Archinect - News 2014-09-20T06:16:51-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/108560269/a-new-concept-for-shape-shifting-architecture-that-responds-to-heat A New Concept for Shape-Shifting Architecture That Responds to Heat Alexander Walter 2014-09-09T13:42:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T16:28:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/70/70717b1227877d8482d4f4c163de7fd0.jpg" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A project from three students at Barcelona&rsquo;s Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalunya continues that exploration by looking at how physical spaces could someday morph based on various environmental inputs. The project, Translated Geometries, tackles the idea by developing a new use for Shape Memory Polymers, a composite material that can deform and return to its original state when activated by cues like heat, humidity and light.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/108101742/wowza-scale-maps-of-barcelona-and-atlanta-show-the-waste-of-sprawl Wowza: Scale Maps of Barcelona and Atlanta Show the Waste of Sprawl Alexander Walter 2014-09-03T14:49:00-04:00 >2014-09-10T17:26:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f1/f175888f16ed8c4fd83ca75be0b548a0.jpg" width="514" height="416" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Urban densities are not trivial, they severely limit the transport mode choice and change only very slowly. Because of the large differences in densities between Atlanta and Barcelona about the same length of metro line is accessible to 60% of the population in Barcelona but only 4% in Atlanta. The low density of Atlanta render this city improper for rail transit.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/103707070/barcelona-debates-turning-an-abandoned-bullring-into-a-mosque Barcelona Debates Turning an Abandoned Bullring into a Mosque Alexander Walter 2014-07-08T13:49:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T20:09:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a1/a1a1fad08db37810d43a5b56c047979f.jpg" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One of Spain&rsquo;s largest bullrings could soon start an unlikely new life as a mosque. That might sound like a strange metamorphosis, but the city of Barcelona is currently considering plans suggested last month by the Emir of Qatar to convert Barcelona&rsquo;s Plaza Monumental into a place of prayer for up to 4,000 worshippers. [...] With a projected cost of &euro;2.2 billion, the Qataris are presumably planning something rather lavish for this already grand shell.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/101261428/ricardo-bofill-s-time-space-existence-exhibition-on-la-fabrica-for-the-2014-venice-biennale Ricardo Bofill’s “Time Space Existence” exhibition on La Fabrica for the 2014 Venice Biennale Justine Testado 2014-06-06T18:54:00-04:00 >2014-06-06T18:54:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sc/sclcrhdz9jdj7pfe.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Time Space Existence" tells the story behind La Fabrica, the well-known headquarters of Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura that is located in a repurposed cement factory in Barcelona...By reimagining La Fabrica in new locations -- particularly in Venice -- the exhibition serves as a case study that goes beyond the structure's physical presence and explores its timelessness throughout the last century.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As one of the many Collateral Events at the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/453301/2014-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 Venice Biennale</a>, the exhibition opens to the public at The Palazzo Bembo starting June 7 through Nov. 23, 2014.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/if/if78m3fldwqgtmih.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lw/lw6wzk576tz9tieo.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2w/2w2pxb2z6xksm89f.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/if/if68bfjuukgkjonf.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uv/uviujct7mo6xwtum.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5h/5hv7xsc3wvs040hv.jpg"></p><p>Check out more details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/ricardo_bofills_time_space_existence_exhibition_on_la_fabrica_for_the_2014/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/100185299/jose-m-ahedo-wins-the-2014-wheelwright-prize Jose M. Ahedo wins the 2014 Wheelwright Prize Justine Testado 2014-05-21T21:07:00-04:00 >2014-05-28T20:01:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l0/l0jlwbvqh20iosfb.jpg" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architect Jose M. Ahedo of Studio Ahedo from Barcelona was named as the 2014 recipient of the Wheelwright Prize. The competition pool started with nearly 200 applications from 46 countries and then to seven finalists who were announced in April. For its second year as an open international competition, the Harvard Graduate School of Design awards the $100,000 travel fellowship to an early-career architect whose proposal best conveys original, scholarly, and professional design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After a second stage of deliberation, the jury selected Ahedo and his proposal, "Domesticated Grounds: Design and Domesticity Within Animal Farming Systems", which focuses on the architectural and organizational models of animal farming.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t4/t4b3612drgtg1mfw.jpg"></p><p>"Noting that livestock is a significant cause of land degradation, greenhouse gas emissions, social friction, and problematic development worldwide, Ahedo proposes to research a wide range of practices, from industrial operations driven by 'techno-capitalist policies' to informal or vernacular farms that have grown out of traditions. 'These two distinct production modes coexist in both developed and developing countries,' Ahedo writes in his essay, observing that neither responds adequately to the innumerable environmental and social challenges related to animal farming today."</p><p>Read more on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/jose_m._ahedo_wins_the_2014_wheelwright_prize/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93802413/get-lectured-school-of-architecture-esarq-uic-spring-14 Get Lectured: School of Architecture ESARQ-UIC, Spring '14 Justine Testado 2014-02-18T13:05:00-05:00 >2014-02-20T12:34:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jp/jpb7jzpcdzgqvatb.jpg" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/384806/2014-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2014</a></strong><br><br>Archinect's <em>Get Lectured</em> is up and running again for the Winter/Spring '14 term! As a refresher from our <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/329751/fall-2013-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fall 2013 guide</a>, every week we'll feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current season. Be sure to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.<br><br>Since we've been receiving more submissions lately, we're gonna show off posters more often -- and so you can see what events are happening in architecture schools right now!</p><p>Our next poster comes from Barcelona's ESARQ School of Architecture at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, featuring their <em>Transformation</em> lecture series:<br><br>"When we talk about Transformations, we talk about the starting point, the beginning of the road back to what each person considers to be essential. The origin of these sessions aims to pin down our intentions to what is strictly necessary. It looks at the source of concepts and emotions that we know ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84291195/benedetta-tagliabue-wins-2013-riba-jencks-award Benedetta Tagliabue wins 2013 RIBA Jencks Award Justine Testado 2013-10-16T12:59:00-04:00 >2013-11-27T17:34:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m4/m4kqlt0esx94ipxz.jpg" width="514" height="471" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Benedetta Tagliabue, the head architect of <a href="http://www.mirallestagliabue.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Miralles Tagliabue EMBT</a> in Barcelona, has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 RIBA Jencks Award. Architectural theorist and writer Charles Jencks of the judging panel made the announcement on Oct. 16. The Jencks Award is given every year to an individual who has recently made a major international contribution to both the theory and practice of architecture.</p> <p> Tagliabue will receive the award on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at the RIBA in London, where she will also give a public lecture, chaired by Charles Jencks. To purchase tickets for the event, click <a href="http://www.architecture.com/WhatsOn/Talks/Events/2013/Autumn/2013RIBAJencksAwardLecture.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.<br><br><strong>From the RIBA press release:</strong></p> <p> "Benedetta Tagliabue studied architecture at the Istituto di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV) and is now director of architecture firm Miralles Tagliabue EMBT, founded in 1994 in collaboration with Enric Miralles, and based in Barcelona and Shanghai. Benedetta&rsquo;s studio works in the fields of architecture, design of public spaces, rehabilitation, interior and ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/83688681/david-kohn-architects-carrer-aviny-awarded-inside-world-interior-of-the-year-2013 David Kohn Architects’ Carrer Avinyó awarded INSIDE World Interior of the Year 2013 Justine Testado 2013-10-08T17:24:00-04:00 >2013-10-10T21:01:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g3/g3intdbnf59wzqgj.jpg" width="514" height="516" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>David Kohn Architects won the World Interior of the Year 2013 title at the INSIDE: World Festival of Interiors awards ceremony in the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore on Oct. 4. The INSIDE festival occured within the same week of its parent event, the World Architecture Festival 2013. David Kohn Architects won the top interior design award for their refurbishing of the Carrer Aviny&oacute; apartment in Barcelona.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/83293369/inside-world-festival-of-interiors-2013-award-category-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">INSIDE World Festival of Interiors 2013 - Award Category Winners</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/83085278/a-1-minute-video-shows-the-completion-of-gaud-s-sagrada-fam-lia A 1-Minute Video Shows The Completion Of Gaudí's Sagrada Família Archinect 2013-09-30T20:47:00-04:00 >2013-09-30T20:47:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/66/66lut83m61zzjcsd.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new video, released by the Sagrada Fam&iacute;lia Foundation, illustrates what some of those changes might look like. Combining helicopter footage with computer-animated renderings, the structure&rsquo;s final stages take shape before you eyes. Spires shoot up in succession, the central cupola rises into view, and the Glory facade--the church&rsquo;s principal entrance as outlined by Gaud&iacute;--materializes out of thin air.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/69268266/130-years-later-modern-software-helps-complete-gaudi-s-architectural-masterpiece 130 years later, modern software helps complete Gaudi's architectural masterpiece Archinect 2013-03-11T15:26:00-04:00 >2013-03-24T17:02:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/80/80a834bcac0a945b617facfed237ba95.jpg" width="514" height="293" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Using advanced aeronautical design software, Mark Burry and other architects have been able to reverse engineer Gaudi's models from leftover shards. Today, Burry is among a group of architects leading construction on the church's central tower, which, when completed, will stand 566 feet above the ground, making it the tallest church on Earth. But the fact that they had to use 21st century software to realize a 19th century vision stands as testament to Gaudi's avant garde design language.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/63135919/domus-visits-maio-at-their-nice-barcelona-studio Domus visits Maio at their nice Barcelona studio Archinect 2012-12-10T13:50:00-05:00 >2012-12-12T18:17:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mk/mkzhgmx6m9c6vzev.jpg" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is divided into two sections. One of these, the working area, is dominated by its single central desk, which is 12,5 metres long, without any divisions or boundaries. This desk is shared by graphic designers, architects, data visualisation experts, video artists and anyone who the team can share experiences and collaborate with.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The architects have shared the following images and text about their project with us...</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xu/xugib6ae9ozaf18i.jpg" title=""></p> <p> The project, designed by architects Anna Puigjaner and Guillermo Lopez, members of <a href="http://www.maio-maio.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAIO </a>design team, involves the conversion of a space that formerly housed a washing place into an open studio for professionals from different fields of architecture and design.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l8/l8b92x8flk4a6bcs.jpg" title=""></p> <p> The existing 40-meter long building was a continuous space, with variable sections and extremely poor lighting. Hence, the proposal focuses on the opening of a patio, literally conceived as an outer room, to improve the interior lighting. This outer room divides the 40 meters of the initial space into two areas. The front area is open to the street and left empty to accommodate activities related to the public, such as meetings, events, exhibitions ... - while the rear side houses a 12,5-meter long table and is intended as the main workspace.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sr/srkw08f7hzj3ewfu.jpg" title=""></p> <p> The thickness and warmth of the three new, large windows opened in the patio has b...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/28478613/hip-cities-that-think-about-how-they-work Hip Cities That Think About How They Work Archinect 2011-11-23T11:46:07-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:31:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/64/6419d6247b96df0a830f70e9b2783492.jpg" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This survey is not based solely on quality of life, number of trees or the cost of a month&rsquo;s rent. Instead, we examine some cities that aim to be both smart and well managed, yet have an undeniably hip vibe. Our pick of cities that are, in a phrase, both great and good...</p></em><br /><br /><p> The NYT selects Auckland, Berlin, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Curitiba, Santiago, Shanghai and Vilnius as the hippest cities for young professionals.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/21809429/barcelona-s-cinematheque-de-catalunya-completed Barcelona’s Cinematheque de Catalunya Completed Alexander Walter 2011-09-26T14:33:00-04:00 >2013-12-10T20:42:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2b/2bg0vsbskpix8fxi.jpg" width="514" height="262" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mateo Arquitectura recently completed the new building for the Film Library of Catalonia in the Raval district of Barcelona. Designed by Josep Llu&iacute;s Mateo, the project won the first prize in a restricted competition in 2004 and houses archives, a library and cinema halls on a total area of 7,515 sqm (80,891 sqft).</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/21464711/gaud-s-unfinished-sagrada-fam-lia-does-not-need-a-completion-date Gaudí's unfinished Sagrada Família does not need a completion date Alexander Walter 2011-09-23T14:30:24-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a7/a7653ef41268fa57ed58641d7df70666.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"My client is not in a hurry", Antoni Gaud&iacute; is said to have remarked when asked if he was concerned about the time it was taking to build the Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family in Barcelona. According to the Old Testament, Gaud&iacute;'s client was in much more of a hurry than his architect: he rushed to create the world in just six days, although even He needed a rest on the seventh.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/16528275/living-architecture-in-europe Living Architecture in Europe Alexander Walter 2011-08-11T18:41:37-04:00 >2011-08-15T04:35:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pp/ppi7os5bwvimck3n.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As Europe continues to battle economic and environmental gloom and doom, nations across the continent are re-evaluating how to build the cities of tomorrow with tight budgets and green mindsets. "We are at a key moment, where we as architects must become activists. We must innovate and help to find new solutions for how people can live well and do well," says Enric Ruiz-Geli, founding principal of Cloud9 architects in Barcelona.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/9180616/o-mighty-green O’ Mighty Green Beatriz Ramo 2011-06-08T07:43:27-04:00 >2011-08-07T19:06:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u4/u48thfpjde5zguhy.jpg" width="514" height="312" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> 0. Introduction<br> Sustainability currently shares many qualities with God; supreme concept, omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient; creator and judge, protector, and (...) saviour of the universe and the humanity. And, like God, it has millions of believers. Since we humans are relatively simpleminded and suspicious and need evidence before belief can become conviction, Green has come to represent sustainability; has become its incarnation in the human world. But sustainability, like God, might not have a form, nor a colour&hellip;</p> <p> 1. Emancipation<br> In a desperate attempt to give shape to an all-encompassing ideology the Green proves to work as the quickest and easiest representation of sustainability. The Green is the only symbol able to keep pace with today&rsquo;s lack of patience and hunger for images; a Lady Gaga-Sustainability: effective, noticeable, creative, sensationalist. In a persistent effort to become the allegory of Sustainability, Green has been emancipated as its caricature.</p> <p> ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/8635464/a-pompidou-style-mall-with-a-stunning-view A Pompidou-style mall with a stunning view Nam Henderson 2011-06-03T14:12:13-04:00 >2011-06-07T12:15:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fd/fd8u6b50db2lhmlz.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"It might have been easier to completely rebuild it," Rogers tells me. "It was a very weak structure with very thin walls. We had to shore the facade, then almost completely rebuild it inside. But the thing they insisted on, and I think they were proven right, was keeping the circular form, the historic form. It's not just a building &ndash; it's a piece of Barcelona."</p></em><br /><br /><p> Steve Rose reviews Las Arenas, Barcelona's former bullring and its newest shopping mall completed in March by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. He finds that the people of Barcelona are now flocking back to this once cherished second bullring.</p>