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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

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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,..

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[Barcelona, Spain] Sports Facility / Batlle i Roig Arquitectes

[Barcelona, Spain] Sports Facility / Batlle i Roig Arquitectes | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Architects: Batlle i Roig Arquitectes
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Project Architects: Enric Batlle, Joan Roig
Collaborators: Francesc Puig, Oriol Marin, Gerardo Rodríguez
Area: 4,300 sqm
Year: 2005
Photographs: José Hevia

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La Gare de Lyon dans la LUMIÈRE

La Gare de Lyon dans la LUMIÈRE | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
UrbaNews.fr - Les estivants de la région parisienne se dirigeant vers le sud-est du pays en train auront l'occasion de découvrir le nouveau hall de la gare de Lyon inauguré le mercredi 26 juin 2013.
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When Buildings MIMIC Nature: Singapore’s PARKROYAL Hotel

When Buildings MIMIC Nature: Singapore’s PARKROYAL Hotel | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

An E-shaped tower sits above a heavily striated base, fundamentally separating Singapore’sPARKROYAL Hotel from street level action. Designed by WOHA, the successful Singapore-based architecture firm, the hotel mimics natural forms with a cave-inspired entry in the base and a series of rainforest terraces jutting out from the hotel room blocks.

 

The design is at once complex and overwhelmingly simple: the biggest part of the hotel is simply an extrusion of a simple orthogonal plan, a blindingly efficient stack of floorplates. Continuing with the floorplate metaphor, the architects drew a series of contours to describe the edges of the layers that compose the grotto-like façade.

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Château Ramezay - BRISER la routine, un jardin à la fois | Le Devoir (Canada)

Château Ramezay - BRISER la routine, un jardin à la fois | Le Devoir (Canada) | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Le Vieux-Port est l’un de ces lieux qui ne s’arrêtent jamais. Été comme hiver, travailleurs et touristes se partagent les pavés de la place Jacques-Cartier où ils transitent par milliers chaque jour...


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Exposition Architecture and HUMANITARIAN activities, Shigeru Ban, Mito

Exposition Architecture and HUMANITARIAN activities, Shigeru Ban, Mito | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Très belle exposition qui retrace le travail de Shigeru Ban aussi bien sur la question des matériaux, que sur ses activités humanitaires, beaucoup de maquettes de l’étude à l’échelle 1 et, enfin, le plaisir de croiser le maître au détour d’un couloir.

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A new type of AFFORFABLE urban housing, with people living between two sheets by Tanya Shukstelinsky

A new type of AFFORFABLE urban housing, with people living between two sheets by Tanya Shukstelinsky | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
Design graduate Tanya Shukstelinsky has proposed a new type of affordable urban housing, with people living between two sheets of suspended fabric.
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Why GREEN Architecture Hardly Ever Deserves the Name

Why GREEN Architecture Hardly Ever Deserves the Name | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Something surprising has happened with many so-called “sustainable” buildings. When actually measured in post-occupancy assessments, they’ve proven far less sustainable than their proponents have claimed. In some cases they’ve actually performed worse than much older buildings, with no such claims.

 

A 2009 New York Times article, “Some buildings not living up to green label,” documented the extensive problems with many sustainability icons. Among other reasons for this failing, the Times pointed to the widespread use of expansive curtain-wall glass assemblies and large, “deep-plan” designs that put most usable space far from exterior walls, forcing greater reliance on artificial light and ventilation systems.

 

Partly in response to the bad press, the City of New York instituted a new law requiring disclosure of actual performance for many buildings. That led to reports of even more poor-performing sustainability icons. Another Times article, “City’s Law Tracking Energy Use Yields Some Surprises,” noted that the gleaming new 7 World Trade Center, LEED Gold-certified, scored just 74 on the Energy Star rating — one point below the minimum 75 for “high-efficiency buildings” under the national rating system. That modest rating doesn’t even factor in the significant embodied energy in the new materials of 7 World Trade Center.

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Les temps modernes - L'avènement du building UTILE?

Les temps modernes - L'avènement du building UTILE? | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
En 2050 les gratte-ciel seront construits par des drones, leur façade sera recouverte de peinture solaire, ils absorberont la pollution et tireront leur énergie des algues! Ce sont les promesses d'un cabinet d'étude britannique.

Via Atlantis RH, Frédéric Liégeois
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Zaha Hadid CELEBRATES 20 year anniversary of vitra fire station

Zaha Hadid CELEBRATES 20 year anniversary of vitra fire station | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
zaha hadid celebrates 20 year anniversary of vitra fire station, her first major commission as well as the development of her practice and potential of architecture.
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Pan-Am Terminal at JFK: ” What do you think? Save or scrap?"

Pan-Am Terminal at JFK: ” What do you think? Save or scrap?" | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
Paul Goldberger weighs in on the shaky future of the architectural gems at JFK (which includes Eero Saarinen’s TWA Terminal), saying, “Like the Worldport, TWA is unworkable as a modern airport terminal.

 

 

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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.

Via Sylvain Rotillon
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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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[Shenzhen, China] Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen Campus) Master Plan Winning Proposal / Rocco Design Architects

[Shenzhen, China] Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen Campus) Master Plan Winning Proposal / Rocco Design Architects | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Architects: Rocco Design Architects
Location: Shenzhen, China
Collaborators: Gravity Partnership Ltd & Wang Weijen Architecture Ltd
Client: Bureau of Public Works of Shenzhen Municipality / The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Program: Teaching Facilities, Library, Teaching/Research Laboratories, Hall, Administration Offices, Student Amenities, Canteens, Indoor Sports Hall, Hostels
Number Of Storeys: Teaching Block: 8, Hostel: 19, Library: 5, Hall: 4
Gross Floor Area: 301,370 sqm
Site Area: 10,014,000 sqm
Design Date: 2012
Completion Date: 2015
Photographs: Courtesy of Rocco Design Architects

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[ Gibraltar, UK] King’s Bastion / RitzenArchitecten

[ Gibraltar, UK] King’s Bastion / RitzenArchitecten | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Architects: RitzenArchitecten
Location: Gibraltar, UK
Architect In Charge: Stefan Ritzen, Zorica Jovanovic Castelijns
Consultants: Van der Vorm, Thema engineers
Year: 2007
Photographs: Philip Driessen

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[ Copenhagen, Denmark] UN City / 3XN

[ Copenhagen, Denmark] UN City / 3XN | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Architects: 3XN
Location: Marmorvej 51, Copenhagen, Denmark
Area: 20000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adam Mõrk

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INDIA: a Mumbai MALL and turned it into the Indigo Deli, a delicatessen and dine-in

INDIA: a Mumbai MALL and turned it into the Indigo Deli, a delicatessen and dine-in | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

The Mumbai-based studio Sameep Padora and Associates have taken a mundane and rigid retail space within a Mumbai mall and turned it into the Indigo Deli, a delicatessen and dine-in destination that matches up design-wise with some of the best restaurants in the world.


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まちずくり: Snow, URBANITY and japanism.

まちずくり: Snow, URBANITY and japanism. | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Anatomy of a Chinese City via Archdaily

In cities around the globe, change happens almost instantly. Buildings rise, buildings disappear, and skylines morph before one’s eyes. There is no better example of this, of course, than China. From Ordos to Shanghai, Chinese cities are in a constant state of flux, as the Chinese people willfully abandon signs of the past and embrace the new.

Of course, it’s one thing to know this fact; it’s quite another to witness it firsthand, to experience this urgent impetus to demolish and demolish in order to build, build, build, and build. In the face of such large-scale, exponential urban development, it’s easy to feel powerless to suggest another path.

However, in publishing Anatomy of a Chinese City, that is exactly what two young architects have done. By taking the time to observe the “urban artifacts” that make a Chinese city unique, compiling over 100 drawings of everything from buildings to bicycles, Thomas Batzenschlager and Clémence Pybaro have preserved a piece of Chinese history that is quickly going extinct. 

In a world where, in the race for progress, quotidian realities are erased unthinkingly, Anatomy of a Chinese City is not just a resource, but a call-to-action, reminding us to slow down and observe the very human context that surrounds us.

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A Rennes, un accord CONFIDENTIEL met fin à un litige entre Jean Nouvel et des riverains - Réalisations - LeMoniteur.fr

A Rennes, un accord CONFIDENTIEL met fin à un litige entre Jean Nouvel et des riverains - Réalisations - LeMoniteur.fr | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
Le litige entre les Ateliers Jean Nouvel (AJN) et des riverains, gênés par la proximité d'un immeuble en construction dans le centre de Rennes, a trouvé son épilogue grâce à un accord confidentiel
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India’s FORGOTTEN Stepwells

India’s FORGOTTEN Stepwells | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

It’s hard to imagine an entire category of architecture slipping off history’s grid, and yet that seems to be the case with India’s incomparable stepwells.

 

Never heard of ‘em? Don’t fret, you’re not alone: millions of tourists – and any number of locals – lured to the subcontinent’s palaces, forts, tombs, and temples are oblivious to these centuries-old water-structures that can even be found hiding-in-plain-sight close to thronged destinations like Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi or Agra’s Taj Mahal.

 

But now, India’s burgeoning water crisis might lead to redemption for at least some of these subterranean edifices, which are being re-evaluated for their ability to collect and store water. With any luck, tourist itineraries will also start incorporating what are otherwise an “endangered species” of the architecture world.

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La perle PASSIVE du quartier européen

La perle PASSIVE du quartier européen | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
Avec sa façade habillée de granit noir, le Black Pearl a tout du navire de pirates auquel il emprunte le nom.
 "Nous voulions rompre avec le traditionnel Green Garde ou Green Court".

Via Jean-Yves Mesnil, Frédéric Liégeois
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Jean-Paul Viguier : “L’architecture doit être un art de l'ÉMOTION”

Jean-Paul Viguier : “L’architecture doit être un art de l'ÉMOTION” | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Le 18 juin dernier, aux “Mardis de l’architecture”, l’architecte Jean-Paul Viguier, 67 ans, répondait, dans les locaux du siege d’Unibail (Paris 16è), aux questions de Gilles Davoine (AMC), Etienne Gernelle (Le Point), Christophe Cuvillier (Unibail-Rodamco) et Jean-Jacques Lefebvre (Unibail-Rodamco).

 

Si le pavillon de la France à l’Exposition universelle de Séville (1992, avec François Seigneur) et l’aménagement du site du Pont du Gard (2000) restent  ses deux oeuvres les plus marquantes, Jean-Paul Viguier a conçu, depuis les années 80, quantité d’immeubles de bureaux (Coeur-Défense, France-Télévision), d’hôtels (Sofitel à Chicago), d’équipements (médiathèque de Reims, musée d’histoire naturelle de Toulouse) ou de centres commerciaux (Lyon-confluence). Il revient ici sur ses années de formation, sur les principes qui fondent sa pratique et sur la nécessaire densité qu’il faut inventer, selon lui, pour éviter que les villes déclinent.


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[Allgaeu, Bavaria, Germany] Becker Architekten — Hydro-electric powerstation, Kempten

[Allgaeu, Bavaria, Germany] Becker Architekten — Hydro-electric powerstation, Kempten | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

On the left banks of the river Iller a new, highly efficient hydro – electric powerstation substituted an older powerstation from the Fifties by now supporting approximately 3000 households with 10,5 million kilowatt – hours of environmentally friendly power per year. Specialised engineering consultants had nearly finished planning the project, until the authorising agency demanded a design, that would fit in a subtly manner into the listed building ensemble of a former spinnery / weavery and the natural space of the Iller.

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