Lamborghini Teases Its First All-Electric Supercar, and Other News

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Lamborghini’s Terzo Millennio concept

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Lamborghini has announced plans to debut its first all-electric supercar after 2025. 

The first all-electric Lamborghini is heading our way sooner than expected. The Italian automaker has unveiled plans to roll out gas-electric hybrids of its entire lineup, with all-electric models debuting afterward and sometime before the end of the decade. The Italian automaker has been slow to embrace electric drivetrains for fear of ostracizing loyal customers who crave speed and loud V12 engines, but tighter emissions regulations and newly upgraded electric motors that rival their gas-powered counterparts are spurring changes in direction. Competition is also heating up: Ferrari has announced that its first electric model will debut by 2025, and Drako, Aston Martin, and Rimac have all been experimenting with electric supercars. Lamborghini recently experimented with electrification with its forward-thinking Terzo Millennio concept, which featured supercapacitators that replaced standard lithium-ion batteries. 

The next Apple Watch may sport a flat-edged look in line with its current design scheme.

According to an Apple expert, the seventh edition of the Apple Watch may look slightly different than the current design. The redesign would include flat edges around the sides of the device that matches with the rest of Apple’s current design scheme. This is according to long-trusted Apple leaker Jon Prosser, who spoke at length on the Genius Bar podcast about where he expects the tech giant to take its smartwatch design. It would follow the iPhone 12 and iMac, both of which have shied away from flat edges to critical acclaim.

SEG Plaza in Shenzhen, China

SEG Plaza, the 18th tallest building in Shenzhen, is evacuated after mysterious wobbling. 

Earlier this week, social media footage showed crowds of people fleeing from SEG Plaza, the 18th tallest building in Shenzhen, China, when the 70-story structure started to shake. The building has been fully evacuated and remains blocked off, but the government claims the building is safe. “The main structure of Shenzhen SEG Plaza is safe!” the city government announced on Weibo. “The cause of the building’s vibration is under investigation and the follow-up situation will be announced in time. No new round of vibration has occurred in the building, and the main structure and surrounding environment are safe and stable.” 

A prominent West Bank arts center sustains extensive damage at the hands of the IDF.

The Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir for Art and Research has sustained extensive damage by Israeli occupation forces. According to a statement issued by the organization, staff at the Bethlehem arts center said forces raided the institution over the weekend, ransacking offices and making off with various equipment such as computers and hard drives. The week prior, Dar Jacir’s urban garden was destroyed as fires were set around the building. The alleged raid came as tensions between Palestine and Israel have flared over the past two weeks after Israeli forces attempted to evict Palestinians from their long-held residence in East Jerusalem. 

Longtime creative director Angela Missoni takes a step back from her role at the label.

Angela Missoni is handing over the reins to her family business. The Italian designer and daughter of founders Rosita and Ottavio Missoni, who has held the title of creative director since 1997, said that she simply wanted a change. She plans to stay at the company as president. “I had my satisfaction, but I think it’s about time that I got on with my own life,” Missoni told Vogue. “At the moment, I really want to enjoy the fact that I won’t have this schedule, that I might go to the seaside in the middle of September, or I can go skiing in February.” The longtime design director Alberto Caliri will take over her role on an interim basis and will oversee Missoni’s Spring 2022 collection.

(FROM LEFT) Ettore Sottsass’s Carlton bookcase; an interpretation of Memphis by Anthony Vaccarello for Saint Laurent

Today’s attractive distractions:

Elon Musk’s haters mint a coin called StopElon after he caused a crypto crash. 

Greenpeace’s latest campaign drowns London in mounds of plastic waste.

Pornhub “remastures” vintage erotic films using AI colorizing technology.

Saint Laurent translates Memphis design into a must-have capsule collection.

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