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ecosistema urbano lecturing in Berlin. Closing event FORMULA_X DAZ-Berlin

Category: architecture+ecosistema urbano+⚐ EN

Next February 18th a closing event for the FORMULA_X  exhibition series will take place at the Deutsche Architektur Zentrum DAZ in Berlin.

A brief lecture by each of the participating teams: Plasma Studio (Londres), ecosistema urbano (Madrid),  y AFF Architekten (Berlín) will be followed by an open discussion moderated by Kristien Ring, DAZ Director and curator of the exhibition.

The event will start at 19.00 at the Deutsches Architektur Zentrum, Köpenicker Str 48/49, 10179 Berlin-Mitte
Free admission.
More info

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Becas Solar Decathlon 2012 Equipo CEU CH

Category: architecture+⚐ ES


La organización SDE ha hecho pública la lista de las 20 universidades de todo el mundo seleccionadas para participar en la edición de 2012 del Solar Decathlon Europe.

La Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera, que en la edición de 2010 fue la mejor clasificada de las universidades españolas y cuya vivienda solar fue la más votada por el público visitante, ha sido de nuevo seleccionada para diseñar y construir un nuevo prototipo en esta competición internacional, en la que se medirá con las mejores escuelas de ingeniería y arquitectura del mundo.

Por este motivo la Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera oferta una serie de Becas para participar en el equipo de la competición, dirigidas a sus estudiantes de posgrado del Máster Oficial en Diseño Arquitectónico Sostenible y Evaluación Energética en la Edificación.

El máster en DASEEE comienza en febrero de 2011 por lo que tiene abierto el periodo de matrícula.

Más información en la web oficial del máster: http://eset.uch.ceu.es

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competition: NETWORK RESET

Category: architecture+⚐ EN


MAS Studio and the Chicago Architectural Club are pleased to announce the competition: NETWORK RESET, a single-stage international competition that seeks to provide ideas and actions that can reactivate the Boulevard System of Chicago and rethink its potential role in the city.

Participants are asked to look at the urban scale and propose a framework for the entire boulevard system as well as provide answers and visualize the interventions at a smaller scale that can directly impact its potential users. Through images, diagrams and drawings we want to know what are those soft or hard, big or small, temporary or permanent interventions that can reactivate and reset the Boulevard System of Chicago.

NETWORK RESET is made possible in part by the generous support of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture LLP.

For more information, please visit: http://www.mas-studio.com/network_reset_competition.html
To register, please visit: http://chicagoarchitecturalclub.org/#934060

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MAS Context: PUBLIC

Category: architecture+⚐ EN

Go public. From the successful spaces designed to be enjoyed by the community to the tools citizens have to influence those areas, common or not. From new design methods that create extraordinary opportunities to decisions that challenge our basic public structures. And all this through documentation, investigation and idealization of what can be done; because we believe in the power of PUBLIC. Yes, that is you.

The eighth issue of the quarterly design journal MAS Context, PUBLIC, is already out.  All the content is available for free at www.mascontext.com, where you can order a printed copy of the journal from Lulu and download the electronic version.

Contributors include Luis Chillida, Andrew Clark, Lick Fai Eric Ho, Matthew Hoffman, Iker Gil, KARO* with Architektur+Netzwerk, labRAD, Edward Emile Richardson, Rob Smith, Snøhetta, Francine Stock, and David Yoon.

MAS Context is a quarterly journal created by MAS Studio that addresses issues that affect the urban context.  Its aim is to provide a comprenhensive view of a topic by the active participation of people from different fields and different perspectives. It instigates the debate.

Web: www.mascontext.com

text by Iker Gil, editor in chief of MAS Context

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Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement

Category: architecture+sustainability+⚐ EN


This exhibition presents eleven architectural projects on five continents that respond to localized needs in underserved communities. These innovative designs signal a renewed sense of commitment, shared by many of today’s practitioners, to the social responsibilities of architecture. Though this stance echoes socially engaged movements of the past, the architects highlighted here are not interested in grand manifestos or utopian theories. Instead, their commitment to a radical pragmatism can be seen in the projects they have realized, from a handmade school in Bangladesh to a reconsideration of a modernist housing project in Paris, from an apartheid museum in South Africa to a cable car that connects a single hillside barrio in Caracas to the city at large. These works reveal an exciting shift in the longstanding dialogue between architecture and society, in which the architect’s methods and approaches are being dramatically reevaluated. They also propose an expanded definition of sustainability that moves beyond experimentation with new materials and technologies to include such concepts as social and economic stewardship. Together, these undertakings not only offer practical solutions to known needs, but also aim to have a broader effect on the communities in which they work, using design as a tool.

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ecosistema urbano at the Conference on Ethics in Architectural Practice, Wroclaw Oct. 15-16th

Category: architecture+ecosistema urbano+⚐ EN

Ecosistema Urbano will be presenting their work at the Conference on Ethics in Architectural Practice, organized by The Faculty of Architecture from the University of Technology. The conference will take place in Wroclaw on Oct. 15-16th.

The emergence of the consumerist society has changed the role of culture and architecture. Zygmunt Bauman wrote:
Since culture had lost its status as a necessary tool in the design, construction, and maintenance of the social order, cultural artifacts were withdrawn from the storefront, and, following improvement, made available for sale at the Shopping Centre. Can we manage as a profession to survive, in view of the dissolution of criteria for beauty and usefulness, in a world of fluid values and aesthetics? Are the new, ethics-oriented architectural movements now gaining authority, such as slow architecture and sustainable design, a hope for the renewal of architecture?

The three main topics are:

1. Education in ethics for students of architecture, understood as an awakening of ethical consciousness.

2. Ethics in design. Professional attitudes towards architecture as moral statements.

3. A model Code of Ethics for architects.

For more info: http://wa.pwr.wroc.pl

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Henan Haoshun Investment Management CO., LTD.

Category: architecture+ecosistema urbano+⚐ EN

Henan Haoshun Investment Management CO., LTD.

Due to the project ecosistema urbano has developed and built for Expo Shanghai 2010, we have made several trips to Shanghai and other Chinese cities exploring new possibilities of work and companies.

China is clearly a powerful economic engine and offers many opportunities for architects and engineers. Through these trips we have had some interesting contacts with various Chinese companies and institutions. However, there are also Chinese companies that want to take advantage of this situation, and are operating illegally offering potential projects to European architects who are willing to work and are enthusiastic about the idea of realizing projects in China.

In particular we want to warn you about a company located in the city of Zhengzhou, the Henan Haoshun Investment Management CO., LTD. We have met them twice last summer. The company offers the architects the possibility of signing a contract for the realization of a hypothetical project. We know several offices from different cities in Europe have been contacted to sign the same contract on the same project. This is a scam attempt.
These are the names of the staff responsible of the company: Jingan Wang (General Manager), Gao Ming (Vice General Manager), Jin Hongxiang (Vice General Manager) and Bin Xu (Vice General Manager). The contact person is called Jane.
We hope this information may come to those who believe that it is a formal and serious work offer. Please spread it among your contacts.

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Arquitectura Parametrica, Participación y Cultura Libre

Category: A+OS+architecture+parametric

“On growth and form”, D’arcy W. Thompson

La arquitectura paramétrica, de la cual se habla cada día mas, se puede definir de manera sencilla como una nueva forma de entender el proyecto y el diseño de arquitectura, que se beneficia las nuevas tecnologías informáticas de diseño automático. En particular, en cuanto a software específico, nos referimos a programas como rhinoscript y grasshopper.

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ecosistema urbano at MAN MADE TOMORROW Conference, Oslo sept. 24th

Category: architecture+events+⚐ EN

ecosistema urbano at MAN MADE TOMORROW ConferenceOslo sept. 24th
Sustainable urban design, Infrastructure, densification and mobility

ecosistema urbano will be presenting their work at the Conference MAN MADE TOMORROW that will be held next friday, 24th in Oslo, Norway. Other lecturers include:
Wang ShuRichard Burdett, Fin GeipelKnut Erik DahlAlan BergerFrancis Rambert. The conference moderator will be John Thackara


Cities are growing. More and more people choose to live and work in the city. Increased traffic and urban sprawl are two of the consequences. Is this a positive trend? Can we continue to develop in this way? How should the city and nature relate to one another? Forward looking sustainable solutions are required. The theme for Oslo’s Architecture Triennale 2010 is architectural policy. MAN MADE TOMORROW will discuss alternatives for the sustainable city. Key themes are climate, urban development, densification and mobility.

This one-day conference takes place at Folketeateret, Oslo on Friday 24th September and will be followed by a social event at Stratos. The conference will be opened by Governing Mayor of Oslo, Stian Berger Røsland.
For more info click on the conference please click here

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MAS Context: INFORMATION

Category: architecture+⚐ EN

INFORMATION is all around us. We produce it and consume it constantly. We process it, visualize it and immediately discard it. Inevitably, our everyday life revolves around INFORMATION. For these reasons, we talked to those leading the pack with their ideas and work. We wanted to know the opportunities, challenges, trends and mistakes of the so-called Information Age. Digest your new set of INFORMATION.

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PROJECT ECO-DELTA: DESIGN FOR COASTAL CITIES

Category: architecture+⚐ EN

On August 29th, Van Alen Institute and Environmental Defense Fund will host a roundtable discussion at the Venice Biennale US Pavilion to explore the environmental challenges faced by coastal cities throughout the world.

Titled Project Eco-Delta, the initiative is part of VAI and EDF’s ongoing collaboration in developing design strategies for the landscape surrounding New Orleans—the Mississippi River’s coastal delta. The forum will feature leading experts from the fields of design, engineering, public policy and environmental science, who will discuss innovative ways with which we can address the needs of fragile deltas and the communities living in them.

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Master’s Programme Relational Barcelona

Category: architecture+⚐ EN

Barcelona has always been a place of transfer and exchange, as well as a permanent laboratory for urban proposals that reflect the reality of many cities.

Today’s new, plural, intelligent cities not only work in traditional areas affecting urban environments, such as infrastructure, land, networks, etc., but they are now also focusing on other factors that affect their growth and development. These factors include sustainability criteria, creating balanced communities, making use of new technologies in the areas of transport, energy and communications, and cultural and geographic matters that can help the city develop a unique personality.

The Master’s Programme RELATIONAL BARCELONA, organized by the ESARQ School of Architecture and the Faculty of Humanities at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, provides students with a deeper understanding of the identity of cities, their origins and future developments, and how a critical, multidisciplinary approach can be taken to resolve unknowns regarding the projection, development and management of the cities of tomorrow. In particular, the Master’s programme is aimed at holders of undergraduate degrees who are interested in the growth, development and management of cities from the social, cultural, economic and urban perspectives. Candidates for enrolment in the programme include analysts, cultural managers, communicators, technical managers, technicians, environmental experts, political analysts and journalists.

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AMUSEMENT is in context

Category: architecture+⚐ EN


AMUSEMENT is in context. That seems imperfectly meta and self-referential, but to find something funny or entertaining relies entirely on perspective and circumstance. Enjoyment is found in the heart of the beholder. It’s personal. And the person creating the event, the statement, the idea, the passage will, like any artist with an eye, see what he or she can get away with. J’amuse? You muse.

web: www.mascontext.com

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Talented Award: Bauhaus.SOLAR Award

Category: architecture+sustainability+⚐ EN


The Bauhaus SOLAR Award is being awarded for the first time at the 3rd International Congress Bauhaus.SOLAR in Erfurt on 10th November 2010.

Der Bauhaus.SOLAR Award for young talent is being sponsored by SolarInput e.V., Solarvalley Mitteldeutschland e.V., the German Solar Industry Association and the European Photovoltaic Industry Association. The award is being advertised all over Europe and is geared towards students and young graduates. It honours superb architecture and design projects from over the last two years which demonstrate innovative use of renewable energy and the award is endowed with 15,000 Euros. An international jury selected from architecture and industry assess the submitted works.

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ANCB Re-act Lab Research Workshop

Category: architecture+⚐ EN

ANCB Re-act Lab Research Workshop
Call for Participants: São Paulo Architecture Experiment

informal realities shaping futures – mobility, housing and micro infrastructures

initiated with Elisabete França and the Secretaria Municipal de Habitação of the city of São Paulo (Sehab), S.L.U.M. Lab Columbia University and ANCB

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Win Tickets To Open Source 2010 In Porto!

Category: architecture+⚐ EN


Attention all Porto-dwellers and beyond! In collaboration with cirdodeideas, Arkinet are giving away two tickets to the Open Source 2010 seminar featuring renowned engineer and architect Cecil Balmond, taking place on June 12 from 2:30pm to 8pm at Porto’s spectacular Koolhaas-designed Casa da Musica. The seminar focuses on the concept of “open source” in relation to the exploration of architecture through diverse perspectives and professions, and includes speakers from artistic to scientific fields, such as TED speaker andethno-mathematician Ron Eglash, and Argentine artist Tomás Saraceno.

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Reclaiming the Street design competition

Category: architecture+⚐ EN

As part of its ongoing multimedia exhibition project ‘Endless City’, MAMA is launching an open-submission competition: ‘Reclaiming the Street’. ‘Endless City’ is a multi-part project, initiated in the summer of 2009, in which MAMA explores the relationships between skateboard culture, the public realm and (visual) art, with a wink to the heritage of the Situationist International.

‘Reclaiming the Street’ is an open-submission competition aimed at established and emerging artists, architects and skateboarders who have or wish to establish a relationship with skateboard culture. We are looking for unpublished and unrealised concepts for the (re)organisation of urban public spaces in order to create a place for multiple user groups including skateboarders. Whereas in the past skateboarders were driven away from public spaces and then ‘caged up’ in purpose-built skateparks, we envisage a new phase in which youth culture and skateboard culture will be integrated within the public realm. In addition to our wish to provide a valid place for skateboard culture, we see skateboard culture as an instrument for improving the quality of certain public spaces.
‘Reclaiming the Street’ takes the idea of skateboard culture as ‘homo ludens’ as its starting point for building bridges between the all those who make use of the public realm.

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SOLAR PARK SOUTH INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

Category: architecture+⚐ EN


Regione Calabria (Italy) - Town Planning and Territorial Governance Department – announces the first “Zero Emission” international competition, Solar Park South, fully managed online by means of the portal www.newitalianblood.com.
Participants are requested to provide economically, energetically and culturally sustainable projects and innovative ideas for the reuse of an imposing 10-km highway stretch, between the municipalities of Scilla and Bagnara, soon to be decommissioned.
Participation is open to architects, landscape architects, engineers, designers, artists, scientists, researchers and students worldwide.

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what if nantes saint-nazaire

Category: architecture+internet+⚐ FR

Le premier avril 2010 a été mis en place le premier projet de ecosistema urbano sur le territoire français. Il s’agit d’une participation à l’exposition « Petite Planète » organisée par la SAMOA et le SCOT de Nantes Saint-Nazaire. L’exposition a lieu dans la nouvelle école d’architecture de Nantes, projet de l’agence française Lacaton & Vassal.

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#followarch studioUAP

Category: #followarch+architecture+⚐ EN

Twitter’s users have got into the habit of selecting and suggesting someone interesting to follow. This action has become a weekly international event and it is called #followfriday.

As you probably already know, [Ecosistema Urbano] has been inspired by the Twitter #followfriday to create a new section known as #followarch focused on recommending interesting and innovative architecture offices.

Today we are glad to present the work of the Italian firm based in Rome StudioUAP.

studioUAP, in Rome, founded by Silvia Cioli, Luca D’Eusebio and Andrea Mangoni, works mostly on public spaces and participation.

Urban projects, architecture and landscape design are the occasions for experimenting models for the introduction of social interaction especially with children and low tech architecture. studioUAP, works as an independent office, consultant or together with other architecture firms. Research field on Rome, through Microcities (1999), Romalab (2005) and the Bilancio Partecipato (2009) together with architecture competitions focused mainly on the design of public space (1st prizes Parco Radicelli and Paesaggi Mirati, 2008) has offered the opportunity to investigate themes applied to public works such as the kindergarten in Quarticciolo, the youth center in Corviale (innovation and urban quality prize EuroPA 2009) and the prototype design for a sustainable low cost kindergarten for Bracciano and other sites.

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#followarch HDA | Hugh Dutton Associés

Category: #followarch+architecture

Twitter’s users have got into the habit of selecting and suggesting someone interesting to follow. This action has become a weekly international event and it is called #followfriday.

As you probably already know, [Ecosistema Urbano] has been inspired by the Twitter #followfriday to create a new section known as #followarch focused on recommending interesting and innovative architecture offices.

Today we are glad to present the work of the French firm based in Paris HDA | Hugh Dutton Associés that we have been recently following trough their blog and through their twitter @HDA_Paris.

We especially appreciate their approach that focus on an intelligent and poetic combination of architecture and engineering.

In the last months, due to a big “network effect”, some of their projects have been widely published, as well as their recently inaugurated footbridge design in La Roche-sur-Yon, France in collaboration with Bernard Tschumi.

photo by © Christian Richters/VIEW

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Rome City Vision Architecture Competition

Category: architecture+⚐ EN

CITYVISION/ROME is a competition of ideas which challenges students, architects, engineers, designers and creative people to present their project proposals with the purpose of stimulating, joining and supporting the contemporary city, in this case Rome, through innovative ideas which can improve their connection between the historical and future fabric aimed to a correct evolution of the architectural historiography.

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2011 Open ARchiTecture Challenge: Ghana

Category: architecture+⚐ EN

CALLING ALL ARCHITECTS, ECO-COMMUNITY DESIGNERS, STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS & IMAGINATIVE OTHERS:

Goal of the challenge is to design and build units of a model arts village in Ghana with a budget of $42,000-$62,000 and earth under the feet. The competition is a part of the Foundation’s ongoing project: tapping local resources for sustainable development in the African settings in the 21st century. We are interested in design solutions that integrate art into architecture for a more sustainable future. Join us! A grand prize winner and twenty top finalists and will be chosen. Show the world how to re-invent the African semi-suburb! Establish your name, and contribute your ideas and designs to a real need.

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Stardust* – Arcompetition 2010

Category: architecture+⚐ EN

MAG LAB (Syria-Spain) in collaboration with Ebdaat Magazine (Architectural Creations), ALFA 301 (Spain) and Stardust* (Spain-Italy-Brazil-USA) is organizing the 2010 International Architectural Competition.

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MINE THE GAP

Category: architecture+⚐ EN

Mine the Gap: “An international design ideas competition dedicated to examining one of the most visible scars left after the collapse of the real estate market in Chicago: the massive hole along the Lake Michigan shore that was to have been—and may yet be—the foundation for a singular 150-story condominium tower designed by an internationally-renowned Spanish architect, a tower which was to have become a new icon for the city and region. What to do with the gap?” Submissions due: “anytime between March 22, 2010 and May 3, 2010.”

web: http://chicagoarchitecturalclub.org/

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IAAC THESIS PROJECTS 2009. Gawel Tyrala from Wroclaw, Poland

Category: architecture+eu:abierto+⚐ EN

Within the IAAC Thesis projects series we started last year, we continue today by presenting the work by Gawel Tyrala, an architect from Wroclaw, Poland. As a thesis project he developed a project to enter a competition on Vistula River banks. Permanent activities around Vistula River banks forced the need to create temporary infrastructure for going on events.

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#followarch On Office

Category: #followarch+architecture

Every friday, Twitter’s users have got into the habit of selecting and suggesting someone interesting to follow. This action has become a weekly international event and it is called #followfriday.
[Ecosistema Urbano] has been inspired by this to create a new section known as #followarch. It is focused on recomending architecture offices who are worth following.

If you are interested in being part of this section please send us completed our contact form.

We are pelased to present you this week the Portuguese office: ON OFFICE.

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open calls for fellow European mobility program Leonardo da Vinci

Category: architecture+creativity

[ecosistema urbano] open calls for admission of candidates for a vacancy with fellow European mobility program Leonardo da Vinci.
Each year we support one or two trainees, and this year we have decided to make the call through the blog.

Date: From February to August 2010
Deadline for submissions: 03/02/10
Format: original presentation in pdf (no more than 5MB).
Send documents to michael@ecosistemaurbano.com

Leonardo Grants:
Since 1 January 2007 the Leonardo da Vinci is part of the Lifelong Learning Program, in conjunction with the Comenius, Erasmus and Grundtvig. Will be addressing the needs of teaching and learning of all participants in education and training, excluding tertiary level.

These are grants for placements in enterprises or in training institutions in other European Union country. They are addressed to students of Middle Level Training Cycles and people in the labour market (people who follow vocational training courses, recent graduates: college or vocational training background and degree courses, etc.).

The Leonardo da Vinci provides financial assistance to organizations that promote mobility projects.

To obtain a scholarship within the framework of the Leonardo da Vinci, you should contact one of these organizations witch have approved mobility projects (the Ministry of Education of your community, your University, your Institute, Chamber of Commerce, City Councils. ..).

Good Luck.

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BIArch Dialogues. Reviewing Architectural Knowledge Formats

Category: architecture+⚐ EN

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The Barcelona Institute of Architecture present its forthcoming BIArch Dialogues “Reviewing Architectural Knowledge Formats” to which I am invited.

As the title suggests, the dialogues will focus on issues regarding the generation and dissemination of architectural knowledge and content, through print and digital media, institutions and curatorial practices, and the establishment of pedagogical agendas. This way, BIArch hopes to open a field of inquiry that complements the Institute’s fundamental theoretical, technical and academic concerns. Through the shared reflection of scholars, critics, independent publishers, digital media entrepreneurs, curators, and cultural activists, the dialogues hope to establish a framework that might provide some of the answers to a context in which knowledge is permanently evolving.

Where: Barcelona, Spain – Passeig de Gràcia, 92
When: Saturday, November 28, 2009

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new life in old walls

Category: architecture+eu:abierto+⚐ EN

This post is by you.

Hi,
I am an architecture student from Germany and would like to share my last semester\’s urban design project with you. It was a group work focusing on the revitalization of a city quarter in the UNESCO-listed Old Town of Damascus, Syria. We proposed up-to-date housing in the traditional courtyard houses and a new cultural center on what has been urban wasteland for centuries.

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Sentient City: Interview with Fabien Girardin

Category: architecture+espacios sensibles | sentient city+⚐ EN

sentient_barcelona

This interview is in the framework of a Phd research about new technologies and hybrid cities. It aims to demonstrate how this new tools can revitalize public spaces at the city.

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WHATIFCITIES: workshop with students in Louisiana

Category: architecture+educación+sustainability+⚐ EN

The exhibition What if…? cities is ongoing until the Climate Change Conference 2009 in Copenhagen. Meanwhile the staff of Louisiana organise workshops with several schools from Denmark.

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[work in progress] eco-neighbourhoods in the north of Europe

Category: architecture+city+work in progress+⚐ EN

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In a recent visit to Paris, I bought a French trade magazine that made references to “eco-neighbourhoods” built in northern Europe. Some, like BedZED, are already commented on this blog. Others were a total discovery for me. It is necessary disseminating these performances, some very good, so we can learn from these experiences. For a neighbourhood to convert into an “eco-district”, sometimes you only need a politician illuminated with appropriate buzzwords. Other times it is a collective work which has required joint efforts on the part of the public initiative, private, and of course some architects have responded to these concerns.

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IAAC THESIS PROJECTS 2009. Pablo Rica, Barcelona, Spain

Category: architecture+eu:abierto+⚐ EN

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Today we present the work by Pablo Rica: Compact – Fabric Forming Component .
Fabric is a flexible and adaptable material with a soft appearance. In combination with a fill in material, the properties change from supple to hard, gaining structural and thermal qualities. The hardened material turns to have a soft appearance in reverse. This is where the ambiguity and discrepancy from solid fabric to elastic stone becomes interesting. And in that process of changing condition is where new possibilities of design arise. Compact is a research project about examining the potential of fabric as a construction technique and developing a modular system, in which material properties and environmental aspects are involved.