04/07/2013

Under the water. Viewpoint by Westpol.

[Vöcklabruck] Austria
metalocus, PEDRO NAVARRO
Architecture, Urbanisme
A small path leading to a small promontory in the middle of a pond, this path is bounded on either side by two concrete walls. The trail descends down to a circular enclosure where the promontory is used as a informal seat and where the visitor has the visual level of the water near, a simple gesture that displaces the common viewpoint to see the pond. A change of perspective that adds value to the landscape.

This intervention, designed by  Westpol, in 2007, allows visitors to have a different view. The project is located in Vöcklabruck, Austria.

Author.- Westpol. Landschafts Architektur.
Client.- LGS Vöcklabruck GmbH.
Status.- Completed 2007.

02/07/2013

Favela Cafe. Please no!!

[OPINION] Front page. [Basel-Basilea] Switzerland
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
The last intervention in Art Basel uses the simulation of the hard conditions in certain urban areas of some cities (particularly of South America, Asia or Africa) as material for design. The situation is starting to be offensive, as this strategy is used repeatedly in the world of design.

On the occassion of the "Bienal Iberoamericána", in Medellín, about a year and a half ago, I attended the presentation of a professor that had proposed a particular exercise to his students: the design of a luxury hotel in a "favelas" (shanty town). Understandably, part of the attendants saw in the proposal not a formal or academic rethoric, but a lack of judgement and knowledge of reality on behalf of the professor. A reality that scores...

28/06/2013

The Human Scale Trailer 2013

[VIDEO] final Final Cut for Real. Trailer 2013
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Architecture, Urbanisme
The Danish architect and professor Jan Gehl has studied human behavior in cities through 40 years. He has documented how modern cities repel human interaction, and argues that we can build cities in a way, which takes human needs for inclusion and intimacy into account.

The Human Scale meets thinkers, architects and urban planners across the globe and show us a a critical look at the way we build and use our cities. Assumptions about modernity are questioned, as director Andreas M. Dalsgaard urges the viewer to imagine what would happen when we put “people into the center of our equations”.

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27/06/2013

Active Cranes.

AJAC Awards "urban planing - landscape". By JAPA (Javier Ponce Arquitectos). [Gothemburg] Sweden.
metalocus, JUAN SOLERA.
AJAC Awards "urban planing - landscape" José Javier Fernández, Architect. Congratulations!! The adaptation of the rivers to urban life is a complex operation, which also tends to incorporate a change of use, or as in this case, also to reuse the elements from heavy industry and ports. This proposal on the Swedish city of Gothenburg has a wide range of goals that go from connecting neighborhoods to reducing pollutants.

 

Memory or project.

The City of Gothenburg was founded in 1621 in the middle of struggle for both land and commerce. During the 19th century an increase of scale and systematization of mechanical workshops and early textile industries took place. Later on,...

27/06/2013

BoaMistura and MULAFEST.

[VIDEO] Mulafest. Ifema [MAD] Spain. 27-30/06/2013
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
BoaMistura will be celebrating MULA Fest, the urban trends festival in Madrid. From the 27th to the 30th. They will take part making a workshop on Participative Art. See you all there! Video below.

The collective of artists BoaMistura Madrid is our collective, we've talked many times of this great Madrid group, now leveraging that this weekend is the MULAFEST, we present their latest release. An intervention, which for the first time in the history at the Madrid Fairground is  intervention made...

26/06/2013

#occupygezi architecture

Gezi Park [Istambul] Turkey
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Since 15M, map out the architecture of the settlements has been a constant idea. The penultimate occupation of a place, in this case in Turkey has prompted a group of architects to document the temporary structures dismantled by police in Gezi Park in Istanbul, -buildings inspired by the Turks, the first Central Asian nomads . Below, you have some drawings and photographs about their work. Congrats!

The protests in Istanbul indicated one simple thing for architects (designers?): We need new definitions for architecture in situations when architecture is removed from architects.Each unique structure that we encounter in the streets and Gezi Park has its own in-situ design and implementation process. Documentation of these temporary structures is of huge importance for further examination, considering their limited life-cycle. ...

25/06/2013

Explore and capture views inside the world's tallest skyscraper.

[VIDEO] By Google Maps [Dubai] United Arab Emirates.
metalocus, ALEX DURO
Google Maps has just announced that they are going to present a new application which allow us to enter in several buildings using Street View. A step more to travel around the world with your computer.

Google Maps allow us to travel with Google Street View and visit the streets of all the cities in the world. And now with Google's new application you could walk inside several public buildings. The initiative is presented with a new inner visor in the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa in abu Dabi, with 828 meter height and 160 floors. With the same system which you can walk trough practically every city in the world or check your way to arrive to your...

25/06/2013

New Wimbledon Master Plan.

[VIDEO] By Grimshaw. [Wimbledon] U.K.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA
The All England Lawn Tennis Club has unveiled its design proposals for the Wimbledon Master Plan.

Marking the first step in a consultation process, the plan sets out a vision for the future of the site and creates a framework which will guide the continuing development and enhancement of the club over the next 10-20 years. Developed by Grimshaw, the vision reflects and reinforces the long history of The Championships while further enhancing Wimbledon’s position as the premier Grand Slam tennis event.

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14/06/2013

ECUMENÓPOLIS. AGRONAUTAS by Juan Dopico Massobrio.

[VIDEO] COAC. [BCN] 17/06/2013 at 19:00h.
metalocus, ALEX DURO
Ecumenopolis, COAC audiovisual program presents the film Agronautas.

"My grandfather used to say that once in life you need a doctor, a lawyer, a policeman and a priest but, three times a day, you need a farmer".
Brenda Schoepp.

There are approaches, ways of life and ways of doing that propose a more well-adjusted relationship between humans and the planet. In many cases it is only anonymous people organized in networks of professionals...

28/05/2013

Electrosmog Montréal

[VIDEO] By Jean-Pierre Aube
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
The radiofrequency spectrum is at the heart of telecommunications, used by police, emergency personnel and public transport services, as well as the armed forces. Every day, this spectrum ensures the proper functioning of mobile phones and wireless devices. Seen as an essential resource by some and as a health hazard by others, the electromagnetic fields generated by radiofrequency spectrum activity have multiplied exponentially since humans first learned to harness electricity.

In his Electrosmog series, Jean-Pierre Aubé searches out ambient radio frequency activity in the urban landscape of Montréal, which for Aubé forms a singular territory, characterized by its density in the city and by the political and economic issues that accompany it.

Equipped with a radio, an antenna, and home-made software, the artist sweeps the titular spectrum of radio frequencies. Every tenth of a second, the device takes a snapshot of its readings – a measure of...

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