10 shortlisted for the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force Design

Competition [NY] EE.UU. USA
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
On August 9, Shaun Donovan, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and Chair of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, announced the 10 multidisciplinary teams that will be participating in Rebuild by Design. The teams will now embark on Stage II of the competition, an intense and collaborative research process led by New York University’s Institute for Public Knowledge. You can find more about the selected Design Teams below.

West 8, OMA, HR&A, BIG, Interboro, MIT, unabirdged, Sasaki, Scape, LOT-EK, WXY, PennDesign/OLIN, ARUP...

Superstorm Sandy forever changed the discussion about climate change adaptation and resilience in the United States. As the Sandy-affected region rebuilds, they have the opportunity to tap into the prolific pool of local ingenuity to strengthen...


New East Midtown Manhattan.

metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Architecture, Urbanisme
The New York Department of City Planning has a new plans to rezone a large portion of East Midtown Manhattan since last year. The City’s proposal, which would allow some of the largest buildings in New York, is now going through the official Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, known as ULURP.

Seven of the City’s twelve Community Boards have come out in opposition of the proposal, and in a recent New York Times article architecture critic Michael Kimmelman wrote that the proposal’s



LIEU D'ÊTRE at Familistère.

by Compagnie ACTE. [Guise] France. 13/07/2013
The "Choreographic Manifesto for the Utopia of Dwelling" continues its peculiar tour, this time it's the turn of the French city of Guise. Last July 13th, the dance company Compagnie Acte, to whom we introduced you last year during their Parisian tour, invaded the façade of the familistière with their aerial ballet.

An audience marching towards a meeting point, a human painting dancing through the balconies, a table where friendship and revolution meet, an aerial ballet on the façades of the buildings. LIEU d'ÊTRE is the epic poem of an ephemeral crowd formed by artists, accomplice inhabitants and performers.

Annick Charlot.



ARTLANDS, New landscape proposals.

Developed around the activity of Carlo Scoccianti. [Florencia] Italy.
metalocus, ÁNGELA SOLÍS.
Urbanisme, Recommendations
ARTLANDS works as a landscape laboratory, to observe, discuss and interpret it, and then translate all this experience in interventions that explore a new idea of the territory. These interventions are not only designed for the enjoyment of humans, also for all living beings, an ecosystem in the most extensive of senses, with theories based on the works carried out by biologist Carlo Scoccianti.

The ARTLANDS programme tends to give rise to new methods of interactions with the landscape. Created by an international committee of artistic and environmental culture experts, the initiative is developed around the activity of Carlo Scoccianti - a biologist, expert and WWF specialist in the conservation of “wetland areas” – who since 1996 has been working with a group of people united by the desire...


OMA leads the Masterplan for the Morden Wharf.

Greenwich Peninsula [LON] UK.
Rem Koolhaas office will design the new Masterplan for the Morden Wharf, a 500 meter long strip at the waterfront of River Thames, in the city of London.

OMA has been appointed by Cathedral Group and Development Securities as masterplanner and lead architect of the more than 825.000 square meter Morden Wharf site on London's Greenwich Peninsula. Located in the vicinity of the O2 Arena with 500 meters of waterfront along the Thames River, Morden Wharf is an important part of the Royal Borough of Greenwich's Peninsula West Masterplan, which outlines the Council's intention to transform the Peninsula...


Ideas on Detroit's bankruptcy day.

[VIDEO] by Dark Rye. [Detroit] US
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
An optimistic– but not enough– note. Good ideas are always appearing, and so does the bus company of Andy Didorosi in Detroit. They are always interesting and motivating, but they seem clearly inefficient and illusory in order to solve the problems that have led one of USA's largest cities to be declared in bankruptcy today, with a 15-billion € debt.

Young entrepreneur Andy Didorosi believes that the way to Detroit’s new era depends on better leadership and a solid connection between the city and the suburbs. So when the city in 2012 axed its plans to build the M-1 light rail, the transit solution that would’ve bridged that vital connection, Didorosi was mad as hell. So what’s an angry young man in this situation supposed to do? Well, Didorosi bought a bus, had a...


Stratategic Masterplan for La Défense CBD.

By AWP + HHF. [PAR] France.
metalocus, LAURA CANTO.
Once again we are talking about this project, AWP and HHF have given us more schemes and diagrams on the proposals, you can see all if you go to the exhibition of "In 2020, a new vision of public spaces" on La Défense, opened on 24 June and you can enjoy up to August 23, outdoors and in over 1000m ² of the esplanade of La Défense.

All the project is around the climate issue. In 2012, public institution DEFACTO, selected AWP, Office for Territorial Reconfiguration, in partnership with HHF, to provide design and implementation guidance for La Défense, Central Business District. The objective was to conceive a new strategic Master Plan for the entire (160...



[VIDEO] endofsuburbia. [BCN] 15/07/2013 at 19:00h.
metalocus, ALEX DURO.
Ecumenopolis, COAC audiovisual program presents the film The End of Suburbia.

Two years ago we presented in METALOCUS this video about the american suburbs which thanks to Ecumenópolis we will see it next week in headquarter of COAC.

The End of Suburbia is a portrait of a dream which has been really expensive. This surprising documentary, directed by Gregory Greene, analyzes the american dream...


The Highline - New York (Phase III).

By Diller Scofidio + Renfro [NYC] USA.
In 2014 we will enjoy the last phase of the High Line at the Rail Yards, park in the sky continues, reconciling the past with the future of New Yorkers, offering new views, new connections, and new opportunities to be with friends, with family or to walk alone.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, and Friends of the High Line Co-Founders Joshua David and Robert Hammondhosted a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction on the third and final section of the High Line. Located between West 30th and West 34th Streets to the south and north, and 10th and 12th  Avenues to the east and west, the final section of the elevated railway, called...


INCREASIS, built resources looking for second (or even first) lifes.

By Todo x la Praxis [VIDEO].
metalocus, ROBERTO ALIA
Architecture, Urbanisme, VIDEO
This new platform, which was presented last June 6th in Medialab Prado (Madrid), starts with the aim of generating a catalogue of unused buildings, waiting for new tools or strategies that give use and activity to all built remainders of the housing bubble in Spain.

Increasis is created as a response to the expansive and uncontrolled urban development that guided spanish city growth during last years. It offers a bunch of tools, practices and strategies for re-using all built items which are unused, unsold or unfinished.

One of the strong points of the project is the process of locating and calssifying many unused structures and spaces which are now residual, abandoned or empty, and which represent an oportunity for the development of new...



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