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Mario Botta

Mario Botta is a Swiss architect. Botta designed his first buildings at a two-family house at Morbio Superiore in Ticino. While the arrangements of spaces in this structure is inconsistent, its relationship to its site, separation of living from service spaces, deep window recesses echo of what would become his stark, towering style, his designs tend to include a strong sense of geometry being based on simple shapes, yet creating unique volumes of space. His buildings are made of brick, yet his use of material is wide and unique, his trademark style can be seen in Switzerland the Ticino region and in the Mediatheque in Villeurbanne, a cathedral in Évry, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art or SFMOMA. He designed the Europa-Park Dome, which houses many major events at the Europa-Park theme park resort in Germany. Religious works by Botta, including the Cymbalista Synagogue and Jewish Heritage Center were shown in London at the Royal Institute of British Architects in an exhibition entitled, Architetture del Sacro: Prayers in Stone.

“A church is the place, par excellence, of architecture,” he said in an interview with architectural historian Judith Dupré. “When you enter a church, you are part of what has transpired and will transpire there. The church is a house that puts a believer in a dimension where she is the protagonist; the sacred directly lives in the collective. Man becomes a participant in a church if he never says anything.”In 1998, he designed the new bus station for Vimercate, a red brick building linked to many facilities, underlining the city's recent development. He worked at La Scala's theatre renovation, which proved controversial as preservationists feared that historic details would be lost. In 2004, he designed Museum One of the Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art in South Korea. On January 1, 2006 he received the Grand Officer award from President of the Italian Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. In 2006 he designed his first spa, the Bergoase Spa in Arosa, Switzerland; the spa cost an estimated CHF 35 million.

Mario Botta participated in the Stock Exchange of Visions project in 2007. He was a member of the Jury of the Global Holcim Awards in 2012. In 2014 he was awarded with the Prize Javier Carvajal by the Universidad de Navarra. Markus Breitschmid and the Ambient – Mario Botta. Architectura et Ars Series, Volume 2, Virginia Tech Architecture Publications, 2013. ISBN 978-0-9893936-5-2 Publications by and about Mario Botta in the catalogue Helveticat of the Swiss National Library Official website Mario Botta at archINFORM Helena Bernal. "Mario Botta". In Andreas Kotte. Theaterlexikon der Schweiz / Dictionnaire du théâtre en Suisse / Dizionario Teatrale Svizzero / Lexicon da teater svizzer. 1. Zürich: Chronos. Pp. 251–252. ISBN 978-3-0340-0715-3. LCCN 2007423414. OCLC 62309181. 2007 Interview with Mario Botta in The Leaf Review Stock Exchange Of Visions: Visions of Mario Botta STORIES OF HOUSES: A Family House at Riva San Vitale, by Mario Botta Santa Maria degli Angeli Monte Tamaro Mario Botta Architecture on Google maps Mario Botta.

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Kiryat Wolfson

Kiryat Wolfson known as Wolfson Towers, is a high-rise apartment complex in western Jerusalem. Comprising five towers ranging from 14 to 17 stories above-ground, the project was Jerusalem's first high-rise development; the project encountered opposition from both municipal officials and the public at each stage of its design and construction. The complex includes 10,000 square feet of a medical center; the project was financed by the Isaac Wolfson Trust. Kiryat Wolfson is situated on a ridge at the western edge of Sha'arei Hesed, northwest of Rehavia; the towers overlook the Valley of the Cross, the Knesset, the Israel Museum. In the early 1960s, Jerusalem Mayor Mordechai Ish-Shalom sought entrepreneurs to improve Jerusalem's cityscape, he approached Mordechai and Moshe Meir of Israel, business partners with Sir Charles Clore of England and Sir Isaac Wolfson, to invest in the city. With Ish-Shalom's assistance, Mordechai Meir selected a 32 acres plot overlooking the Valley of the Cross for an apartment project.

The land was purchased from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate and the Israel Land Administration for $1.2 million. To overcome the topographical drawbacks of the ridge, the developers applied for taller building rights. To convince the members of the Jerusalem planning committee to agree to the taller-than-normal construction, they hired a world-renowned architect, I. M. Pei, to design it. In 1967 Pei submitted his design; the local planning committee responded with "total opposition", claiming that the towers would "dwarf the Knesset", which faced it across the valley. The committee rejected the design but said it would be prepared to issue permits for towers no higher than 16 stories. Pei resigned from the project. Architect Yitzhak Perlstein, a brother-in-law of Mordechai Meir and architect in Meir's company, was tapped to produce a new design. Perlstein expanded the project to five towers averaging 16 stories each, he added 50 terraced apartments and a shopping center at the base of the buildings to accommodate the topographical contours.

The revised plan raised another round of opposition when it was presented to the Jerusalem district planning committee. Kadish Luz, Speaker of the Knesset, claimed that "from the height of the towers, it would be possible to snipe at the Knesset, to bomb it". Ish-Shalom persuaded Luz to retract his opposition, hinted to the committee that a few small apartments could be set aside for committee members if they would approve the five towers, which they did; the first two towers were constructed between 1970 and 1972. After their completion, a public outcry ensued. Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek appealed to Meir to change the plans for the three remaining towers to a series of low-rise, terraced buildings, but Meir refused. Besides completing the three remaining towers, Meir erected six more high-rises on adjacent land a few years later; the finished towers of Kiryat Wolfson present a 400 metres long, 16-story-high "wall" that obscures the rural landscape of Sha'arei Hesed when viewed from the west.

Kiryat Wolfson comprises 300 apartments and 50 terraced apartments, or "villas". The units are spacious, ranging from 90 square metres for a two-bedroom apartment to 140 square metres for a four-bedroom unit. Apartments sell for over $1 million. A professional management company oversees the cleanliness and security of the grounds, entrance lobbies, underground parking areas; the buildings have Shabbat elevators. The 10,000 square feet commercial center located on the lower levels of one of the buildings features a supermarket, retail shops and the Shalom Mayer Medical Center, which includes an English-speaking family clinic and many specialists. Most residents of the Wolfson Towers are foreign retirees. A 2006 Israel Central Bureau of Statistics survey reported that 22.1% of residents of Kiryat Wolfson were aged 70 or older. Kiryat Wolfson logs the highest median age of any Jerusalem neighborhood, religious or secular, in the annual Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies survey. In 2010 the median age in Kiryat Wolfson was 66, down from 68 in 2009.

Kiryat Wolfson has the lowest housing density in Jerusalem. A JIIS survey reported a housing density of 71 square metres per person in Kiryat Wolfson in 2005, compared to an overall housing density of 19 square metres per person in Jerusalem. International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation World Jewish Congress IsraelThe Embassy of Costa Rica in Israel was located in one of the Wolfson Towers before 1980, from 1982 to 2006, after which it moved to Tel Aviv. Kiryat Wolfson is the name of an immigrant housing project in Acre, financed by the Edith and Isaac Wolfson Trust and inaugurated in 1966. Wolfson Towers on Emporis

Dennis Rinsler

Dennis Rinsler is an American television producer and writer. He is best known for work on the series Full House, Even Stevens and That's So Raven. All of which worked with writer Marc Warren. Rinsler was studying to be a teacher at New York State University in New Paltz when he met Marc Warren, their 11 years of experiences as New York City teachers was the inspiration for the 1990s sitcom Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher starring Mitch Mullany, which they created and were executive producers of. They have been active since 1982, writing and producing for the television series Madame's Place, Fast Times, Full House, The Parent'Hood and served as creators of Cory in the House; the two have been nominated for Daytime and Primetime Emmys for their work on the Disney Channel series Even Stevens and That's So Raven. They won N. A. A. C. P. Image awards for Outstanding Children's Program two years in a row. In 2009, Rinsler and Warren dissolved their partnership, with Warren getting a solo job as a writer and consulting producer of Jonas for its second and last season in 2010.

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Retama Park

Retama Park is a class 1 pari-mutuel horse racetrack located in Selma, United States, that opened in 1995. Live quarter horse races live thoroughbred races meet September to November. Simulcast racing is shown year round; the track is managed by Penn National Gaming. The Retama Development Corporation was formed in the early 1990s to issue bonds to finance the track's construction and to act on behalf of Selma to oversee the racetrack's construction and operations. Retama Park held it first race on 1/2 years behind schedule. Retama Park has never turned a profit; the RDC filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection in March 1996. Call Now, Inc. a publicly-traded long-distance phone company bought over 90% of the bonds issued for construction of the track and allowed the track to emerge from bankruptcy and continue operation. Call Now failed in 2011, the track was in danger of foreclosure from Call Now's creditors but was granted a forbearance instead. In 2013, Pinnacle Entertainment purchased a 75.5% equity stake in Retama Partners, Ltd. the owner of the racing license for Retama Park, for $22.8 million, averting another bankruptcy filing for the RDC.

Pinnacle took over operations of the track under a management agreement with the RDC. In 2018, Penn National Gaming assumed management of the track. Retama Park

Porta Bohemica (train)

The Porta Bohemica is a EuroCity international express train. Since December 2014 it is operating between Budapest Keleti; the train's name, Porta Bohemica, is the Latin word for the point where the Elbe river begins its passage through the České Středohoří. From 1993 to 2003, a predecessor train of the same name ran between Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, a number of different termini in northern Germany; the train takes the route via Dresden Hbf, Praha hl.n. Brno hl.n. and Bratislava hl.st. A sister train named Jan Jesenius, composed of Hungarian and German rolling stock, is running two hours earlier from Budapest and two hours from Hamburg. In May 1993, there was a major reorganisation of the international train services through the Elbe valley, it involved. Two existing trains, the Hungaria and the Vindobona were upgraded to become EuroCity services, a new train, the EC Comenius, was added to the timetable, the Porta Bohemica replaced another existing train, the Primator. All of these changes took effect from 23 May 1993.

The Porta Bohemica ran between Praha-Holešovice in Prague and Hamburg-Altona in Hamburg. The northbound train, EC 176, was the last of the four daily northbound Elbe valley EuroCity services to leave Prague, in the early afternoon; the southbound train, EC 177, left Hamburg shortly after 08:00. On 27 May 1995, the northern terminus of the Porta Bohemica was moved south, to Nauen and the southern terminus in Prague was switched from Praha-Holešovice to Praha hl.n.. On 24 May 1998, the northern terminus was moved back to Hamburg, in 2001 it was moved further north, to Westerland in Germany. At the end of the following year, in December 2002, it was moved yet again, back to Hamburg for the second time. On 14 December 2003, all of the EuroCity trains running through the Elbe valley lost their names. Trains EC 176/177 continued to run without names for three years until 10 December 2006, but when the naming of the Elbe valley EuroCity trains was reintroduced, the name Porta Bohemica was not reused.

From 14 December 2014, a two-hourly clock-face schedule was introduced between Prague and Budapest, alternating with a railjet between Prague and Graz every other hour. This meant that the EC 172/173 Vindobona was replaced by the EC 172/173 Porta Bohemica Hamburg-Altona—Budapest Keleti; the connection in Praha hlavní nádraží to a Railjet via Wien Hauptbahnhof to Graz Hauptbahnhof and vice versa includes an hour of layover. The train is hauled between Hamburg and Dresden by a DB Class 101 locomotive, between Dresden and Prague by a ČD class 371 locomotive and between Prague and Budapest by a ČD Class 380 locomotive, it is composed of rolling stock of the Czech Railways, one first class open coach Ampz143, one dining car WRmz815, five second class compartment coaches Bmz241/245. A German second class open coach Bpmbdz294 offers bicycle transportation. Seasonally, another German second class open coach Bpmz294 without these special amenities is added. Formation EC 172 Formation EC 173 History of rail transport in the Czech Republic History of rail transport in Germany List of EuroCity services List of named passenger trains of Europe

Radiological Society of North America

The Radiological Society of North America is an international society of radiologists, medical physicists and other medical professionals with more than 54,000 members across the globe. Based in Oak Brook, Illinois, RSNA was established in 1915. RSNA hosts one of the world's largest annual medical meetings, a week-long event which starts the last Sunday of November in Chicago; the society publishes two peer-reviewed journals: Radiology, offering radiology research and reviews, RadioGraphics, dedicated to continuing education in radiology. The Society develops and offers informatics-based software solutions in support of a universal electronic health record, sponsors research to advance quantitative imaging biomarkers, conducts outreach to enhance education in developing nations. Through its Research & Education Foundation, RSNA provides millions of dollars in funding to investigators; the presidency of the RSNA is held as a one-year term. The current president is Ronald L. Arenson, MD. Available in English and Spanish, RadiologyInfo.org is the public information website developed and funded by the Radiological Society of North America and the American College of Radiology.

It was established to inform and educate the general public about what radiology is and what radiologists do. Half a million people visit RadiologyInfo each month. RSNA Career Connect is a radiology-related job site. Official website