New York. Designing for Free Speech

Competition. [NYC] US.
metalocus, PEDRO NAVARRO
Prizes, Urbanisme, Competitions
Theatrum Mundi, in partnership with the American Institute of Architects, New York, has launched a “Designing for Free Speech” challenge. The challenge asks architects, designers, activists, artists — and anyone interested in imagining new spaces in the city for free expression — to identify public spaces in New York City and propose re-designs that transform them into places that activate the rights enshrined in the First Amendment.

Free speech is essential for a vibrant culture and a democratic society, yet spaces for public expression seem harder and harder to find in the places where we live, work and play.

What does a space for free speech look and feel and sound like? Can they be designed? Are there places in New York...


Jorge Tabanera, Illustrator.

Illustration, Art Direction and Character Design.
We show you a selection of the best works of Jorge Tabanera, an artist illustrator besides creative and art director. Enjoy his posts in each image!

"I like illustration because I can create new worlds and gives me the opportunity to show others ideas that go through my head, often impossible architectures.

Specifically in illustrations of Houses and The Fishing Village, first I think a series of houses that repeat as modules, almost entire neighborhoods to create something much bigger.

I like to...


The Guggenheim Explores Futurism’s Many Facets.

Exhibition. Guggenheim New York Museum. [NYC] US.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
“Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe” is an stunning exhibition curated by Vivien Greene for the Guggenheim in New York. The exhibition has the unquestionable bonus of being extremely informative and equally inclusive, to encourage the US public to appreciate an often neglected avant-garde.

Italian Futurism was officially launched in 1909 when Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, an Italian intellectual, published his “Founding and Manifesto of Futurism” in the French newspaper Le Figaro. Marinetti’s continuous leadership ensured the movement’s cohesion for three and half decades, until his death in 1944.

To be a Futurist in the Italy of the...


Ullastret revisited by Jordi Bernadó.

Mateo Arquitectura. [Ullastret - Girona] Spain.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
This summer I stayed in a field house nearby ... we arrived tired from Madrid, ... we had visited friends in Barcelona, ​​... all day traveling. In midfield, a place to start our holiday near Ullastret, so the recommendation for dinner was obvious. We were told that all sites were good, I do not remember where we ended up having dinner but all places were good. After dinner we went for a walk in the center (ie cross the street) we wandered and wandered, with a cat that made ​​friends and there was no way to mislead. It was night and I did not realize that it was the work of Josep Lluis Mateo, but no matter, the walk was great around the streets that had remodeled an architect, one from Barcelona.

Text  by José Juan Barba.

One of my first works, paving a medieval village, completed many years ago.

Through Bernadó’s eyes, it reappears new, colourful and vibrant.

I recall the view of the path (which Bernadó picks up), built...


First Prize, remodelation Glorias square. Barcelona.

1st Prize. Competition. [BCN] Spain.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
The remodelation of the Glories square, in Barcelona, ​​seemed to never come. The signed agreement between City Council and residents, remained asleep since 2007, and seems now waking up to the outcome of the competition held last year.

The winners were the team of Ana Coello de Llobet and the Agence Ter (French study founded ​​by Henri Bava, Michel and Olivier Philippe Hoessler) with CANÒPIA URBANA proposal. The winning idea will develop the project on an area of ​​15 hectares, it has an estimated budget of 30 million euros (relatively adjusted figure compared to the rest of 10 shortlists, out of 55 submitted)...


Ecumenópolis. Call for entries.

metalocus, ÁNGEL BLANCO
Architecture, Urbanisme, VIDEO
For the fourth consecutive year the COAC are presenting ECUMENOPOLIS, the urban documentary film festival that makes up the audiovisual programme of the Catalan Architect's Association (COAC).

During this time they have screened over 40 very varied films regarding urban issues, establishing a space for collective reflexion and debate around both global and local urbanism and citizenship. This year they are opening a call for entries to broaden the scope and reach of their programme, consolidating a platform for the broadcasting and dissemination of audiovisual...



Students competition [Only in Spanish]
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
With the support of Otis, Fundación Arquitectura y Sociedad is launching this award to students.

Traza-Ciudad pretende ocupar un campo de reflexión sobre la ciudad y el tejido complejo que la compone en su escala intermedia, tradicionalmente abarcado por el urbanismo como disciplina, repensando la ciudad desde la mirada creativa y propositiva del estudiante, más enfocada hacia la acción, lo particular o lo ambiental, sin perder de vista las referencias disciplinares más arraigadas en la historia de la arquitectura del SXX, muchas de las cuales se encuentran...


Our Drone Future. The future, tomorrow!

[VIDEO] from Alex Cornell.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Our Drone Future explores the technology, capability, and purpose of drones, as their presence becomes an increasingly pervasive reality in the skies of tomorrow.

In the near future, cities use semi-autonomous drones for urban security. Human officers monitor drone feeds remotely, and data reports are displayed with a detailed HUD and communicated via a simulated human voice (designed to mitigate discomfort with sentient drone technology). While the drones operate independently, they are "guided" by the human monitors, who can suggest alternate mission plans and ask questions.



Liz Diller: A moment of supreme nothingness.

[VIDEO] by de Louisiana Channel.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
Architecture, Urbanisme, VIDEO
In this video architect Liz Diller talks about the New York park ‘The High Line’, a project that she has been part of from the beginning, and which proves “the hypothesis that a really strong public amenity can actually change the economics of a whole area.”

“The high line, if it’s about anything, it’s about nothing, about doing nothing. You can walk and sit, but you can’t be productive.” Experience New York City from plus 30 feet, in this interview with architect Liz Diller about the ‘The High Line’.

Part of the beauty of the park is that it came out of sheer naivety, adds Diller: “It’s good to have a...


Pol Femenias Ureña receives the Prize of the ASCER Tile of Spain Awards.

“Remodelling Work on la Riera de la Salut" [Sant Feliu de Llobregat] Barcelona.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
The panel of judges valued in particular the solution provided for a large-scale problem through the creation of small ceramic pieces forming patterns that are repeated and laid out in such a way as to create urban elements like latticework or walls. These provide effective and individual solutions for a range of circumstances. An affordable element that manages to offer creative solutions adding quality and value, as well as enhancing a space within the city.

Project description by architect.

This intervention is located...



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