Sustainable design: a Passiv retrofit (Design & Build Review)

A 19th century mews house in Chelsea, UK, has recently become one of only a handful of PassivHaus properties in the country, thanks to a retrofit by Cadogan. Frances Marcellin speaks to the company to discover the challenges of such a retrofit and how the project was achieved Continue reading Sustainable design: a Passiv retrofit (Design & Build Review)

Chocolate & crêpes: creating Jean-Philippe Maury’s world-class treats on board MSC Meraviglia (Future Cruise)

What happens when a world-class chef is asked to create his unique chocolate and patisserie range on board one of the most advanced ships in the world? Frances Marcellin finds out how patisserie champion Jean-Philippe Maury brought his culinary vision to the MSC Meraviglia. Continue reading Chocolate & crêpes: creating Jean-Philippe Maury’s world-class treats on board MSC Meraviglia (Future Cruise)

One Sea: the global future for autonomous marine transport? (Ship Technology)

The One Sea ecosystem intends to achieve commercial autonomous maritime traffic by 2025. Frances Marcellin takes a closer look at this ambitious plan, as well as some of its achievements to date and challenges ahead. The future of autonomous shipping could be in hands of One Sea, the brand name given to a global ecosystem that is developing autonomous marine transport. The idea was developed … Continue reading One Sea: the global future for autonomous marine transport? (Ship Technology)

Vessels for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises are designed for cruises in the Arctic, Antarctica and Amazon. They are 138m long, can accommodate 240 passengers.

Offshore shipbuilders turn to cruise to stay afloat in the downturn (Ship Technology)

Specialist shipbuilders are feeling the squeeze from the offshore industry’s downturn, with low oil prices resulting in stalled projects and cancelled orders. This has prompted some companies to expand into the cruise sector. But what are they offering the cruise industry and can they successfully make the transition? Frances Marcellin reports. As the offshore shipbuilding industry continues to deal with a depressed market, caused by … Continue reading Offshore shipbuilders turn to cruise to stay afloat in the downturn (Ship Technology)

The technology transforming baggage handling (AIR Magazine)

As the number of air passengers increases, airports and airlines are investing in baggage handling technology to improve the passenger experience, airport operations and their bottom lines. Frances Marcellin looks at some of the ways that technology is helping to refine this crucial process around the world. Almost 4 billion passengers will fly in 2017, which, for baggage handling systems around the world, means accounting … Continue reading The technology transforming baggage handling (AIR Magazine)

Train on famous landwasser Viaduct bridge. Photo: gevision/Bigstock.com

TopRail: promoting sustainable rail tourism (Future Rail)

Can rail travel be re-visited as a means of sustainable tourism? The International Union of Railways has launched TopRail to raise awareness of cruise and heritage railways, and scenic train routes around the world. With a series of workshops underway as part of the UN’s International Year of Sustainable Tourism, Frances Marcellin talks to TopRail about how these sessions will help promote rail travel. With … Continue reading TopRail: promoting sustainable rail tourism (Future Rail)

Work, live, play, grow – beyond the modern office (Design & Build Review magazine)

Co-working spaces aren’t that new, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be innovative. Frances Marcellin speaks to CL3, the architects behind the Gaysorn II office development in Bangkok, Thailand, to find out what its “work, live, play, grow” concept means in reality. Since co-working was introduced in 2005, independent workers’ passion for sharing common, productive spaces has driven the concept into the mainstream market. Now … Continue reading Work, live, play, grow – beyond the modern office (Design & Build Review magazine)