Studio Ghibli’s Long-Awaited Theme Park Officially Opens, and Other News

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The Grand Warehouse area at Ghibli Park. Photography by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images

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Studio Ghibli’s new theme park is an immersive glimpse inside Hayao Miyazaki’s mind.

“Fans of Studio Ghibli have begun flocking to a new theme park based on films made by the beloved anime hit factory that opened in Japan this week. Set in a little over 17 acres of green parkland in Aichi prefecture, about 155 miles west of Tokyo, Ghibli Park has no roller coasters or other rides. Its aim, instead, is to immerse visitors in the worlds created by the studio’s co-founder and director, Hayao Miyazaki. Only three of the park’s five planned areas are currently open, separated from each other by swathes of nature, but that and the lack of white-knuckle rides have not deterred Ghibli fans. Admission tickets are already sold out until the end of the year. The centerpiece of the park is Ghibli’s Big Warehouse, packed with items, exhibits, and recreations of scenes from the studio’s acclaimed productions, including hit Spirited Away, which held Japan’s box office record until 2020.” [H/T The Guardian]

The UN’s climate summit will discuss reparations for poorer countries for the first time.

“Delegates agreed in a late-night negotiating blitz to hold a formal discussion on compensation for irreparable climate damages, marking a first for the annual U.N. climate summit following decades in which rich nations blocked the topic from being tabled. The highly contested issue hinges on getting wealthy countries—who have contributed most of the emissions warming the planet—to give money to poorer ones that most often bear the consequences in the form of extreme storms, heat, drought, and rising seas. By placing it on the agenda, negotiators agreed to discuss the topic over the next two weeks of climate talks. The increasing severity of climate impacts has elevated the call for some form of reparations. But the developed world has long resisted such discussions, igniting fears that continued intransigence could derail the talks before they even began.” [H/T Scientific American]

SOM’s Urban Sequoia proposal. Image courtesy of SOM

SOM shares the Urban Sequoia—a building proposal that absorbs carbon—at COP27.

“In a presentation at the Buildings Pavilion Auditorium during COP27, the UN Climate Change Conference in Sharm El-Sheikh, SOM presented the Urban Sequoia NOW concept. The proposal, developed by an interdisciplinary team at SOM, represents a design that can sequester carbon from the atmosphere throughout its lifecycle and be implemented with today’s technologies. This represents SOM’s concept of going beyond net zero carbon by combining multiple strategies: reducing embodied carbon, generating energy, absorbing carbon, and increasing the typical 60-year lifespan of the building.” [H/T ArchDaily]

Condé Nast sues Drake and 21 Savage for promoting their album with a Vogue cover.

“The publisher of Vogue is suing rappers Drake and 21 Savage after they promoted their joint album with a fake magazine cover using the brand’s trademarks. In a complaint obtained by CBS News, Condé Nast, the magazine’s publisher, alleges that the promotional campaign for the album Her Loss was ‘built entirely on the use of the Vogue marks,’ including the false magazine cover. Condé Nast said that the rappers did not respond to requests to stop using the false cover before the album’s Nov. 4 release date.” [H/T CBS]

Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar

The Khalifa International Stadium in Doha gets renovated ahead of the FIFA World Cup.

“The Khalifa International Stadium in Doha has been renovated for use as one of eight venues that will host the upcoming FIFA 2022 World Cup tournament in Qatar. Inaugurated in 1976, the country’s national stadium has been revamped by its original architect Dar Al-Handasah so that it could be used for the tournament, which begins later this month. The extensive renovation of Khalifa International Stadium was completed in 2017 and involved the addition of 12,000 seats, bringing its capacity up to 40,000 to meet FIFA’s hosting standards. It was the first stadium to be ready for the FIFA 2022 World Cup and will host matches up to and including the third-place play-off.” [H/T Dezeen]

Photofairs New York, a major photography fair, will head to the Javits Center next year.

“A new contemporary art fair for photographic and digital-based work will take place Sept. 8–10 next year at the Javits Centre in Manhattan. Comprising around 80-100 exhibitors, it will run alongside the Armory Show at the same location. Photofairs New York is the sister fair of Photofairs Shanghai, Asia-Pacific’s largest commercial event for photography, which was launched in 2014. Both the New York and Shanghai fairs are organized by the art events company Creo and its business partner, Angus Montgomery, a stakeholder in the bulk of East Asia’s leading commercial art events, including India Art Fair in Delhi, Art Central Hong Kong and the forthcoming Art SG Singapore and Tokyo Gendai.” [H/T The Art Newspaper]

Image courtesy of Zhisheng Wu

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