Future of people driving around country in private cars is ‘fantasy built on cheap oil’

Dublin City Architect Ali Grehan has said the future of people driving around the country in private cars is a moribund “fantasy built on cheap oil”.

Ms Grehan is advocating for the permanent allocation of open public space in the capital, following its increased temporary use to limit the spread of Covid-19.

She was one of a number of speakers at Thursday’s Open House Dublin online “Big Debate – Dublin’s Fair City”, organised by the Irish Architecture Foundation, discussing the creation of city space in the context of the pandemic experience.

“We can do astonishing things when we have to,” Ms Grehan said, regarding the change in social behaviour and Dublin City Council’s Covid-19 mobility measures that aim to free up space for alternative mobility.

“Just at the very basic level, those temporary measures we do need to make them beautiful. We need to make them permanent. I think we

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Tesla’s electric car plans are simply ‘fantasy’, warn analysts

Then there’s the issue of manufacturing the cells. Musk tweeted on Monday that Tesla would have to make its own battery cells in Berlin and Fremont to meet its ambitious goals, alongside increasing cell purchases from the likes of Panasonic and LG.  

“However, even with our cell suppliers going at maximum speed, we still foresee significant shortages in 2022 and beyond unless we also take action ourselves,” he wrote.

It is a move other carmakers have shied away from given their lack of expertise and the high investment costs.

“I’m really surprised that they’re taking that leap themselves,” says Tony Posawatz, a consultant who sits on the board of Tesla rival Lucid Motors. “I think this is going to be a bit harder than what they think, and I don’t think we’ll see a lot of volume out of that for quite some time.

Musk also claimed to have a

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How Sofia Coppola shot her Fast & Furious fantasy with Bill Murray in a convertible

Around the Table with ‘The Virgin Suicides’

The cast and director of The Virgin Suicides discuss the making of the film.

If, from inside the warm confines of a darkened megaplex playing the latest Fast & Furious sequel, you’ve ever leaned over to your best dudefriend during a wild chase scene and gently whispered, “Bro, I would like to see Sofia Coppola do this someday,” On the Rocks has just the scene for you!

Around halfway through her new comedy, the writer-director does something she’s never attempted before, and flexes her inner Michael Bay muscles (well, not quite, but you get the idea) over a scene that sees stars Bill Murray and Rashida Jones careening through the streets of New York City in a red vintage Alfa Romeo convertible. It’s a remarkably kinetic scene for a director best known for telling poignant stories through silent gestures, and Coppola tells

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