"Middle East", by Josep Lluis Mateo.

metalocus, CANDELA OLIVA.
We have just received Josep Lluís Mateos' last publication, "Middle East". This part of the world is presented in the book as a paradoxical environment, with an architecture that is torn between the place's cultural and historical relevance, and the great activity and growth it has experienced in the last years. Highly recommendable!

Josep Lluís Mateo has published "Middle East Landscape – City – Architecture" with his Chair at the department of architecture at ATH Zürich, as part of the series "Architectural Papers". Established in 2005, the series covers a wide range of topics related to teaching architecture and architectural culture in general.


Future Perfect, distopic cities of the future at Lisbon Triennale.

[VIDEO] Museu da Electricidade [Lisbon] Portugal. 12/09 - 15/12/2013.
metalocus, ROBERTO ALIA
Every one has ever think of the city of the future. For this group of artists, biologists, architects and writers this try goes beyond the attempt, and becomes the content of this exhibition: images of cities dominated by technology in a distopic future.

Future Perfect is a fictional, future city. A think tank of scientists, technologists, designers, artists and science fiction authors have collectively developed this imaginary place, the landscapes that surround it and the stories it contains. The exhibition is a stage set for a collection of fictions, emerging infrastructures and design experiments that can be inhabited as large-scale districts of the future city....


Think Sol: Smokescreen or Competition?

Concurso [MAD] Spain.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Yesterday, the launching of the competition for the transformation of Puerta del Sol square in Madrid was presented in front of some members of the media. It had been announced in May during the election period, and yesterday was officially presented by the Dean of the College of Architects of Madrid, José Antonio Granero.

The official launch of the competition, which was planned for Friday 27th, will finally take place on Monday 30th September, coinciding with the start of Madrid Architecture Week -this year the events will be brought forward a few days, taking place between 30th September and 7th October.

The competition will have three different phases. First, a period of one month for citizen involvement, when an interactive screen will be...


FAV. Festival des Architectures Vives 2013.

8th edition. [Montpellier] France.
metalocus, ALEX DURO via v2com.
Today we present you the projects of the last edition of FAV, Festival des Architectures Vives 2013, a path through the city of Montpellier where it can be find different ephemeral installations of young architects who reflect on the architecture and the development in existing urban context.

The last FAV edition, Festival des Architectures Vives 2013, which took place between 12th and 16th of June, presents us different installations of young architects in a path along the old city of Montpellier, connecting mansions and courtyards, private areas and not visible spaces to visitors.


"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.




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