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...

28/05/2014

Five Alternatives for the Future of Atlantic Yards.

Brooklyn [NYC] USA.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
The exhibition Five Proposals for the Future of Atlantic Yards opens at the Warehouse Gallery in Brooklyn on June 5, running for just over a couple weeks, until June 22.

The Atlantic Yards site presents a major opportunity to create a significant piece of architecture and urbanism at the center of several Brooklyn neighborhoods. Five architects will present their alternative proposals for the site. Each scheme will provide 4,728,000 square feet of housing and 156,000 square feet of retail space, equivalent to the master plan by Forest City Ratner.

Each project...

27/05/2014

Mapo Depot International Competition.

Competition. [Seoul] Korea.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO
Mapo Depot announces International Competition to transform Mapo Oil Depot in Seoul, Korea, into a Cultural Depot Park. The organization expects proposals that not only grant a series of programs onto the old structure, but also recover the existing facilities and territory, and hope that the new Culture Depot Park can guide the direction towards which architecture in Seoul should go.

Competition Brief

1. Title:

Creating a Cultural Depot from an Oil Tank Depot
International Competition for Rehabilitating Mapo Oil Depot into a Cultural Depot Park

2. Background of Competition...

19/05/2014

The London Evolution Animation. 2,000 year history mapped.

[VIDEO] en-topia. [London] UK.
metalocus, ALEX DURO.
Architecture, Urbanisme, VIDEO
Did you know that London is based on roman axis? Even although practically nothing of Roman London survives above ground, this is the origin of London as we all know it nowadays, an urbanistic development period from more than 2,000 years. If you want to know more, check out this video and you will understand how the City has grown.

From Roman London until Anglo Saxon/ Medieval, Tudor, Stuart or Georgian periods with this video you will understand how a big city, as it is London, has born, developed and turned into what today we all know.

An interesting way, with those kinds of videos, of explaining urban developments, which finishes with a question for thinking about the city:

"What will we destroy, protect, and reuse in the future?"

Description of the video.-

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16/05/2014

Cocoon Hong Kong by Peter Steinhauer.

[Hong Kong]
metalocus, ÁNGEL BLANCO.
Photos of Hong Kong construction sites wrapped in colorful cocoons by Peter Steinhauer. In his two Cocoons series, Steinhauer, who lived in Asia for near twenty years, documents the architecture within the urban landscape of Hong Kong from an uncommon perspective.

Peter Steinhauer is a Singapore-based photographer developping his work when the building structures are wrapped during construction time. His ‘cocoon’ series, are shots of the amazing edifices entirely wrapped in a veil of vibrantly colored silk — in fact a typical structural material, which prevents debris material and prevents workers falling into the void. Enveloped in the brightly-hued...

14/05/2014

First Prize International Competition: Urban Revitalization of Mass Housing.

First Prize [VIDEO] from UrbanGateway [Alicante] Spain.
metalocus, ÁNGEL BLANCO.
Few months ago, in September 2013, UN-Habitat launched an international competition entitled "Urban Revitalization of Mass Housing", aimed at students and young professionals from around the world as part of the Global Strategy for Shelter by the UN, to promote a paradigm in creating adequate housings for all and promote the goal of social, economic and environmental sustainability of cities housing. The proposal has a video, congratulations, great music!

Improvistos (María Tula García Méndez & Gonzalo Navarrete Mancebo.) achieved the first prize in the Urban Revitalization of Mass Housing Competition organized by UN-Habitat. The awards were announced at the World Urban Forum in Medellin on April 11,...

08/05/2014

Robert Moses vs. Jane Jacobs, go to the Opera.

Opra. [NYC] US.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA. vía Co.design.
Architecture, Art, Urbanisme
Robert Moses Vs. Jane Jacobs, the central drama of urban planning, will be an Opera. New York City's seminal 1960s urban design battle will be turned into an opera, with a libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winner poet Tracy K. Smith.

Yes is right, an opera about the legendary 1960s battle over the urban design of New York City is getting its dramatic due. Moses and Jacobs had deeply divergent visions of New York City's future and the struggle between urban planner Robert Moses and journalist/activist...

06/05/2014

Recovery of Historical City Center of Huamanga.

By Enrique Llatas and Francisco Rojas, [Huamanga] Per.
metalocus, ALEX DURO.
Within the bicentenary of the Peru independence which will take place in 2012 it is proposed the International Contest for the Recovery of the Historic City Center of Huamanga. Today we bring you the proposal by Enrique Llatas and Francisco Rojas which focuses in the public space and how cities are understanded by citizens.

Through the intervention in the public space, Enrique Llantas and Francisco Rojas proposes to reivindicate the street as a fundamental element in the city. The proposal looks for a dynamic urbanism for a major relation between citizens and city.

Local culture appears as a determinant point for the construction of small prototypes or danzaqs for solving different urban functions....

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