Citizens of No Place. An Architectural Graphic Novel.

Book. Princeton Architectural Press • New York. By Jimenez Lai.
Citizens of No Place published by Princeton Architectural Press, is a collection of short stories on architecture and urbanism, graphically represented using manga-style storyboards. Jimenez Lai, its author speaks about the conflation of representation, design, theory and storytelling by working through comics and translating the alternate worlds into physical installations.

Fiction is used as a strategy to unpack thoughts about architecture. Modeled as a proto-manifesto, it is a candid chronicle of a highly critical thought process in the tradition of paper architecture (especially that of architect John Hejduk and Bernard Tschumi's Manhattan Transcript). The short stories explore many architectural problems through the unique language of the graphic novel, helping usher the next generation of architectural theory and criticism....


Mulan Primary School.

Rural Urban Framework (RUF). [GUANGDONG] China.
metalocus, CANDELA OLIVA.
Today we bring you a very inspiring project, in which brick is treated in a sensible, coherent and also contemporary way. It is a rural primary school in the Chinese province of Guangdong, in which the classrooms orbit around a series of micro open spaces that lead to the main courtyard, where children play in the open air within the reflections of the material and the amazing landscape.

The Mulan Primary school is located close to Huaiji, a county of approximately 100,000 in Guangdong Province. Working with the local education authority and a Hong Kong based charity, we were asked to expand an existing primary school of 5 classrooms by adding an additional building of 6 classrooms. The motivation behind this expansion is through the government’s desire to consolidate the total number of primary...


Vasco Mourão's hand drawn cityscapes.

Ilustration works.
metalocus, LAURA CANTO.
Neither adjectives nor description are needed for introduce you Vasco Mourão, whom drawings speak for himself. Great cityscapes compositions and recognizable buildings in many cases, to get lost in them. If you are building lovers or show a high appreciation for the buildings, you will know appreciate the value of his images.

Architect and illustrator, this portuguese stands out for illustrating cities by isometric perspectives, where every building, every detail of theirs facades is represented with great quality. All hand-drawn artworks, often throws a review or make a simple wink making them blow, jumping into a thousand pieces.

Among his works are world famous and representative buildings like the ...


Shortlist Design Competition Medellín River Park.

Concurso [MEDELLÍN] Colombia
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA, via A57. Ana María Pinzón.
On August 9, 2013 were announced the four finalists in the first round for the Design Competition Medellín River Park (including two Spanish). Within hours, Monday October 7, in a second round, the finalists will present their blueprints for the middle sector designs and October 23 will be announced the winner.

The Madrid Río model is being copied by other cities to regenerate, not always well considered, rivers. Medellin launched a few months Concurso Público Internacional Anteproyecto Urbanístico, Paisajístico, Arquitectónico y sus Estudios Complementarios del Parque del Río Medellín / "...


The Sagrada Familia in 2026

[VIDEO] from sagradafamiliacat
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA
Architecture, Urbanisme
Final stages of Gaudí's masterpiece. The video shows the final look of the masterpiece designed by Gaudí. In it you can see the different stages through which pass the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona to completion over the next 12 years. La Sagrada Familia finished ... virtually, of course!

La Sagrada Familia is Barcelona's greatest icon, with millions of visitors a year and income astronomical. The last weekend to celebrate the festival of La Mercè is lived an open day attended by 33,600 people for free. One of its main attractions is its large central nave, which is already in operation, although there is still much to do outside.

The only thing not shown in the video is the planned urban intervention in the...


2013 series TEDxCity2.0

[VIDEOS] of talks from TEDxCity2.0 20/09/2013
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Architecture, Urbanisme, VIDEO
On September 20, 2013, TEDCity2.0 took place at the TimesCenter in New York City. Co-curated and co-hosted by Chris Anderson, John Cary, and Courtney Martin, the event surfaced stories of urban ingenuity and interdependence from across the globe, and featured an unexpected mix of over 20 speakers, including several 2012 City 2.0 Award winners.

Live-streamed for free, the TEDCity2.0 anchor event coincided with self organized TEDxCity2.0 events over a 48-hour period. TEDx communities worldwide are envisioning the cities of our future and sharing big ideas about collaborative action and sustainable solutions.



From Olympic Games to Urban Games.

[VIDEO] By PKMN [Salt Lake City] Utah. USA.
metalocus, ROBERTO ALIA.
The response of citizenship is the key to success or failure in every urban intervention. PKMN's project to "SixtyNine Seventy, The Spaces Between" competition backs on citizen's revitalization as an strategy to activate this Salt Lake City location, and on the Urban Games Spirit as a tool to develop their proposal.

Memory of project.

Every citizen of Salt Lake experienced the Salt Lake 2002 Winter Games in an individual and exclusive way, making a fundamental part of the Olympic MEMORIES of the city, led by the TRANSFORMING AND EDUCATIONAL POWER of the...


"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...



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