Posts tagged as 'urbanism'

Parasite Office za bor architects 201; photo by Peter Zaytsev

Every city evolves differently, according to fluctuations in population and wealth, changes in industry and other social and economic factors. As old buildings are replaced, or new ones constructed, spaces between these buildings appear or alter; spaces that are either promptly integrated into the fabric of their environment or are left dormant and unused. Architonic examines how contemporary architects are capitalising on the benefits of these forgotten alleys, gaps and passages and transforming them into practical and desirable urban property. (by Alyn Griffiths)

 

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Architectural model for Studio Gang Architects’ The Garden in the Machine project for Cicero, Illinois. Photograph courtesy of James Ewing. © 2011 James Ewing

Following last summer’s workshops which saw five interdisciplinary teams of architects, urban planners, ecologists, engineers, and landscape designers team up at MoMA PS1 to envisage new housing and transportation infrastructures that could catalyze urban transformation in five sites across the United States —near New York; Chicago; Tampa; Los Angeles; and Portland, Oregon — an exhibition showcasing the outcome of these seminars has opened this week (15 February) at MoMA’s Architecture and Design Galleries. (more…)

ARCH+ features 3 with raumlabor berlin

For the fourth time the German manufacturer for building communication technology SIEDLE supports the architectural symposia organised by the Berlin based architecture magazine ARCH +. After lectures and panel discussions with BARarchitekten, Diébédo Francis Kéréo and raumlaborberlin this time the Institute for Applied Urbanism (ifau), Jesko Fezer, co-operator of the architectural bookstore ‘pro qm’ and editor of the magazine An Architektur, and the Berlin based practice Heide & von Beckerath will be discussing about participatory community building – a praxis which became very popular in the reunited Berlin – and urban policy issues. The panel discussion will take place April 1st at 7:30 pm at .HBC, Karl-Liebknecht-Srasse 9, Berlin.

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Cristian Zuzunaga's new urban-landscape-inspired collection for Danish design-textile brand Kvadrat, shown at their London showroom during the 2010 London Design Festival

In the (unfortunate) hierarchy of design disciplines – just ask any architect and they’ll confirm this – textile design has traditionally occupied a less-than-superior position. Spanish-born Londoner Cristian Zuzunaga has been troubling the creative order of things recently, however, with his conceptually and technically innovative work for such leading textile manfuacturers as Kvadrat and Nanimarquina. The interesting thing, though, is that he’s not a textile designer, at least in terms of training. Architonic met up with Zuzunaga at the Design Post in Cologne during this year’s Orgatec fair to pick at some threads. (more…)

Zlín – Model Town of Modernism

Zlín – Model Town of Modernism

The rise of the small town Zlín in the east of the Czech Republic to the centre of the biggest European shoe manufacturer Bat’a is a unique economic and social, but also an architectural phenomenon. Zlín is a “model town of Modernism“, since many architectural and social ideals that politicians, entrepreneurs and architects propagated as visionary after World War I, had been realized there. Thus the town, that Le Corbusier described as a „shining phenomenon“, became a kind of pilgrimage site for all kinds of proponents of progress in the 1930s. At the turn of the century, the small place in which Tomáš Bat’a had founded a shoe factory together with his brother and sister in 1894, had 3,000 inhabitants, steadily developing to 43,000 by 1938.

Zlín – Model Town of Modernism

Zlín – Model Town of Modernism

Thrilled by the ideas and production methods of the most successful car manufacturer of the time, Henry Ford, and the founder of the science of management, Frederick W. Taylor, the entrepreneurs Tomáš and Jan Antonin Bat’a had the small place systematically developed into a kind of huge laboratory for communal life and work, establishing a system in which the entire town and all its inhabitants were only serving one single purpose – the increase of shoe production. Not only the division of labour, timekeeping and conveyor belts, but also captive social facilities such as nurseries, schools and a hospital as well as a department store, a sports club and a large cinema, aimed at this target. Architecture should also contribute to forming new and better-working people.

Zlín – Model Town of Modernism

Zlín – Model Town of Modernism

The town is divided into zones assigned to the areas of working, living, spare time and traffic – a separation of functions corresponding to the key concepts of modern town building that were later propagated in the „Charta of Athens“. Decisively influenced by the architects František L. Gahura and Vladimír Karfík, almost all public buildings were developed on a planning grid of 6.15 by 6.15 metres, a uniform measurement which literally served as a standardization of work and life. Starting out from Zlín, Bat’a had factories and towns erected in other countries and continents as a smaller version of Zlín using modern architecture to convey a company-related identity and modernity.

Zlín – Model Town of Modernism

Zlín – Model Town of Modernism

The exhibition has adapted parts of the Prague show „The Bat’a Phenomenon“ (National Gallery, spring 2009) but has been restructured for Munich. By means of models, plans, objects, photographs and films the architectural development, the linkage of cultural and social life in Zlín as well as the worldwide circulation of Bat’a’s ideas are presented and critically reflected. A separate area, specifically compiled for the Munich show, will be dealing extensively with Le Corbusier’s planning concepts for Bat’a – which have so far been hardly known, even in expert circles (expansion of Zlín, a standard plan for the French shoe shops, the French satellite town Hellocourt and the Bat’a pavilion for the World Fair in Paris in 1937). Some of the original drawings of the Fondation Le Corbusier will be shown for the first time. A big model of the World Fair pavilion – only known as a plan so far – can be experienced in its spatial form for the first time.

Opening: 18.11.2009, 19.00

Duration of exhibition: 19.11.-21.02.2010

to the Pinakothek der Moderne website

Fri 3.7.

ComplexCity by Lee Jang Sub

Posted by NoéMie Schwaller on 03.07.2009 - Tagged as: , ,

The ComplexCity collection will be introducing 10 famous metropolis.

The ComplexCity collection will be introducing 10 famous cities.

ComplexCity is an exploration to find a concealed aesthetic by using the pattern formed by the city’s roads, which have been growing and evolving randomly through time, thus composing the complex configuration we experience today. The project started in Seoul, Korea, where designer Lee Jang Sub was born and has grown up. Now it is expanding to other cities all over the world. Lee Jang Sub now lives in Barcelona, Spain, and explains: “I perceive the city’s patterns as living creatures that I recompose to form an urban image.”

Displayed above are examples for the cities of Rome and Paris

Displayed above are examples for the cities of Rome and Paris

The ComplexCity design concept is screen-printed on different materials, such as wood, textil, or paper, each giving the design a different feel. For the final product, the screen-printing effects of the design are implemented on one of the materials listed above.

to ComplexCity

Thu 25.6.

‘Web Trend Map’ by Information Architects

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 25.06.2009 - Tagged as: , , ,

Web Trend Map by Information Architects

Web Trend Map by Information Architects

Every year the Japanese Information Architects publish a new Web Trend Map, modelled on the design of the Zokyo Metro Map. It shows the 333 most influential domains and the 111 most influential people in the world wide web. The domains are evaluated according to the number of clicks, the time of existance and the company who owns it. The position of the domain on the map depends on its sort of influence. Twitter for example is situated in Shibuya, one of the hippest places in Tokyo.

Modelled on the design of the Tokyo Metro Map

Modelled on the design of the Tokyo Metro Map

to the Information Architects website

Tue 16.6.

Grand Pari(s)

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 16.06.2009 - Tagged as: , , , ,

Balconies covered in plants decorate the Seventies' Tour Montparnasse: Jean Nouvel, Jean-Marie Duthilleul and Michel Cantal-Dupart, based on a sketch by Frank Gehry

Balconies covered in plants decorate the Seventies' Tour Montparnasse: Jean Nouvel, Jean-Marie Duthilleul and Michel Cantal-Dupart, based on a sketch by Frank Gehry

“We have to think big”, said President Sarkozy on 30 April 2009 at the opening of the exhibition at the Palais de Chaillot, where ten of thirty-seven future models for the re-design of Paris are on display.

Paris is divided by an urban motorway which was built around the centre in 1973. This ‘boulevard périphérique’ diverts the traffic around and into the city and it regularly grinds to a halt, in spite of having up to eight lanes in each direction. Today it is one of Europe’s busiest roads.

Sustainable architecture: design by Atelier Castro Denissof Casi

Sustainable architecture: design by Atelier Castro Denissof Casi

Necessity is now going to be turned into sustainable development. Accordingly at the opening of the ‘Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine’ at the Palais de Chaillot in the autumn of 2007 the French president called for a “diagnosis of the urban landscape and visions for the coming twenty to forty years”, inviting forty-three working groups of architects and town planners to submit ideas for a competition. The results are to be seen in this exhibition.

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