WINNERS. European Prize for Urban Public Space 2014.

[BCN] Spain.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
The international jury of the European Prize for Urban Public Space 2014, chaired by the architect Carme Ribas, has announced the winners and results of the total of 274 projects from 194 cities and 30 European countries have been presented. The Prize is an honorary award to both authors and promoters of the works chosen. The prize-winning works has brought together and publicised the best works presented for the Prize since it was first offered in 2000. Congratulations!

La forma de la ciudad está íntimamente relacionada con la democracia. Esta es la tesis del Premio, que, desde el año 2000, reconoce y difunde los procesos de transformación y mejora de los espacios públicos en Europa. Las ciudades están lejos de ser un paraíso idílico. En sus espacios públicos se concentran y se expresan algunos de los principales problemas de la sociedad actual. Por suerte, Europa también ofrece muchos casos ejemplares de...


Results of the Eighth Award of the European Prize for Urban Public Space.

[Altach] Austria. [LON] UK. [Helsinki] Finland. [Ripoll] Spain.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
The results of the 2014 award have been announced on 25 April at the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona. Below the Special Mentions and Finalists.

Cementerio islámico, Altach (Austria), by Bernado Bader Architects. SPECIAL MENTION 2014.

The construction of a cemetery apt for Muslim rites meets the requirements of a very considerable minority, enabling many immigrants to bury their dead in the land where they have settled.

The town of...


MVRDV win 58ha SERP & MOLOT FACTORY transformation in Moscow.

[MOS] Russia.
metalocus, ÁNGEL BLANCO
Moscow Chief Architect Sergei Kuznetsov announced MVRDV as the highest scoring finalist in the competition for a refurbishment of the legendary Serp & Molot (Hammer & Sickle) factory, located East of Moscow’s centre.

MVRDV designed an urban concept which respects the structure of the 58 hectares industrial zone and creates room for 1.8 million m2 mix use development. Development Corporation Donstroy estimates an investment of 180 billion Roubles and envisions completion in 2021.


Madrid Urban Laboratory. Call for Projects.

Medialab-Prado. [MAD] Spain. 04.05.2014
metalocus, ÁNGEL BLANCO
Architecture, Urbanisme
Madrid Urban Laboratory seeks to explore the relationships between the city, digital culture and the common good through a programme that includes a collaborative production workshop and a series of conferences and debates, in which international and local experts will be invited to examine the meaning of the common good and digital culture within the context of the evolving city.

Open call for project submissions. Deadline: 4 May, 2014.


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Proyecto Las Américas, fase piloto.

By PROART Foundation. [VIDEO] from boamistura. [Santiago de Querétaro] Mexico.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Art, Urbanisme, VIDEO
Boa mistura‘s latest project is la Colonia de las Américas on the outskirts of Santiago de Querétaro, México. This humble community of working class people is located on the slope a hill, and has a ‘boomerang’ form overlooking the two main highways of the state; the ’5 de febrero’ road and ‘Bernardo Quintana’. The urban context is consists dwellings, much of which are self built, and small retail: ‘misceláneas’ (grocery stores), taquerías, and cantinas.

In November 2013 was successful first experience painting the first houses in Peña de Bernal Street, of "Colonia Las Américas", Queretaro, Mexico, where neighbors and volunteers filled the first houses color.

Proyecto Las Américas has been a pilot experience for a bigger project, where art will be the excuse and at the same time driving force of a process of positive transformation of a...



[VIDEO] from Bye Bye Barcelona. [BCN] Spain.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Urbanisme, VIDEO
Ecumenopolis, COAC audiovisual program presents the film, Bye Bye Barcelona.

"Mass tourism is ruining Barcelona and turning it into a 'theme park', claims controversial new documentary."

"Spain's second city is so effortlessly attractive that it's hard to believe anyone could fall out of love with it. A new documentary...


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...



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