Open call for FAD 2015 AWARDS.

FAD 2015
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
[Only in Spanish] En unos días estará abierta la inscirpción de los premios. Los premios tiene su origen hacia 1955, cuando un grupo de jóvenes arquitectos españoles empezó a reintroducir la arquitectura moderna y contemporánea, e hizo lo posible por aprender y ponerse al día. Recogiendo el testigo de los antiguos Premios Anuales de Edificios Artísticos del Ayuntamiento de Barcelona, que galardonaron la arquitectura y los establecimientos comerciales barceloneses entre 1899 y 1930, el Fomento de las Artes Decorativas creó, en 1958, los Premios FAD de Arquitectura e Interiorismo, impulsados por el arquitecto Oriol Bohigas.

Recuerda que son dos convocatorias.-

-- ARQUINFAD convoca la 57a edición de los PREMIOS FAD. El ámbito de los premios es la península Ibérica y las islas. Pueden optar a los mismos las obras acabadas entre el uno de enero y el treinta y uno de diciembre de 2014.

El período para...


Lina Bo Bardi 100. Brazil’s Alternative Path to Modernism.

[Munich] Geramany. 14.11.2014 > 22.02.2015
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
On November 14th the exhibition "Lina Bo Bardi 100 - Brazil's Alternative Path to Modernism" was opened at the Museum of Architecture at the Technical University of Munich, [Architekturmuseum der Technischen Universität München], in Munich, Germany. The exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of the birth of this architect, whose figure was recovered late 90. The exhibition features original material unpublished until now. 'Lina Bo Bardi 100 - Brazil's Alternative Path to Modernism' is still the most important international review of the work that Lina Bo Bardi development throughout her life.

With her iconic architectural structures, furniture, exhibitions, and theories on architecture and design, Italian-born Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi created an outstanding body of work which has garnered increasing attention in recent years. Raised and educated in Italy, she played an important role in the development of modern architecture in Brazil. She...


'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,...


'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...


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-...


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.”



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...


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

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...


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...


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...



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