Published on January 27th, 2011 | by Jennifer Shockley


The Ark: Hotel Concept of the Future

A futuristic hotel that can survive natural disasters and provide a healthy environment for its inhabitants is the idea behind Alexander Remizov’s “The Ark.”  Remizov wrote,

“The Ark project was designed on the basis of international experience received from the UIA Work Program “Architecture for Disasters Relief” and according to the concept of a bioclimatic house with independent life support sources. In such buildings provision is made for an independent life support system including elements ensuring a closed functioning cycle.”

The important aspects that the building holds in case of an emergency are:

  • It can be assembled quickly, 3-4 months
  • It can be designed to withstand earthquakes
  • It can float
  • It is entirely self-sustainable
  • It can be built to house between 50 – 10,000 people

Remizov’s schematic designs call for a hotel and site area to have a total area of 14,000 square meters.  The building itself, in his conceptual plans, is to have a floor area of 2,900 square meters.  It is built of timber arches and steel ropes, enclosed in a foil called Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE).  ETFE is a self-cleaning and recyclable polymer used in place of glass and plastic in modern commercial architecture.  Compared to glass, ETFE is:

  • More economic, costing 40-70% less to install
  • More transparent
  • A better insulator
  • Only 1/100 the weight of glass

The ETFE will be attached to the framework by metal profiles that will also act as solar panels, rainwater collectors and thermal heaters.  Other sustainable attributes that “The Ark” will house are wind-powered generators, a central tornado generator, planted internal greenery and wastes that will be utilized inside by methods of explosion boiling and oxygen-free pyrolysis. 

If global warming truly melts the ice caps, if 2012 brings about unrivaled natural disasters, or if the future just needs a fancy self-sustainable hotel-resort concept, Remizov’s “Ark” could very well be the answer to all of these predicted future occurrences.


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Article idea obtained from Dante Reyes.

Child-Tax Credit Change Leads to Confusion, Preparers in Lakeland, Fla., Say.

Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News March 7, 2004 By Adrian Zawada, The Ledger, Lakeland, Fla. Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Mar. 7–LAKELAND, Fla. — A pretty check that Uncle Sam mailed last summer is causing a bit of confusion as taxpayers file their federal income tax returns this season, local preparers said. here child tax credit 2012

Tax-paying parents received a check worth up to $400 per child in August as part of an advanced payment for a higher child-tax credit. President Bush signed an increase to $1,000 per child for the 2003 tax year, from $600 per child in 2002, as part of the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act passed by Congress.

The government advanced the credit ahead of the current tax filing season to the delight of many tax-paying parents, but unfortunately, they forgot to make note of it in their tax records, said Lisa Smith, franchise manager for Jackson Hewitt’s six Polk County offices.

“Most have forgotten whether they received the advance or even how much they received,” Smith said. “The Internal Revenue Service did a good job sending letters telling taxpayers you need to keep those records for tax returns, but most people didn’t keep them.” As a result, tax-paying parents may mistakenly claim too much of the credit when filing or miss out on the additional child-tax credit they’re due. Many taxpayers have sought professional services to help sort out the credit.

Whether a parent received a $400 advance or a lower amount depended on taxable income, filing status and number of children, said Bridget Ellerbe, the director of H&R Block Premium in Lakeland.

The difference between $1,000 and the advance payment is how much credit the taxpayer will receive when filing.

The child tax credit is nonrefundable, which means a taxpayer can only benefit from it to the point that it reduces tax liability to zero. Some may qualify for the additional child tax credit, which is refundable.

The government based the advance on a taxpayer’s 2002 return, which has also been a source of confusion, Smith said. site child tax credit 2012

If a child was born in 2003, then the taxpayer couldn’t have received an advance c heck and can instead receive the full $1,000 credit after filing during the official tax season, she said.

Last year’s child tax credit advance brought flashbacks of the rate-reduction credit the government advanced ahead of filing season two years ago.

Taxpayers who didn’t receive a check, or got less than the full amount, were supposed to indicate that on an additional line on the 2002 1040 forms. Some left the line blank when they shouldn’t have, while others who received the full rebate check wrote it in.

The child tax credit will remain $1,000 per child for 2004, decline to $700 between 2005 and 2008, and then increase to $800 in 2009 and $1,000 in 2010.

“Anytime the IRS makes changes in the law that are not consistent year-to-year makes it difficult for people to do their own returns, and it brings good business to us,” Ellerbe said. “This year has been an exciting year.”

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Jennifer is originally from Colorado and has recently moved back from Michigan. She is finishing up her Master’s degree in Architecture. She is currently focusing on urban planning and sustainable design and hopes to gain employment at a design firm specializing in these areas. Jennifer also has writing experience serving as an editor for her school newspaper and college magazine. Jennifer has two cats named Prada and Dior-aptly named after her shoe obsession. You can follow Jennifer on twitter @jenshock81.

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