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Mimi Zeiger : MAJORS are becoming increasingly powerful political figures in the architecture world

Mimi Zeiger : MAJORS are becoming increasingly powerful political figures in the architecture world | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Mayors are becoming increasingly powerful political figures in the architecture world, offering an opportunity for architects says Mimi Zeiger.

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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

 

 

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Actions de concertation citoyenne
“participation citoyenne aux prises de décision d'intérêt général”
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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”
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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 ?”

http://www.scoop.it/t/rendre-des-comptes-entre-l-evaluation-et-la-transparence

 

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 ? ”
http://www.scoop.it/t/modeles-et-typologies-du-debat-la-mediation-de-conflits

 

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.”
http://www.scoop.it/t/entre-bonheur-et-bien-etre-quels-criteres-pour-mesurer-le-progres-et-la-productivite

 

 

 


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Learn more about Arieh Sharon & "The Migrant BAUHAUS"

Learn more about Arieh Sharon & "The Migrant BAUHAUS" | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Excerpt from the foreword by Bruno Zevi, at the beginning of the "Kibbutz+Bauhaus" book:

 

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Sharon as a man, - as pioneer and citizen, as an artist: could one risk separating such aspects or levels of a single, overflowing personality? Of course, here the architect is privileged; behind his forms, however, one cannot fail to grasp the human, spiritual and social aspirations of a people. This is partially true of all architects, because their work is always involved in a collective context; but for none, or perhaps only for very few others, is it evident in the same degree. In fact, Sharon could have been a driving force in the old-new land's adventure, even without being a leader and an architect; or could have been simply a key-figure in the profession, as he was after the 1948 War of Independence in Ben Gurion's technical office, and later as president of the Association of Engineers and Architects; or, again, he could have been strictly an artist in his own right. The inner meaning of his architecture derives from these pendular alternatives, from the joyful refusal to select one of them, reducing the range of his vital tentacles.

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15th International ARCHITECTURE Exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia

15th International ARCHITECTURE Exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

"Architecture is about giving form to the places where we live. It is not more complicated than that, but also not easier than that." - Alejandro Aravena

On the first day of the vernissage 15th International Architecture Exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia, ArchDaily is pleased to show you a preview of the exhibitions and installations that were hand selected by Alejandro Aravena and his firm Elemental. Separate from (but in dialogue with) the National Pavilions, "Reporting From the Front" celebrates work that "address[es] a problem that matters and for which quality architecture made a difference."

In an exhibition whose aim is to share the "success stories" where architecture is making a difference, Alejandro Aravena has convened offices and practitioners from across the globe to show—"in the simplest possible terms (without trivializing)"—projects that demonstrate innovation, resolve and quality problem-solving abilities.  

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Rennes inaugure un NOUVEAU genre de consultation d’architectes

Rennes inaugure un NOUVEAU genre de consultation d’architectes | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
A mi-chemin entre le concours d’architecture classique et la consultation de promoteurs, la ville a sélectionné cinq équipes d’architectes de renommée internationale - Aires Mateus, LIN, MVR

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A Selection of Paul Rudolph’s Perspective Sections – – SOCKS

A Selection of Paul Rudolph’s Perspective Sections – – SOCKS | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
As stated in Adrian Forty‘s “Concrete and Culture” (a very recommended read), architect Paul Rudolph‘s reliance on pen-and-ink rendering came from his avoidance of models during the development of his design, because, he wrote: “the model cannot readily indicate details or materials“. On the contrary, the renderings better conveyed the substance of his buildings.

A virtuose in draughtsmanship, Rudolph was particularly notable for his perspective section renderings, way before Japanese Atelier Bow Wow came back to such a dated-pre-computer representation technique for its practice.

A fascinating, albeit romantic insight on Rudolph’s design process is given in a paper by Laurence Scarpa (“Paul Rudolph: Metaphors, Paradoxes, Contradictions and Abstractions“, Yale 2009):

Everything he did was an obsessive open-ended exploration. Rudolph explained this process: “Before making any sketches I will really think about it a great, great, deal and, finally, I will resolve that into essentially three or maybe four—it depends on the project—schemes.” Rudolph had the ability to work with multiple ideas simultaneously. These explorations resulted in extraordinary discoveries. This insight allowed him both the freedom to explore and to problem solve without being encumbered by either. Rudolph would say to me, “Buildings do not happen, they must be made to happen.” While working at his desk, he would move his hand over his drawing in such a way that he could better understand the actual scale and what it might be like to occupy the drawing, as if it were an actual building. He seemed as though he was actually inside the drawing. He would touch with his eyes and see with his hands. He always included human figures in his drawing, particularly in section and elevation drawings, to further understand how the scale of the space related to an actual person. For Rudolph the drawing was a building at full scale. This concept was the origin of his creative process.

 

For further insight on Rudolph’s design process, teaching, and the relationship between drawing and building materiality, read “Rendering the Surface: Paul Rudolph’s Art and Architecture Building at Yale” (2000) by  Timothy M. Rohan, probably the most important living Rudolph’s scholar and advocate (author of “The Architecture of Paul Rudolph” Yale University Press, 2014)
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[CAD Drinks, of course] The ARCHITECTURE of Happy Hour: Plotted, Not Stirred

[CAD Drinks, of course] The ARCHITECTURE of Happy Hour: Plotted, Not Stirred | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Frank Gehry, Daniel Libeskind, and Rem Koolhaas walk into a bar. What do they order? CAD Drinks, of course. It's a Singapore Sling like you have never seen before: drawn to scale, in elevation, and divided meticulously by content - ice cubes and orange slice included. Alcoholic drinks are colour coded, inventoried, organized and rendered in this downloadable DWG for Autocad. Architects rejoice: happy hour is that much closer to lunch hour.

Created by Autodesk Technologist Shaan Hurley, CAD Drinks are a playful twist on typical Autocad drawing tools. Row upon row of drinks are translated into drawings suited to the architect's brain, complete with instructions for preparation and consumption. The project has been immensely popular: Hurley has since released Whisky Drinks for Autocad and CAD Drinks for Engineers. According to Hurley, "this is a classic to enjoy plotted, not stirred."

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Napur Architect WINS Museum of Ethnography in Budapest

Napur Architect WINS Museum of Ethnography in Budapest | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Hungarian firm Napur Architect has been selected ahead of BIG, OMA and Zaha Hadid Architects to design a major new museum in Budapest's City Park (+ slideshow).

Budapest-based Napur Architect was selected ahead of 14 other firms for the Museum of Ethnography, which will be built alongside a concert hall by Sou Fujimoto and a national art gallery by SANAA as part of a huge new museum complex.

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Viñoly admits "SCREW-UPS" with 432 Park Avenue skyscraper in New York

Viñoly admits "SCREW-UPS" with 432 Park Avenue skyscraper in New York | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Architect Rafael Viñoly has spoken out about problems with his 432 Park Avenue skyscraper in Manhattan, currently the tallest residential tower in the western hemisphere.

Update: Rafael Viñoly sent Dezeen a public letter apologising for the comments he made about 432 Park Avenue. Read the full story »

As tenants begin to move in to the 1,396-foot (426-metre) tower on 57th Street, its architect has revealed that he is not entirely happy with the project.

"It has a couple of screw-ups," the Uruguayan architect reportedly said during a talk hosted by real estate brokerage Douglas Elliman at the building last week.

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Walls as Rooms /3: Henri Sauvage as a Model for MVRDV – – SOCKS

Walls as Rooms /3: Henri Sauvage as a Model for MVRDV – – SOCKS | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
Bringing some minor changes implied by the demands of our time, today we could ironically build a complex of the same type as the one Sauvage built 50 years ago, and this achievement would have nothing to envy to all the most recent models. This example should encourage us to explore and exploit, with unprejudiced eyes, the future of the past. Antoine Grumbach (Excerpt from “H” Revue de l’habitat social n°30, May 1978)
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How Architecture Is Born: 7 Flowing Scribbles by Frank O. Gehry and the Buildings They Inspired

How Architecture Is Born: 7 Flowing Scribbles by Frank O. Gehry and the Buildings They Inspired | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

“Frank still doesn’t know how to use a computer, I mean, except to throw it at somebody.”

 

The above quote — taken from the transcript of Sydney Pollack’s film “The Sketches of Frank Gehry,” released 10 years ago today — encapsulates the dry sense of humor pervading this legendary architect’s studio. Of course, Timothy Paulson’s comment was knowingly facetious — the 87-year-old Pritzker Prize winner has been utilizing computer-based technology for years with the help of a talented engineering team, even starting a spin-off company to advance BIM design software for the whole profession.

 

The desire to further these technologies stems from Gehry’s perpetual experiments with curvaceous, fragmented volumes, now famous around the world for their theatrical fluidity. However, before the digital journey begins for each project, Gehry uses far more traditional mediums to help him visualize the formal possibilities of a building. As well as models — a 3D collage of crumpled card and all manner of inanimate objects — the architect’s sketches have become synonymous with the dramatic aesthetics of his completed structures.

 

“I think of them as scribble,” says Gehry of his freeform line drawings. “I don’t think they mean anything to anybody except to me. At the end of the project we wheel out these little drawings and they’re uncannily like the finished building.” To mark exactly a decade since Pollack’s fascinating movie brought Gehry’s unique approach to a global audience, we take a closer look at seven of the architect’s most fluid scribbles, together with the iconic architectural landmarks they inspired.

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Santiago Calatrava's Museum of Tomorrow opens in Rio

Santiago Calatrava's Museum of Tomorrow opens in Rio | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava's science museum with a skeletal roof that projects over a public plaza has opened in Rio de Janeiro (+ slideshow).
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Zaha HADID architects' 582-606 collins street tower melbourne

Zaha HADID  architects' 582-606 collins street tower melbourne | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

At the end of last year, zaha hadid architects unveiled their tower proposal for the city of melbourne in australia. the ‘582-606 collins street’ tower – ZHA’s first project in melbourne- is one step closer to receiving the go-ahead with construction as it has been announced that the scheme has been referred to victoria’s planning minister for approval without consideration by the city of melbourne’s future committee. working with local-practice plus architecture and developed by landream, the design of the 54-storey mixed-used tower features a façade composed of elegant colonnades of sculptural, curved columns. a delicate filigree gently envelops the building, with the scheme designed to use 50% less energy than a conventional mixed-use tower, this filigreed façade contributes to a reduction in the direct solar gain of the building and emissions

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Adolf Loos, Tristan Tzara House, Paris (1925-1926) – – SOCKS

Adolf Loos, Tristan Tzara House, Paris (1925-1926) – – SOCKS | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
The house for the Romanian poet and Dadaist Tristan Tzara and his wife, the painter Knitson, was designed and built by the Austrian architect Adolf Loos between 1925 and 1926. Specific requirements of the artist were followed by the architect, but the formal process is well identifiable within Loos corpus of works.
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Urban Tent: Breathable Skin For Skyscrapers - eVolo | Architecture Magazine

Urban Tent: Breathable Skin For Skyscrapers - eVolo | Architecture Magazine | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

While the use of glass in skyscrapers has proliferated, contemporary skyscrapers are effectively closed off from the environment. Since its inception, the use of closed and artificially controlled interior environments have caused large strains on the planet’s resources; have made these buildings homogenous experientially; and have also caused sicknesses related to this over-reliance on air-conditioning. Modern humans now live, work, play and learn in towers with the outside as if it were wallpaper: despite it snowing outside, the occupants feel no cold; nor feel any heat during a hot summer’s day. While comfort is of importance, this comfort-craziness has driven more and more advanced air-conditioning technology creating buildings that no longer open up to the nature’s seasonal changes and are the same all year round.

 

The Urban Tent seeks to change this static typology by reutilising the traditional tent concept: a breathable skin that adapts for multiple environmental settings without resorting to air-conditioning. Using innovations in smart fabric technology, such as the UHMWP fabric (ultra-high-molecular-weight-polyethylene), the Urban Tent Skyscraper can do more than traditional tent fabrics with its dynamic properties of transparencies, porosities, insulations, tensions, strengths and plasticity. The design for the Urban Tent Skyscraper is conceived as being more like the human skin with an outer porous fabric membrane around the outside of the building, like the epidermis, and different additional inner layers of fabric-walls around all the interior rooms and in particular spaces creating multiple temperatures and different layers of interior conditions within the whole building. Consequently, occupants can then choose to be in zones of different comfort and temperatures which also creates an opportunity for co-existence of different trees and plants. People can be enjoying the winter without feeling too cold in the outer zones, or feeling warm by being inside one of the warmer inner layer fabric rooms. The outside and inside fabric work together in a way that it creates different environmental conditions and different micro-climates on the inside of the building so that the harsh outside natural environment is filtered into the building in different amounts in different zones of the interior.

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Venice Biennale 2016 WINERS: Spain, Japan, Peru, NLÉ & Gabinete de Arquitectura

Venice Biennale 2016 WINERS: Spain, Japan, Peru, NLÉ & Gabinete de Arquitectura | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Alejandro Aravena and the jury for the 15th International Architecture Exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia have just announced the winning participations.

The Golden Lion for Best National Participation went to Spain for UNFINISHED. The jury cited Carlos Quintáns & Iñaqui Carnicero's "concisely curated selection of emerging architects whose work shows how creativity and commitment can transcend material constraints."

The Golden Lion for Best Participant in the International Exhibition, Reporting From the Front, went to Gabinete de Arquitectura. The award was granted to Solano Benítez, Gloria Cabral, and Solanito Benítez (all from Paraguay) for “harnessing simple materials, structural ingenuity and unskilled labour to bring architecture to underserved communities.”

NLÉ received the Silver Lion for a Promising Young Participant in the International Exhibition Reporting From the Front for his Makoko Floating School. The jury cited, "a powerful demonstration, be it in Lagos or in Venice, that architecture, at once iconic and pragmatic, can amplify the importance of education."

Japan and Peru took home the Special Mention in the National Participations category. For Japan, the jury particularly appreciated “the poetry of compactness to alternative forms of collective living in a dense urban space.” They congratulated Peru for bringing architecture to a remote corner of the world, making it both a venue for learning as well as a means for preserving the culture of the Amazon.

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Les techniques et connaissances avancées de Caral inspirent les ARCHITECTES modernes | Les Découvertes Archéologiques

Les techniques et connaissances avancées de Caral inspirent les ARCHITECTES modernes | Les Découvertes Archéologiques | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Les architectes en quête de solutions pour une vie durable au 21ème siècle se sont penchés sur l'ancienne cité de Caral au Pérou, une merveille d’ingénierie construite il y a 5000 ans...


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Sou Fujimoto es el arquitecto elegido para la construcción del segundo Architectural Folie del siglo XXI

Sou Fujimoto es el arquitecto elegido para la construcción del segundo Architectural Folie del siglo XXI | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

El equipo multidisciplinar liderado por el arquitecto japonés Sou Fujimoto ha sido escogido para construir la segunda edición de “Architecture Folie” del siglo XXI en Montpellier, Francia. Dentro de este equipo también se incluyen los participantes franceses Nicolas Laisne Associés (NL*A) y Manal Rachdi Oxo Architects

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[Lima-Peru] University Campus UTEC Lima - Grafton Architects

[Lima-Peru] University Campus UTEC Lima  - Grafton Architects | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
Man-Made Cliff
The unique condition of Lima and its relationship to the Pacific, with cliffs defining the boundary between the city and the sea, was a starting point in the conception of this project.

A green valley connecte the site with the sea. The UTEC campus project is conceived as a ‘new cliff’, continuing the sea edge, clearly stating and defining the University on its new ground.
The northern boundary of the site contains a busy road network. We see this northern boundary as the main façade of the project, visible from passing traffic and it is the register of the new campus in the public mind. We have positioned the special rooms of the University: the auditorium, the conference rooms, the theatre / movie venue, at the base of the ‘cliff ’ face, marking the northern boundary to the highway, encouraging cultural interaction with the wider public.

project in context - ocean, cliffs, city and motorway

 

PROJECT INFO
Client UTEC- Universidad de Ingeniería & Tecnologia
Size 35,000m2
Date 2011 (Competition)
Location Lima, Peru

COLLABORATORS
Local Architect Shell Arquitectos
Environmental Consultants BDSP
Structure & Civils GCAQ Ingenieros Civiles
Mechanical Consultants Gutierrez Cantillo Ingenieros
Electrical Consultants AT Consultores
Landscape Paisaje Vivo
Acoustic Consultants Jimenez & Moreno
Project Management GCAQ Ingenieros Civiles

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Grafton Architects was established in 1978. Directors Yvonne Farrell & Shelley McNamara are both graduates of UCD, are Fellows of the RIAI, are International Honorary Fellows of the RIBA and are elected members of Aosdána, the eminent Irish Art organisation. Teachers at the School of Architecture at University College Dublin from 1976 to 2002, they have been visiting professors at Accademia d’Archittettura, Mendrisio, EPFL, Lausanne, held the Kenzo Tange chair at GSD Harvard and the Louis Kahn chair at Yale University. They have been external examiners at numerous universities including Cambridge University and The London Metropolitan School of Architecture. As well as public lectures in Dublin and abroad, including the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin and the Royal Academy in London, they have lectured widely in European and American Schools of Architecture.

Co‐directors Gerard Carty and Philippe O’Sullivan have been with the practice for 20 years. They are accomplished teachers and architects and play a central role in the life of the practice.

Grafton Architects are winners of numerous international awards including the World Building of the Year Award 2008 for their building for the Universita Luigi Bocconi in Milan, which is widely acclaimed and recognized as a seminal contemporary work. They are currently working on the commission for the construction of the new School of Economics for University Toulouse 1 Capitole and a New University Campus for UTEC Lima in Peru.

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MAD Unveils 'ORGANIC' and Asymmetrical Tower in Paris' Clichy-Batignolles

MAD Unveils 'ORGANIC' and Asymmetrical Tower in Paris' Clichy-Batignolles | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

MAD’s first residential project in Europe was revealed by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo earlier today. The building, called UNIC, will be located in the newly developed neighborhood of Clichy-Batignolles, a former brownfield site in the northeast of the seventeenth arrondissement, covering over fifty hectares. The tower will be adjacent to Martin Luther King Park and a courthouse by Renzo Piano that is currently under construction. MAD was awarded the design through an international competition, and the project is being developed in collaboration with Biecher Architectes.

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Waterlinie Museum / Jonathan Penne Architects + Rapp+Rapp

Waterlinie Museum  / Jonathan Penne Architects + Rapp+Rapp | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

ArchitectsJonathan Penne Architects , Rapp+Rapp

LocationMarsdijk 2, 3981 Bunnik, The Netherlands

Area2500.0 sqm

Project Year2015

PhotographsVan Duivenbode, Courtesy of Jonathan Penne Architects + Rapp+Rapp, Luuk Kramer
+30 TeamPiotr Bujas, Aysu Gümüstekin, Vincent Tuinema, Gijs Adriaansens, Marc van Bemmel, Noelia Ferro, Sem Holweg

ClientProvincie Utrecht, P. Kuypers

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Paris TESTE la formule de l’immeuble sans charges de copropriété - LesEchos

Paris TESTE la formule de l’immeuble sans charges de copropriété - LesEchos | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it


Un appartement sur mesure dans un immeuble neuf sans charges de copropriété, vendu à un prix inférieur de 30 % à celui du marché : le modèle économique du projet d’immeuble Edison Lite a séduit la ville de Paris. Pour le tester, elle l’a primé au concours Réinventer Paris et lui a attribué une parcelle près de la place d’Italie, dans le sud de la capitale. Objectif : livrer la construction fin 2018. Il reste à voir combien il va séduire de candidats à l’achat et le test est… maintenant. Les informations nécessaires pour se déterminer et déposer, le cas échéant, une e-candidature à l’achat d’un appartement sont mises en ligne ce vendredi matin sur le site d’Edison Lite.


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[HLM à Boulogne-Billancourt] Antonini Darmon lines SOCIAL housing terraces with rows of arches

[HLM à Boulogne-Billancourt] Antonini Darmon lines SOCIAL housing terraces with rows of arches | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

French firm Antonini Darmon has completed a social housing block near Paris, featuring a white concrete facade surrounded on all sides by rows of arch-fronted balconies (+ slideshow).

Antonini Darmon designed the €4.2 million building for a former industrial site in Boulogne-Billancourt, a suburb to the west of the city. It accommodates 33 apartments.

Named Arches Boulogne after its distinctive facade, the apartment block forms part of a wider redevelopment of the area that was once home to Renault car factories.

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[Aïe - Aïe] Daniel Buren colours sails of Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton

[Aïe - Aïe] Daniel Buren colours sails of Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
French artist Daniel Buren has covered the glass sails of Frank Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton building in Paris with an array of multicoloured filters (+ slideshow).

Named Observatory of Light, the site-specific installation was unveiled yesterday at the Fondation Louis Vuitton arts centre in Paris' Jardin d'Acclimatation.
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A Japanese Constellation: Toyo Ito, SANAA, and Beyond, at MoMA | Metalocus

A Japanese Constellation: Toyo Ito, SANAA, and Beyond, at MoMA | Metalocus | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
The Museum of Modern Art announces A Japanese Constellation: Toyo Ito, SANAA, and Beyond, an exhibition focused on the work of architects and designers orbiting Pritzker Prize winners Toyo Ito and SANAA, on view from March 13 to July 4, 2016.
Providing an overview of Ito's career and his influence as a mentor to a new generation of Japanese architects, the exhibition offers a retrospective of recent works by three generations of internationally acclaimed designers, including Kazuyo Sejima, Ryue Nishizawa, Sou Fujimoto, Akihisa Hirata, and Junya Ishigami. Displaying models, drawings, and images of more than 40 architectural designs, the exhibition highlights the renewed prominence and innovation of contemporary architecture from Japan since the 1990s.

A Japanese Constellation presents a survey of architectural production since 2000, and reveals a network of influence and cross-pollination that has become particularly relevant at the start of the 21st century. Departing from one of Ito's pivotal works, the Sendai Mediatheque, completed in 2001 (and part of MoMA's collection), as well as SANAA's 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, the exhibition is organized through intersecting spaces separated by translucent curtains on which multimedia presentations are projected. This layout echoes the different connections and levels of influence among the selected architects.

With its idea of a network of luminaries at work, A Japanese Constellation is intended as a reflection on the transmission of an architectural sensibility, and suggests an alternative model to w...


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2016 Aga Khan AWARD for architecture shortlist announced

2016 Aga Khan AWARD for architecture shortlist announced | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
The late Zaha Hadid's first building in the Arab world, Iran's largest pedestrian bridge and a floating school in Nigeria are among the 19 projects competing to win $1 million in the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture (+ slideshow).

BIG's huge urban park in Copenhagen, a power station in Baku and a university in Morocco are also shortlisted to win the triennial award, billed as one of the most lucrative architectural prizes in the world.
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Santiago Calatrava's World Trade Center transit terminal: converting tourists into consumers.

Santiago Calatrava's World Trade Center transit terminal: converting tourists into consumers. | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

On a recent Sunday afternoon children sprawled on the gleaming white marble floor beneath the oculus in Santiago Calatrava's new transit and retail hub at the World Trade Center site. Young couples Instagrammed the white ribbed ceiling with light streaming through a strip of skylights. People hung out and marvelled at the space, a photo-worthy hall that at this moment serves no purpose at all. It was a rare moment in an un-programmed, un-planned, free space in a relentlessly commercial city increasingly defined by exclusion and surveillance.

 

Though on that day the hall resembled a public space, few will mistake it for one in the future. Referred to as the transit hub, Calatrava's largely underground building is, in fact, a vast shopping mall that happens to connect to a few commuter rail and subway lines. The signature oculus is actually an atrium that brings natural light — dramatically, even beautifully – into a two-storey shopping arcade that rings the space.

 

Early on, Calatrava hoped this space would bring light down to the train platforms running under the site. In the reality, the oculus serves as a magnet to pull in throngs of tourists from the plaza level below ground.

 

The all-white structure is dwarfed by the towers that surround it

Above ground, the all-white structure is dwarfed by the towers that surround it, including SOM's One World Trade, Rogers Stirk Harbour's Three World Trade, currently under construction, and Fumihiko Maki's tower Four. BIG's (or possibly Foster's) tower Two, for now, exists only on the boards. Calatrava gave his small peaked building greater presence with asymmetrical tines that crisscross over the skylights.

 

The relatively small number of riders exiting the platforms half a city block underground from the oculus/shopping atrium, which the Port Authority claims to be about 50,000 per day, are not enough to support all the retail space eventually planned for the site: 34,800 square metres. Revealingly, the Port Authority, the bi-state agency that built the complex, refers to the oculus at the Transportation & Retail Hub on its website for potential tenants.

This is where Calatrava's architectural theatrics do their real work. The thousands of New Jersey commuters are easily matched by the throngs of visitors milling around above ground who are there to see the 9/11 memorial and the country's tallest building, One World Trade. So Calatrava's task is to draw as many of those people down to the shopping concourses below as possible, converting tourists into consumers.

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