17/12/2014

"Urbanismo ecológico". A multidisciplinar vision.

Book. Mohsen Mostafavi with Gareth Doherty. Ed. Gustavo Gili.
metalocus, ALEX DURO.
'Urbanismo ecológico' is a publication born at Harvard University and which main goal is to face ecological urbanism with a plural and multidisciplinar vision.

Urbanismo ecológico borns with the necessity of dealing with urbanism from an ecological approach as a practical and imaginative method to face the reality of the city, and constitute, therefor, a deliberate bet to settle definitely the "ecological urbanism" concept through the summary of a number of key texts about the matter.

Urbanismo ecológico gathers together different...

10/12/2014

La casa en la arquitectura moderna.

A reply to the housing question by Manuel Martín Hernández. Ed. Reverté. [Book only in Spanish]
metalocus, BRANLY PEREZ
Reverté publishing house presents the book «La casa en la arquitectura moderna. Respuesta a la cuestión de la vivienda» (“The house in the modern architecture. A reply to the housing question”), an attractive approach by Manuel Martín Hernández, who submits a meticulous review of the modern house: its real capabilities, importance and where its author means that the contemporary architects do not waste time inventing what is already invented.

This book is about the places of the domestic in the modernity; its aim is the readers interested in the architecture of the house, and in it, they are going to find answers to the question of the modern house existed or not.

After a short revision of a certain nineteenth-century history, the tasks...

04/12/2014

Del diagrama a las experiencias, hacia una arquitectura de acción

Ed. Gustavo Gili [Book only in Spanish]
metalocus, BRANLY PEREZ
Gustavo Gili publishes “Del diagrama a las experiencias, hacia una arquitectura de acción” (“From the diagram to the experiences, through action architecture”), an interesting proposal guided by Josep María Montaner that enriches the chores of the architecture in a theoretical-practical way using as tools: diagrams, experiences and actions.

At the present time, we are in a period of deep productive, social and moral principles change. In architecture, beyond the progress of the architectural illustration systems and the transformation of the constructive types, the need of renewing thoroughly the theory and the criticism is increasingly showed.

This book thinks about a theoretical practical refoundation of the architecture from the explicit linkage of three...

29/11/2014

400 MAGNUM images to discover PARIS

La Fabrica
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
La Fábrica published "Paris, Magnum", a walk through Paris from 1932-2014 through snapshots taken by photographers of Magnum. A full volume with about 400 images that reflect the life of the city in all its forms: intellectual, artistic, architectural, leisured, without forgetting the everyday, house brand Magnum Photographers.

[Book only in Spanish] Unas imágenes que revelan los cambios producidos en la ciudad a lo largo de estas décadas pero también su fuerte personalidad. De las 6000.000 imágenes de los archivos de Magnum Photos, las fotografías seleccionadas conforman un recorrido por la segunda mitad del siglo XX en la capital francesa, la preguerra y los primeros años del nuevo milenio.

El editor Eric Hazan, es el autor del prólogo Encuadres...

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28/11/2014

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...

27/11/2014

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...

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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