Wednesday, December 29, 2010

ARCHITECTURE-ARQUITECTURA TODAY:Major Exhibition on British Designer John Pawson at the Design Museum in London

LONDON.- The Design Museum presents a major exhibition on John Pawson. Often labelled a ‘minimalist’, he is known for his rigorous process of design. By reducing and editing he creates architecture and product designs of visual clarity, simplicity and grace. 

Plain Space celebrates Pawson’s career from the early 1980s to date and includes a selection of landmark commissions including the Sackler Crossing at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the new Cistercian Monastery of Our Lady of Novy Dvur in the Czech Republic and Calvin Klein’s iconic flagship store in New York, as well as current and future projects. 

At the heart of the exhibition is a site-specific, full-sized space designed by Pawson to offer a direct and immersive experience of his work. This is the first time the Design Museum has realised a 1:1 scale architectural installation inside the museum. 

Using a rich range of media the exhibition will explore projects from Pawson’s career. Specially commissioned, large-scale photography will look at his architecture in the landscape. Actual architectural elements in stone, bronze, wood and metal taken from a range of buildings including the Baron House in Sweden and Pawson’s own house in London will explore his sensitive use of materials. The process of design and construction will also be shown through photography, film, sketches, study models, prototypes and interviews relating to a number of projects including a private home in Treviso, Italy currently under construction. Personal items from the Pawson archive will also be on display including letters from Karl Lagerfeld and the writer Bruce Chatwin. 


Wednesday, December 8, 2010


wins competition for the new Sinfonia Varsovia Concert Hall

ATELIER THOMAS PUCHER has won the international competition for the new seat of the world renowned Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra in Warsaw. The 20.000m² cultural centre is housed on the site of a former Veterinary Institute with existing – yet asleep – buildings and a fairy tale park. The centre inhabits a 1.800 seat symphonic hall with world class acoustic properties, large rehearsal areas, merchandise facilities, musical workshops and a small hotel for artists in residence and music lovers on vacation.


Thursday, December 2, 2010

ARCHITECTURE-ARQUITECTURA TODAY:Sustainable Designs in Australia

SA Water House office building by HASSELL in Australia

Located in Adelaide, Australia, SA Water House that completed in October 2008 is an office building with
 sustainable design that inspired by the river. The SA Water House was designed by architecture firm HASSELL and builders Hansen Yuncken that also developed by the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide, sits adjacent to St Francis Xavier Cathedral within in a large public plaza. The learning centre within the light-filled foyer encourages visitors to explore the space and strives to educate the public and create a sense of fun. A cafe, casual meeting areas and signature sculptural function space add to the vibrancy of the ground floor. Water testing laboratories within public view maximises connection to the wider community.

ARCHITECTURE-ARQUITECTURA TODAY:Two More Walls Have Given Way Inside Pompeii's 2,000-Year-Old Archaeological Site

ROME (AP).- Two more walls have given way inside Pompeii's 2,000-year-old archaeological site, Italian officials said Wednesday — the second collapse at the popular tourist attraction in as many days. 

Officials sought to play down the latest collapses, saying they only concerned the upper parts of two walls that had no artistic value. But the repeated damage at one of the world's most important archaeological sites is proving an embarrassment for Italy, and giving credence to accusations that the entire ancient city is in a state of decay. 

The collapses have drawn the attention of the UNESCO experts, who will travel to Pompeii on Thursday to inspect the damage and look for other possible areas at risk. 

Some 3 million people every year visit the ancient ruins of Pompeii, a busy Roman city that was destroyed in A.D. 79 by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The eruption killed thousands and buried the city in 20 feet (6 meters) of volcanic ash, providing priceless information on what life was like in the ancient world. 

Monday, November 22, 2010

ARCHITECTURE-ARQUITECTURA TODAY:Science Museum in London to Debut New Permanent Climate Science Gallery

LONDON.-The Science Museum , London, will open a new permanent climate science gallery - ‘atmosphere: exploring climate science’ on 4 December 2010. 

‘atmosphere’ will provide a dedicated space for Science Museum visitors to deepen their understanding of climate science in an enjoyable, engaging and memorable way. It will include interactive exhibits and a variety of objects to explain how the climate system works, to show how scientists study the system and to summarise the current state of knowledge about the climate. 

The Science Museum will use its long-established expertise in science communication to provide information on climate science for everyone, no matter their level of prior knowledge. Visitors to ‘atmosphere: exploring climate science’ will be able to investigate: 

• An immersive “gallery world” with its own atmosphere and landscapes. These beautiful, dynamic elements are inter-connected and programmed to respond to visitors’ game-play in ways which imitate the Earth’s complex system. 

• Five “story zones” each using imaginative and engaging hands-on exhibits to explore different aspects of climate science, including; the source of the Earth’s climatic zones; the way greenhouse gases affect the Earth’s energy balance; and the way humans have altered the carbon cycle. 

• A flight spare Advanced Along Track Scanning Radiometer used to detect sea surface temperature from space alongside objects such as a tree ring sample and a stalagmite sample, used by scientists to unravel the secrets of Earth’s past climate. 


Sunday, November 14, 2010


Ron Arad Architects met the challenge of creating a structure to encompass and express the principles of design.
The result: The iconic Design Museum Holon building

The highly anticipated creation by Ron Arad Architects has been four years in construction.

The building's sinuous ribbon facade of Corten weathering steel is alive, forming a blend of textural, spatial and optical experiences that seamlessly meld the principles of sculpture, architecture, design and art for the enjoyment of the public. A dialogue with visitors is fostered as they meander through the open-sky Upper Gallery or down the winding staircase from the lobby to the Lower Gallery.


Thursday, October 7, 2010

ARCHITECTURE-ARQUITECTURA TODAY:Major Exhibition Explores the Mastery of Moshe Safdie and a Lifetime of Architectural Achievements

OTTAWA.- Architectural visionary, successful entrepreneur and humanist are all words that describe one of Canada’s most renowned architects, Moshe Safdie. Opened to the public at the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) on October 6, 2010 and on view until January 9, 2011, Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie is the most comprehensive retrospective of his work to date and celebrates over 40 years of his remarkable achievements and contributions to city skylines, civic buildings and personal habitats. Organized by the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas and the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles (both designed by Moshe Safdie), and curated by Donald Albrecht, an independent curator and curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of the City of New York, this exhibition takes an unprecedented look at Safdie’s work and philosophy. It also illustrates his extraordinary career as a leading architect, urban planner, theorist, educator, and author. After its presentation in Ottawa, Global Citizen will go on tour to Chicago, Los Angeles, and Bentonville, Arkansas. 


Saturday, September 4, 2010

ARCHITECTURE-ARQUITECTURA TODAY: Australian Pavilion in Venice Showcases a New Perspective on Cities

VENICE.- At this year’s 12th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice, Australia is showcasing a collection of dramatic urban visions using ground-breaking 3D stereoscopic technology, allowing visitors to move around a range of existing and hypothetical urban environments. 

Led by the Australian Pavilion’s Creative Directors, John Gollings and Ivan Rijavec, the 'NOW and WHEN Australian Urbanism' exhibition will act as a catalyst for debate on the future of our cities, engaging in timely issues that include sustainability, urban sprawl and density, and immigration. 

The exhibition features two theatres. The NOW theatre highlights five of Australia's most interesting urban and non-urban regions as they are now, captured by Co-Creative Director and well-known architectural photographer, John Gollings. 

In the second theatre, 17 futuristic urban environments imagine WHEN we reach 2050 and beyond. Depicting Australian cities 40+ years into the future, these ideas are the result of a national competition set by the Australian Institute of Architects. The visions range from a city that is powered by mould, one that is based on ‘aquaculture’ and regions that are connected by central ‘spines’. 

“By combining the NOW and WHEN components, we hope that the exhibition provokes discussion around issues of urban density and sprawl and inspires society to question how it can improve its cities,” said John Gollings. 


Thursday, September 2, 2010

ARCHITECTURE-ARQUITECTURA TODAY: Walking in a Cloud at Venice Architecture Biennale 2010

VENICE (REUTERS).- If you thought that the world's biggest architecture show would be about buildings, this year's Venice Architecture Biennale has a few surprises in store. 

Highlights include a steel ramp sneaking into a cloud, a pitch-black room where water falls from a swirling hose and a tower of metal cages from which one can jump into the void -- setting the tone for a show that, in a break with the past, this time focuses on people and space. 

Set in the 16th century rope-making factory of the Venice navy, the Biennale mixes design with art installation and has pavilions from 53 countries, plus around 50 works from some of the world's top names in the business. 

This edition is directed for the first time by a woman, Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima. The winner of this year's prestigious Pritzker Prize, Sejima and her Sanaa studio are best known for designing the New Museum in New York and the undulating Rolex Learning Center of Lausanne. 

The initial reaction by critics to her Biennale has been generally positive, with many praising the show as entertaining and atmospheric and welcoming the break with previous text-heavy, worthy exhibitions. 


Monday, August 16, 2010

TODAY'S ART: Frank Auerbach Painting Emerges After 30 Years in Private Hands

LONDON.- An important and large painting Looking Towards Mornington Crescent Station (1972 -74) by the highly acclaimed artist Frank Auerbach will be sold by Bonhams in the 20th Century British Art auction at New Bond Street on November 17th 2010. The painting, which has never appeared at auction before and hasn’t been since in public since the late 1970s, is estimated to sell for £800,000 - £1,200,000. 

In June Bonhams achieved the highest ever price at auction for a small painting by Auerbach (Head of E.O.W. III for £860,000) and is now looking forward to offering this dynamic oil in November, along with a group of sketches by the same artist from the same collection. 

Considered one of Britain’s greatest living artists, Auerbach has been based in North London for his entire career, spanning over fifty years. His studio which he’s worked in since 1954 is five minutes walk from Mornington Crescent station. 

During the last seven years just one oil painting of Mornington Crescent from this period has been offered at auction but the date of this work means that this picture is of particular interest. Furthermore, the painting has had only one previous owner who bought the work in the 1970s. 


Friday, August 6, 2010

ARCHITECTURE-ARQUITECTURA TODAY:Frank Gehry's Santa Monica Place Mall Deconstructed in a Green Renovation

SANTA MONICA, CA.- Santa Monica Place, a 1980 design by the renowned architect Frank Gehry, has been radically repositioned with a green renovation that opens Friday, August 6, announced Dallas, Texas-based architecture firm Omniplan. Executive architect Omniplan revamped the mall in association with Jerde Partnership; the formerly enclosed structure is now an open-air retail building that is integrated into the surrounding urban environment. 

The 500,000-square-foot, three-story shopping and dining destination features upscale retail more suited to the neighborhood than the previous tenant mix, as well as new amenities such as a third-floor Dining Deck with views of the Pacific Ocean. Removing the roof and adding environmentally friendly features has also allowed developer Macerich, which acquired the property in 1999, to target LEED Silver certification. 

"Our goal with Santa Monica Place was to connect it to its surroundings," said Tipton Housewright, FAIA, LEED AP, Omniplan Principal. "The new structure is open to the neighborhood on all sides and the public areas remain accessible 24-7. We're thrilled to be part of creating this exciting new retail destination in Santa Monica." 


Saturday, July 31, 2010

ARCHITECTURE-ARQUITECTURA TODAY:Rafael Viñoly Architects' New Domino Approved by City Council

NEW YORK, NY.- Rafael Viñoly Architects PC’s design for the New Domino celebrated a major milestone yesterday, as the project’s proposed zoning change was approved by the City Council of New York City. This vote allows the development, which will create 660 units of affordable housing and four acres of public park space including a riverfront esplanade along the East River in Brooklyn , to move forward. The mixed-income, mixed-used New Domino is sponsored by The Refinery LLC, with the Community Preservation Corporation’s (CPC) developmental subsidiary CPC Resources, Inc. (CPCR) as managing partner. The goal in undertaking the project is the development of a significant amount of affordable housing. The New Domino is set to break ground in 2011. 

Rafael Viñoly Architects PC was commissioned in 2005 to design the master plan for the site of the former Domino Sugar Refinery complex and processing facilities, an unused industrial site just north of the Williamsburg Bridge that separates Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood from the East River . The firm’s master plan design transforms the industrial complex into a modular, mixed-use and residential development that emphasizes open space and public access to the river, while simultaneously preserving the landmark Refinery complex and the famed 40-foot high Domino Sugar sign by incorporating them into the master plan design. 

Rafael Viñoly said, “We are proud of the cooperative process between the City of New York and the design and development team led by CPCR which achieved the rezoning approval integrating affordable housing and a waterfront park into the New Domino project along the Williamsburg waterfront.” 


Friday, July 30, 2010

ARCHITECTURE-ARQUITECTURA TODAY:Denver International Airport Unveils Conceptual Design by Santiago Calatrava

DENVER, CO.- Denver International Airport (DEN) today unveiled the conceptual design of the South Terminal Redevelopment Program at the Westin Tabor Center in Denver. Speakers included Mayor John W. Hickenlooper, Denver Manager of Aviation Kim Day and Architect Santiago Calatrava. In conjunction with RTD’s FasTracks East Corridor, the South Terminal Redevelopment Program is expected to create more than 6,600 jobs and is scheduled for completion in 2016. 

The South Terminal Redevelopment Program includes the construction of a train station to connect the airport to downtown Denver, a signature rail bridge and a plaza. The program also includes a planned 500-room hotel and conference center connected to Jeppesen Terminal. 

DEN is one of the few major airports in the world without a passenger rail link to the downtown city core. The train station, plaza and hotel will form a highly integrated and dynamic complex located directly south of and adjacent to the existing Jeppesen Terminal. This program will complete the original plans for the airport, which included an on-site hotel and a train station for a link to downtown Denver. 

At present, the South Terminal Redevelopment Program Phase I, which includes the hotel, train station, signature bridge and plaza, is estimated to cost $650 million. This estimate is based on a conceptual design, and individual projects will be developed only after analysis shows their financial viability. Phase II of the redevelopment program includes a new parking structure and renovations to the Jeppesen Terminal Great Hall. If airport management decides to move forward with Phase II of the redevelopment program, it is estimated to cost an additional $250 million, for an overall estimated total of $900 million, which is less than the $950 million originally projected. 


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

ARCHITECTURE-ARQUITECTURA TODAY: Rome City Vision Architecture Competition

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.
The Italian city manifests a constant absence of Urban Planning and poor projects. The objective of the competition is to drive your imagination, by the use of new materials, echo- technologies and territorial organizations for a future vision of the city of Rome. Globalization, environmental heating, future historiography of the city, adaptability and digital revolution are some of the elements that should be taken into consideration.

Friday, July 23, 2010

TODAY'S ART: National Gallery Announces Most Complete Display of Leonardo's Work

LONDON.- 'Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan' is the most complete display of Leonardo’s rare surviving paintings ever held. This unprecedented exhibition – the first of its kind anywhere in the world – brings together sensational international loans never before seen in the UK, including 'La Belle Ferronière' (Musée du Louvre, Paris), the 'Madonna Litta' (Hermitage, Saint Petersburg) and 'Saint Jerome' (Pinacoteca Vaticana, Rome). 

While numerous exhibitions have looked at Leonardo da Vinci as an inventor, scientist or draughtsman, this is the first to be dedicated to his aims and techniques as a painter. Inspired by the recently restored National Gallery painting, 'The Virgin of the Rocks', this exhibition focuses on Leonardo as an artist and in particular on the work he produced during his career as court painter to Duke Lodovico Sforza in Milan in the late 1480s and 1490s. 

Benefiting from his salaried position, Leonardo had the freedom to explore ways of perceiving and recording human proportion, expression and anatomy and the myriad forms of plants and animals. These investigations fed into his extraordinary paintings: marvellous combinations of the real and the ideal, the natural and the divine. 


Thursday, July 22, 2010

TODAY'S ART: Exhibition by Portuguese Artist Joana Vasconcelos at Haunch of Venison

LONDON.- In July Haunch of Venison presents I Will Survive the first survey exhibition of Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos to take place in London. The pre-eminent Portuguese artist of her generation, Vasconcelos came to public attention for her display at the Venice Biennale in 2005. Her stunning sculpture A Noiva (The Bride) took the form of a chandelier made from around 25,000 tampons and greeted visitors to the Arsenale. Typical of her witty and often provocative work, these unglamorous objects belie the sculpture’s grand structure. I Will Survive – taken from the tune made popular by Gloria Gaynor in 1978 – transports us to a world of embroidery and crochet, sex and simulacra. Of particular interest is the way in which contemporary technological and ethical “advancements” challenge traditional ideas surrounding identity. Finding her inspiration in the popular imagination and examining various themes of daily life, Vasconcelos focuses on the politics of gender, national identity and class. Following the principles of the 1960s art movement Nouveau Reálisme and acknowledging a debt to the readymades of Marcel Duchamp, Vasconcelos’ work frequently incorporates objects from daily life into expansive assemblages. A key aesthetic component of the exhibition is recognition or association and many of the works appropriate ceramic objects commonly found in Portuguese homes – as ironic status symbols or as substitutes for the real thing. In Mago (2009) a cat is wrapped in an elaborate coat of white crochet, while in Ariel (2009) a large ceramic lobster is covered in black crochet. The use of crochet alludes to an activity usually associated with women and traditional crafts but in these ingenious manipulations it is such perceptions rather than the activity itself which are rendered obsolete.


Sunday, July 18, 2010


¿ARQUITECTURAL ACTUAL COMPROMETIDA CON QUE? Semanas atrás observaba un juego que utiliza mi hijo para realizar Sckethes en 3D de Edificaciones Sencillas, me pareció interesantes ya que se puede crear Espacios, Elementos Constructivos (puertas y Ventanas), Mobiliarios y Áreas Externas sin ningún conocimiento de diseño, solo con un poco de creatividad, todo esto lo desarrollaban sobre un terreno virtual aislado sin ningún contexto inmediato. Este simpático juego me motivo a observar los proyectos que he posteados en mi blog, analizar su emplazamiento en el contexto mas inmediato, y note que algunos carecían a primera vista de un claro compromiso con su contexto, es como si pudiéramos levantar estas edificaciones y llevárnoslas a cualquier parte sin que esta pueda afectar o ser afectada por el desplazamiento. Esto me lleva a plantear lo siguiente: ¿Con que esta Comprometida la Arquitectura actual? A través del tiempo la Arquitectura a desarrollado un sin numero de Tendencias o Estilos, casi todos comprometidos con tres Elementos que por milenios han sido determinantes en el que hacer de la Arquitectura, hasta el punto que determinan el compromiso de la Arquitectura con el contexto donde esta emplazado. Estos elementos en los cuales debe estar comprometidos el Hecho Arquitectónico son Medio Ambiente, Espacio Urbano y el Hombre, debo indicar que algunas Tendencias arquitectónicas, algunos de estos elementos impera sobre los otros, algo que no estoy de acuerdo porque el producto arquitectónico debe ser el resultado de la interrelación equilibrada de las fuerzas Externas e internas dando como resultado un todo Estético-Funcional, perfectamente concebida, esto compartido por Kant, donde el arquitecto debe ser capaz de ordenar y reunir todos estos elementos para dar Unidad y forma a la diversidad, principio primordial para la buena praxis del que hacer de la Arquitectura. El Hecho Arquitectónico debe estar comprometido: 1. Con el Medio Ambiente, porque un efecto negativo sobre el ambiente podría producir un fuerte desequilibrio al Ecosistema más próximo a este. Con los graves problemas Climáticos del planeta, hace ya mas de Veinte y cinco anos se desarrollo una tendencia que llevo a establecer como patrón determinante a la forma de hacer Arquitectura, una Teoría Ambientalista, a lo que llamamos hoy día como Edificaciones Sustentables, criterio de gran valor, sea cual sea la tendencia arquitectónico usada dentro del medio académico como en la parte profesional. 2. Con el Espacio Urbano; porque este formara parte del tejido Urbano y de los Espacios Públicos del vecindario, dando carácter al entorno, comprometiéndolo de tal manera que sea imposible desplazarlo sin que sea afectado en forma radical. Jacques Derrida planteaba que la Arquitectura debe buscar su MARCA en el entorno que no sea una mera diferencia, esta debe manipular, influir, marcar y determinar el tiempo como lo hizo la Arquitectura en la Antigüedad. 3. Con el Hombre: por que sin un compromiso Espacial-Funcional con este podría generar un sentimiento de falta de pertenencia o caos emocional al generar las comunes interacciones del Hecho Arquitectónico-Hombre. Y sin lugar a dudas esto no justificaría de ninguna manera el producto arquitectónico ya que sea cual sea la Tendencia o Teoría en que se base la Arquitectura, su principal objetivo es que debe ser usada para dar confort y albergar las diferentes actividades del Hombre, hoy mañana y siempre.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Hacia donde Vamos?

Si pensamos todo el tiempo estamos poco tiempo en la tierra solo nuestro eco se oira si seguimos entendiendo que lo que nos recuerda nuestro paso por la tierra, es el Hecho arquitectonico como la memoria colectiva, concretada en obras ARQUITECTONICAS.

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