11/04/2014

Holidays vs. Mapping the World's Most Photographed Locations.

Barcelona's third most photographed city in the world. Sightsmap.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Design, TECHNOLOGY
Broad patches of purple or dark areas coincide with a lesser amount of photographs, the red areas have more while smaller clusters of yellow areas have a large number of photos geotagged revealing the locations where people can't seem to put their cameras down. Unsurprisingly, the densest areas of yellow are the world's most popular tourist spots − including New York City and cities across Europe such as Barcelona or Istanbul. Sightsmap is more than just a map of tourist destinations however; it also shows the close connection between architecture and what inspires people to take photos.

The website Sightsmap reveals the most photographed places around the globe in a colorful gradient map of purples, reds, and yellows. The hottest places have markers linking photos, streetview, wikipedia, wikivoyage, foursquare and google plus articles about the site. The place names are selected by the wikipedia readership...

09/04/2014

David Chipperfield winner in Nobel Center competition.

Announcement of the winner of the Nobel Center architectural competition [Estocolmo] Sweden.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Under the direction of David Chipperfield and Christoph Felger, David Chipperfield Architects Berlin has won the competition for the design of the Nobel Center (‘Nobelhuset’ in Stockholm), an exhibition centre and events venue for the award that recognises advances in science and culture.

"We are extremely excited and honoured to have been selected to be the architects for the Nobel Center. We look forward to working together to develop a building that reflects both the values of the Nobel Prize and the high expectations of the citizens of Stockholm." says David Chipperfield...

09/04/2014

Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei Starring in 'Secret' Sci-Fi Film Shot in Beijing.

[VIDEO] kickstarter
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
Design, VIDEO, Recommendations
Directed by Jason Wishnow, former director of TED, the trailer for "The Sand Storm" shows a not very long movie, in fact, a short 10 minutes, has as starring the dissident artist Ai Weiwei and was shot in China in conditions of secrecy by government pressure.

Jason Wishnow, fresh off a stint as TED’s director of film and video, the Lower East Side filmmaker is set to complete his most daunting production yet: a 10-minute short in which Chinese artist-activist Ai Weiwei will make his acting debut.

The Sand Storm (沙尘暴)...

08/04/2014

Sofa ‘BOTAN’ by BENEDETTA TAGLIABUE.

[MIL] Italy.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Design
The architect Benedetta Tagliabue, continuing its foray into furniture design, has designed a new modular sofa in partnership with Passoni Nature, called "Botan".

Botan, meaning Peony in Japanese, has comfortable seating volume. Its components of wood and fabric are combined as the petals of this peony. A flower, the flower represents nature, the main thing that inspires products by Passoni Nature.

The fabrics are designed by combining similar tones and then piecing strips to play with art "figure-ground"...

08/04/2014

METALOCUS COMPETITION. "LOOKS. LIVING WITH PEOPLE".

METALOCUS Competition. [MAD]
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Spring is coming, which alters blood, and METALOCUS decided contribute to such alteration also, without losing the north, encouraging this new season: we raffle among our readers a collection of the brand new series "Masters" Arquia. What to do? then all bases.

How to participate?

You must send a picture about a house, (in the image must also be people, we want to see architecture and people , eg -. the image used in the presentation of this contest).

We will publish it in @ METALOCUS, our account "METALOCUS Twitter", with a hashtag # MetalocusMaestros with a serial number so you can easily...

02/04/2014

Water Balloon Room by Torafu

Gallery in The Shinjuku area [TOK] Japan.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Design
TORAFU ARCHITECTS has designed the "water balloon" site installation for the "Eco & Art Award 2014"exhibition held at the Konica Minolta Plaza Gallery and presented by Konica Minolta as a socio-cultural corporate initiative.

"water balloon" is the product of a collaboration with a glass artist and each light bulb is made by hand using glass recycled from fluorescent lamps. As a result, no two water balloons have the same shape. Moreover, the bubbles inside each unique shape help produce a distinctive ethereal light.

By bringing visitors to bathe in light emanating from the 36 "water...

31/03/2014

How Did Famous Creative People Spend Their Days?

Illustration.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
How do creatives – composers, painters, writers, scientists, philosophers – find the time to produce their opus? Anyone who does creative work knows how difficult it can be to structure your day to maximize productivity. Do you wake up and write immediately? Eat a hearty breakfast, go for a walk, and then get to painting? Do you set aside five hours before bed to compose, because that’s when you work best? Other questions arise beyond the work, too: How many hours of sleep do you need a night? How many cups of coffee should you drink per day?

Mason Currey investigated the rigid Daily Rituals that hundreds of creatives practiced in order to carve out time, every day, to work their craft. Some kept to the same disciplined regimen for...

30/03/2014

The Real World of Mad Men.

AMC. 13/04/2014
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
In anticipation of the last Mad Men season 7 (April 13 on US and April 14 on Canal Spain), and because today on AMC (US) is back Mad Men season 6 premiere, TIME brings to you a rare insider’s tour of the Time & Life Building in the 1960s.

The New York City's Time & Life Building, was located at 1271 Avenue of the Americas and designed by the Rockefeller family’s architects, Harrison & Abramowitz & Harris,  and first opened its doors in 1959, meaning that Don Draper were some of its earliest (fictional) occupants.

Today, six decades later,  much...

25/03/2014

1st: Google Glass Redesign by Isabelle Olsson. 2nd: partnership with Luxottica.

[VIDEOS] by Google.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
Design
Luxottica Group, a leader in the design, manufacture, distribution and sales of premium, luxury and sports eyewear and Google Inc., announce today they have agreed they will join forces to design, develop and distribute a new breed of eyewear for Glass.

Today’s announcement offers a far reaching strategic partnership between Luxottica and Google to work together across multiple efforts on the creation of innovative iconic wearable devices. Through this relationship, Luxottica and Google, who are setting the pace in their respective industries, will match up high-tech developers with fashion designers and eyewear professionals. In particular, the two Corporations will establish a team of experts...

24/03/2014

The Guggenheim Explores Futurism’s Many Facets.

Exhibition. Guggenheim New York Museum. [NYC] US.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
“Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe” is an stunning exhibition curated by Vivien Greene for the Guggenheim in New York. The exhibition has the unquestionable bonus of being extremely informative and equally inclusive, to encourage the US public to appreciate an often neglected avant-garde.

Italian Futurism was officially launched in 1909 when Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, an Italian intellectual, published his “Founding and Manifesto of Futurism” in the French newspaper Le Figaro. Marinetti’s continuous leadership ensured the movement’s cohesion for three and half decades, until his death in 1944.

To be a Futurist in the Italy of the...

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