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Urban integration of tramline in Zaragoza

 

Aldayjover’s scheme is a brilliant example of integrating traffic concepts, a vision at city scale, public space and object design.

Text: Iñaki Alday, Margarita Jover / Photos: José Hevia, Aldayjover

ArcelorMittal Orbit. Or how to produce an urban icon

 

The main ingredients of this project are a mythical and ambitious metropolis – London; one event – the Olympic Games; a dynamic and ambitious mayor  – Boris Johnson; a very powerful corporation – ArcelorMittal and its Chair – Lakshmi Mital; a cooperation between an exceptional artist (and always appealing to a broad audience) – Anish Kapoor and a visionary engineer – Cecil Balmond.

If the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao also works as a museum, and the “Bird’s Nest” in Beijing truly hosts competitions, then Orbit has no means but itself. It is a work of art – the tallest sculpture in the UK, and the only function is to offer platforms (quite large, that’s true) to view the panorama.

The success to the public cannot be assessed yet; it’s worth talking though, I think, about the reasons and the mechanisms of such an action and why the cities need these kind of gestures as well.

Top Floor

 

Stefan Tuchila climbed over 80 buildings and took several thousand photographs of Bucharest: another kind of urban research, a methodical and spectacular urban mapping. And a support for the recollection of a city that is constantly reinventing itself.

Introduction: Stefan Tuchila

Creation Factory, Barcelona by Manuel Ruisánchez, Francesc Bacardit, Architects

 

Light partions and the insertion of new organs shape the strategu for the recovery of the the Fabra & Coats Factorya as a centre for creative industries.

Intro: a videopresentation screened at Zeppelin Evenings #43 – with Manuel Ruisanchez as a special guest (29 oct. 2012 – Central University Library ”Carol I”, Bucharest)

Overlapping Biennial. Bucharest – Biennial of Young Artists, 2012

 

Between 11th of October – 11th of November, META Cultural Foundation organises in Bucharest the Biennial of Young Artists. The title of this year’s edition is Overlapping Biennial and its concept emerged from a project of contextual art. The Biennial furthers an innovative way of shaping the interaction between the audience and art. Mostly, Overlapping Biennial is a virtual event. The connection between the virtual world and reality is achived through QR codes – a type of barcode – which generate content after being scaned with a telephone/tablet/PDA.

Pirkko Siitari, Director KIASMA, lecture at MNAC Bucharest

 

Invited by Ruxandra Balaci

Thursday 4.10.2012, h18.30 / MNAC Auditorium, et. 4

Pirkko Siitari, Director of Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki and Ruxandra Balaci, Artistic Director of MNAC Bucharest, in conversation about the strategy of the museums in recession, a introduction about KIASMA and some comments about the subREAL retrospective.

The National Technical Library in Prague

 
An atrium for books
 
The National Technical Library in Prague shows a sustainable approach, of a will to create public space and also of a collaboration between Projektil architekti and invited artists. 
 
Text: Projektil architekti
Photo: Andrea Thiel Lhotakova
 
Many different sources inspired the architectural concept for the National Technical Library in Prague. First, there is a spatial context influence, which involves the historical urban plans for the whole area as well as its present significance. Second, the concept is our answer to the idea of the institution and especially to the role of the library in today’s society.

1 PRODUCT =1 MATERIAL + 1 PROCEDURE

 

Text: Stefan Ghenciulescu.

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This article was published in Zeppelin Magazine, number 103. 

Combina, the brand lately built by designer Alexe Popescu, speaks about mixes and matches. The two items presented here are not the result of a stylistic mix though, but start from the use, the material and the obsessive exploitation of a constructive procedure.

 

The restoration of St Ann’s Chapel

 

Design: Larix Studio

Text & Photo: Köllo Miklós 

This article was published in Zepeplin magazine, number 101. 

The restoration of St Ann’s Chapel near Gheorgheni town achieves a balance between a discreet intervention, the re-emergence of some historical phases without resorting to pastiche. St. Ann’s Chapel is located on Mount Csobot, in the outskirts of Gheorgheni town along the old trade road routing between Transylvania and Moldavia provinces. It has a kind of peculiar history.

IF – Eurobike Award 2011

 
If the old Romanian saying “In fair weather prepare for foul” still makes sense today (translated literally from Romanian: “in summer prepare your sledge and in winter your cart”), the idea of an article on bicycles in the season of those nightmarish winter tires looks quite right. The more so as it deals with some particular bikes that make ordinary ones appear as if they “go by foot”: it is all about the winners of Eurobike Awards competition organized by IF – International Forum Design.