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Sustainability – the concept for the Effizienzhaus Plus in Berlin

Sustainability – the concept for the Effizienzhaus Plus in Berlin | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

A cube with a shimmering, reflective façade in Berlin symbolizes the harmony of modern architecture and trailblazing residential energy concepts.

The building is located in the immediate vicinity of the famed Kurfürstendamm and was selected from 16 entries as the prize-winner for the "Forschungsinitiative Zukunft Bau" competition organized by the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Construction and Urban Planning. The building's special feature is that it generates more energy in the course of a year than it consumes. It produces the energy needed to source the air conditioning, heating and hot water, to operate electrical appliances (household appliances, small devices, multimedia, etc.) and power up electric cars.

"Sustainable houses must not have that efficiency look, but instead need to be breathtakingly beautiful and powerful in appearance," suggests Werner Sobek, whose office together with Stuttgart University won the competition to design the Effizienzhaus-Plus. The jury was won over by the concept of an energy-efficient dwelling along with electromobility, that harmonizes user needs, the house and the vehicles perfectly.


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Competirán 25 obras mexicanas en Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura

Competirán 25 obras mexicanas en Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

La Delegación de México en la VIII Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura y Urbanismo (BIAU) eligió 25 propuestas mexicanas que competirán por entrar en la selección final del encuentro, a celebrarse del 10 al 14 septiembre, en Cádiz, sur de de España.

 

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Arles : les murs s’habillent d’un balisage urbain innovant | InnovCity

Arles : les murs s’habillent d’un balisage urbain innovant | InnovCity | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
Début juillet, l’Arlésienne d’Alphonse Daudet sortira de son mutisme. Inspiré de son costume traditionnel, les nouveaux dispositifs lumineux de la ville seront à la croisée des chemins entre tradition et modernité.

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Circuler. Quand nos mouvements façonnent les villes.

Circuler. Quand nos mouvements façonnent les villes. | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

L’espace des villes, l’espace entre les villes,
l’architecture accompagnent ce mouvement permanent de l’humanité.

Cité de l'architecture & du patrimoine

 

Exposition conçue et réalisée par la Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine / IFA


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The Funambilist: #City by David Apikian

The Funambilist: #City by David Apikian | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

"In 1997, I began the serie “City”, an “architectural fantasy about the urban disaster of the post-industrial era”. If you ask me why I'm not working as an architect I would answer that some mathematicians work on abstract maths and others on applied maths; some architects are building houses,others imagine abstract representation of architecture, (one time called in Russia “paper architecture”). Walking in the steps of Piranese and Iakov Chernikhov, I'm an abstract architect."
David Apikian

 

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With a tradition of earth-based construction... Back to Earth | Vernacular Architecture

With a tradition of earth-based construction... Back to Earth | Vernacular Architecture | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
In Ma'anqiao, the 2008 earthquake destroyed 263 out of 272 houses.

Today, with the help of a group of university researchers, this remote Sichuan village has become a workshop of design experimentation, in which the region's inhabitants and artisans are re-learning the ancient art of rammed-earth constructions.

To do so, it was essential to give villagers a demonstration of how to rebuild with all the readily available resources. As a prototype, a new rammed-earth courtyard dwelling was constructed for an elderly couple in one month by the project team together with villagers mobilised from each family. Providing families with a participative training course on the basic techniques developed in previous studies, this hands-on approach allowed them to be convinced by the new construction and further understand how to rebuild their houses by themselves...


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La "arquitectura dinámica" de David Alfaro SIQUEIROS

La "arquitectura dinámica" de David Alfaro SIQUEIROS | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Siqueiros adaptaba sus composiciones a lo que él llamó la "arquitectura dinámica", basada en la construcción de composiciones en perspectiva poliangular.

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The Art of Urbanism: How Mesoamerican Kingdoms Represented Themselves in Architecture and Imagery (Dumbarton Oaks Pre-Columbian Symposia and Colloquia) (9780884023449): William L. Fash,...

The Art of Urbanism: How Mesoamerican Kingdoms Represented Themselves in Architecture and Imagery (Dumbarton Oaks Pre-Columbian Symposia and Colloquia) (9780884023449): William L. Fash, Leonardo López Luján, George J.

 

This volume explores how the royal courts of powerful Mesoamerican centers represented their kingdoms in architectural, iconographic, and cosmological terms. Through an investigation of the ecological contexts and environmental opportunities of urban centers, the contributors to this volume consider how ancient Mesoamerican cities defined themselves and reflected upon their physical—and metaphysical—place via their built environment. Themes include the ways in which a kingdom’s public monuments were fashioned to reflect geographic space, patron gods, and mythology, and how the Olmec, Maya, Mexica, Zapotecs, and others sought to center their world through architectural monuments and public art.

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Architecture as Political Practice | CONDITIONS magazine

Architecture as Political Practice | CONDITIONS magazine | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
Roemer van Toorn in conversation with Markus Miessen RvT The good news is that politics is on everybody lips, the bad news is that politics is about every...
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The Future of the City

The Future of the City | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
Cities and their influence on citizens’ behavior, community, and culture is top of mind for more than the usual suspects: urban planners and city hall officials

 

 

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The Design Museum’s Design Awards 2012

The Design Museum’s Design Awards 2012 | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
Designs of the Year 2012...

 

The Design Museum’s Design Awards, ‘the Oscars of the design world’, showcase the most innovative and progressive designs from around the world, spanning seven categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Product and Transport.

 

This year, designer Ilse Crawford is chair of the jury, joined by Hella Jongerius, Sir George lacobescu, Henrietta Thompson and Evgeny Lebedev. Category award winners and the overall winner of the Designs of the Year will be announced at an awards event on 24 April 2012.

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Guy Debord, "Informe sobre la construccion de situaciones"

Guy Debord, "Informe sobre la construccion de situaciones" | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
En este articulo clasico, Guy Debord sienta las bases de la Internacional Situacionista.
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Titanic Belfast / Todd Architects

Titanic Belfast / Todd Architects | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

The world’s largest ever Titanic-themed visitor attraction and Northern Ireland’s largest tourism project, Titanic Belfast is the result of a successful collaboration between the Concept Design Architects CivicArts/Eric R Kuhne & Associates and the Lead Consultant/Architect Todd Architects.

 

Located in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on the site where the famous ship was designed and built, Titanic Belfast’s six-floors feature nine interpretive and interactive galleries designed by Event Communications that explore the sights, sounds, smells and stories of Titanic, as well as the city and people that crafted her, the passengers who sailed on her and the scientists who found her. The building will also house temporary exhibits, a 1,000-seat banqueting suite, education and community facilities, catering and retail space and a basement car park.

 

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Russian Utopia: a depository. Museum of Paper Architecture.

Russian Utopia: a depository. Museum of Paper Architecture. | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
Russian Utopia: depository...

 

 

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Paris Syndrome: Could Any Other City Produce This Bizarre Affliction?

Paris Syndrome: Could Any Other City Produce This Bizarre Affliction? | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

There's a fascinating piece by Chelsea Fagan's over at TheAtlantic.com about the Paris Syndrome, an apparently real disorder, somewhat similar to a panic attack, that has afflicted at least 20 tourists this year while visiting the City of Lights. Most Paris Syndrome sufferers have been Japanese tourists, and the cause of their symptoms, which include "acute delusions, hallucinations, dizziness, sweating, and feelings of persecution," is thought to be linked to extreme disappointment that Paris is not always the magical, romantic wonderland it's so often made out to be in the movies...

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Paisaje Transversal: #DELG: Inelegantes smart cities

Paisaje Transversal: #DELG: Inelegantes smart cities | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

La ciudad, entendida como civitas, es a la vez el complejo de actividades humanas de una sociedad local (cives) y el escenario físico donde esta acción tiene lugar (urbs).

 

Esta agrupación, desde las primeras uniones tribales hasta la polis griega o la actual metrópoli se ha mostrado como un organismo evolutivo cada vez más complejo, capaz de garantizar necesidades diversas para los diferentes pobladores. En esta unión de la ciudadanía siempre ha existido el fin de cumplir, mediante la mutua cooperación, todos o alguno de los fines de la vida de sus integrantes. Esos logros se conseguían por medio de las relaciones sociales en el espacio públicos de los ciudadanos. Esta unión, esta polis social, ha necesitado principalmente del conocimiento, de la razón natural, para irse conformando más diversa y compacta, más inclusiva. Ese conocimiento no es sino «el arraigo en el tiempo por el ejercicio de las facultades intelectuales de la naturaleza, cualidades y relaciones de las cosas» (RAE).


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La Biennale Européenne d’Art Contemporain: Manifesta

La Biennale Européenne d’Art Contemporain: Manifesta | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

June 2 - September 30, 2012 - Genk, Limburg, Belgium
The European Biennial of Contemporary Art - De Europese Biënnale voor Hedendaagse Kunst
La Biennale Européenne d’Art Contemporain - Die Europäische Biennale für Zeitgenössische Kunst


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Barragan Foundation - The Archives of Luis Barragán (1902-1988)

Barragan Foundation - The Archives of Luis Barragán (1902-1988) | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
The Barragan Foundation takes care of the professional Archives of Mexican architect Luis Barragán (1902-1988)...
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JDS Architects : The Mountain

JDS Architects : The Mountain | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

The Mountain is the second generation of the VM Houses, with the same client, size and same street.

 

The program however is 1/3 residences and 2/3 parking, which services both the Mountain and VM House. Rather than designing two separate buildings – a parking and a housing block – we decided to merge the two functions into a symbiotic relationship.

 

The parking wants to be connected with the street and the housing wants sunlight, fresh air and a view. Since Copenhagen is reclaimed flat land without topography, what if the parking became the foundation of the housing – like a concrete hillside covered by a thin layer of housing, cascading from the first to the eleventh floor.

 

All apartments have sun filled roof gardens, amazing views and street parking on the tenth floor! The Mountain appears as a suburban neighbourhood of garden homes, flowing over a 10 story building – suburban living with urban density.

 

JDS / Julien De Smedt Architects is a multidisciplinary office that focuses on architecture and design.

 

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archikubik: DEL TIEMPO ÍNFIMO AL TIEMPO INFINITO

archikubik: DEL TIEMPO ÍNFIMO AL TIEMPO INFINITO | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

El proyecto de 145 viviendas en Vitry-sur-seine en la ZAC Moulin Vert puede explicarse como una manera de conjugar el tiempo ínfimo de lo doméstico, (zonas pavillonnaires, estructura de ciudad difusa, líneas verdes y parques cercanos) con el tiempo infinito de una ZAC ambiciosa, (arquitectura contundente, alta densidad, largos procesos de regeneración urbana). Aún a riesgo de que esta conjugación tenga un proceso de sutura más bien largo, la apuesta de la ciudad por regenerar un tejido urbano limítrofe y viejo con una demanda social de vivienda de calidad a precio módico debe ser apoyada por acciones concretas y positivas. En eso estamos.

 

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Designing New York's Future - Center for an Urban Future

Designing New York's Future - Center for an Urban Future | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

New York City graduates twice as many students in design and architecture as any other U.S. city, but the city's design schools are not only providing the talent pipeline for New York's creative industries—they have become critical catalysts for innovation, entrepreneurship and economic growth.

 

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Would You Be Better Off in a Different City?

Would You Be Better Off in a Different City? | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
A new tool from the Sunlight Foundation aims to quantify real-world differences in quality of life across the country.

 

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selgascano: el B - auditorium in cartagena

selgascano: el B - auditorium in cartagena | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
bordering a kilometer long dock, the linear footprint of this community auditorium maintains the port's artificial waterfront with a horizontal and orthogonal exterior made from a modified singular facade element.
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Fake Industries Architectural Agonism

Fake Industries Architectural Agonism | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Fake Industries
Architectural Agonism
Selected Portfolio

Fake Industries
New York · http://www.fakeindustries.org

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Arquitectura, semiòtica i ciències socials. Topogènesi

Arquitectura, semiòtica i ciències socials. Topogènesi | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Josep Muntañola Thornberg

 

UN SIGNIFICADO DE SEMIOLOGÍA EN ARQUITECTURA

 

ESPACE DE PERTINENCE ET TERRITOIRE DE PRATIQUE

 

FROM REPRESENTING A CONCEPT TO THE CONCEPT

 

LURBANITÉ POUR UNE APPROCHE SÉMIOTIQUE

 

LES SÉMIOLIEUX DE LARCHITECTURE

 

DE LARCHITECTURE PASSIVE DE LA CONFORMATION DE LESPACE

 

LUGAR GENERADO IDENTIDAD GENERACIÓN DEL LUGAR

 

ANTHROPOLOGIE ARCHITECTURE ET SOCIETÉ

 

 

 

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