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Airbus A220-300


The Airbus/Bombardier partnership chose an A220-300 for this special event. This aircraft, the larger version of the two-aircraft family, was the second CS300 ever produced, with MSN (Manufacturer’s Serial Number) 55002. Despite Airbus’ control over the program, the Airbus/Bombardier partnership will be based in Canada. So, it’s still fitting for this aircraft’s registration to be Canadian: C-FFDO.



As this aircraft is a test vehicle, there’s a notice next to the main boarding door informing passengers and crew that “this aircraft is operating without a certificate of airworthiness.”



The C Series was not designed to be an Airbus, it only became one when the European company bought the program. But it looks like one on the flght deck, with a side-stick rather than the yoke you’d find on Boeing aircraft. That’s the easiest way to tell Airbus cockpit from Boeings.



In addition to delivering best-in-class economics, the A220 Family’s cabin was purpose-built to deliver an excellent passenger experience. A220 Family aircraft are recognised for their low noise levels, providing a quiet, comfortable cabin.

Wide seats combined with ample overhead storage create personal space without compromising on headroom, and the cabin management system provides crews with easy, intuitive control of the aircraft’s interior environment, including entertainment offerings and mood lighting to ensure a delightful passenger experience.

Like the A220-100 version, the A220-300’s configurable cabin provides two flex zones, allowing operators to benefit from fully customisable modular cabin elements, including stowage areas and partitions, based on their specific needs.



A220 Family aircraft are designed to deliver the feel of a widebody jetliner in a single-aisle aircraft. The cabin provides space where it matters the most, leading to an unparalleled passenger experience.

Overhead bins, with the largest stowage capacity in their class, are easily accessible. The extra-large windows with more than one at each row, are positioned high on the cabin sidewall to provide an optimal viewing angle and an abundance of natural light. Wide seats –18 inches or more – provide a generous personal space without compromise, and the newly designed engines contribute to the quietest cabin in its class.

The A220 lower deck cargo hold boasts a wide flat floor and vertical sidewalls for efficient stacking, which result in a significantly higher usable volume than the competition.


Source: airbus.com


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Middle Harbour House

Middle Harbour House is a private residence located in Sydney, Australia.

It was designed by Richard Cole Architecture.


Middle Harbour House by Richard Cole Architecture:

“A sculptural response to an exposed corner site overlooking Middle Harbour in Sydney builds on the materiality of the existing sandstone base to create a dramatic and layered form. By careful manipulation of openings the substantial house achieves a balance of privacy and outlook, light and shelter, texture and warmth. To build a house overlooking Sydney Harbour is a privilege not to be undertaken lightly.

This house strives to create a contemporary dwelling which harbours the everyday experiences, aspirations and interactions of a family and contributes to the rich context of the populated slopes and fingers of bushland that reach into the waterway. The site is exposed to two road frontages, and slopes substantially to the east.

The form responds to this dramatic corner site with a stratified assembly overlaid by a simple skillion roof that mirrors the slope of the land. The stepping form creates terraces which extend the indoor living areas to the outside, creating sheltered places of prospect. The solidity of the mass is eroded by a central double height space, allowing light to permeate through the stairwell to the lower ground floor.

The warm, substantial character of the dwelling is carefully composed by means of the clarity of detailing, a palette of tactile natural materials and the careful manipulation of light. The building aspires to beauty, substance and place making in order to provide a vessel in which a family can grow.”

Photos courtesy of Richard Cole Architecture


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The 2019 Infiniti Q60 is a beautiful luxury coupe that’s an alternative to staid competitors.

The 2019 Infiniti Q60 is focused more now on its mission as a luxury sport coupe.

This year, the coupe cleaved its turbo-4 engine from the lineup in favor of a twin-turbo V-6 only menu, offered in two tunes.



We give the 2019 Q60 a 6.2 overall thanks to its good looks and sharper performance this year. (Read more about how we rate cars.)



Full report: 2019 INFINITI Q60 Review

Web: thecarconnection.com

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This truly magnificent 4,600 sq. ft. home in Guelph’s prestigious Heritage Lake Estates community is Canada’s first certified luxury Net Zero Home. Features 9200 square feet of living space on an exclusive and private 1 acre Lot.



A net-zero energy (NZE) home is designed and built to reduce household energy needs to a minimum and includes on-site renewable energy systems that enable the home to produce at least as much energy as it consumes on a yearly basis.

This home is a gorgeous meld of woods and whites, taupes and creams creating an ambiance of pure luxury throughout. From ceilings that range from 20’ to 16’ to 12’, a majestic air of glamour permeates, underscored by rare accouterments like heated patios, walkways and driveway and smoked glass custom stair railings.

The main floor features a temperature controlled wine room with black pearl racking system to house 280 bottles, a 4-season room with floor to ceiling hand carved limestone fireplace and wall to wall windows, a stunning great room as well as a breathtaking master suite, 3 more bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, a diva-inspired kitchen and pantry as well as automatic blinds on all windows.

A great deal of effort was put into the design and engineering of this home in keeping with classic Claxton + Marsh design for maximum curb appeal. The last thing we wanted was to have people drive by the home and say “look at that lovely environmentally friendly home”. With thoughtful, intelligent design our homeowners can enjoy the future… today.

At Claxton + Marsh, we believe this is the future of building and we are proud to help lead the way to a more sustainable environment and future.

Photography by Gillian Jackson

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Hyundai calls this concept Elevate, or the Ultimate Mobility Vehicle. We call it the ummmm … V. Hyundai


Like the sushirrito and the Rollie Eggmaster, the wheel is the certified product of the human brain, unmatched in ingenuity by eons of evolution.

Now, after 5,000 years of transportation advances built on the ability to roll from A to B, Hyundai has decided it’s time to move on. Today at CES in Las Vegas, the automaker fleshed out the details on an insect-like concept car that isn’t limited by its wheels. This thing also has legs, which allow it to go where there are no roads, by trekking or climbing over difficult terrain, fording rivers, clambering over crumbled concrete, or even climbing stairs.

In this city without restraint, CES is a safe space to showcase outrageous concepts unlikely to make it to production. But Hyundai has thought through a business case for the machine it’s calling Elevate, or the Ultimate Mobility Vehicle (how about the ummmm … V?). It pitches the blend of car, robot, and Mars rover as the ideal machine for first responders. While a car or truck would get stumped at the edge of a debris field of broken buildings, for example, the Elevate can just clamber on over, to the heart of the problem, instead of leaving firefighters or anyone else to trek in on foot. Hyundai says that, with a modular platform, the body atop the walking wheels could be swapped out for different applications. It also shows a taxi concept that can climb entrance steps to a building, to allow wheelchair users to roll in and out easily.

The platform itself puts the four wheels on the ends of robot legs with five degrees of freedom (meaning they can move in just about any direction). Propulsion comes from electric motors mounted inside each wheel hub, like on the Mars Curiosity Rover.

When the legs are folded under the vehicle, the Elevate can travel at highway speeds, almost resembling a normal car. But it looks cleverest, and scariest, when it rises up to full height, using the wheels as feet. It can replicate the walking patterns of both mammals and reptiles, so it can stride across most terrains confidently, even snow and ice, with the wheels turned sideways as nonslip pads. “Imagine a car stranded in a snow ditch 10 feet off the highway being able to walk or climb back to the road,” says David Byron, design manager at Sundberg-Ferar, the Detroit-based design studio that worked with Hyundai to develop the concept.



Hyundai says with a modular platform, the body atop the walking wheels could be swapped out for different applications. Hyundai


Concept is the key word. Hyundai is vague on whether this thing would be autonomous or require a human at the controls, but it’s worth noting just how hard moving a robot through the world really is. As Boston Dynamics CEO Marc Raibert said at last year’s WIRED25 conference, the robot shop’s viral videos—starring dancing quadrupeds and parkour-ing humanoids—showcase the rare successful attempts, not the many screwups along the way. And although the Curiosity Rover has lasted nearly three times its designed lifespan, on a hostile alien planet, it’s not a great model for a commuter machine: It has covered just 12 miles in six years.

If the promised revolution in mobility due to autonomous, electric, connected cars (and scooters) actually arrives, it will bring changes in the way that we use vehicles in cities. So although this concept it outlandish, it doesn’t hurt to start thinking about new ways to build vehicles, and maybe even reinvent the wheel.

It’s a better idea, anyway, than trying to cook eggs in a tube.


Source: wired.com

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In the busy urban centre in Pinang, Malaysia, SPARK Architects recently created the visually stunning ARTE S building, a luxury residential building that resembles a spa and pool resort, giving residents a place to escape in the middle of the city.



Located in Jalan Bukit Gambier, near the better city of George Town, this project includes a pair of tall, undulating condominium towers that boast 460 residential units between them. The taller tower of the two is stands 180 metres tall and can be seen off the island from the mainland clearly in the distance.



Bukit Gambir is a lush topical mountain located right at the heart of Pengang Island, which lies off the Western coast of Malaysia. The towers are incredibly unique in the way their facade undulates at each layer. This lovely effect was intended to mimic the dramatic topography of the land surrounding the buildings, which varies between steeply rising hillsides and low coastlines.



Besides just undulating, the towers also appeared layered where the balconies sit. This mimics the mountainous landscape as well, with the graduated terrace effect mirroring the gradient of the rock faces. This effect was achieved using a construction technique called elliptical floor plating, which builders augmented with an added waveform birse-soleil that very carefully, subtly, and precisely rotated each floor a particular degree to give the buildings their twisted appearance.



Besides looking amazing in themselves, the towers are built with the intention of offering the best view of the ocean that one can find anywhere on the island. The taller of the two climbs 50 storeys high, while the shorter rises only 32. In each one, the penthouses at the top are sculpted from the final three floorplates.



On the very top of the highest tower sits a sky garden that incorporates two pebble-form recreational “resident club” pods. In the larger one, up to 60 people can be accommodated for events while the smaller hanging pod is home to luxury jacuzzi. Together the two pods create a wonderfully dramatic visual fro, the ground that acts as a signature for the building while also providing residents with an unparalleled view of George Town and the Straight of Pengang.



Inside, the units are entirely designed for flexibility and tropical living. They are open concept with no beams or poles, meaning they can be arranged in any way and at any time. The units are also specifically designed to bring in light and air naturally, eliminating the need for air conditioning and thereby saving hydro costs. In the common areas, the spaces are naturally ventilated and day-lit as well.



Of course, the pools at the base of the towers are an immediately noticeable primary feature. Their clear blue water attracts the eye and gives off a stunning reflection that mirrors the undulating visual motion of the buildings, enticing just about anyone who sets eyes on them and letting calming shapes set the atmosphere.

Photographs by LinHo


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