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[MEJICO] Un libro entendido como una geografía... Ecosistemas y archipiélagos

[MEJICO] Un libro entendido como una geografía... Ecosistemas y archipiélagos | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

El Archipiélago de Arquitectura, sin dudas, espacio de enseñanza, ámbito del diálogo. Una geografía que acoge distintas singularidades inscritas en un solo mapa.

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Sites de CURATION de CONCERT URBAIN + FACEBOOK + BLOG + JOURNAL

Sites de CURATION de CONCERT URBAIN + FACEBOOK + BLOG + JOURNAL | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

 

BLOG

http://concerturbain.wordpress.com/

 

 FACEBOOK

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JOURNAL

http://paper.li/paperliacu

 

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URBANmedias
“le mediation des aménagements urbains”
http://www.scoop.it/t/urbamedia

 

The Architecture of the City
“a closer look at urbanism and architecture”
http://www.scoop.it/t/urbanmedias

 

Actions de concertation citoyenne
“participation citoyenne aux prises de décision d'intérêt général”
http://www.scoop.it/t/actions-de-concertation-citoyenne

 

Le BONHEUR comme indice d'épanouissement social et économique.
Le bonheur c'est comment on fait pour vivre ensemble
http://www.scoop.it/t/le-bonheur-comme-indicateur-d-epanouissement-social-et-economique

 

Machines Pensantes
“La vie sous toutes ses formes”
http://www.scoop.it/t/machines-pensantes

 

Design participatif : méthodes, théories, approches multimédia.
“Comment impliquer le citoyen dans le design des outils de débat en-ligne.”
http://www.scoop.it/t/design-participatif-une-approche-systemique

 

Les moyens de sondage alternatif : comment "extraire" l'opinion de supports multimédias ?
“Comment cibler et ensuite représenter l'opinion de citoyens qui débattent sur des plateformes multimédia ? ”
http://www.scoop.it/t/quand-la-cartographie-devient-un-moyen-de-sondage-alternatif

 

Le contexte socio-politique de la démocratie participative : la question de "accountability", entre l’évaluation et la transparence.
“On écoute, on parle, on participe, on diffuse, on commente...et après, quoi ? Que faire de la concertation ? Que font les élus de notre parole, nos opinions, nos propositions ?”

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Modèles et typologies du débat. La médiation de conflits
“Trouver des "modèles" de débat. Coment schématiser les lignes de tension lors d'un conflit ? Quelles méthodes de médiation pour arriver à la résolution de conflits ? ”
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Entre bonheur et bien-être : quels critères pour mesurer le progrès et la productivité ?
“We're looking for all leads that might help better understand how to define (and mesure) happiness.”
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Documentalistes Jacques Bujault's curator insight, October 21, 2013 8:48 AM

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De la curation en géographie urbaine...

 

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Modular affordable housing envisioned for "ABANDONED" New York airspace

Modular affordable housing envisioned for "ABANDONED" New York airspace | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
This conceptual scheme by designers Beomki Lee and Chang Kyu Lee calls for using vacant airspace over existing New York buildings to create affordable apartments and public areas.

Called Instant City: Living Air-Right, the design consists of a white, modular, grid-like structure built atop existing low-rise buildings. Renderings show the proposal above 225 West 28th Street, referred to as a "typical building block in Manhattan".

The building would contain cubic affordable housing units, combined with public spaces for community-based activities.

The public areas would occupy sloped platforms called Living Surfaces, where residents would be encouraged to interact and share their culture. The types of modules for these spots include stairs, playgrounds and gardens.
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INTERMAT Interview Rudy Ricciotti - Architecte

Interview Rudy Ricciotti - Architecte

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudy_Ricciotti

 

Rudy Ricciotti, est né le 22 août 1952 à Kouba en Algérie d'un ouvrier italien. Rudy Ricciotti passe une partie de sa jeunesse à Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône en Camargue. Le père qui prendra des cours du soir et qui finira maître d’œuvre en bâtiment, l’entraîne sur les chantiers. Ces multiples expéditions en compagnie de son père marqueront à jamais le jeune Rudy. Quelques années plus tard, Rudy fait ses études d'architecte à Marseille3.

Architecte (école nationale supérieure d’architecture de Marseille - 1980) et ingénieur (école d’ingénieurs de Genève - 1975), Grand prix national de l'architecture, Rudy Ricciotti est représentatif de cette génération d'architectes qui allient puissance de création et véritable culture constructive. Basé à Bandol, il s'affiche comme le militant du combat contemporain sur des terres dominées par le régionalisme néo-provençal. Auteur de réalisations marquantes en France, avec notamment le Centre chorégraphique national d'Aix-en-Provence, il a également su gagner une stature internationale, comme en témoignent ses œuvres en dehors de nos frontières : passerelle pour la Paix à Séoul ou le Nikolaisaal (de) de Potsdam en Allemagne, le Palais des festivals à Venise, le Musée d'Art Contemporain de Liège ou encore le Philharmonie de Gstaad pour festival créé par Yehudi Menuhin.

En 2005, il remporte l'appel d'offres pour la construction de la médiathèque de Rouen. Mais la nouvelle municipalité, qui doit financer les trois-quarts de ce projet de 44 millions d'euros, vote le 2 juillet 2008 le gel du chantier alors que le bâtiment est en construction depuis octobre 2007. Avant de poursuivre le chantier, la municipalité rouennaise demande aux autres partenaires institutionnels de participer davantage au financement et établit un nouveau projet d'accès à la lecture publique4. Le bâtiment sera finalement redéfini en pôle culturel en accueillant les archives départementales de la Seine-Maritime, la bibliothèque Grammont et la direction des bibliothèques de la ville.

Le 7 novembre 2007, il remporte le concours organisé par la mairie de Paris pour la construction du nouveau stade Jean-Bouin5.

C'est également lui qui a été désigné en 2002 pour un chantier phare de la deuxième ville de France : le Musée des civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée (MUCEM), à Marseille. Le bâtiment a été inauguré à l'occasion de l'année pendant laquelle la cité phocéenne fut Capitale européenne de la culture, en 2013. Il est à l'entrée du Vieux-Port de Marseille et est devenu une des identifications visuelles de la ville.

Il a été président des éditions Al Dante de 2007 à 2013. Al Dante publie des livres (poésie, proses poétiques et expérimentales, essais théoriques, catalogues et publications d’artistes, anthologies, revues), mais également des CD (poésie sonore, musique), des DVD, des journaux, participe à et organise des manifestations (lectures, performances, colloques, expositions...).

Le 10 décembre 2014, il est élu membre de l'Académie des technologies.

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Starchitecture in SIN City

Starchitecture in SIN City | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
Works by globally renowned architects—you know, starchitects—have been closed, dismantled, or just generally dwarfed by the endless amount of construction that goes on in Vegas. The celebrity factor of Frank Gehry or Rem Koolhaas can’t outpace a reunion tour by the Backstreet Boys at Planet Hollywood. This shouldn’t be much of a surprise. The most important piece of architecture to come out of Las Vegas was not a building at all, but a research-heavy book that taught architects to find meaning in the decorative and ordinary. Learning From Las Vegas celebrated architecture’s ability to communicate through symbolic form, but the authors also chided big-egoed architects for their self-satisfied monumentality, writing:

When Modern architects righteously abandoned ornament, they unconsciously designed buildings that were ornament. In promoting Space and Articulation over symbolism and ornament, they distorted the whole building into a duck. They substituted for the innocent and inexpensive practice of applied decoration on a conventional shed the rather cynical and expensive distortion of program and structure to promote a duck; minimegastructures are mostly ducks.


Architectural hubris doesn’t end well in Sin City. The first big blow to what we define as starchitecture—projects where the fame of the designer is as important as the design itself—was a hard, quick jab. Rem Koolhaas/OMA’s Guggenheim Hermitage Museum opened in 2000 within The Venetian casino. A monolithic Cor-ten steel wall (in which the museum’s name was indelibly etched) announced its two galleries. The largest component, a 64,000-square-foot temporary exhibition space, closed in 2001, not even lasting a year. The smaller, 8,000-square-foot masterpiece gallery that featured Impressionist art closed quietly in 2008. Conceived as a partnership between the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, and the Venetian, the more than $30 million dollar museum marked the westernmost point of then-Guggenheim director Thomas Krens’s expansion of the Guggenheim enterprise.

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Gereja Ayam, the ABANDONED Chicken Church

Gereja Ayam, the ABANDONED Chicken Church | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
Should you be trekking through the thick forests of Magelang, Indonesia, try not to be too alarmed if you stumble upon a titanic, rotting building, shaped like a chicken. Known as Gereja Ayam (unsurprisingly, “Chicken Church”), this mouldering titan was probably whimsical once, but now it seems like the creepy lost temple of a goofy cult.
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This Underground Bathhouse on the Korean Border Questions Architecture's Role in Geopolitical Tension

This Underground Bathhouse on the Korean Border Questions Architecture's Role in Geopolitical Tension | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
Since 1953, the 160-mile (260 kilometer) strip of land along the Korean Peninsula's 38th parallel has served as a Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea. The DMZ is more than a border; it's a heavily guarded, nearly four-mile-wide (6 kilometer) buffer zone between the two countries. Each military stays behind its own country's edge of the zone, perpetually awaiting potential conflict, and access to the interior of the zone itself is unyieldingly limited. Apart from the landmines and patrolling troops, the interior of the DMZ also holds thriving natural ecosystems that have been the subject of studies on what happens when wildlife is allowed to flourish in the absence of human contact.

In a competition that asked participants to design an underground bathhouse near the Kaesong Industrial Park, a (currently suspended) cooperative economic project that employs workers from both North and South Korea, research initiative Arch Out Loud imagined a DMZ that accommodates non-military structures that are typically seen as out of place in areas of such sensitivity and tension. The winning proposal by Studio M.R.D.O and Studio LAM utilizes the performative element of a bathhouse, where visitors are both audience members and actors, to the address the tensions—both geopolitical, from its surrounding environment, and personal, from the related emotions visitors carry with them—between both groups.
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"Wasteland" Provides a Tactile Insight into the World of UPCYCLING in Architecture

"Wasteland" Provides a Tactile Insight into the World of UPCYCLING in Architecture | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
A thorough architectural response towards the growing problems of population, climate, and urban migration is currently on display at the Danish Architecture Centre in Copenhagen, in the form of the upcycled Wasteland exhibition. Curated by Danish architecture firm Lendager Group, the exhibits shown in Wasteland are filled with raw materials, processes, experiments and methods, backed up with a long list of shocking facts about our effects on planet Earth: over 2 million tons of CO2 have been emitted globally this year; over 3.3 billion tons of resources have been extracted from the earth globally this year; over 127 million tons of waste have been dumped globally this year—all totalling a cost of over $14 trillion USD resulting from our failure to act on climate change. These are the live statistics (as shown at the time of ArchDaily’s visit last Friday) which confront visitors in the first room of the exhibition space. They provide context for what is to follow.
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Soo Chan: “Architecture is About Preserving a WAY of LIFE, Not Simply Introducing a New Formal Language”

Soo Chan: “Architecture is About Preserving a WAY of LIFE, Not Simply Introducing a New Formal Language” | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
By combining such concepts as phenomenology, sustainability and formal exploration, which have become part of a particularly Singaporean conception of architecture, Soo Chan of SCDA Architects occupies an unusual niche within the architecture profession. To complement this wide range of interests, his firm also engages in a wide range of activities, working on architecture, landscape, and interiors projects, and even acting as its own developer on a number of occasions. In this latest interview from Vladimir Belogolovsky's “City of Ideas” column, Chan discusses the early experiences that led to his current understanding of architecture, and how the context of Singapore has affected his designs.

Vladimir Belogolovsky: Was architecture on your mind from an early age? What was it that first attracted you to the discipline?

Soo Chan: I was deeply influenced by the house I grew up in, the Khoo Kongsi compound in Penang, an island off the west coast of Malaysia. Khoo Kongsi was planned around a central communal courtyard where many generations of my extended family lived, and it is a UNESCO World Heritage site today. I can still picture the spatial and light qualities of the long and narrow house I grew up in, punctuated with open air wells. I remember the smell of fresh rain coming deep into the house on to the sunken courts, and the pockets of light and darkness in the house.
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 Zaha Hadid Buildings Seen From ABOVE

 Zaha Hadid Buildings Seen From ABOVE | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
This week marks the first anniversary of the death of Zaha Hadid, the most successful and influential female architect in the architectural discipline. Born in Baghdad (Iraq) in 1950, Hadid became the first woman to receive the Pritzker Prize in 2004, and twelve years later received the gold medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Hadid's untimely death left a fascinating and inspiring legacy. Meanwhile her firm, Zaha Hadid Architects, continues to work on nearly a hundred projects worldwide. To remember her legacy, Spanish company Deimos Imaging has shared a series of photographs focusing on Hadid's work in five countries.

The images were captured by the Deimos-2 satellite, which was launched in 2014 and designed for very high-resolution Earth observation applications, providing multispectral images of just 75 centimeters per pixel. Hadid's incredible works take on a new dimension when you contemplate their proportions from the sky—or rather, from a satellite.
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De JR à Jean Nouvel, la culture PROLIFÈRE en terre pétrolifère

De JR à Jean Nouvel, la culture PROLIFÈRE en terre pétrolifère | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

La spectaculaire rose des sables imaginée par l’architecte français Jean Nouvel prend forme sur la Corniche. Il s’agit du futur Musée national du Qatar, qui s’annonce comme le point d’orgue du galopant développement muséal du pays. Ouverture prévue en 2018.

En attendant, ce printemps, la vie culturelle de Doha, la capitale de l’émirat, a comme un petit accent français. Au programme : l’exposition « Picasso-Giacometti » – présentée cet hiver au Musée Picasso, à Paris, elle est ici visible dans une version réduite –, la première rétrospective dans la région du street artiste JR, et une monumentale exposition en deux volets consacrée à l’Irakien Dia Al-Azzawi, qui a pour commissaire Catherine David, vice-présidente du Musée national d’art moderne, au Centre Pompidou.

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Beyond MONOchrome

Beyond MONOchrome | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
Flicking through the bookshelves of a friend in Germany, I came across a portion of the Berlin Wall, just sitting there, gathering dust next to novels, comics, photographs. It was simultaneously a forgotten paperweight and a fragment of history. It was genuine, in a nondescript way, but I thought of how many other examples might be fraudulently doing the rounds, sold online and then cherished as semi-sacred relics, the way charlatans in medieval times flogged what they purported to be the body parts of saints. 

The colour caught my eye on one side of the grey-white pseudo-meteorite. As a boy watching footage of the fall of the wall in almost real-time, what intrigued me wasn’t the crowds cheering, climbing on top or bludgeoning it with sledgehammers. Rather it was the graffiti: layers and layers of signs, names, shapes and symbols, overlaid many times in a palimpsest, already there before the demolition. It was just colour, scrawls of pigment on vertical monochrome slabs of concrete, and yet it’s stayed in my mind vividly for almost thirty years.
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Diego Inzunza has created a series that beautifully depicts ICONIC pieces of residential architecture

Diego Inzunza has created a series that beautifully depicts ICONIC pieces of residential architecture | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
Detailed and compelling drawings hold major power in the profession of architecture. While renderings attempt to produce a realistic version of a project, architectural images and diagrams created using old-fashioned pens and paper retain a tactile, timeless quality. Now more than ever, as technology continues to transform the way buildings are designed, hand-drawn sketches are increasingly being held in even higher regard.
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Oiio imagines The Big Bend skyscraper for New York as "the LONGEST building in the world"

Oiio imagines The Big Bend skyscraper for New York as "the LONGEST building in the world" | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
In response to the swathe of supertall luxury residential towers rising in New York, local studio Oiio has proposed a conceptual skyscraper that loops over to boast length rather than height.

The Big Bend would be formed from a very thin structure that curves at the top and returns to the ground, creating what the architecture firm describes as the longest building in the world.

Oiio, based in New York and Athens, came up with the proposal to highlight the race for height between Manhattan's luxury condo developers.

Real-estate companies are capitalising on a planning law that permits them to purchase air rights from neighbouring buildings, allowing for taller and taller towers on relatively small plots.

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What can Latin America LEARN From WOHA's Green Skyscrapers?

What can Latin America LEARN From WOHA's Green Skyscrapers? | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
WOHA's first exhibition in Latin America, Garden City Mega City: WOHA's Urban Ecosystems presents over two decades of WOHA's international designs. With its inauguration at the Museum of the City of Mexico during the MEXTRÓPOLI International Festival of Architecture and City, the exhibition proposes the introduction of biodiversity and lively public spaces into vertical, climate-sensitive highrises within megalopolises.

The exhibition features sixteen intricate architectural models, an immersive video installation and large-scale drawings and images that show WOHA's proposals for vertical communities in the tropical megacities. PLANE-SITE documented the exhibition's opening along with the points of view of various MEXTRÓPOLI contributors and city officials.

In Latin America especially, the analysis of the similarities between megacities in Singapore and megacities in the western hemisphere can show Mexican architects new ways to explore the increasingly populated cities of the American continent. José María Espinosa, Director of the Museum of Mexico City, said,

Mexico is a city that has different characteristics to other cities in the world but at the same time it shares with them the problems of any big city. The exhibition is about a current search of contemporary architecture; I think that now we can consider the possibility of having a vertical city with the advantages of a horizontal city.

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MODULAR farm tower for sites across Africa wins international skyscraper competition

MODULAR farm tower for sites across Africa wins international skyscraper competition | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
Polish designers Pawel Lipiński and Mateusz Frankowski have envisioned a conceptual high-rise building that would act as a vertical farm, able to be disassembled and moved to different locations across sub-Saharan Africa.

The Mashambas Skyscraper project won first place in the eVolo Skyscraper Competition, which annually invites architects and designers to conceive futuristic towers. The winner was chosen from a pool of 444 entries.
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Spotlight: Walter Gropius

Spotlight: Walter Gropius | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
One of the most highly regarded architects of the 20th century, Walter Gropius (18 May 1883 – 5 July 1969) was one of the founding fathers of Modernism, and the founder of the Bauhaus, the German "School of Building" that embraced elements of art, architecture, graphic design, interior design, industrial design, and typography in its design, development and production.
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Vatican II gave carte blanche to architecture’s WILD MEN, with overwhelming results

Vatican II gave carte blanche to architecture’s WILD MEN, with overwhelming results | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
Brutalism, however, turned worshippers into non-worshippers – and in its ecclesiastical form it became a concrete cuckoo, usurping the faith it was meant to serve
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Jonathan Meades on Brutalism & Vatican II (disagree with some of this but a fine read)

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[Rudolph 1948] Clásicos de Arquitectura: The Cocoon House, 1948 - MLMR Arquitectos

[Rudolph 1948] Clásicos de Arquitectura: The Cocoon House, 1948 - MLMR Arquitectos | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
Corría el año 1948 y un joven Paul Rudolph recibió el encargo de construir una pequeña casita de vacaciones en la isla de Siesta Key, Florida. Mr y Mrs Healy no se equivocaron al confiar en un arquitecto que, años después, se convertiría en una de las principales figuras del panorama norteamericano.


Sin dudarlo, Rudolph aceptó la tarea y optó por reducir al mínimo los elementos de la arquitectura en esta construcción: tan sólo lo esencial configuraría el proyecto. Así, la construcción -la estructura de madera, los tirantes de acero, las correas curvas de la cubierta- se convierten en el único lenguaje visible de esta diminuta “cabaña”. El aspecto industrial, y al mismo tiempo tan abstracto, adquieren mayor sentido todavía en la colocación tan radical de la propia casa en el paisaje: ligeramente elevada sobre pies de madera y la construcción se posa al borde de un pantano. Es aquí donde se comprende la curva de la cubierta: esta es, a fin de cuentas, un gesto muy sutil que sugiere la apertura del espacio interior hacia el horizonte del pantano.


Probablemente, en lugar tan especial, no se necesite mucho más que una cubierta firme, una espacio de estar acogedor y unas bonitas vistas, para disfrutar de unos días de descanso. Esto es lo que Rudolph, sin extraños aspavientos o artificios, aportó a la familia Healy.

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Bahá’í Temple of South America WINS 2017 Innovation in Architecture Award

Bahá’í Temple of South America WINS 2017 Innovation in Architecture Award | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
Toronto-based Hariri Pontarini Architects’ Bahá’í Temple of South America has won the 2017 Innovation in Architecture Award presented by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC).

Located in the foothills of the Andes Mountains outside Santiago, Chile, the domed building was designed and built using computer modeling, measuring, and fabrication software, as well as custom glass, all of which culminated in nine monumental veils that frame an open worship space for up to 600 visitors. Completed in 2016, the project took 14 years to realize.
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[BIM] À quoi sert réellement la MAQUETTE numérique ? - Cahiers Techniques du Bâtiment (CTB)

[BIM] À quoi sert réellement la MAQUETTE numérique ? - Cahiers Techniques du Bâtiment (CTB) | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

La maquette numérique ne représente qu'une partie de la transformation digitale qui secoue le monde de la construction. Elle est au cœur de tous les métiers : bureaux d'études structure, thermique ou de contrôle, entrepreneurs, mais aussi assureurs et gestionnaires.

Non ! La maquette numérique et son modèle BIM ne bénéficient pas qu'aux maîtres d'ouvrage ou aux architectes.

« Ces outils assurent une continuité parfaite du projet, de l 'esquisse jusqu'à la réception des travaux, mais aussi tout au long de la vie d 'un bâtiment », rapporte Catherine Jacquot, présidente du Conseil national de l'ordre des architectes (CNOA). C'est primordial et cela montre bien que l'ensemble des autres professions de la construction - ingénieurs, bureaux de contrôle, assureurs, industriels ou gestionnaires - sont concernées. La maquette numérique va en effet bien plus loin que la simple définition des objets au format IFC qu'elle embarque. Son usage modifie le rythme de la conception. La créer allonge le temps de cette phase, mais accélère la pratique des métiers qui en découlent.

Elle modifie le rythme de la conception. La créer allonge le temps de cette phase, mais accélère la pratique des métiers qui en découlent.

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The CREATIVE Energy of Zaha's Sketches

The CREATIVE Energy of Zaha's Sketches | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

A year after her untimely passing, we take a look back on one of the hallmarks of Zaha Hadid's career as an architect: her sketches. In October we wrote about how her paintings influenced her architecture. Now, we examine her most emblematic sketches and the part they played in the initial formal exploration of her design process.

Drawings, whether done by hand or digitally, are the result of a personal, intimate process of thinking through a project and setting a path for the general development of the design. Possessing different characteristics and intensities, each sketch is a reflection of the author's thoughts--acting as both a kind of signature and the theoretical seed of a larger process. Some architects use sketches to define details and create their design from that starting point, some use the drawing itself to determine the form of a project, and other architects draw the context in order to imagine the specific location of their project. 

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Harvard Announces FREE Online Architecture Course

Harvard Announces FREE Online Architecture Course | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
The Harvard Graduate School of Design has announced a new, free online course entitled "The Architectural Imagination." Taught by the school's Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory K. Michael Hays alongside Professor of Architectural History Erika Naginski and G. Ware Travelstead Professor of the History of Architecture and Technology Antoine Picon, the course is advertised as "introductory" level and described as teaching "how to 'read' architecture as a cultural expression as well as a technical achievement." It will be delivered through edX, a platform for high-quality massive open online courses (MOOCs) which was founded by Harvard and MIT in 2012.

"Architecture is one of the most complexly negotiated and globally recognized cultural practices, both as an academic subject and a professional career," explains the course description. "Its production involves all of the technical, aesthetic, political, and economic issues at play within a given society. Over the course of ten modules, we’ll examine some of history’s most important examples that show how architecture engages, mediates, and expresses a culture’s complex aspirations."

The course from Harvard GSD will join other architectural courses hosted on edX from institutions including MIT, ETH Zurich, and the University of Tokyo. Starting on February 28th, the course is free, but students can receive a verified certificate of completion of the course for an additional $99.

Those interested in the course can enroll here, or see other courses offered through edX here.
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Angled walls and openings break up mass of concrete office building by Vtria Architects

Angled walls and openings break up mass of concrete office building by Vtria Architects | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
The concrete walls and roof of this headquarters for the Greek city of Lamia's Municipal Water Supply are interrupted by voids and fissures that carve out different routes through the building.
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KieranTimberlake is Using VIRTUAL Reality to Design a Home for Future Life on Mars

KieranTimberlake is Using VIRTUAL Reality to Design a Home for Future Life on Mars | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
This article was originally published by Autodesk's Redshift publication as "Life on Mars? Architects Lead the Way to Designing for Mars With Virtual Reality."

If an architecture firm is lucky, it can hit two birds with one stone on a single project—for example, prioritizing both historic preservation and energy efficiency. But a team at KieranTimberlake, based in Philadelphia, is aiming for four ambitious goals with its pro bono project, the Mars City Facility Ops Challenge.

Architects Fátima Olivieri, Efrie Friedlander, and Rolando Lopez teamed up with National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), NASA, and the Total Learning Research Institute (TLRI) to create a virtual working city on Mars—one that might reap multiple rewards.
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120 Hours Announces WINNERS of Its 2017 Competition, "The Way of the Buyi"

120 Hours Announces WINNERS of Its 2017 Competition, "The Way of the Buyi" | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
International student architecture competition 120 Hours has announced the winners of its 2017 competition, “The Way of the Buiy.” For this year’s edition of the challenge, which gives participants just 5 days from the announcement of the brief to its deadline to conceive a project, students were asked to design a 100-square-meter building housing a canteen and library for the LiangMeng school complex, located in the rural area of Puan City, China.

This year’s competition saw 3024 participants from 79 countries across the globe, with winners selected by a jury consisting of Jan Olav Jensen, Chiara Sala, Tran Kinh Manh, Angela Gigliotti, Fabio Gigone and Christian Hermansen Cordua. For the first time ever, the winning project will be constructed, after further development alongside the 120 Hours team. The building is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.
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Design Museum's Imagine Moscow exhibition explores six UNBUILT Soviet landmarks

Design Museum's Imagine Moscow exhibition explores six UNBUILT Soviet landmarks | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
Six radical designs for the Moscow skyline – proposed in the wake of the October Revolution, but never built – are showcased in an exhibition opening today at London's Design Museum.

The exhibition Imagine Moscow marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution by dusting off six shelved proposals for architecture in the newly formed Soviet Union, including what would have been the world's tallest skyscraper.
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