Los Angeles 2057. LUNAR.

[VIDEO] from Tyson Wade Johnston
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
An utopia nearby, by PRMRY (a group of young designers based in New York and Los Angeles). This short story shows the typical control, or safety on the big cities. Interesting vision of a city like Los Angeles, currently characterized by high dispersion and low density and presented here as a compactness city (typically dirty and neglected, in the Blade Runner tradition) and high density. Interesting the urban illustration.

Set in Los Angeles City, 2057, an outlaw is captured and sentenced to a lifetime of imprisonment on the LUNAR penitentiaries. To reunite with his family, he must become the first convict to escape the corrupt system and return to Earth.




Iris van Herpen overall winner Dutch Design Awards.

[EINDHOVEN] The netherlands.
metalocus, ÁNGELA SOLÍS.
Design, Prizes, Recommendations
Last weekend, the awards ceremony of the Dutch Design Awards took place in the Eindhoven Klokgebouw. The annual design awards were presented in the three main categories of Spatial, Communication and Product. Big winner is Iris van Herpen. With her Voltage collection, the young fashion designer was not only the winner in the subcategory Fashion, but she also carried off the prestigious Golden Eye.


By awarding the Golden Eye to Voltage, the tenmember jury, chaired by Frits van Hout (Executive Vice President ASML), expresses its great appreciation for designer Iris van Herpen’s innovative interpretation of the concept of fashion. The jury shows itself impressed by the designer’s interdisciplinary approach and praises her cooperative efforts. "...


Aberrations, dreamlike representation of architecture.

By Jim Kazanjian.
metalocus, ROBERTO ALIA
Artist Jim Kazanjian uses photocomposition to generate a series of realistic images which represent buildings which are sublime in some way, made out of a purely fantastic architectural imaginary.

In 1882, Huysmans wrote to his mentor, Emile Zola, to announce that his upcoming book, À rebours, would be a "wild and gloomy fantasy", rejecting naturalism principles in the contemporary novel. Jim Kazanjian compares À rebours and his own work, which is somehow wild and gloomy as well. Aberrations is influenced by fiction literature of H.P. Lovecraft and Algernon Blackwood, elaborating a pictorial universe...


DO IT TOGETHER, a project by Husos.

[VIDEO] By Miguel de Guzmán. [MAD] Spain.
metalocus, ÁNGELA SOLÍS.
In Matadero you can enjoy this Modular system made of cardboard and Velcro for multiple tangible and intangible community self-construction processes.

Memory of project.

““Do It Together” is a modular, self-assembly masonry system made of cardboard and Velcro that was designed by Husos. The aim was to have a space that can be determined and gradually built first, by the community of artists participating in the artistic project...


Harald F. Müller. First Cuts.

Book. Lars Müller Publishers.
metalocus, ÁNGELA SOLÍS.
Harald F. Müller prints images on perforated sheets of metal on the interior walls of Zurich's Prime Tower, the photographs include Constructivists works , modernist and the latest scientific research.

Independent and reflective, this artist book is a new take on the design principles of First Cuts by the artist Harald F. Müller. It presents 15 photographic appropriations by Müller that have been installed at Zurich's Prime Tower, the tallest building in Switzerland, realized by the architects Gigon/Guyer. The photographs deal with pioneering technical, sporting and cultural achievements that created new...


9 flats renovation in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona.

By Miralles Tagliabue EMBT. [BCN] Spain.
metalocus, ÁNGELA SOLÍS.
Nobody knows better than Benedetta reflect the passage of time renovating buildings, making places to live full of personality.

Memory of the project.

A repair made with grace.9 flats in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona.

In a residential building, located in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, the installation of an elevator allows easy renewal of existing floors...


SolarLeaf, the bioreactor façade by ARUP.

[VIDEO] By arupgroup. [Hamburg] Germany.
metalocus, ALEX DURO.
This new proposal by ARUP consists in a bioreactor façade which, through the CO2 and the daylight, seeks to generate a heating system, hot water, and biomass, a raw material really useful in energetic terms. The project has as goal the compliance of the standard of zero energy houses which will be obligatory in Germany and other European countries from 2020.

This new system is applicable to new buildings and to existing buildings and the procedure consists on turn light into biomass and heat.

Project concept. Image © courtesy of ARUP.



IDNA – spatial storytelling

[VIDEO] from apelab - Emilie Tappolet
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
IDNA is a project presented at the Tokyo Game Show 2013 and X Media Lab Switzerland, and developed at HEAD-Geneva. IDNA by Sylvain Joly (from apelab) is the first story deployed on their spatial storytelling prototype.

Each scene of this story is designed on 360 degrees, so that you can explore it whenever you want through the story. This is done simply by turning the iPad around you, thanks to the built in gyroscope. The story has branches: according to the user’s focus on certain angles or characters, the film may take a different path. The idea is to bring the viewer to follow the story according to its sensitivity and its affects to a particular character or a...



By Arata Isozaki and Anish Kapoor. [Matsushima] Japan.
metalocus, ÁNGELA SOLÍS.
ARK NOVA is a inflatable pink ball for concerts, shows, exhibitions... A project designed by Arata Isozaki and Anish Kapoor, to bring hope to regions afflicted by the earthquake and tsunami that occurred in in East Japan.

Memory of the project.

Two years have passed since the unforgettable earthquake and tsunami occurred in East Japan. As time goes by and the momentum for support of reconstruction wanes, LUCERNE FESTIVAL one of Europe’s leading music...


Vesa Sammalisto, Illustrator.

Cities covers and illustration works.
metalocus, LAURA CANTO.
Metalocus uncovers the illustrator Vesa Metalocus Sammalisto, a fetish of maps, transports, buildings and everything that may appear in them. You might not missed part of his work, great illustrations that are sight readers could not miss!

Today I wanted to make known the works of Vesa Sammalisto. I advise you to spend your time and look over on some of his best artwork and judge yourselves.

"I´m a Finnish illustrator. I recently moved back to Helsinki. For a while I lived in Berlin, loved the city but still felt Helsinki was more home to me. Helsinki has an international atmosphere yet...



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