Wednesday, September 16, 2020

A Careless Choice of Fonts

Embarrassment greeted online movie and video streaming website iQIYI Malaysia after their Malaysia Day poster went viral on social media for all the wrong reasons. 

Obviously, they had to take it out. They clarified that the tagline for the campaign was “Anak Malaysia” and not the other 4-letter word that we might have assumed. And they apologized for the confounding design and careless choice of fonts. 

But I wish their expression of regret wasn't flighty, flippant and frivolous!

A green housing project labelled the “vertical forest” is slowly but surely being adopted. One example is found in Chengdu, the capital of southwestern China's Sichuan province:


The brainchild of Italian architect Stefano Boeri (left), Bosco Verticale (“Vertical Forest”) is the concept of residential high-rises packed with greenery, which can help cities build for density while improving air quality. 

The first “vertical forests” were realized in 2014 in the Porta Nuova Isola area of Milan, Italy, where two towers – with over 100 apartments between them – together host nearly 500 medium and large trees, 300 small trees, 5,000 shrubs, and 11,000 plants.


The science is simple: Trees are the cheapest and most efficient way to absorb carbon dioxide. The 20,000 trees and plants across this pair of towers can transform approximately 44,000 pounds of carbon dioxide into oxygen each year. 

That’s not the only benefit. Trees, a perennial gift from nature, can also keep temperatures cool indoors and filter out fine dust particles and noise pollution from traffic below.

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