01/08/2014

Concept design for the West Kowloon Cultural District Park by West 8.

West Kowloon Cultural District [Hong Kong]
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
West Kowloon Cultural District Authority Unveils Concept Design for the Park.

The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) unveiled a concept plan for the future park in the West Kowloon Cultural District today, conceived by a global team led by Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers (Hong Kong) Ltd, with the international award-winning design consultant West 8 (Netherlands) and ACLA (Hong Kong). The design team has been working closely with WKCDA since their...

27/07/2014

Citizens' Institute on Rural Design™ Announces 2014 Awards

metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Every year, the Citizens' Institute on Rural Design selects up to four small towns and rural communities in the U.S. to host a two-and-a-half-day workshop focusing on rural design technical assistance. The workshops address design issues identified in each community and aim to inspire local engagement and progress.

The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design™ (CIRD) has announced the four organizations selected to host the 2014-2015 rural design technical assistance workshops. CIRD workshops bring together local leaders, non-profits, community organizations, and citizens with a team of specialists in design, planning, community and economic...

26/07/2014

The end of a dream.

[Caracas] Venezuela.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
This week, on monday with soldiers and officials, Venezuelan government evicted forcibly, hundreds of families from Torre David, the abandoned skyscraper in Venezuela that squatters have turned into a role model for informal communities.

The news emerged last week when published out that the Venezuelan government was in talks with Chinese investors interested in purchasing the 45-storey building, which was originally designed for a financial organisation in the 1990s, but left unfinished after the death of the developer.

The evictions have been criticised by...

25/07/2014

Moment Factory creates FORESTA LUMINA.

[VIDEO] from Moment Factory
metalocus, ÁNGEL BLANCO.
Architecture, Design, Urbanisme
An illuminated night trail through the forest. Wanting to showcase its charms, Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook commissioned Moment Factory to create Foresta Lumina, an illuminated night walk through the forest.

After nightfall in summer, visitors are invited to discover an enchanted trail winding 2 km through the woods. As they walk through the mysterious forest, visitors meet characters inspired by the area’s myths and legends, who draw them into an immersive adventure.

The scenography, combining projections and lighting, is accompanied by an ethereal soundtrack. The result is an unparalleled sensory experience. The Moment...

16/07/2014

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...

07/07/2014

The City is Not for Selling but for Living. Collective Architectures in Barcelona.

[BCN] Spain. 07.07>13.07.2014
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO
An intense week of activities promoted by groups under 'Collective Architectures' opened yesterday and begins today. Collective Architectures is an open, constantly growing international network of individuals and groups interested in participative construction of the urban environment. Since 2007 a symposium has been held in a different city each year with the aim of strengthening the network and consolidating alternative ways – from people and for people – of creating cities that differ from the official model.

The 2014 gathering is to be held in Barcelona from 6 to 13 July with the theme The City is Not for Selling but for Living, an essential idea, especially today and in a city like Barcelona which is beset by a host of human and urban problems caused by the global capitalist system. An open event that will gather a large number of people from around the world to discuss and work...

03/07/2014

FICARQ 2014, from 15th to 19th July.

[Aviles] Asturias. Spain.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
[Only in Spanish] La segunda edición del Festival Internacional de Cine y Arquitectura de Avilés (FicArq) arranca el próximo 15 de julio. Cinco días de películas, conferencias y mesas redondas para celebrar los puntos de unión entre cine y arquitectura. Con el centro Óscar Niemeyer como base de la programación, FicArq 2014 repasa algunas de las propuestas cinematográficas sobre arquitectura de los últimos meses y abre una ventana desde el norte de España a algunos de los estrenos que están por llegar a la cartelera.

En dos semanas comenzará el único festival de Cine y Arquitectura en España.

 

La sección Arquitecturas filmadas contará con el documental sobre el proceso de reforma y ampliación del RijksMuseum de Amsterdam, hogar de las obras maestras de Vermeer o Rembrandt, ...

29/06/2014

Walkable Cities by Jeff Speck.

[VIDEO TEDx]
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
Architecture, Urbanisme
Although European cities and their citizens discovered the virtues of walkability in large cities, it is interesting that from the United States more and more voices defend this idea. The Fordist model of mobility through the automobile has been the most territory has colonized all over the planet and that greater "ecological footprint" created as a development model.

Below, this video is one more on these urban core issues, however very interesting, and even very healthy for citizens, the "walkable cities". The idea raised in this video TED Talk starring the urban planner Jeff Speck, delves into his "General Theory of walkability." The theory is developed under the guidance of four basic rules to increase walkability in urban areas: walking must be safe, comfortable, interesting, and – most...

14/06/2014

Vertical Horizon.

[Hong Kong]
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
The name Vertical Horizon is an obvious reminder of our competitive Hong Kong skyline where each building is trying to be the tallest, the boldest, the most beautiful, the youngest, the oldest or the most famous.

Below, this is how Romain Jacquet-Lagraze observes and photographs the large and constantly changing Asian capital – vertiginously from the bottom up.

The city refers to how we grow as a person. Our lives are like buildings; we start at the bottom, we reach for the sky and our foundation is crucial to our success which is why I work from low-angle shots.

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04/06/2014

WINNERS "REBUILD BY DESIGN". Interboro, BIG, OMA, SCAPE, PP/Olin, MIT.

[VIDEOS] Competition. [NYC] US.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced today that six design proposals have been selected as winners of HUD’s Rebuild by Design competition. Secretary Donovan was joined by Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Charles Schumer, and Mayor Bill de Blasio in New York City at the Jacob Riis Houses on the Lower East Side to announce winning proposals that will benefit New York and New York City. The Riis Houses and surrounding area experienced severe flooding during Hurricane Sandy and will benefit from a winning proposal. At a second event, Secretary Donovan was joined by Governor Chris Christie and Mayor Mauro Raguseo in Little Ferry, NJ. The town was hit by an eight foot surge of water during Hurricane Sandy and will benefit from a winning proposal.

HUD is allocating approximately $920 millionto New York, New Jersey, and New York City to begin implementation of the winning projects that will make the region more environmentally and economically resilient. This funding was included in HUD’s most recent allocation of approximately $2.5 billion in Community Development Block...

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