Automobiles

For architects, cars are the stars

If Norman Foster’s design for a new London bus to replace the Routemaster really does happen in 2012, it’ll be a first. Not the first London bus to ever arrive on time, but the first time an architect has successfully designed a motor vehicle. The fact is, while…
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Automobile clubs consider leaving the FIA

The automobile clubs that called for Max Mosley to resign as president of the FIA were last night digesting the governing body’s decision to keep the 68-year-old in his post and warned they could ultimately decide to leave the organization.Following the Allgemeiner…
Automobiles

Is a sustainable car industry just a pipe dream?

SUVs get a bad rap. Hulking great gas-guzzlers, they clog up city streets, belch out CO2 and depreciate faster than the spinning price digits on a petrol pump. Now car manufacturers are wising up. With regulators pushing them to cut tailpipe emissions and consumers worried…
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Why theatre can't resist planes, trains and automobiles

In contrast to television, which comes to you, the oldest form of drama demands that audiences go to it. The spread of NT Live and other performance broadcasts means that the venue is now as likely to be a cinema as a theatre. And one of the pieces of theatre screened in…
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End of the car age: how cities are outgrowing the automobile

Gilles Vesco calls it the “new mobility.” It’s a vision of cities in which residents no longer rely on their cars but public transport, shared cars and bikes, and, above all, on real-time data on their smartphones. He anticipates a revolution that will transform not…