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German architect Helmut Jahn, designer of airports from Chicago to Bangkok and Berlin’s Sony Center, killed in bike accident — RT World News From “RT World News”



German-born Helmut Jahn, a leading postmodernist architect whose works included convention centers from Doha to Shanghai and airport projects from Chicago to Bangkok, has died at 81 in a bicycle crash.

Jahn reportedly was riding a bike on Saturday afternoon in Campton Hills, Illinois, located about 50 miles west of Chicago, when he was struck by two cars going in opposite directions. Police said the bicyclist failed to stop at a stop sign before being struck in an intersection. Jahn, who was a resident of neighboring St. Charles, Illinois, was pronounced dead at the scene.After finishing his studies at Technische Hochschule in Munich, Jahn came to Chicago in 1966 to study under Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, one of the creators of postmodernist architecture. Jahn’s major projects in Chicago included Citigroup Center, the United Airlines Terminal at O’Hare International Airport, the Mansueto Library and the James R. Thompson Center government office building. He also designed One Liberty Place in Philadelphia.Jahn also made his mark in his home country, where he designed Berlin’s dramatic Sony Center, Neues Kranzler Eck, the MesseTurm in Frankfurt, ThyssenKrupp Test Tower in Rottweil and Galeria Kaufhof in Chemnitz. He also was chosen to design corporate headquarters for Bayer and Sign Dusseldorf, as well as the Highlight Towers in Munich.Other signature projects included the glass exterior of the European Commission’s Charlemagne building in Brussels, CitySpire in New York, Cosmopolitan Tower in Warsaw, VEER Towers in Las Vegas and Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok. Jahn also designed major airport projects in Cologne and Munich, as well as redevelopment of Tokyo’s main train station.Chicago architecture critic Blair Kamin said the prolific and influential Jahn was a “dashing star” of his profession. “He was on the cover of GQ,” Kamin told the Chicago Tribune.”He was renowned as much for his persona as for his architecture, but his architecture was always exceptional. And, as time went on, he was regarded as less of a ‘Flash Gordon’ character and more of a modernist master,” Kamin said.

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Ola hires ex-Jaguar, Aston Martin designer Wayne Burgess From “International: Top News And Analysis”



The Ola app displayed on a smartphone.Mint | Hindustan Times | Getty ImagesOla, an Indian competitor to Uber that makes its own electric vehicles, announced Tuesday it has hired Jaguar Land Rover veteran Wayne Burgess as its head of vehicle design.Burgess, who spent almost 20 years at Jaguar Land Rover working on models including the XF, F-Type, F-Pace SUV, XE, has joined Ola’s electric vehicle business, Ola Electric, where he will lead design across the company’s entire EV product range, which includes scooters, bikes and cars.Prior to Jaguar Land Rover, Burgess worked at premium British car makers including Aston Martin, Bentley and Rolls-Royce. He worked on the Bentley Arnage in 1998 and Aston Martin’s DB9 in the mid 2000s.Bhavish Aggarwal, chairman and group CEO of Ola, said in a statement that Burgess “will bring global appeal and design aesthetic to our industry changing electric vehicles.” Burgess said he’s looking forward to leading a team “that will work on designing cutting-edge electric vehicles for the world.”Ola is the largest ride-hailing company in India and competes with California heavyweight Uber in several countries.Founded in 2010 by Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati, the Bangalore-headquartered company is planning to launch its first electric scooters in coming months. These vehicles will be more like mopeds (motorbikes without gears) than the e-scooters associated with firms like Bird, Lime, Voi and Tier.The Ola Scooter will be manufactured at the Ola Futurefactory in Tamil Nadu, India, which is still under construction. When fully operational, Ola said, it will make 10 million Ola Scooters per year at the facility.Ola spun off its electric vehicles business into a separate unit with $56 million of funding in February 2019. In addition to EVs, it works on charging solutions, EV batteries and developing infrastructure that will enable commercial EVs to operate at scale.







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