Timelapse of Safe Haven Library by TYINtegnestue.

TYINtegnestue Architects + Rintala Eggertsson Architects. [Ban Tha Song Yang] Thailand. [VIDEO]
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
We were the first to publish the work of new generations of Norwegian architects (TYINtegnestue, Sami Rintala), which reinvented architecture in their countries and away from their countries. With this video, a set of timelapses describing the work done by 12 norwegian architects students and several local Karen workers in January 2008. The building is designed and built in two weeks and covers the need for a library for Karen orphanages living at the border to Burma.

The simple construction of the open bamboo facades provided ample natural ventilation through out the whole structure. Iron wood make up the solid frame construction and serves as a comfortable floor for the children to play on. The bookshelves are a floor to ceiling height structure that runs the full length of the concrete wall and the floor remains unfurnished to give room different activities



Internet of Things (and People) Madrid

Meialab Prado [MAD] 11/02/2012 11:00h
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA
Urbanisme, VIDEO
Next February 11, 2012, at Madrid. Theorethical and working session about Internet of Things - IoT-, and how can we put it into practice in our daily live, within workshops and presentations. Open registration.

Date: 11.02.2012 11:00h
Venue: Medialab Prado · Plaza de las Letras, C/ Alameda, 15. Madrid.

Internet of Things - IoT - evokes a near future in which daily objects are interconnected to a global network. Thanks to the invention of open, low cost solutions, it is possible to easily and inexpensively develop prototypes. Several practical workshops using the...


City Fireflies on the digital facade.

Meialab Prado [MAD] [VIDEO]
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA
Urbanisme, VIDEO
City Fireflies is a multiplayer interactive game designed by Víctor Díaz and Sergio Galán for Mediala-Prado's digital facade. This activity aims to claim the square as a game space in which audiences will have to eliminate threatens appearing in the urban space.

Time: Monday to Saturday 7pm - Midnight


Point of departure

A menacing invader of dozens of creatures wants to take over the Plaza de las Letras. Players have to finish with them before they end up covering the whole space. For this, they can count on the lights...


HG Esch. "Cities Unknown".

KPF Gallery. [LON] R.U. January 23 - March 16, 2012. [VIDEO]
metalocus, LUIS TERRAIN
KPF gallery (London) is currently showcasing the work of photographer H.G. Esch from his “Cities Unknown” series. Born in Neuwied, (Germany), Hans Georg Esch is one of the greatest architectural photographers of our time. He prefers to see the world from bird's eye view. Through his views, he lets us see the essence of new and great cities.

“In this series, architectural photographer H.G. Esch documents China’s rapidly growing megacities. Yet instead of concentrating on familiar metropolises such as Beijing or Shanghai, he focuses his lens on virtually unknown cities, such as Chongqing, Tianjin, or Shenyang.”

In his series Unknown Cities, he is witness to the amazing growth of Chinese cities, giving a face to the unprecedented boom in the most populous country in...


FREAKS freearchitects - Sur Mesure. Installation

By FREAKS freearchitects. [PAR] France. [VIDEO]
metalocus, LUIS TERRAIN
The new generation of French architects seem to emerge gradually, after a long silence, becoming more active and interesting. This summer we brought the work of the Swiss team NOMAD. Now, equally fresh ideas, the team "FREAKS freearchitects" formed by Guillaume Aubry, Cyril Gauthier y Yves Pasquet.

Sur Mesure is an installation by French studio "FREAKS freearchitects" (Guillaume Aubry, Cyril Gauthier and Yves Pasquet.). This installation shows how stuck huge dimension arrows onto the facade of the French Communist Party Headquarters building in Paris (by Oscar Niemeyer) in a bid to show the general public about the importance of architecture.

Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer ended the building, in the...


Jameson House by Foster + Partners

by Foster and Partners[Vancouver] Canada [VIDEO]
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA
Architecture, HOUSING, VIDEO
Foster + Partners Architects have just completed the project of a new 35-storey mixed-use tower named Jameson House, next to two buildings in the 1920 in the renovated district of Vancouver, Canada.

The project combines the restoration of heritage buildings with new construction: the lower level offices and shops knit with the existing streetscape to reinvigorate the downtown neighbourhood, while the apartments above face dramatic views of the bay and create a new landmark on the skyline.

Fusing old and new, the site connects the city’s financial centre with its emerging creative hub, and the...


Alésia Museum and Archaeological Park.

by Bernard Tschumi Architects. [Vercingétorix - Burgundy] France. 23/03/2012
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Architecture, Projects, VIDEO
First builing, part of a museum complex designed by Bernard Tschumi Architects, a new interpretive center on the site of the historic Battle of Alésia will open in a formal ceremony on March 23, 2012. Located in Burgundy, France, the building marks the position of the Roman army, under Julius Caesar, and its encampment surrounding the Gauls under Vercingetorix in 52 B.C. The building will be open to the public starting on March 26th.

Tschumi’s design features a cylindrical building with an exterior envelope made of wood, a material that references the Roman fortifications of the era, some of which are reconstructed in an area a short walk from the building.  The roof of the building is planted with low shrubs and trees, so as to minimize the visual impact of the building when seen from the hill above (the historical position of the Gauls).  The materiality and sustainable...


Theo Angelopoulos

metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Art, VIDEO, Recommendations
Greece rocked woke up yesterday with the news of the death of filmmaker Theo (Thodoros) Angelopulos. He was the victim of a traffic accident at seven o'clock Wednesday afternoon after being hit by a motorbike while crossing a road in the neighborhood of Drapetsona (near Athens).

Our tribute. A group of unforgettable scenes in "Eternity and a Day", 1998, the bus ride. Going out at night, leaving the dark alone ... and as out of nowhere, three cyclists, with yellow slicker, riding in the same direction.

"The other sea," left unfinished as part of his trilogy about his country. I can not say much, for me it is enough to recall, as constructed look, the way they look, the aesthetic...


ASVOFF Barcelona 2012

metalocus, INÉS LALUETA
Design, VIDEO
Just as we told you a few months ago, ASVOFF (A shaded view on fashion film) is happening in Barcelona this year. Running until January 27th, the festival takes place in the auditorium of CaixaFòrum, Barcelona.

ASVOFF is a festival of fashion cinema. Throughout its history, the event has taken place in various cities linked to the world of fashion such as, Paris, New York, Tokyo.... and has finally arrived in Barcelona. There will be a competition in 3 categories: official (professionals), estudents (fashion and audiovisual schools) and mobile.

As well, if you take a look at their ...


Spanish independent animation cycle, at Reina Sofía Museum.

MNCARS. [MAD] January 28, till March 17, 2012. [Spanish] [VIDEO]
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA
Art, Design, VIDEO
This Saturday a new Spanish independent animation cycle, at Reina Sofía Museum, through four programs of short films from the past 50 years, the cycle is an alternative to the major international productions.

La nueva edición del ciclo de cine Museocinema propone, bajo el título Animación española. Un juego sin límites, un recorrido por la animación independiente en España. Los cuatro programas propuestos (Animadas, Imagen de lo irreal, Érase una vez…, Materia viva) pretenden abrir una ventana a una estética distinta a la de las grandes producciones internacionales y, al mismo tiempo, presentar un panorama representativo de la animación española de las...



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