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.

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