"Art in the City" by Spirit of Space (2013)

[VIDEO] by Spirit of Space
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA
Art in the City's perspective contextualizes the art as truly part of its city.

With its public art, Chicago holds itself to the highest standard by thoughtfully selecting artists that sensitively understand the magnitude and impact of their work. Whether it's Picasso's sculpture for Daley Plaza, or in Millennium Park, Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate or Jaume Plensa's Crown Fountain, each piece, in its own way, is an expression of Chicago. The success of a public work of art is measured not merely by aesthetics, but rather, by its magnetic...


Tracking Time by Camilo José Vergara

National Humanities Medal. USA.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
On Wednesday July 10, photographer Camilo Jose Vergara was awarded by the president of the United States, Barack Obama, along with 22 other professionals (playwrights, architects, filmmakers, historians, poets, etc.) by his brilliant work for four decades documenting with his camera urban and social changes in the poorest and most depressed areas of the United States.

“I am a builder of virtual cities. I think of my images as bricks that, when placed next to each other, reveal shapes and meanings of neglected urban communities.” 

Txt.- Camilo José Vergara

Resident in the United States for decades, his work has always been quiet and it has...


HØSE BRIDGE by Rintala Eggertsson Architects

[Suldal] Norway
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Rintala Eggertsson Architects have recently finished a new project in Suldal, southwest Norway and want to share it again with METALOCUS. The project is a pedestrian bridge and a pavilion for hikers crossing the river Suldalslågen.

The project tries reduce its footprint on the ground with a "box beam". Near the access has a viewpoint covered, and from interior using sheets stretch-metal of stainless steel, has a vertical and horizontal transparent conexion with the landscape. Again a good project by this Norwegian team.


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...



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