is currently stalled out in Congress.
H/t to the New York Times
The fourth Latitude Margaritaville community could be coming to Texas
Jimmy Buffett’s series of Margaritaville retirement communities is expanding yet again, and reportedly eyeing either Dallas or Austin for the fourth outpost. Developer Minto Communities USA and Buffett’s Margaritaville Holdings are scouting locations in Texas for the newest Latitude Margaritaville community, which offer beachy Buffet living opportunities and Parrot Head-themed amenities. Does a Jimmy Buffet 55-and-up development even have to necessarily be by the beach? We’ll see how plans shake out if a Texan offshoot ends up breaking ground.
H/t to Construction Dive
A high-rise collapses during construction in Nigeria
Dozens of people are trapped and five have been confirmed dead after a luxury high-rise tower in Lagos, Nigeria, collapsed on November 1 while under construction. Search and rescue operations are underway courtesy of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, and thus far six people have been successfully saved from the rubble. The cause of the collapse is thus far unknown and under investigation.
H/t to Engineering News-Record
FXCollaborative reveals a 900-unit mixed-use tower for Greenpoint, Brooklyn
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has unveiled plans for a mixed-use 900-unit tower at its Monitor Point site in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, with 25 percent set aside as permanently affordable. The 840,000-square-foot complex, designed by FXCollaborative, will feature cascading towers joined to the same podium on a lot along the East River, and include over 100,000 square feet of retail and commercial space. The project at 40 Quay Street will also include a new esplanade and home for The Greenpoint Monitor Museum.
H/t to 6sqft
The new home for Manhattan’s Irish Arts Center will open in December
Speaking of new homes, construction of the new headquarters for the Irish Arts Center (IAC) is complete in Manhattan and will open to the public next month. Renovated by Davis Brody Bond, the building at 726 11th Avenue was previously home to an unassuming two-story garage; the architects kept and integrated the original brick facade. Visitors to the 21,700-square-foot repository of Irish arts and culture will find a 199-seat theater, a ground-floor cafe, flexible rehearsal space, and classrooms.
Kering and Phaidon are taking applications for a women in design scholarship
Kering, the Paris-based parent company of Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, and other luxury brands, and publisher Phaidon have teamed up for the 2021 edition of the Women In Motion Design Scholarship, which is currently accepting applications. Undergraduate women in design fields for the 2022-2023 academic year are eligible to apply for the $25,000 scholarship, including the submission of their portfolio and a short video.