07/12/2014

[VIDEO] Lina Bo Bardi 100. Brazil’s Alternative Path to Modernism. [II]

[VIDEO] de Precise Poetry. PRECISE POETRY / Lina Bo Bardi's Architecture.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
A film about famous Italian-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi, who created poetry through architectural precision. Told in a series of interviews in Portuguese with English subtitles on the eve of her 100th birthday, Bo Bardi's colleagues and friends recount the sociopolitical constraints and personal events that would lead to the timelessness of her work.

This cinematic journey through her most important architectural projects in São Paulo and Salvador da Bahia poses the question of what remains of a person in the work they leave behind.

Following the 100th anniversary of Lina Bo Bardi’s birth there are a lot of current exhibitions (among them, see ...

06/12/2014

2014 The RIBA President's Medals Student Awards

RIBA [LON] UK
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) announced the 2014 winners of the prestigious President's Medals Student Architecture Awards this week in a ceremony in London. First awarded in 1836 as the RIBA Silver Medal for an architectural essay (and awarded from 1855 to ‘Measured Drawings’ produced by a talented graduate), this is the RIBA’s oldest award (preceding the Royal Gold Medal, which was established in 1848).

The current format of the awards dates back to 1984, when the Institute created a Bronze Medal to reward design work produced during Part 1 while the Silver Medal was awarded for work produced at Part 2. In 2001, a Dissertation Medal was added to replace the Dissertation Certificate. Since its early days, the aim of the awards has been to promote excellence in the study of architecture, to reward...

04/12/2014

Timeframing: The Art of Comics on Screens

Space Into Game, Time Into Book: What Comics and Screens Do Together
metalocus, Alberto Martínez García.
Erik Loyer is a seasoned media artist and creative director who has spent the last several years thinking about the implications of screens on comics. Since 2008 he has been releasing innovative iOS experiments under the Opertoon imprint including the interactive comics Upgrade Soul and Ruben & Lullaby. Erik just launched Timeframing: The Art of Comics on Screens, a really authoritative and in-depth examination of how comics and screens can work together.

A comic on a screen is a curious and confounding thing, but after years of experimentation, tropes and techniques are beginning to emerge that embrace the medium for what it is. The video by Erik Loyer is great, but dig into Loyer’s written analysis as it is a compelling examination of...

01/12/2014

Ganadores de los XIII Premios Cerámica de ASCER.

ASCER 2014
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
El jurado de los Premios Cerámica de Arquitectura e Interiorismo, presidido por el arquitecto Emilio Tuñón celebró el pasado 26 de noviembre en Castellón la reunión para fallar la decimotercera edición de estos Premios. Las dos principales categorías de los Premios Cerámica son Arquitectura e Interiorismo, con una dotación de 17.000€ cada una. También se convoca un concurso de Proyectos Fin de Carrera dirigido a estudiantes de Arquitectura, dotado con 5.000 €.

En la categoría de arquitectura, ha resultado vencedora una vivienda rehabilitada en el casco antiguo de Lisboa. Destacar que las dos menciones de honor en la categoría de arquitectura, así como las otras dos obras finalistas en la categoría son también viviendas unifamiliares. En la categoría de interiorismo ha obtenido el primer premio una restauración de un edificio histórico de Betxí (Castellón). También se han concedido dos menciones de honor: una magnífica...

28/11/2014

Eero Saarinen’s Gateway Arch in Black and White.

The New Yorker
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
Next week’s New Yorker cover depicts the Gateway Arch in St. Louis as half white, half black and broken in two.

With its next cover (8 Dec 2014), The New Yorker is addressing the tragic unrest in Ferguson following a...

27/11/2014

KURT SCHWITTERS. Avant-Garde and Advertising

[Cuenca] Spain. 22.10.2014 > 15.02.2015
metalocus, ÁNGEL BLANCO.
The exhibition Kurt Schwitters. Avant-Garde and Advertising seeks to highlight jointly what at first glance would appear to be two divergent aspects of the work of Kurt Schwitters (1887–1948), one of the foremost figures of the European avant-garde in the last century: on the one hand, his collages—a technique of which he was a true master, along with Picasso, Hans Arp, László Moholy-Nagy and Hannah Höch—and, on the other, his graphic design, a facet of his legacy that is much less familiar to the general public. To this end, the exhibition presents several of his celebrated collages from the period spanning the 1920s and the 1940s alongside an uninterrupted string of his work in graphic design and typography, with numerous and varied examples, ranging from books, posters, advertising pamphlets, magazines, ads for the press, letterheads, and printed matter for banks and businesses or for the post.

The array of pieces presented here includes ten collages executed between 1922 and 1947 and nearly a hundred printed items, all of which are on loan from private collections in Spain and abroad. This selection serves to reveal Schwitters' work as a corpus of art as full of contrasts as it is meaningful. To begin with, we encounter examples of work that can be described as "artistically pure": his collages and, in general, the entire universe of...

25/11/2014

Villa Savoye Series. And more...

By Modernité Noire.
metalocus, ALEX DURO.
Today we introduce another way of seeing, and perhaps one of the very few that remain, the well-known Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye. This time Modernité Noire, through a series of bronze sculptures, carries out a critical review of the designs that Le Corbusier did in the 20s. Unique pieces whose implementation has been carried out by Enric Llorach and Roger Guillem.

Modernité Noire presents an outstanding collection of hand-crafted sculptures that both venerate and critically examine Le Corbusier’s designs from the 1920s. Cast in various metals, the collection consists of a limited series (20 iron and 20 bronze) of the architect’s most emblematic villas from his Purist period....

20/11/2014

The "average" architects' salary in the world.

metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
The following infographic was sent us by José García from Sección magazine, in it you can see the average salary for architects around the world, below you can click on the image to enlarge it. We find it interesting, but as always we emphasize that it is an average rate and in many cases things can be worse for most.

Below, we bring his comment.-

One of the important factors, though not the only one to consider for an architect who intends to emigrate, is the wage, in general, there is much discrepancy between the average wages that architects are getting for their work in the world, if it is true that in the countries of the northern half, these differences are minor and significantly higher than in the southern half...

18/11/2014

New border, new pier by Thomas Heatherwick in New York's Hudson River.

[NYC] USA
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Architecture, Design
In Manhattan the public and private enterprises try find new places of opportunity. Mostly this means going to Brooklyn, but the real estate blitz has begun extending to areas that are not yet so real: the rivers that surround the city.

Replacing the deteriorated Pier 54, the new “Pier55” would be a bold addition to the Manhattan waterfront — a $170 million, futuristic park built atop an undulating platform 186 feet off the Hudson River shoreline with a series of wooded nooks and three performance venues, including an amphitheater, and acting as a marine sanctuary for striped bass and guard the city against storms.

The offshore park near...

18/11/2014

Prouvé's Demountable House to be shown in China for the first time.

[Shanghai] China.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA, SARA REBOLLO.
Swiss luxury brand Bally's travelling exhibit will make its final stop at Design Shanghai at the end of its year-long world tour. An installation featuring Jean Prouvé’s newly restored Demountable House and Bally’s collection of furniture by Swiss architect Pierre Jeanneret will be seen for the first time in Asia.

Designed in 1944, Prouvé’s Demountable House was originally created as an emergency shelter for the displaced inhabitants of the Lorraine region of France during WWII. When Swiss luxury brand Bally acquired this rare work, it was very damaged and in need of repair....

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