Map Showing Cheapest and Most Expensive Living Costs Around the World.

metalocus, ÁNGEL BLANCO.
This map shows the difference in living costs around the world using figures from the world's largest database of user contributed data about cities and countries worldwide. The Consumer Price Index, used to determine the difference in the living costs between countries takes into account the prices of groceries, transportation, restaurants and utilities.

The top five cheapest countries are: India, Nepal, Pakistan, Tunisia, and Algeria.

The most expensive countries are: Switzerland, Norway, Venezuela, Iceland, and Denmark.

The CPI in the infographic is a relative indicator of a country's living costs compared to New York...


Prada's The Infinite Palace by OMA.

FW 2015 Men’s and Women’s [MIL] Italy.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
AMO [ the research branch of rem koolhaas’ OMA] has designed for Milan’s Men’s and Woman's Fashion Week 2015. AMO has created a new catwalk-showroom space entitled the ‘infinite palace’. Designed for luxury fashion house Prada, the runway extends through a enfilade of connected rooms that gradually shift in size and proportion, according its authors the design of these spaces allows a series of more intimate moments.

The interiors of Infinite Palace, designed by AMO, are clad with a blue and black marble effect, transforming the volume into a disorienting three-dimensional landscape. The floor is lined with geometric aluminum inserts that provide a sense of continual movement and delineating the spatial configuration in this performance space for...


Takaya and his vegetal headpieces

[VÍDEO] de [VIDEO] from Hanayuishi Takaya
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Art, Design
Japanese artist Takaya proposes headpieces with raw vegetables and flowers.

The artist affixes this unusual form of decoration using clusters of plants, just like a florist would arrange a bunch of flowers, before pruning them with hairdressing scissors.

The designer has also created a range of headdresses specifically for men, which includes a hat of large purple petals from different plant species and a headpiece made from dried twigs, grasses and...


Lamp Awards 2015. Take part!

until 31.01.2015
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
You have until January 31 to register for the 2015 Lamp Awards. Light is a fundamental element of life and a key aspect of any architectural project. Prizes will be awarded to projects that have successfully met the architectural lighting needs of an indoor or outdoor space, having created a positive synergy between architecture, interior design, landscaping and lighting. The Lamp Lighting Solutions Awards value the creativity, innovation and sustainability of lighting projects, regardless of the manufacturer or the brand of lights used in the project.

Download the contest rules in pdf here or read them below


1. ARCHITECTURAL OUTDOOR LIGHTING: lighting projects for outdoor illumination such as: facades, sport facilities, monuments, canopies,...


Three Kings Factory at Barcelona.

[BCN] Spain.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Over the days leading up to Epiphany on January 6, Fabra i Coats will host the Three Kings Factory and Warehouse.

At this event, organised here for the third time, visitors to the art factory will be able to see how the Kings’ assistants work to ensure that all the presents are ready for distribution on Twelfth Night. Throughout the period, the high windows on all three floors in the façade giving access to the art factory will be...


Merry Christmas and happy holidays from METALOCUS

Design, Recommendations
Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all our readers! Here's a selection of Christmas cards (and gifs) we've received this year. (This is just a small selection, at Year End we will draw a new series, thank you all).

It’s becoming a yearly tradition for us to share the greetings we received on METALOCUS. We have received dozens of well wishes from architects, designers, schools in all corners of globe.



Blue Moon. Christmas Lights Gran Via Madrid 2014-2015

Gran Vía [MAD] Spain.
metalocus, PEDRO NAVARRO
Art, Design
The installation, called Moon, was designed specifically for Gran Via by commission of the City of Madrid. It consists of 31 different light motives that, as a whole, acts like a flip book at urban scale of 31 images.

Again, repeat a agreat decoration of Christmas Lights in Madrid with Brut Deluxe and photos by Miguel de Guzman.


Archiculture: a documentary film that explores the architectural studio

[VIDEO] from Arbuckle Industries
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
After a lot of screenings, with 130 private screenings in 26 countries, you can already see the world premiere of Archiculture. The 25-minute documentary presenting a vision of education based on design workshop, following the experience of five architecture students through their final thesis at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

Archiculture takes a thoughtful, yet critical look at the architectural studio.

The 25-minute film offers a unique glimpse into the world of studio-based, design education through the eyes of a group of students finishing their final design projects. Interviews with leading professionals, historians and educators (Ken Frampton, Shigeru Ban and Thom Mayne) help...


New Museum in NY. Opening Renovated Cooper Hewitt.

metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design, opened the renovated and restored Carnegie Mansion, on Friday, Dec. 12. The transformed museum opened on New York’s Museum Mile, it offer 60 percent more exhibition space to showcase one of the most diverse and comprehensive collections of design works in existence.

Ten inaugural exhibitions and installations, at the new Smithsonian Design Museum, many of which draw from the museum’s permanent collection of more than 210,000 objects that span 30 centuries, will feature more than 700 objects throughout four floors of the mansion. For the first time in the museum’s history, the entire second floor will be dedicated to showcasing the permanent collection through a variety of exhibitions.


Stereotank winner. 2015 Times Square Valentine Heart.

Times Square. [NYC] USA
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Design, Exhibitions
New York City will celebrate the opening of its seventh Valentine’s Day installation in Times Square. The Times Square Alliance along with the Architectural League of New York have announced the winner of the 2015 Times Square Valentine Heart Design. The interactive installation is scheduled to open for an entire month on February 9, and remain on view through March 8th.

As part of the annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design contest, the Brooklyn-based, Venezuelan-born firm Stereotank just came out as the winner with their entry: "HEARTBEAT," will be located at Father Duffy Square, between 46th and 47th Streets. This is in partnership with...



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