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ZHA LeezaSoho Dusk Render by MIR
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di Fabrizio Aimar

Ecco la seconda parte della conversazione, in esclusiva per noi di Ingegneri.info, con l’arch. Satoshi Ohashi, Director della sede cinese dello studio di Zaha Hadid Architects e capo-commessa del presente edificio. In esso, egli ci spiega di più rispetto al processo digitale adottato per l’ingegnerizzazione del progetto e del costruito, tra software, livelli di dettaglio e gestione delle singole parti dell’organismo edilizio.

Per quanto riguarda i software utilizzati dal team progettuale di Zaha Hadid Architects nella presente commessa, è possibile porre alcune considerazioni a seconda della fase interessata.
Durante la fase progettuale, il progetto di Leeza Soho è stato sviluppato da ZHA utilizzando la modellazione parametrica in Rhino 3D/Grasshopper 3D, abbinata a Digital Project. Nella fase di concept, l’opera è stata completamente sviluppata in Rhino 3D/Grasshopper 3D, e alcune porzioni geometricamente complesse della facciata, così come degli interni, sono state ulteriormente sviluppate, dettagliate e razionalizzate impiegando Digital Project. I software sono stati selezionati in base alla loro efficienza specifica e al flusso di lavoro dell’ufficio, con l’obiettivo di ottimizzare la manodopera e di precisare minuziosamente i requisiti progettuali. Tutti i modelli inviati posseggono un Livello di Dettaglio (Level Of Detail, o LOD) di 300. Il partner progettuale locale (LDI) utilizzava Autodesk Revit per la progettazione architettonica, strutturale e impiantistica MEP, fino ad un LOD pari a 300. La documentazione di gara relativa alla facciata, così come i modelli 3D, sono stati sviluppati localmente in Digital Project, con un LOD pari a 400.

Leeza Soho - BIM - courtesy ZHA

Leeza Soho – BIM – courtesy ZHA

In merito alla fase realizzativa in essere, l’appaltatore principale (General Contractor, o GC) sta utilizzando Autodesk Revit per le strutture in calcestruzzo e per gli elementi architettonici (con un LOD di 300), così come Tekla per le strutture in acciaio (con LOD 400). Autodesk Navisworks, invece, viene utilizzato per il coordinamento generale e la rilevazione delle interferenze. Per quanto riguarda le facciate, entrambe gli appaltatori utilizzano Digital Project (con un LOD pari a 400), mentre sia l’appaltatore dei sistemi impiantistici MEP, sia il consulente per gli interni, stanno utilizzando Autodesk Revit con un LOD di 350.
Procedendo con l’analisi dei costi, grazie ai modelli 3D completamente parametrici possiamo estrarre tutti i dati necessari (quali superfici e quantità, ad esempio) ed ottenere immediatamente un riscontro in caso di eventuali aggiustamenti apportati al modello così come quelli di natura progettuale. Il presente progetto ha conosciuto diverse ottimizzazioni, razionalizzazioni e adeguamenti, al fine di soddisfare le richieste del cliente in merito ai costi. Tra questi, vi è stata la messa a punto della superficie lorda di piano rispetto alla geometria già consolidata dell’involucro, la quantità dei rivestimenti in alluminio e vetro e le ottimizzazioni della loro geometria (ad esempio, il rivestimento) in alluminio dell’atrio è stato razionalizzato a meno dello 0,1% della geometria a doppia curvatura prodotta in stabilimento).

Leeza Soho - BIM - courtesy ZHA

Leeza Soho – BIM – courtesy ZHA

Dal punto di vista strutturale, questa è stata ampiamente sviluppata e coordinata in 3D, insieme all’LDI, sin dalle prime fasi progettuali. Il modello BIM dell’appaltatore, in Tekla, viene utilizzato per la fabbricazione degli elementi previo un coordinamento completo e il rilevamento di eventuali interferenze. ZHA ha rigorosamente armonizzato sia le facciate sia gli interni rispetto alle strutture, al fine di garantire il miglior risultato formale possibile e la cantierabilità. La parte impiantistica (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, ossia MEP) è stata modellata in Autodesk Revit dall’appaltatore (con LOD 350) e le collisioni controllate in coordinamento con il modello BIM. Lo studio ZHA, infatti, è stato fortemente coinvolto nel processo di sviluppo e coordinamento di tali sistemi impiantistici, con l’obiettivo di garantire un’integrazione ottimale del layout MEP con quelli afferenti alle strutture e agli interni.
Tornando alle facciate, ZHA è stato anche qui coinvolto nell’elaborazione dei dettagli, riuscendo ad ottenere un design rigoroso, così come il controllo della geometria, attraverso il coordinamento in 3D. I dati estratti dall’ambiente di lavoro tridimensionale sono stati inter-scambiati con il modello della facciata prodotto dall’LDI in Digital Project. Inoltre, ZHA ha eseguito una serie di razionalizzazioni e ottimizzazioni della geometria, al fine di garantire la fattibilità e la cantierabilità del rivestimento costituente l’involucro esterno, così come dell’atrio e degli interni.

Leeza Soho - BIM - courtesy ZHA

Leeza Soho – BIM – courtesy ZHA

In ultimo, come già esposto in precedenza nella prima parte dell’articolo, Zaha Hadid Architects ha svolto un ruolo di coordinamento tridimensionale, già dalle fasi iniziali, di tutte le altre discipline e ha condotto il proprio rilevamento delle collisioni grazie a Digital Project. Nella fase attuale di cantiere, l’appaltatore principale esegue regolarmente il rilevamento delle interferenze tra tutti i modelli BIM mediante l’impiego del software Autodesk Navisworks.

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Progetto architettonico: Zaha Hadid Architects (Design: Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher; Project Director Satoshi Ohashi; Project Associate Kaloyan Erevinov, Ed Gaskin, Armando Solano; Project Architect Philipp Ostermaier; Project Team Yang Jingwen, Di Ding, Xuexin Duan, Samson Lee, Shu Hashimoto, Christoph Klemmt, Juan Liu, Dennis Brezina, Rita Lee, Seungho Yeo);
Progetto strutturale: Bollinger + Grohmann (fase di concorso); CABR (progetto preliminare); BIAD (progetto definitivo ed esecutivo);
Progetto impiantistico: Parsons Brinkerhoff (progetto preliminare) BIAD (progetto definitivo ed esecutivo);
Progetto illuminotecnico: Light Design (progetto preliminare e definitivo); Leuchte (progetto esecutivo);
Progetto delle facciate: KWP (progetto preliminare); Kighton Façade, Yuanda (progetto definitivo ed esecutivo);
Progetto paesaggistico: ZHA (progetto preliminare e definitivo); Ecoland (progetto definitivo ed esecutivo);
Progetto degli interni: ZHA (progetto preliminare e definitivo); Huateng (progetto esecutivo);
Appaltatore generale: China State Construction Engineering Corporation;
Appaltatore facciate: Lingyun; Yuanda.

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Bao Soho: London’s fluffiest buns – Evening Standard

If you can’t walk past a bakery without making a “nice buns” joke, then boy, do we have the restaurant for you. Bao has been stealing your sandwich’s stars and causing queues down Soho’s streets since it opened in 2014.

The restaurant, which comes from the same illustrious group as Hoppers and Bubbledogs, is named after the Taiwanese rice buns that it sells filled with its much coveted, richly flavoured fillings.

The classic bun comes stuffed wide open with braised pork, pickled veggies, coriander and crushed peanuts, with other varieties sporting fried chicken, lamb shoulder, daikon and even a Horlicks ice cream bao for a sweet-meets-savoury aftershock.

 

The best news is that you’re a little more likely to get in since BAO opened their second bricks-and-mortar location in Fitzrovia. The queues of diligent foodie fanatics for the no reservation sensation have died down a little bit, so now’s the time to get hold of London’s fluffiest buns.

Plans To Build Housing On Soho’s Elizabeth St. Garden Protested … – Patch.com

MANHATTAN, NY — Plans to raze a Soho garden and replace it with senior housing were protested by city officials Monday.

The Elizabeth Street Garden, located between Elizabeth and Mott streets near Prince Street, has long been the source of a heated debate over whether the green space should be converted into desperately needed affordable housing for seniors amid a housing crisis in the city.

The park’s supporters, which includes James, city comptroller Scott Stringer, and other elected officials, say that the park is beloved and should be preserved because green space is so infrequent in the dense Soho and Little Italy neighborhoods. The park’s advocates have repeatedly pointed to an alternate empty lot, on Hudson Street, that they say would provide more affordable housing units and allow the garden to maintain untouched.

“This is a false choice,” Stringer said Monday. “Affordable housing can not come at the expense of green public space.”

Monday’s rally was organized after the city confirmed plans to move forward with gutting the garden. On Friday, the city’s said the new complex, Haven Green, would be developed by Penrose Properties, Habitat for Humanity NYC and RiseBoro. The development would provide 121 affordable apartments and a small garden space. At least 37 of the apartments will be reserved for formerly homeless seniors, according to the proposal.

The development of the garden has brought a fraught debate over the last year, and was a divisive issue during the City Council elections for the area, which incumbent Margaret Chin narrowly won after an a challenger from the pro-garden upstart Christopher Marte.

Other elected officials who voiced support for the garden on Monday include Assembly Member Yuh-Line Niou, and newly-elected State Senator Brian Kavanagh, both Democrats. The chairwoman of local advisory group Community Board 2, also lambasted the plan to raze the garden. She noted that the board had repeatedly voted to search for alternate plots of land to save the garden.

Both Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chin, who represents Soho in City Council, have expressed support for the plan in the past.

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Bitcoin is Not a Currency: says Frank Troise, Managing Director of SoHo Capital – Cryptovest (Cryptocurrency & Blockchain News)

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While the debate rages on about whether or not Bitcoin is a bubble, there are others asking themselves whether it’s a currency at all.

Frank Troise, Managing Director of SoHo Capital, believes that he has the answer.

“I think calling [Bitcoin] a currency is a misnomer. I mean, right now, it’s trading like a highly volatile asset or commodity. It’s not really used in any form of exchange with anyone. And look at the fundamentals. Tomorrow if we come in and Bitcoin is up 40 percent, why [does it happen]? In the old days, you and I would say, ‘Well, Warren Buffet was a buyer of the stock and it’s up 10 percent here.’ There’s hardly any transparency or any visibility in this as an investment, and that’s what investors really need,” he said in an interview with CNBC.

The lack of transparency has much to do with the fact that Bitcoin isn’t an asset listed on some stock market. 

This could, however, be seen as an advantage, since the decentralized currency allows people to do commerce anonymously if they wish.

On the other hand, Troise thinks that transparency will come on its own nonetheless due to the influence offered by futures contracts like the ones that CBOE, CME, and NASDAQ are offering or will offer shortly.

“…They require substantial cash deposits in order to support Bitcoin. So, I think by default, we’re going to see more transparency. I think the biggest thing for [us] to watch [is the fact that] hedge funds want to sell Bitcoin and there’s a big short getting ready to come into this market,” he said earlier in the interview.

Troise’s words reflect the attitude of South Korea’s central bank, which has officially declared that Bitcoin will not be treated as a currency, but rather as a commodity.

The governor of the Bank of France, Francois Villeroy, has also said that Bitcoin “is in no way a currency, or even a cryptocurrency.”

Soho gets an all-volunteer ‘neighborhood improvement district’ to clean its streets – Curbed NY

Well, here’s one way to enact change in your neighborhood: Soho activists have raised enough money to establish a nonprofit—which they’re calling a “neighborhood improvement district”—to help clean up trash in the area. Residents were fed up with litter on the sidewalks and overflowing waste baskets, “despite funneling millions into city coffers from its astronomical sales and property taxes,” as a press release puts it.

Organizers did not want to set up a traditional Business Improvement District, saying they were hesitant to “cede control of their neighborhood to a real estate-driven B.I.D.” In a release, they elaborated:

Community opposition stemmed from fears that real-estate developers would use the B.I.D. to further turn SoHo into a mall, while eliminating current zoning regulations that prohibit oversized retail stores more typical of Herald Square.

And so, the all-volunteer nonprofit Clean Up SoHo has recently formed after the group raised an impressive $100,000. The initiative was spearheaded by Sean Sweeney, director of the SoHo Alliance; local resident Dianne Mendez, who runs an art salon on West Broadway; and the realtor Danielle Nazinitsky, who also writes the blog SoHo Strut.

The group blames increased tourism for the neighborhood’s litter problem. A group of local activists, residents, independent realtors, and small business advocates met about a year ago to discuss the issue and brainstorm ways to fix it; they organized with help from the Soho Alliance throughout 2017.

Fundraising has come from a number of local sources, including the boards of area co-ops and condos, shops, restaurants, and neighborhood residents—even Bloomingdale’s and the Richard Rodgers family trust contributed, the group reports.

Others pledged $1,500 each to purchase more than 30 heavy-duty, metal wastebaskets to replace the mesh baskets currently out on the streets. Finally, a grant of $60,000 from Councilmember Margaret Chin came through and with that, Clean Up SoHo hired a private cleaning service to begin sweeping the sidewalks and emptying the litter baskets.

But even though the group calls their initiative “people power in its purest form,” it’s not clear whether this model of neighborhood activism would be easily replicated in areas that are less well-off—without, say, a Bloomingdale’s to donate to the cause.

Trump Soho | Trump Soho Kazakh – The Real Deal – The Real Deal Magazine

Trump Soho’s secret suitors: Keith Rubenstein and the head of one of Kazakhstan’s largest banks

Bloomberg report dives into Kazakh financial scandal and comes up with surprising names

December 11, 2017 11:16AM

From left: Trump Soho, Kenges Rakishev, Mukhtar Ablyazov and Keith Rubenstein (Credit: Trump Organization and Getty Images)

For years now, Kazakhstan’s BTA Bank, headed by Kenges Rakishev, has pursued the demise of its former chairman, Mukhtar Ablyazov, whom the bank alleges embezzled more than $6 billion.

Previous reports indicated that some of that money may have ended up in three Trump Soho condominiums via Ilyias Khrapunov, the man Ablyazov allegedly entrusted to conceal the money he invested overseas and who maintained a business relationship with Bayrock Group’s Felix Sater, one of the developers of Trump Soho.

But unknown until a Monday story in Bloomberg was that Rakishev himself once contemplated an investment in Trump Soho as recently as 2012, with Somerset Partners’ Keith Rubenstein as a potential investment partner.

Litigation active in London could expose just how intertwined the investments of Rakishev, Ablyazov and Trump really are, however, over a period of time that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is said to be examining in his wide-ranging investigation into how the Trump campaign may have colluded with Russian nationals during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Emails reviewed by Bloomberg indicate that developers Bayrock and Sapir Organization were shopping a partial or full in tower in 2012. According to information included in Rubenstein’s email to Rakishev, less than a quarter of the tower’s units had sold by that time.

“Don’t love the location, but at the right price could be interesting,” Rubenstein wrote.

Last month, the Trump Organization announced that the building’s owner, CIM Group, would buy out its licensing agreement spelling an end to Trump Soho’s run under the Trump brand[Bloomberg]Will Parker