18/11/2014

'Sobre la organización del espacio', by Fernando Távora.

Libro. UPV Editorial.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO
'Da Organização do Espaço' is an essential book by Portuguese architect Fernando Távora, a key figure in what is known as the School of Porto. The text - translated into Spanish by UPV Technical University of Valencia – is a must-read for all of those who approach the complex world of architecture for the first time but also for those who wish to know more about Távora’s thoughts and ideas.

'Da Organização do Espaço' by Fernando Távora (1923-2005) is aimed at those who are new to the world of architecture and has been a compulsory reading at the School of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Porto since it was first printed in 1982.

Távora studies in this book,...

17/11/2014

'Acerca de la ciudad', four texts by Rem Koolhaas together in one volume.

Book. Editorial GG. [Book only in Spanish]
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO
'Acerca de la ciudad' is the new book published by Gustavo Gili which brings together essential texts by architect Rem Koolhaas. All four texts in this book share one common main topic, the city, urbanism.

It is not the first time that Koolhaas writes about this issue, already in 1978 he published his fundamental text Delirious New York, a retroactive manifesto for the grand world capital as a deposit of architectural findings, statements, conceptual strategies or architectural types ready to be taken and applied elsewhere.

As the editor explains, "the purpose of this...

12/11/2014

Life in the woods.

Creative cabin architecture.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Ever since Henry David Thoreau’s described his two years, two months, and two days of cabin existence at Walden Pond, Massachusetts in Walden, or, Life in the Woods (1854), the idea of a refuge dwelling has seduced the modern psyche. In the past decade, as our material existence and environmental footprint has grown exponentially, architects around the globe have become particularly interested in the possibilities of the minimal, low-impact, and isolated abode.

This new TASCHEN title, combining insightful text, rich photography and bright, contemporary illustrations by Marie-Laure Cruschi, explores how this particular architectural type presents special opportunities for creative thinking. In eschewing excess, the cabin limits actual spatial intrusion to the bare essentials of living requirements, while in responding to its typically rustic setting, it foregrounds eco-...

30/10/2014

MAS Context, 23 / ORDINARY. Fall 14.

MAS Context. 23 Issue, Fall 14.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
Mas Context presents ORDINARY, the twenty-third issue of this great quarterly publication. This issue seeks to explore the value of commonness and the everyday environment. It focuses on those elements that go unnoticed or that we take for granted, from buildings and objects to experiences and traditions. We look at the ordinary elements of life that are worth rediscovering and celebrating, as well as look ahead to what will become ordinary in the future.

So to present this issue, and because a few days ago I visited Chicago and Iker, I think it is best leave you with text and images of the first article.

“It’s truly a common man marvels at uncommon things and a wise man marvels at the commonplace.”

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23/10/2014

Marcel Duchamp and the Architecture of Desire.

Book. By Penelope Haralambidou. Bartlett. [LON] UK.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO.
'Marcel Duchamp and the Architecture of Desire' is the result of a research project by architect, researcher and lecturer Penelope Haralambidou. She examines the link between architectural thinking and Duchamp's work using the tools of the architect - design, drawing and making. Through three main themes - allegory, visuality and desire - the book sets out an different drawing practice between art and architecture that leads us up to Duchamp.

While much has been written on Marcel Duchamp - one of the twentieth century's most beguiling artists - the subject of his flirtation with architecture seems to have been largely overlooked. Yet, in the carefully arranged plans and sections organising the blueprint of desire in the Large Glass, his numerous pieces replicating architectural fragments, and his involvement in designing exhibitions, Duchamp's fascination...

10/10/2014

The Aesthetics of Mimesis by Enric Llorach. (2nd PART)

FIRST PART WAS PUBLISHED on 09.10.2014.
metalocus, ENRIC LLORACH
This article was divided in two by its author. The first part was published last October 3, 2014, below the link.

Cuerpo y paisaje

On 17 September 1979, Andrei Tarkovsky returned to Russia after filming a documentary called Voyage in Time (Tempo di viaggio). Shortly after his return, on 5 October, his mother, Maria Ivanovna, passed away. The filmmaker was also fully aware that his return would be short-lived and soon his native land would be inaccessible to him as his...

09/10/2014

The Aesthetics of Mimesis by Enric Llorach. (PART 1)

Photographic montage.- Enric Llorach. SECOND PART > 10.10.2014
metalocus, ENRIC LLORACH
In aesthetics, the concepts of imitation and mimesis have always been essential in attempts to elucidate the processes that come into play in artistic expression. Of Greek origin, mimesis is an elusive philosophical term which has carried various interpretations throughout the centuries.

In its classical conception and according to the dictionary definition, mimesis is the “imitative representation of the real world” as the essential aim of art. Plato viewed the mimetic world as inherently subordinate to its original or its idealization, whereas Aristotle already deemed mimesis as a tool through which we interpret reality. Much later during the Enlightenment, mimesis was again scorned as...

26/09/2014

Havana. Autos and Architecture.

Ivorypress [VIDEO] from Ivorypress.
metalocus, ÁNGEL BLANCO.
Ivorypress presents the book Havana Autos & Architecture by Norman Foster and Mauricio Vicent. This new publication, which is part of the Ivorypress Architecture series, emerged as a result of architect Norman Foster’s trips to Havana over the past ten years.

Norman Foster's visits to Havana over the past ten years have enabled him to meet a variety of Cuban artists and architects. Inspired by his travels, 'Havana. Autos and Architecture' features historic and current photographs that allow the reader to marvel over Cuba's love affair with classic cars. In it, Mauricio Vicent...

10/09/2014

Book Release. Fairy Tales: When Architecture Tells a Story.

Book. Blank Space.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO
Blank Space releases first edition of “Fairy Tales: When Architecture Tells A Story” an unexpected, captivating anthology of “architectural fairy tales” written and illustrated by designers from all over the world. METALOCUS sponsored this fantastic competition, which had excellent results.

The 24 stories presented in the book were hand-picked from a pool of over 300 submissions to the inaugural Fairy Tales competition organized by Blank Space, an online platform for architecture based in New York City. The competition challenged entrants to develop visionary, narrative-based design...

09/09/2014

From the passive house to Passivhaus standards. Passive Architecture in warm climates.

Micheel Wassoulf. Ed. Gustavo Gili.
metalocus, BELEN CALLEJO
Gustavo Gili presents the new book Passivhaus, a new volume of Micheel Wassouf, which shows the concept of "passive architecture". Besides, this volume explains the Passivhaus standard and explores its application within the territories of warm climates.

Gustavo Gili. Even though the concept of "passive house" dates back to the 1970s, it was not until the creation of Passivhaus (standard German origin energy optimization for construction of homes) when this practice of sustainable architecture became to adulthood. Since the first Passivhaus building was built in Germany in the early 1990s, the Passivhaus...

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