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OMA BREAKS Ground on BMVR Library in Caen

OMA BREAKS Ground on BMVR Library in Caen | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it



Shaped as an “X”, the building’s layout aids users in navigating the library’s 150,000 volumes by assigning each wing to its own discipline – arts to the northeast, science and technology to the northwest, humanities to the southeast, and literature to the southwest.

 

This creates an opportunity for a “space of confluence for both knowledge and power,” as OMA associate-in-charge Clement Blanchet described, where the library maximizes interaction between disciplines by offering a fully transparent, naturally lit reading room with unobstructed views to the water and the city at its first floor core.

 

“This library is a symbol of the lateral thinking of the 21st century,” Blanchet stated. “Its form is based on an almost primitive action: two lines crossing, generating a centrality which groups four polarities. It is an agora of ideas, a place that might reinforce the role of books in an increasingly digitized world.”

 

The library is scheduled for completion in early 2016.

 

  

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Henri Lefebvre à l'USAGE des architectes - Métropolitiques

Henri Lefebvre à l'USAGE des architectes - Métropolitiques | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Si Henri Lefebvre est bien connu pour avoir inventé le « droit à la ville », ses travaux sont peu mobilisés par les URBANISTES et ARCHITECTES. Łukasz Stanek expose les ambitions pratiques du travail de ce penseur à l’usage des chercheurs mais aussi des professionnels à la recherche de théorie.

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sou fujimoto: house K maximizes space with SOARING roof

sou fujimoto: house K maximizes space with SOARING roof | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
sou fujimoto: house K maximizes space with soaring roof-- a voluminous, crescent-shaped roof soars home in northeastern osaka's dense urban fabric.
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[Cenon, France] Habiter Autrement + Ateliers Jean Nouvel

[Cenon, France] Habiter Autrement + Ateliers Jean Nouvel | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Architects: Habiter Autrement + Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Location: Cenon, France
Architects In Charge: Mia Hägg, Sandrine Forais / Jean Nouvel
Project Managers: Sandrine Forais, Elise Camus
Architectural Consultant: Jean-Jacques Raynaud
Team Members: Mathilde Jauvin, Aimée Lau, Félix Medina, Louis Mangin, Nicolas Métro, Marcel Züger
Area: 6,852 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Philippe Ruault

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[Ílhavo, Portugal] Maritime Museum Extension / ARX

[Ílhavo, Portugal] Maritime Museum Extension / ARX | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Architects: ARX
Location: Ílhavo, Portugal
Architects In Charge: José Mateus, Nuno Mateus
Work Team: Ricardo Guerreiro, Fábio Cortês, Ana Fontes, Baptiste Fleury, Luís Marques, Sofia Raposo, Sara Nieto, Héctor Bajo
Area: 2,500 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

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YOUR Office, YOUR Future: we look at the future of the architectural workplace.

YOUR Office, YOUR Future: we look at the future of the architectural workplace. | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

In this extensive interactive package, our second-annual “What’s Next” exploration, we look at the future of the architectural workplace.What's Next 2012.

 

If there has ever been a moment when architecture firms would like nothing more than to push a giant Staples-style reset button, this may well be it. For all the momentary reverie that comes at the start of a New Year, it’s impossible to escape the specter of the flailing economy. You may have more free time than you’d like as you search for new clients. Or you may find that your workload doubled because a colleague got the pink slip.

 

The Staples button may just be an ad campaign, but back in the real world, there’s no better time than the present to reinvent your practice. The Empire State Building rose as the nation plunged into the Great Depression. John Jakob Raskob, the building’s financier, was hardly dissuaded by the economic climate of the time; indeed, he never wavered from his bold and ambitious plan, even as the economy grew worse. So, too, can firms view the current financial malaise as an opportunity—to rethink, even in small, managable ways, their approach to office culture, social media, or business development.

 

In this, our second annual “What’s Next” package, we explore the future of the architectural workplace. Here, you'll find everything we ran in the January 2012 print issue plus additional stories in the form of additional case studies and interviews. Also in our new, weekly “What’s Next” video series, which you can find here leaders from within and around the profession share their own ideas, in 60 seconds or less.


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ACADEMIC building for the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. From Chrysler Building

ACADEMIC building for the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. From Chrysler Building | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Culver City, Calif.–based Morphosis Architects designed this academic building for the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

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The magazine of the American Institute of Architects. Published by Hanley Wood, LLC.

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The Architect Has NO CLOTHES: Why so much modern design looks harsh and feels inhospitable

The Architect Has NO CLOTHES: Why so much modern design looks harsh and feels inhospitable | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

1. Seeing the World Differently

Have you ever looked at a bizarre building design and wondered, “what were the architects thinking?” Have you looked at a supposedly “ecological” industrial-looking building, and questioned how it could be truly ecological? Or have you simply felt frustrated by a building that made you uncomfortable, or felt anger when a beautiful old building was razed and replaced with a contemporary eyesore? You might be forgiven for thinking “these architects must be blind!” New research shows that in a real sense, you might actually be right.

 

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Le Corbusier's project for the Palace of the SOVIETS (1928-1931)

Le Corbusier's project for the Palace of the SOVIETS (1928-1931) | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
"There can be 25,000 people inside the Palace, and 50,000 more on the open-air platform." Corbusier, The Radiant City

 

The Main Auditorium: an audience of 15,000. Open-air platform: 50,000 people. And perfectly regulated acoustics. Small auditorium: 6,500 people. Huge crowds can move about at their case of the esplanade. Cars are on a lower level; the parking lot is beneath the auditoriums.

 

General ground-level plan: The natural declivities of the ground are left untouched. Automobiles are assigned a circuit on either side, in the open or underground. The circuit leads to the various entrances: an automatic classification of all visitors. Pedestrians never come into contact with cars. (There can be 25,000 people inside the Palace, and 50,000 more on the open-air platform).

 
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The World’s LARGEST Building Opens in China

The World’s LARGEST Building Opens in China | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Although Dubai has held claim to the world’s tallest building for a few years, China is now claiming to now have the worlds largest building. Measuring at 500 meters long, 400 meters wide and 100 meters high, the newly constructed Century Global Center in Chengdu is reportedly capable of housing 20 Sydney Opera Houses in its 1.7 million square meter interior.

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[Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain] Aguilera Guerrero arquitectos' social housing, catalonia - designboom

[Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain] Aguilera Guerrero arquitectos' social housing, catalonia - designboom | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

project title: '52 viviendas VPO'

location: tarragona, catalonia, spain

program: social housing

area: 4,706 square meters

architect: aguilera/guerrero arquitectos

design team: anton armengol tua

developer: servei municipal de l'habitatge; actuacions urbanes s.a.

contractor: tauicesa

year completed: 2013

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La Forma Moderna en Latinoamérica: OCHO RECOMENDACIONES A LOS ARQUITECTOS POR WALTER GROPIUS

La Forma Moderna en Latinoamérica: OCHO RECOMENDACIONES A LOS ARQUITECTOS POR WALTER GROPIUS | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

En su visita nos dejó las siguientes recomendaciones, las cuales deberíamos tener presentes en la actualidad:


1.- Olvídense de la batalla de los estilos y pónganse a trabajar hacia el desarrollo de una arquitectura que mejore las condiciones de vida.

2.- Proyecten edificios en que se haga uso de los dinámicos y flexibles implementos de la vida moderna, y no para servir simplemente como monumentos al genio de quien los concibe.

3.- Diagnostiquen las necesidades efectivas del cliente y denlé edificios consistentes.

4.- Háganse competentes en todos los campos de la construcción para ganar la confianza del cliente y adquirir el derecho para dirigir el equipo.

5.- Hagan mejor uso de la ciencia y la máquina para mejorar las condiciones de vida.

6.- Busquen la auténtica expesión regional, pero sin apoyarse en viejos emblemas y detalles superficiales.

7.- Lleven la enseñanza arquitectónica al campo de trabajo, para balancear mejor el conocimiento y la experencia.

8.- Agreguen actividad comunal a las labores de la oficina para llegar a ser tan dirigentes como servidores.

 

Revista El Arquitecto Peruano
Enero - Febrero de 1954.

 

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straddle3: desde distintos enfoques trabajamos la CIUDAD desde la BASE, nos interesa la vivienda, el dominio público, las prácticas colaborativas, las redes...

straddle3: desde distintos enfoques trabajamos la CIUDAD desde la BASE, nos interesa la vivienda, el dominio público, las prácticas colaborativas, las redes... | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

straddle3

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desde distintos enfoques trabajamos la ciudad desde la base, nos interesa la vivienda, el dominio público, las prácticas colaborativas, las redes,..

barcelona · straddle3.net

 

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WikiHouse ou la DÉMOCRATISATION de la production architecturale

WikiHouse ou la DÉMOCRATISATION de la production architecturale | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
UrbaNews.fr - Projet innovant et non moins singulier, Alastair Parvin rejoint en 2011 le réseau des wiki, ces initiatives open-source destinées à partager et contribuer librement à l'élaboration d'un projet virtuel ou non.
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+node CANTILEVERED wooden house by UID Architects

+node CANTILEVERED wooden house by UID Architects | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
Cantilevered wooden house in Japan by UID Architects that hovers above the forest floor and has a hole underneath to let trees grow up inside.
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AD Classics: The PLUG-IN City / Peter Cook, Archigram

AD Classics: The PLUG-IN City  / Peter Cook, Archigram | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

AD Classics presents you with great buildings of the past, providing inspiration and motivation for architects to design for the future. But why must inspiration only come from poured concrete and erected walls? For this edition of AD Classics, we share a work, the Plug-In City, by the avant-garde group Archigram. Though never built, their projects and ideas provoked fascinating debates, combining architecture, technology and society; when Plug-In City was proposed in 1964, it offered a fascinating new approach to urbanism, reversing traditional perceptions of infrastructure’s role in the city.  

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ANATOMY of a Chinese City

ANATOMY of a Chinese City | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
Courtesy of Thomas Batzenschlager and Clémence Pybaro In cities around the globe, change happens almost instantly. Buildings rise, buildings disappear,
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ArchDaily App Guide: Sketchfab, can help you as an architect: productivity, INSPIRATION, drafting, and more.

ArchDaily App Guide: Sketchfab, can help you as an architect: productivity, INSPIRATION, drafting, and more. | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
ArchDaily’s Architecture App Guide will introduce you to web and mobile apps that can help you as an architect: productivity, inspiration, drafting, and
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[Collective Amnesia] Beyond Pacific Standard Time: A Confederacy of HERETICS at SCI-Arc

[Collective Amnesia] Beyond Pacific Standard Time: A Confederacy of HERETICS at SCI-Arc | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
"A Confederacy of Heretics" at SCI-Arc and the architecture exhibit at MOCA Los Angeles show how Los Angeles was made without explaining what it means.
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[À POIL] Le Corbusier painting in the nude at Eileen Gray's Villa E-1027

[À POIL] Le Corbusier painting in the nude at Eileen Gray's Villa E-1027 | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
"I looked down: a big area of blood-red water, and half my thigh floating like a ray (the fish!), attached by a narrow strip of flesh."
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Der Palast der Sowjets: Entries by German architects to the PALACE of the Soviets competition

Der Palast der Sowjets: Entries by German architects to the PALACE of the Soviets competition | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

The outcome of the competition for the Palace of the Soviets has filled all radical architects in the West with indignation and disbelief. We have no intention of using this occasion to mollify their outrage; on the contrary, it is incombent upon us to inform the reader in the same breath that the decision was neither accidental nor an isolated occurrence. In fact, a limited competition among ten Soviet architects has been held and since and has yielded similar results. At the same time, however, we do consider it our duty to give our Western colleagues a more objective picture of the architectural situation in the Soviet Union and to put into perspective those matters that have been misunderstood and distorted by overexposure and sensation-seeking publicity. In our case, the attempt to be objective reflects the desire to look at modern architecture not simply as a completed phenomenon, but as a process intimately connected to all the social, political, and technical manifestations of a whole culture.

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TEODORO CRON, tremendo arquitecto peruano con una obra ATEMPORAL digna de revisitarse

TEODORO CRON,  tremendo arquitecto peruano con una obra ATEMPORAL digna de revisitarse | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

El edificio está ubicado entre la calle José Granda y el Pasaje Country, en el distrito de San Isidro en la ciudad de Lima. Se caracteriza por pasar desapercibido, manteniendo una escala urbana residencial de baja altura y destacando una gran calidad en su factura.Como material de composición se observa el ladrillo caravista solaqueado y pintado color blanco. El edificio es completamente blanco, generando mayor iluminación en los interiores y permitiendo destacar el verde del tratamiento paisajpistico de sus jardines y los árboles que conforman las calles que lo delimitan.
La propuesta arquitectónica se caracteriza por distribuir 9 deparamentos en tres niveles, con accesos variados, ya que cuenta con más de un acceso al edificio, permitiendo obtener unidades de vivienda independientes e ingresos comunes. Cada departamento tiene el área social a doble altura y el resto de los espacios varian de acuerdo a la cantidad de dormitorios que contienen.

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VISITE: rénovation du musée de l’Homme, fermé en 2009 et dont la réouverture est prévue pour 2015.

VISITE: rénovation du musée de l’Homme, fermé en 2009 et dont la réouverture est prévue pour 2015. | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
Visite très privée du chantier de rénovation du musée du Trocadéro, fermé en 2009 et dont la réouverture est prévue pour 2015.

 

"Je n'avais jamais vu le Musée de l'Homme comme cela"

La grande verrière de l’ancien palais du Trocadéro -murée depuis 1937- a été dégagée sur deux niveaux, formant un bel atrium de clarté. « Je ne l’avais jamais vue comme cela » s’émerveillait la paléontologue Brigitte Senut, qui a débuté et travaillé 11 ans dans ce musée-laboratoire fondé par l’ethnologue Paul Rivet.

 

BULLE. Brigitte Senut faisait partie de la poignée d’invités –parmi lesquels le président de l’Académie des Sciences, Philippe Taquet, le paléontologue Yves Coppens ou la philosophe Sylvaine Agacinsky-  invités à découvrir le chantier monumental de rénovation, engagé en mars 2009. Les ouvriers ont posé leurs outils, les gravats ont été balayés, les échafaudages démontés. Et une coupe de champagne à la main, face à l’une des plus belles vues de Paris sur la Seine, une bulle s’est ouverte… le temps de célébrer un anniversaire prestigieux –le bâtiment a été inauguré en juin 1938- , de faire le point sur les travaux et de rassurer définitivement les inconditionnels de ce musée qui ont pu, un temps redouter sa disparition (lire à ce sujet Sciences et Avenir n°720).

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Une façade en MÉTAL pour un immeuble quartier Masséna à Paris

Une façade en MÉTAL pour un immeuble quartier Masséna à Paris | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
Une façade en métal pour un immeuble flambant neuf : quartier Masséna à Paris, par Anne Démians Architecture. Reportage photos.

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[Lima, Perú] La Forma Moderna en Latinoamérica: CASA ZUZUNAGA

[Lima, Perú] La Forma Moderna en Latinoamérica: CASA ZUZUNAGA | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

En un solar de 14 metros de frente por 40 metros de largo (560 m2 de área), la solución funcional planteada por el arquitecto Rudolf para la vivienda del señor Zuzunaga resultó sumamente interesante y particular. El encargo arquitectónico debía contemplar dos zonas importantes: la zona de vivienda y la zona para un taller. Mediante un patio central se soluciona hábilmente la distribución de la vivienda, separando la edificación en dos volúmenes de dos niveles cada uno: en el volumen de ingreso se encontraban las cocheras, el ingreso principal y en el segundo piso estaba el taller; en el volumen posterior estaba la zona de vivienda propiamente dicha. La vivienda esta levantada sobre el nivel de la calle, mientras que el volumen de ingreso está ubicado a unos 60 centímetros por debajo. Bajando unos peldaños desde la vereda está la puerta principal, luego el vestíbulo comunicado con las cocheras, inmediatamente después hay unas escaleras que suben un nivel y conducen a una galería que tiene como vista el patio central. Desde esta galería uno puede acceder, o bien a la vivienda o de lo contrario al taller.

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