New Museum in NY. Opening Renovated Cooper Hewitt.

metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design, opened the renovated and restored Carnegie Mansion, on Friday, Dec. 12. The transformed museum opened on New York’s Museum Mile, it offer 60 percent more exhibition space to showcase one of the most diverse and comprehensive collections of design works in existence.

Ten inaugural exhibitions and installations, at the new Smithsonian Design Museum, many of which draw from the museum’s permanent collection of more than 210,000 objects that span 30 centuries, will feature more than 700 objects throughout four floors of the mansion. For the first time in the museum’s history, the entire second floor will be dedicated to showcasing the permanent collection through a variety of exhibitions.


Stereotank winner. 2015 Times Square Valentine Heart.

Times Square. [NYC] USA
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Design, Exhibitions
New York City will celebrate the opening of its seventh Valentine’s Day installation in Times Square. The Times Square Alliance along with the Architectural League of New York have announced the winner of the 2015 Times Square Valentine Heart Design. The interactive installation is scheduled to open for an entire month on February 9, and remain on view through March 8th.

As part of the annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design contest, the Brooklyn-based, Venezuelan-born firm Stereotank just came out as the winner with their entry: "HEARTBEAT," will be located at Father Duffy Square, between 46th and 47th Streets. This is in partnership with...


Exhibition Design for 'Building Culture' Vienna.

By heri&salli and miss_vdr architektur. BauKulturWien. [Vienna] Austria.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO
Architecture offices miss_vdr architektur and heri&salli carried out the exhibition design for 'Building Culture Wien'. This year's theme is 'Think your city differently' that takes place in Vienna until the end of this year 2014.

The design's main aim was to detach itself from the existing exhibition space, to unite the exhibition design and the information and, at the same time, suggest the added value of experienced space. Therefore, the exhibition design stands for content, image and material at the same time and it is planned to be reused in the future. The graphic design was carried out by Austrian art office zunder zwo.


MARINO take away. A tribute to the old taverns in a XXS space.

By MARTÍN LEJARRAGA. [Cartagena] Spain.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Being in the center of Cartagena, being a small fast food shop and having a hyper-tight budget are basically the parameters of this interesting intervention by the architect Martin Lejarraga. The result is surprising and interesting, because it is a brilliant proposal with few resources.

The spanish practiceMartín Lejarraga arquitectos designs a project leaning on wooden pallets recycled and disassembled, collaborating with friends like the artist Angel Charris and taking references from the port. A proposal awarded...


ARTFRIDAY: four renowned illustrators in Madrid.

Espacio Área, [MAD] Spain.
metalocus, ALEX DURO.
David Despau, Óscar Llorens, Carmen García Huerta and Gabriel Moreno present us their work within the ARTFRIDAY event in Madrid which will take place in the Espacio Área in Arenal St. A good opportunity to meet the more influential illustrators and take advantage of the discounts that they offer during the event.

Art fans have a unavoidable date this weekend in ARTFRIDAY Madrid, a unique place in which will shown the work of four spanish illustrators of first level: David Despau, Óscar Llorens, Carmen García Huerta and Gabriel Moreno, probably the most international illustrators of the spanish current outlook.

All of them have taken...


Kinematics Dress - 3D-printed gown in motion

[Somerville, MA] USA
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Nervous System have created the first dress with Kinematics, their 4D printing system for generating complex, foldable forms. The Museum of Modern Art has acquired the dress along with the software that created it for their permanent collection.

Nervous System's custom-fit dress is an intricately patterned structure of 2,279 unique triangular panels interconnected by 3,316 hinges, all 3D printed as a single piece in nylon. While each component is rigid, in aggregate, they behave as a continuous fabric allowing the dress to flexibly conform and fluidly flow in response to body movement.

Bodies are 3-...


Federico Babina proposed us a Times Square vision with ARCHIQUOTE.

metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Like advertisements in Las Vegas Federico Babina proposed us famous quotes as roadside advertisements or Times Square advertisements. From quotes as "Less is more" by Mies van der Rohe or "Form follows beauty" by Oscar Niemeyer are some of the architect quotes (famous or not) reimagined in this illustrations series by Italian graphic designer Federico Babina, based in Barcelona.

This new series by Federico Babina, Archiquote, are 13 quotes by some of the 20th century best known architects, from Alvar Aalto to Rem Koolhaas, and transforms them into colourful signposts remembering the Las Vegas' iconographic, the famous trip and book "Learning from las Vegas" by Robert Venturi, Dennis Scott Brown and...



LA METODOLOGIA DEL PROGETTO. Accademia di Brera. [MIL] Italy.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Antoni Muntadas will offer a comprehensive interpretation of his decades-long artistic trajectory, from the highly politicized environment of the 1970s to his most recent exhibitions. His work can be understood as an analysis of the linguistic and discursive mechanisms, which inform social experience.

Muntadas' artistic interventions have been extremely diverse, interviews, book production, archives, installations, direct intervention in public spaces both material and immaterial (the web). In the process he has always confronted power and its institutional expressions with the intention to deconstruct their hegemonic logic.

Moreover, one should keep in mind that he has always sought to analyze “the system” in...


[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 ...


2014 The RIBA President's Medals Student Awards

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...



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