Orlando Airport’s Giant “High-Tech, Low-Touch” Terminal and Other News – SURFACE


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July 14, 2022

Orlando International Airport Terminal C designed by Fentress Architects. Photograph by Matthew Good

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Orlando International Airport is preparing to open a “high-tech, low-touch” terminal.

“Orlando International Airport (MCO) has lifted the curtain on Terminal C, a 1.8 million square foot facility designed by Fentress Architects that opens to passengers on September 19 as the largest new terminal airport car to debut in the United States in recent history. Featuring 15 gates, a host of amenities and a new hub for the Federal Inspection Service (FIS), among other features, the sprawling “high-tech, low-touch” terminal will increase MCO’s capacity up to 60 million passengers per year at full build on.” [H/T The Architect’s Newspaper]

Fully electric cars now make up more than five percent of vehicles in the United States.

“Gasoline prices may soon matter a lot less to American motorists as the United States has crossed a pivotal line toward mass adoption of electric vehicles, a Bloomberg analysis finds. The United States is the newest addition to a growing list of countries where all-electric cars account for 5% of new-vehicle sales, a threshold that opens the door to mass adoption, the news service said Saturday as it released its conclusions. In the last six months, the United States passed this tipping point, after 18 other countries. If past trends continue, a quarter of new car sales could be electric by the end of 2025, a year or two ahead of previous projections, according to Bloomberg.” [H/T CBS]

“Shot Sage Blue Marilyn”, a 1964 serigraph by Andy Warhol. Image courtesy of Christie’s

Christie’s reports “remarkably strong” sales of $4.1 billion in the first half of 2022.

“The auction house reported $4.1 billion in total sales in the first six months of 2022, an 18% increase from $3.5 billion last year during the same period. , especially given the growing global uncertainty caused by Russia’s war in Ukraine and concerns about inflation and a possible recession.The star of this first half was Warhol’s Blow Sage Blue Marilynwhich earned the title of the world’s most expensive 20th-century work to be sold at auction and the most expensive American work of art ever sold at auction. [H/T The Art Newspaper]

Matt King, co-founder of quirky art collective Meow Wolf, dies at 37.

“Matt King, co-founder of Santa Fe-based art collective Meow Wolf, which became an offbeat interactive entertainment juggernaut, has died. He was 37 years old. In a statement, Meow Wolf called King a “pioneer of immersive art” who “had an electric and expansive joy in creating.” CEO Jose Tolosa said “thousands of people have been deeply touched by the artistic genius of his work”. Meow Wolf has invented a new brand of family entertainment with its “House of Eternal Return” exhibit in Santa Fe, which features stunning psychedelic design work in a labyrinthine display of spiral staircases and unmarked passageways. [H/T Associated Press]

A model of the dress designed by Jason Wu that Michelle Obama wore during the 2009 presidential inauguration. Image courtesy of DressX/Jason Wu

Jason Wu will post a wearable NFT of Michelle Obama’s 2009 Inaugural Ball Gown.

“Digital fashion designer DressX has teamed up with American brand Jason Wu to release a wearable NFT of First Lady Michelle Obama’s 2009 inaugural ball gown, the companies announced. The NFT, called ‘The Dream,’ is an accurate digital twin of Wu’s original dress, and will be available for purchase exclusively through DressX on Wednesday, July 13. The NFT owner will be able to wear the dress digitally and receive two tickets to the brand’s runway show at Fashion Week from New York in September. [H/T Business of Fashion]

Criminals leave one-star reviews for restaurants as a bargaining tool to extort money.

“In a new scam targeting restaurants, criminals are leaving negative ratings on restaurants’ Google pages as bargaining chips to extort digital gift cards. Restaurant owners from San Francisco to New York, many of whom come from starred establishments Michelin, said in recent days they had received a series of one-star ratings on Google, without descriptions or photos, from people they said had never eaten at their restaurants. Time after the reviews, many owners said they received emails from someone claiming responsibility and asking for a $75 Google Play gift card to remove the reviews.If payment isn’t received, says the message, more bad marks will follow. [H/T The New York Times]

A “Stranger Things” themed cafe at Tokyo’s Pronto Shibuya cafe. Image courtesy of Pronto

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Luz W. German