Why Not a Skyscraper in the Alps?

Source: Neue Zürcher Zeitung, March 26

Remo StoffelSwiss real estate investor Remo Stoffel presented plans for a luxury hotel in the small village of Vals in the Swiss canton of Graubünden on Wednesday.

At 381 metres in height, with 82 floors and rooms costing up to 25,000 euros per night, the project for Europe’s tallest building promises brave new business prospects for the Swiss Alps.

“The tallest constructions in Switzerland are already situated in the Alpine region. The Zervreila dam just above Vals is over 150 metres high. Back then entire valleys were destroyed to supply the Swiss plateau with electricity. Now the opposite is the goal: unspoilt nature, Heidi-land kitsch….

Developments in the mountains are based on taste and cultural trends. So Remo Stoffel’s tower can’t just be disregarded, especially since, as we’re led to believe, the money for the construction project is there. If we had always stuck to our old views there would never have been an Eiffel Tower in Paris. The Alpine region needs freedom for the necessary economic stimulus, even if it doesn’t please everyone.”

Richard the Third Reburied in Leicester Cathedral

Richard-IIISource: BBC, March 26

The last English king to die in battle was killed at Bosworth Field in 1485, at the end of the Wars of the Roses….

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby, presided over the service with local senior clergy and representatives of world faiths….

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch, a distant relation of the king, read a poem by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy….

“From car park to cathedral…. Today we come to give this king, and these mortal remains the dignity and honour denied to them in death….”

The reburial has not been without controversy. Campaigners who petitioned for Richard III to be reburied in York have described the events in Leicester over the last week as a “pantomime.” While the Dean of York, the Very Reverend Vivienne Faull, was addressing the service in the Minster, about six people walked out in protest.

They described it as “Leicester-centric,” complaining the event should have been about Richard’s connections with Yorkshire rather than the East Midlands.