Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Renovation

by Mecanoo [Washington DC] USA
metalocus, DANIEL MADERA
The project is a renovation of Washington D.C.'s central library, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, a national landmark in USA, that has been neglected for far too long. With hopes to transform the space into "a center for learning, innovation, and engagement," the D.C. Public Library (DCPL) is moving forward with preliminary designs that give an in-depth look at what the library may look like after its $208 million renovation. $200 million is already set aside for the project, but the funds won't be released until 2019 and 2020.

- Below, you'll find the newly revealed renderings from the architecture team.


Forgotten Heritage by Matthew Emmett.

metalocus, ALEX DURO.
The photograph accompanies the architecture closely. While we are used to seeing photographed spaces designed by leading architects, full of life and a future ahead, in recent years there has been a tendency to look for these architectures of the heritage. The example of Detroit speaks of a certain human tragedy, a parallel that Matthew Emmett misses application on their work, being his personal search of an aesthetic that speaks of history and the passage of time on architecture.

Here in METALOCUS we have been talking about photography during a while, focusing on architectural photography as well as on its photographers. While generally the architectural photography speaks about the future of buildings, recently built and with all their life ahead, sometimes we find really...


Invenciones: Nueva York vs. Rem Koolhaas, Bernard Tschumi, Piranesi

By José Juan Barba. Book. UAH Monografías.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO
'Inventions: New York vs. Rem Koolhaas, Bernard Tschumi, Piranesi' is the new book by José Juan Barba, an essay which looks into the texts, inventions, drawings and ideas of Rem Koolhaas, Bernard Tschumi and the great Italian engraver Giovanni Battista Piranesi, in search of new perspectives which broaden the way we see, think y make Architecture.

On 'Invenciones: Nueva York vs. Rem Koolhaas, Bernard Tschumi, Piranesi' José Juan Barba establishes a metaliguistic discourse which explores the relationship between the work and drawings by G.B. Piranesi and the graphic work of two of the most relevant architects of Cotemporary Architecture, Rem Koolhaas and Bernard Tschumi.



Snøhetta's proposal: New National Gallery/Ludwig Museum [II/II].

Competition [Budapest] Hungary.
metalocus, DANIEL MADERA.
The second of the award winning proposals has been the one by Snøhetta, under the title Above the Horizon, which has been awarded first place the Liget Budapest Project, an international invited design competition for the design of the museum building of the New National Gallery and Ludwig Museum. The first price is shared with Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates (SANAA), and the proposals will be further evaluated.

While the competition has awarded two first prizes both the Japanese team SANAA as the Norwegian Snøhetta, it remains unclear which of the two will be responsible for carrying out the design of the...


Skylar Tibbits and Alastair Parvin to talk about 3D printing at BBB-Construmat 2015

Fira de Barcelona. [BCN] Spain. 19-23/05/2015.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO
The digital technologies which are rapidly transforming the global building scene and context will be very present in the new edition of Beyond Building Barcelona-Construmat. Aspects such as innovation, design, sustainability and building renovation will be the main areas featured in Fira de Barcelona's International Building Show. There will be awareness-raising activities aimed at professionals and the general public, to show how 3D printing, new materials, computer software and online communications will transform the industry in the near future.

The building sector has always been very close to new techniques and advances in design, production, transportation, and communications. Now that digital manufacturing is becoming more and more common in industrial processes, Beyond Building Barcelona-Construmat...


Farshid Moussavi new Royal Academician.

Royal Academy of Arts [LON] UK
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
On 8 April 2015, The Royal Academy of Arts UK elected Farshid Moussavi as a Royal Academician in the category of Architecture.

Farshid Moussavi is an architect, principal of Farshid Moussavi Architecture (FMA) and Professor in Practice of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She was a co-founder of the London-based Foreign Office Architects (...


New Centro Investigaciones Científicas Avanzadas.

By Ángel Rico and Manuel Vázquez, [A Coruña] Spain.
metalocus, DANIEL MADERA
On a plot with a pronounced slope, architects Ángel Rico and Manuel Vázquez have taken advantage of the urban development restrictions to design a building composed by two modules crossed by a pedestrian walk which connects with the rest of buildings of the scientific park.

Architects Ángel Rico and Manuel Vázquez have designed this building that forms part of the urban plan of the technological park of A Coruña. Due to the restrictions of the urban development plan, the building counts with two volumes of different height, separated by a pedestrian space which connects all the...


The MET Expands its Program with Launch of The Met Breuer in March 2016

metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
The Met will launch its first season of programming in the landmark building by Marcel Breuer on Madison Avenue at 75th Street in New York, when The Met Breuer opens to the public on Thursday, March 10, 2016.

The Met will develop and present programming at The Met Breuer for a period of eight years, following a collaborative agreement between the Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art, which was formerly housed in the building and is relocating to its new museum facility in downtown...


Vancouver is the latest city to announce 100% green energy goals

[Vancouver] Australia
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
The city of 600,000 on Canada’s west coast aims to use only green energy sources for electricity, and also for heating and cooling and transportation.

Vancouver has become the latest city to commit to running on 100% renewable energy...The city’s ambition is to be the world’s greenest city by 2020 despite the fact Canada has had one of 'the most environmentally irresponsible national governments' for the last 10 years, [said Vancouver deputy mayor Andrea Reimer.] —...


"Architecture is not always synonymous with building"

[BCN] Spain.
metalocus, vía Beyond Building Barcelona CONSTRUMAT
Francisco "Patxi" Mangado (Estella, 1957) divides his busy working life between his architectural practice in Pamplona, teaching at the Higher School of Architecture at the University of Navarre and foreign universities such as Yale, Harvard or Cornell, and the programmes he supports at the Architecture and Society Foundation, which he founded in 2008.

Interview by Beyond Building Barcelona CONSTRUMAT.

Projects such as the Baluarte (Navarre's Auditorium and Conference Centre), Palencia's Nueva Balastera football stadium, the Archaeological Museum of Vitoria, the Pey Berland plaza in Bordeaux, the Spanish pavilion at the Zaragoza Expo, the Teulada-Moraira...



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