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Five cities awarded UNESCO City of Design status

Five cities awarded UNESCO City of Design status | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it

Dundee, Bilbao, Curitiba, Helsinki and Turin have been awarded UNESCO City of Design status for their input to the international design industry.

 

The accolade, awarded by international heritage body UNESCO, recognises the contribution of the five cities to the worldwide design industry – each the first in their respective countries of the UK, Spain, Brazil, Finland and Italy to achieve the designation. The scheme aims to promote the development of local creative industries, and to foster relationships and resource-sharing between fellow Cities of Design.


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Matt Shlian: The Unconventional Artist and Paper Engineer

Matt Shlian: The Unconventional Artist and Paper Engineer | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it
Artist and designer Matt Shlian is a self-professed paper engineer whose work is something of a hybrid between art and science. With a proclivity for both geometry and the medium of paper, he is currently using origami to help engineers consider their work in three dimensions.

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Catch the Views House by LAND Arquitectos

Catch the Views House by LAND Arquitectos | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it

Catch the Views House by LAND Arquitectos:

“Catch the Views House is originated from an intention of capturing and framing the different existing views at the inside spaces toward the sea and surrounding landscape. To achieve this initial objective, plus considering the strong slope of the site, we arrange and stacked one above the other a set of volumes directed to the selected views from a previous view-shed study. Arranging the interior and exterior program in relation with sunlight and wind exposure, and interconnectedness of the spaces.

The volumes are stacked one above the other, remembering how randomly shoreline rocks are stacked in this coastal landscape. We use a similar color from the rocks too, a dark grey, for the exterior facades of the house.

For the house structure, we use a system of prefabricated concrete panels, with a high isolation performance, which also reduces construction time. Material selection criteria were based on the performance, durability and maintenance of the materials in harsh coastal environments.”


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JandLInteriors, LLC's curator insight, October 30, 2014 3:23 PM

Beautiful modern floor plan in Chile.

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Concrete + Context: Winery Pavilion at Leura Park by Centrum Architects

Concrete + Context: Winery Pavilion at Leura Park by Centrum Architects | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it

This winery pavilion near the southern tip of Australia was conceived by Melbourne's Centrum Architects as a massive lantern to draw curious visitors.

A unique form was a priority from the beginning. For inspiration, the architects turned to the estate’s name – “leura” is derived from the Aboriginal word for lava – and from the unusual wrinkled rock formations found in pahoehoe lava flows. In their interpretation, the design team imagined the roof and western wall as a shell composed from four sections of curving high-performance concrete that rise from the ground before folding over, propped up with angled steel columns. Although initially conceived for off-site prefabrication, it ultimately proved faster and more economical to cast the sections in situ.

Inside, the thickness of the exposed concrete walls provides excellent thermal massing, which allowed Centrum to rely on passive cooling and ventilation, forgoing the need for mechanical and water systems.


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A Concept Twin-Tower Skyscraper In Hong Kong

A Concept Twin-Tower Skyscraper In Hong Kong | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it

Mexican design firm Studio Cachoua Torres Camilletti has designed and developed an ambitious concept that reimagines skyscrapers. 
The concept is 92-stories-high and consists of two parts—for housing and for commerce, linked by bridges. The architects also have an unusual plan to install rice paddies on the roof. 
One of the architects, Adrian Cachoua Oropeza explained that “the farming on the top of the building is an important symbolic gesture as well as an environmental one,” as rice is a staple in Asian countries.
This idea was submitted for the 2014 World Architecture Festival. 


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Norm Miller's curator insight, August 27, 2014 4:15 PM

It's another integration of nature with design but the building looks  a little more like King Kong than Hong Kong

thierry Grey's curator insight, August 30, 2014 9:59 AM

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Unique Solar Protection + A Dynamic Facade in Australia

Unique Solar Protection + A Dynamic Facade in Australia | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it

 In Bunbury, down the coast from Perth in Australia, the architects at Gresley Abas seized the mission of modernizing a homeless shelter as an opportunity to clad the original building in a colourful and dynamic facade – using metal screens. On completion of the building work, Yanget House now houses 37 apartments as well as stores and offices on the first and second floors which generate rental income that goes toward financing the project.
Colt perforated panels provide solar protection on the east side.


Artist Rick Verney specially designed a 3D relief of projecting, angular elements that seem both transparent and sculptural thanks to the characteristic perforation pattern. The “shadow metal” consists of powder-coated anodized aluminum – the perforation pattern on the screens is not just a key design element, but also ensures light transmission and the passage of energy. The customized design thus spawned both sun shading and an unusually textured dynamic façade that is as good as unmistakable.


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UIWGroup's curator insight, July 11, 2014 8:47 AM

See we know how

Emanuele Naboni's curator insight, July 19, 2014 2:22 PM

3D Solar shading 

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Prefabricated Glamping Tents by ArchiWorkshop

Prefabricated Glamping Tents by ArchiWorkshop | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it

In South Korea, glamping—or “glamorous camping”—is all the rage. The practice combines conventional camping’s affinity for the outdoors with hotel amenities, including comfortable bedding and fine food. Seoul firm ArchiWorkshop’s prefabricated, semi-permanent glamping structures are a design-minded twist on the traditional platform tent...


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thaishoponline's comment, August 14, 2014 10:14 AM
Great idea, i like it.
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Iris structures would generate wave power along the Beirut shoreline

Iris structures would generate wave power along the Beirut shoreline | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it
These conceptual three-legged structures by Najjar & Najjar Architects would allow Beirut fisherman to reclaim the coastline and generate electricity.

Najjar & Najjar Architects propose installing the kinetic Iris structures along Beirut's shoreline to provide elevated shelters that also harness the movement of the waves to generate power. Studio founders Karim and Rames Najjar believe the structures would help locals retain public access to the seafront, which has been dominated by private development in recent years.


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Norm Miller's curator insight, May 13, 2014 1:16 PM

Interesting.  Wev'e heard for some time about such technologies but few have actually implemented them.  In California it would probably never be approved by the California Coastal commission.   

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The Håkansson Tegman House by Johan Sundberg

The Håkansson Tegman House by Johan Sundberg | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it

Johan Sundberg designed the Håkansson Tegman house in Höllviken, Sweden. Angled around an inner garden, the design rests on the tradition of the Danish atrium house from the 60s and 70s. Three small bedrooms form the northern wing of the house, while the western wing is a continuous sequence of spaces consisting of a kitchen, dining room, library, living area, and winter garden.

The outer walls along the streets are clad with clay bricks as a screen. The stucture is a steel-enforced timber frame. Windows and sliding glass doors are made from Schüco aluminum profiles. The front and garage doors are custom made from ammonium smoked oak.


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A Watertower Transformed into Watchtower: Watertower by Zecc Architecten

A Watertower Transformed into Watchtower: Watertower by Zecc Architecten | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it

One could certainly say there’s an MC Escher quality to the dramatic staircase designed by Zecc Architecten for the transformation of the Sint Jansklooster Watertower in the Netherlands into a watchtower. The Dutch architects converted the water tower situated in the middle of a nature preserve, into a “route architecturale” (architectural route) leading up to a spectacular 360 degree view of De Wieden. The repurposed tank still contains the original steel staircase that intertwines with the new and functional wooden one. 

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This Building Takes Treehouses To New Heights

This Building Takes Treehouses To New Heights | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it

Some very lucky citizens of Montpellier, France will have the opportunity to live in a striking tree-inspired high-rise dubbed the “Arbre Blanc,” or “White Tree.” A collaboration between architect Sou Fujimoto, Manal Rachdi Oxo Architects, and Nicolas Laisné Associés, the Arbre Blanc mirrors natural growth patterns in an incredible example of intelligent architecture and design...


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Lili Dávila's curator insight, April 21, 2014 11:41 AM

Very stylish!

Catherine Devin's curator insight, April 22, 2014 7:02 AM

Many projects are looking at how to extend part of the cities in the ocean, this project, to me, expands in the air... a tree or a shuttle with many many wings .

Lola Ripollés's curator insight, April 22, 2014 11:41 PM

El árbol blanco de Montpellier, reproduce los patrones del crecimiento natural para llegar a un diseño muy interesante.

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A Sustainable Home in Silicon Valley

A Sustainable Home in Silicon Valley | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it

Spatial efficiency meets energy efficiency in this Bay Area home designed by an architect for his parents.

Designed by San Francisco-based Spiegel Aihara Workshop (SAW), the Cotton Street residence integrates elements of the ranch house and adapts them to our increasing need for a greener architecture. The architects drew from a wide array of design strategies in order to make the building more sustainable, striving for maximum flexibility of living configurations along with high energy savings. Designed with a sense of consideration for the site, the residence takes advantage of natural lighting and passive ventilation, while its owners equipped the spaces with energy efficient appliances, radiant floor heating, and a solar system for energy generation.


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Filter Studio: A Prefab Shed with Home Delivery

Filter Studio: A Prefab Shed with Home Delivery | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it

This stylish prefab studio by Camera Buildings has a standard footprint of 12’-8” by 8’-5” for a total area of less than 10 sq.m. Typical features include well insulated walls, windows that allow for cross ventilation, LED lighting, wood flooring, and low VOC finishes throughout.

The beauty is that the overall building shell is well designed for you and then you customize it to your wishes, as each studio is built to order. Baths, kitchens, composting toilets, rain water collection, heating, and cooling are just a few of the features you can build in...


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Singapore National Stadium: the World's Largest Single-Span Dome

Singapore National Stadium: the World's Largest Single-Span Dome | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it

Singapore’s new National Stadium has the world’s largest single-span dome. And by leaving it open at one end, its designers have given the multi-purpose pitch one of the most beautiful backdrops in sport, with one of the most efficient structures possible.


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BogDan Wrzesinski's curator insight, December 3, 2014 2:37 AM

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WestEdge Design Fair 2014 // Photos from Santa Monica's Barker Hangar

WestEdge Design Fair 2014 // Photos from Santa Monica's Barker Hangar | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it

The WestEdge Design Fair held its second annual design event over at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.

Take a virtual tour of the showroom floor and a closer look at a few favorite exhibitors, from lighting design to art installations and custom furniture pieces...


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Factory on the Earth in Malaysia by Ryuichi Ashizawa Architect

Factory on the Earth in Malaysia by Ryuichi Ashizawa Architect | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it
This project is an extension of the existing factory, reclaiming ground adjacent to the jungle in Johor, Malaysia.

To create a bright space in harmony with the natural environment, the concept aims to blend into the new design into the surrounding jungle.

Using the power of nature in the forms of rain water, sunlight, wind, geothermal heat and vegetation, the loads are further suppressed by the use of geothermics and a green roof prevents heat waste...


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Copenhagen's 'Bicycle Snake': Aiming to Become the Best Cycling City in The World

Copenhagen's 'Bicycle Snake': Aiming to Become the Best Cycling City in The World | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it

The Ambitious Cykelslangen by DISSING+WEITLING enables Copenhagen's vision to become the best cycling city in the world by the end of 2015.

The 235-meter-long orange snake meanders 5.5 meters high above sea level from Havneholmen through the mall Fisketorvet, ending at Kalvebod Brygge. This “snake” is actually a ramp and a bridge, called the “Cykelslangen — The Bicycle Snake,” that provides more than 12,000 bicyclists with a safe route through this busy district every day.

The architecture firm DISSING+WEITLING was asked to design a ramp to replace a nearby staircase. Instead of just designing a simple ramp, they went a step further and designed a bridge. The result is a destination and focal point that can be seen for miles from the air and has also completely transformed the area for all who enjoy it.


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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, September 17, 2014 8:08 PM

Option : Urban change and management

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A Minimalist Cabin That's Completely Mobile

A Minimalist Cabin That's Completely Mobile | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it

Helmed by the design studio allergutendinge, this minimalist cabin is completely modular, and was created to be a transportable base station for those looking for some R&R. The all white cabin spans 2 levels, with the dining area located on the main floor, and a living space on the upper deck.

The designers built a bed between the 2 floors. The bottom floor wall opens up completely, while the top living space turns into a rooftop deck in a matter of moments – letting occupants enjoy a night under the stars.


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Underground Culture: Designing A Museum for Los Angeles' Historic District

Underground Culture: Designing A Museum for Los Angeles' Historic District | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it

Downtown Los Angeles’s historic core is about to get its first major museum, if that’s what you want to call it. Local developer Tom Gilmore and architect Tom Wiscombe are teaming up on the complex project, which they are calling the Old Bank District Museum. It will be dedicated to contemporary Los Angeles art and located in the sub-basements, basements, ground floors, mezzanines, and roofs of three interconnected buildings along Main and Fourth streets.

“We’re going beyond the frontier of street level,” said Tom Wiscombe, principal at Tom Wiscombe Architecture and a professor at SCI-Arc. Gilmore, founder of Gilmore Associates, who has been a major player in the resurrection of the Bank District, calls the project “insanely organic.”


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BUS:STOP Unveils 7 Unusual Bus Shelters by World Class Architects

BUS:STOP Unveils 7 Unusual Bus Shelters by World Class Architects | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it

A year in the making, Krumbach in Austria has unveiled seven eye-catching bus shelters which have turned the world’s gaze on the tiny village. Designed by internationally renowned architects such as Wang Shu, Sou Fujimoto and Smiljan Radic, who worked in collaboration with local architects and craftsmen, the whimsical structures will put the village of 1000 residents on the map.


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Sílvia Dias's curator insight, May 22, 2014 6:27 PM

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11 Amazingly Creative Shipping Container Homes

11 Amazingly Creative Shipping Container Homes | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it

Around the world, people are considering alternative and environmentally efficient ways to live. One way is to utilize materials that don’t serve their original purpose any longer. Retired shipping containers are a prime example of one material that aspiring homeowners can purchase for a reasonable price and convert into a hip home.

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Metz Museum by Shigeru Ban

Metz Museum by Shigeru Ban | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it

Shigeru Ban says that in designing the idiosyncratic new construction, he was inspired by the “architecture” of traditional Chinese hats woven from rice straw.

The offices, with their large, smooth windows, were accommodated in the angular transoms of Centre Pompidou in Metz, and appear to have been pushed into the hat. These white cubes were highlighted by the flatness of the Alucobond® elements in pure white. The new 10,000- square metre centre for the arts in north eastern France does not exhibit any collection of its own but makes use of works stored at the Paris centre, which, with more than 65,000 works, owns the largest collection of contemporary and modern art in Europe.


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Rest Hall at U of Seoul Made of Wooden Ribs

Rest Hall at U of Seoul Made of Wooden Ribs | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it

Tucked under the stark grey exterior of a building at the University of Seoul is a warm and organic place to rest. Called Rest Hall and nicknamed Hole, the inviting structure resembles the belly of a whale, complete with row upon row of wooden ribs. Walking into the central entrance, the cave-like space encircles you with the warmth of natural timber rings, with chambers opening to the left and right.

The structure is open to the world, giving peeks outside through the louver-like walls, and simultaneously private and comfortably enveloping. Benches – formed by employing additional ribs along the bulging lower section of the walls – provide the much needed place to rest for busy students.

 

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What if we could rebuild New York City?

What if we could rebuild New York City? | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it
New York has become one of the world’s most populous, densely packed cities. What if you could redraw the city’s map – and build it from scratch?

 

If we were designing New York today, how different would it look?

The new New York City would balance the relationship between the information networks that the metropolis depends on and Earth’s finite resources.

All vital components of life would be monitored and attuned to the needs of every organism, not just humans. Supplies of food and water, our energy and waste and even our air would be sensibly scrutinised. Thanks to masses of miniaturised low-cost electronic components deployed across the city, communication becomes far easier. New York will grow and adapt to millions of new minds entering it everyday.

The city would make sure every need is provided for within its borders. How we provide nutrients, transports, and shelter would be updated. Dilapidated buildings would be replaced with vertical agriculture and new kinds of housing would join cleaner, greener ways to get around the city. What were once streets become snaking arteries of livable spaces, embedded with renewable energy sources, low-tech, green vehicles for mobility and productive nutrient zones. The former street grid could provide the foundation for new flexible networks. By reengineering the obsolete streets, we can create robust and ecologically active pathways.

While all this may sound optimistic, some of this city of tomorrow is already taking shape...


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Norm Miller's curator insight, April 18, 2014 2:36 PM

What a great academic exercise!  The question is really applicable to all new cities and city undergoing renovation.  More mixed use, greener, better transport systems, more shared everything and more self-sufficient describe the plan.

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OMA and BIG present rebuilding projects for Sandy-affected communities

OMA and BIG present rebuilding projects for Sandy-affected communities | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it

OMA, BIG and WXY have unveiled proposals to revitalise parts of America devastated by Hurricane Sandy and help protect them against future emergencies.

The Rebuild by Design competition asked ten teams of architects, landscape architects, engineers and urban designers to develop proposals for different sections of America's east coast, which was struck by the hurricane in October 2012.

The competition was initiated last year by US housing and urban development secretary Shaun Donovan. The winning projects will be announced later this year and will be implemented with funding from community grants.

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Sylvain Rotillon's curator insight, April 5, 2014 4:02 AM

After the disaster, an opportuniyt to evolve toward a more resilient city