Christmas cards 2013 and Happy Holidays.

Here's a selection of Christmas cards (and gifs) we've received this year.

CALTROPe by Szövetség'39. Winners Grand Prix Paris.

[VIDEO] from szovetseg39. Experimental bioarchitectural structure – concept plan | 2013
metalocus, Luis Terrain.
Hungarian art and design collective Szövetség'39 has unveiled a concept to reduce the rising sea levels in the world's delta regions by introducing a modular structure that will cultivate mangrove forests to form natural dams.

Anna Baróthy of Szövetség'39 worked in a design team that included biologist and diver Gergő Balázs, designer Janka Csernák and scientist Viktor Grónás to develop the CALTROPe concept, which seeks to prevent the loss of agricultural land caused when pollution and climate change provoke water levels to rise.

CALTROPe: Grand Prix winner Hungarian architecture...



Exbition. Ca’ Rezzonico. [VEN] Italy
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA
Another Canaletto. This year sees the start of a new and fascinating investigation at Ca’ Rezzonico, the symbol of 18th century Venice, into landscape painting. This important genre developed during the 18th century in Venice, which provided an extraordinary source of inspiration for its exponents.

Among the leading figures of the genre, which is at the centre of a necessary re-evaluation, was Pietro Bellotti, Canaletto’s nephew and the younger brother of Bernardo Bellotti. Born in Venice in 1725, he developed a manner that was very different to that of the Canaletto ‘clan’ of which he was a part and despite exploiting the fame of his uncle (especially in France, where he lived for 50 years, calling himself “le...



Cines Verdi de Madrid - Instituto Italiano de Cultura de Madrid. [MAD] Spain
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Urbanisme, Recommendations
[Only in Spanish] Desde hoy jueves 21 hasta el 28 de noviembre se celebrará el 6º Festival de Cine Italiano de Madrid, (casualmente coincide la misma semana en Grenoble). Este año contará con una madrina de excepción, la actriz Ángela Molina, que participará en la Gala de Inauguración en el Instituto Italiano de Cultura de Madrid, en la que también se entregará el Premio a toda una Carrera al veterano y prestigioso director de cine, Marco Bellocchio, autor de obras célebres como “La sonrisa de mi madre” o “Buenas días, noche”.

A lo largo de ocho días del mejor cine italiano contemporáneo, estarán en Madrid...

directores como Daniele Gaglianone, con la Película de Inauguración “La mia classe”; Costanza Quatriglio -ganadora en la pasada edición del Premio al Mejor Documental por “Terramatta”-  presentará...


Knowledge Train.

By AL BORDE. [Itinerant] Ecuador.
metalocus, ÁNGELA SOLÍS.
We present another project of Al Borde, a train that travels through the Coast of Ecuador carrying culture and knowledge. The project recovers an old train and its tracks, a abandoned infrastructure becomes a hub of activity.

Memory of the project

All those years of hauling have left it deformed. Even though it’s missing a bogie and has been derailed, when you saw it you could not help but feel respect. Not like what we see now ... they don’t make them like they used to." This is how Nelson,...


Robin Nagle: What I discovered in New York City trash

metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Robin Nagle has been the anthropologist-in-residence at the Department of Sanitation in New York City since 2006.

New York City residents produce 11,000 tons of garbage every day. Every day! This astonishing statistic is just one of the reasons Robin Nagle started a research project with the city's Department of Sanitation. She walked the routes, operated mechanical brooms, even drove a garbage truck herself--all so she could answer a simple-sounding but complicated question: who cleans up after us?



European Prize for Urban Public Space 2014.

[BCN] Spain. Call for entries now open!
metalocus, ÁNGELA SOLÍS.
Until next 23 January, the registration period for entries is open to all kind of interventions creating, recovering or improving the democratic quality of the urban spaces we share and carried out in European cities between 2012 and 2014.

The Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine (Paris), The Architecture Foundation (London), the Architekturzentrum Wien (Vienna), the Museum of Finnish Architecture (Helsinki...


LATITUD Winner of Design Competition Medellín River Park.

[VIDEO] By Latitud. [MEDELLIN] Colombia.
metalocus, ÁNGELA SOLÍS, vía A57. Ana María Pinzón.
On October 30th, was proclaimed the proposal WJ5 "Parque Botánico Río Medellín" by Latitud Taller de Ciudad y Arquitectura as the winner of the Design Competition Medellín River Park among the four finalists chosen after the first round. Among the finalists were Espinet Ubach Arquitectes I Associats - SLP + Gilberto Villegas Francisco Diaz; G Ctrl + Architecture Studio SAS + Andrés Perea; + Mapas + LAP and Latitud.

The jury discussed the virtues and drawbacks of each of the projects, eventually taking the majority decision to award a First Prize, one Second Prize , and Third Prize:


_Equipo RE9. Espinet Ubach...



By x-studio::Iván Juárez. [Vermont] EE.UU.
metalocus, ÁNGELA SOLÍS.
Art, Projects, Urbanisme
Conceived by Mexican architect Ivan Juarez of x-studio, Water Path is a site specific intervention in which the notion of time and temporality constitutes the essence of the work.

Memory of project.

Path way of senses, a water passage on Gihon River as an intervention that emerges from the landscape to define and discover new senses. Water path is an approach to the landscape context of Gihon River, a stream located a...


ROOTS, 90 years 90 trees.

By x-studio::Iván Juárez. [SLP] Mexico.
metalocus, ÁNGELA SOLÍS.
With 90 trees Ivan Juarez celebrates 90 years of independence of Autonomous University. Trees were first in "la Plaza de los Fundadores" and finally the trees will be planted at different university campuses.

Memory of project.

On the Occasion of the 90th Anniversary of Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí (UASLP) in Mexico, the architect Ivan Juarez, has conceived the site specific intervention Raíces, in one of the most significant urban...



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