IUCN Conservation Centre, by AgpsArchitecture.

[Gland] Switzerland.
metalocus, BELÉN CALLEJO.
The headquarters for the "International Union for Conservation of Nature" (IUCN) in Gland is setting a benchmark in sustainable construction. The objective is to minimize the use of material and technology while maximizing the quality of the working environment and the building’s energy performance. The proposed architecture points to an understanding of what sustainable construction can accomplish in terms of energy and material using photovoltaic, controlled ventilation and storm water management, as well as recycled products, and local materials.

Description of the project by AgpsArchitecture.

The headquarters for the...


Biennales and controversies. Not everything began in 2014.

Venice Biennale.
As a form of futuristic flashes of what was exposed 34 years ago, the images of "Elements of Architecture", one of the exhibitions of the Venice 2014 Biennale entitled "Fundamentals" and curated by Rem Koolhaas, inevitably invite people to establish a relationship with the Venice 1980 Biennale, the first Biennale of Architecture.

It was in 2010, in the Biennale curated by Kazuyo Sejima, when Rem Koolhaas referred to the 1980 Biennale during his exhibition "Cronocaos", which established a deep debate about conservation vs. demolition of Modern Architecture.

“Let's start from the beginning”,(01) said Hans Ulrich Obrist to Rem Koolhaas in his...


Welcome to Museo del Prado.

[VÍDEO] Museo del Prado. [MADRID] Spain.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
The Museo del Prado is one of the most important cultural institutions around the world. Today, they have released this promotional video. It is worth spending a few minutes!!

Everything you can imagine is real.

Pablo Picasso.

The music vídeo promoting the Museum is by Philippe Rombi, from movie "Dans la maison".

The building that today houses the Museo Nacional del Prado was designed by architect Juan de Villanueva in 1785. It was constructed to house...


Henri Cartier-Bresson's Photography.

Exhibition. Fundación Mapfre. [MAD] Spain. Until 7th Sept. 2014.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO
Henri Cartier-Bresson's excellent photographs can be seen in Madrid until the 7th of September 2014 at Fundación Mapfre exhibition hall. The show covers this great photographer's long and brilliant career.

This is the first major retrospective exhibition to be held in Europe since the artist's death in August 2004 and displays over five hundred photographs in addition to drawings, paintings, films and documents that cover over seventy years of one of the most important figures of modern times.

The exhibition has been organized by the Centre Pompidou de Paris, in...


100 años con Alejandro de la Sota.

La SEDE. COAM [MAD] Opening, 17.07.2014
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
On Thursday, the COAM Foundation opens exhibition "100 years with Alejandro de la Sota," on an extensive tour that takes place in life and the most important works of the architect's career.

The exhibition places particular emphasis on the seven most representative works of different stages of his production:
•    Pueblo de Esquivel, Seville (1952-1963)
•    Gobierno Civil, Tarragona (1957-1962)
•  ...


International Competition BIA Urban Regeneration Forum in Bilbao.

“Cantalojas Railway Cutting” [BIL] España.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
The BIA Urban Regeneration Forum is announcing the first edition of the International Ideas Competition for students of architecture and young architects, and designed to promote the urban regeneration and transformation of the consolidated city. The competition falls within the scope of the forum’s Topics. It is an open competition without any registration fee and is anonymous.

The aim of this International Ideas Competition is to focus on intervention in an area that constitutes a strategic opportunity in the urban regeneration of an enclave where various Bilbao neighbourhoods converge: the “Cantalojas Railway Cutting”.

•    El certamen, sin cuota de inscripción y anónimo, está dirigido a estudiantes y jóvenes...


Housing rehabilitation around the middle of the 18th century in Toledo.

By Romero Vallejo studio. Spain.
metalocus, BELÉN CALLEJO.
This time the architects Sara Romero and Mariano Vallejo delight us with the rehabilitation of an old house in Toledo, whose main characteristic is the central courtyard, which organized the rest of the rooms around it and whose ventilation and lights depends on it.

It is part of a housing situated in an old courtyard house in Toledo with an atypical configuration- considering the courtyard is surrounded only on three sides.

The property dates back to the Baroque period and is in the characterized urban fabric, from the Historic Quarter of Toledo; the Medieval city, with narrow and streams streets, permit a little input of natural light inside the house.


Reina Sofía in Madrid to host Richard Hamilton.

Exhibition. Reina Sofía Museum. [MAD] Spain. 27/07-13/10/2014.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO
From June 27 to October 13, 2014, Madrid is to host the largest retrospective held to date on the British artist Richard Hamilton. The exhibition, organized by the Reina Sofía, was designed specifically for the Madrid museum by Hamilton himself, who became directly involved with the work when he visited the city in the early months of 2010.

It is the last project in which this pioneer of Pop Art and prophet of postmodernism was directly involved before his death in September 2011. The show is therefore the first full retrospective of the work of the artist, who affirmed:

"I would like to think of my purpose as a search for what is epic in everyday objects and everyday attitudes."




metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
Glenn D. Lowry, Director of The Museum of Modern Art, announced today the appointment of Martino Stierli as The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design. Mr. Stierli is currently the Swiss National Science Foundation Professor at the Institute of Art History of the University of Zurich, where he teaches the history of modern architecture. In his new role, he will oversee Department of Architecture and Design's wide-ranging program of special exhibitions, installations from the collection, and acquisitions. He succeeds Barry Bergdoll, who stepped down in 2013 to become the Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, and who remains a part-time curator at MoMA. Mr. Stierli's appointment begins in March 2015.

"The breadth and depth of Martino's scholarship, knowledge, and interests in architecture, design, and modern art are impressive," said Mr. Lowry. "He brings an international perspective and possesses an extraordinary ability to brilliantly relate architecture and its image to its cultural context. With his solid...


Summer Exhibition 2014 at Royal Academy.

Royal Academy of Arts [LON] UK. > 19.08.2014
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
Everything you’ll see at the Summer Exhibition represents what is happening in the art world right now. New and recent art created by everyone from emerging artists to the biggest names in contemporary art and architecture. This year the exhibition displays over 1,200 artworks among the 12,000 entries received; painting, print, photography, sculpture, architecture and film are the represented media.

This is the world’s largest open entry exhibition and they have been holding it for nearly 250 years – that’s nine British monarchies, 43 US Presidents, two World Wars and more than 50 British Prime Ministers. Throughout that time, the Summer Exhibition has remained a powerful barometer of the art of each age. And the same simple premise has always applied – anyone can enter and all of the...



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