Author Archive

November 05 2013

The New Face of Buenos Aires’ Palermo District: SoHo, Hollywood & More

November 5th, 2013Posted by 

Promoted by the ANSeS, the Presidency of the Republic of Argentina, and organized by the Central Society of Architects, what will emerge from the recent contest to redevelop a former railroad installation located in the Palermo district? Not long ago, the Palermo district ended at the Juan B. Justo Avenue, a virtual boundary reinforced by a brick viaduct […]

Share
Read full article No Comments     |    
October 22 2013

The Expanding Bourgeois: Gentrification in Buenos Aires, Argentina

October 22nd, 2013Posted by 

The term ‘gentrification’ has been defined as a process of urban transformation in which the original population of a marginalized and poor neighborhood or area is progressively displaced by another with a higher income level in a process of profound social change. In Spanish, this process is translated as ‘aburguesamiento,’ whose root is the Spanish equivalent of […]

Share
Read full article No Comments     |    
October 08 2013

Medellin: How Transportation & Innovation Have Given This Failing City A Chance

October 8th, 2013Posted by 

Colombia has enjoyed many substantial transformations during the past decade: from an almost failed state with countless problems of drug dealing and guerrilla warfare to a nation on the path to becoming a developed country, future member of OECD and NATO. To use the words Time magazine recently published, this has truly been a “Colombian […]

Share
Read full article 3 Comments     |    
September 24 2013

Bogotá: Social Transformation by Improving Transportation?

September 24th, 2013Posted by 

Siemens and C40, the cities Climate Leadership Group, recently announced the ten winners of the inaugural City Climate Leadership Awards, which are given to different cities around the world that demonstrate “excellence in urban sustainability and leadership in the fight against climate change.” For me it wasn’t a surprise that Bogotá, Colombia won the award […]

Share
Read full article 4 Comments     |    
September 10 2013

Redefining Green Building: Greenpeace Headquarters in Buenos Aires, Argentina

September 10th, 2013Posted by 

In June 2013 I had the opportunity to visit the new headquarters for the global organization Greenpeace in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I already knew that the building was energy efficient, and “green” in every sense of the word. However, it wasn’t as promoted or publicized like other examples of supposed sustainable architecture in the country, and you can […]

Share
Read full article No Comments     |    
August 27 2013

Argentina’s Adoption of America’s LEED Certified Buildings Program

August 27th, 2013Posted by 

The Madero Office Center, built by famous Argentinian developer RAGHSA, is the first building in Argentina pre-certified as a LEED Silver Green Building. At almost 63,000 square meters, the Madero Center has twenty-six office floors, along with one floor dedicated entirely to technological support for the building. The project was designed by Mario Roberto Álvarez & […]

Share
Read full article 1 Comment     |    
August 13 2013

Enhancing Creativity: Ethics and Excellence are the Ways of Architecture

August 13th, 2013Posted by 

Ethics and excellence are main values and goals an architect should pursue in their professional development. At least, this is the motto of the professors at the A+A Chair of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Buenos Aires: Álvaro Arrese and Alberto Álvarez. To reconcile the social utility of architecture with its contemporary and vanguardist production is […]

Share
Read full article 2 Comments     |    
July 30 2013

“The Architecture of Happiness” by Alain de Botton

July 30th, 2013Posted by 

In recent years the process of studying architecture and planning has changed substantially. More and more architectural schools (including my own in Argentina) have shifted from a theoretical education, oriented towards the history, philosophy and mathematics of architecture, into a more practical studio-based style of education that, sadly enough, excludes this theoretical approach to the field, […]

Share
Read full article 1 Comment     |    
July 16 2013

Challenging Hierarchies: The Architecture of the National University of San Martín

July 16th, 2013Posted by 

Pierced, horizontal and without spatial hierarchies, the new building on the campus of the National University of San Martín is proposing a new research centre, with spaces that emphasize group work for scientists and academics. The architecture of the Dr. Rodolfo Ugalde Biotechnology Research Institute is unique on the campus, as it proposes an innovative concept for […]

Share
Read full article No Comments     |    
July 02 2013

The ARQ awards in Buenos Aires, Argentina

July 2nd, 2013Posted by 

The ARQ magazine Awards event is organized by the prestigious Journal of Architecture of the newspaper “Clarín” and the Argentine Federation of Organizations of Architecture (FADEA). The “DNA of national architecture” as the prize is named, was developed as a golden opportunity to show the current reality of the discipline. This was the spirit felt at the awards […]

Share
Read full article No Comments     |    
June 25 2013

The Case of the Puerto Roldán House: Paradoxical “New” Architecture

June 25th, 2013Posted by 

The Grand Prize for Architecture 2012, issued by FADEA (Argentine Federation of Organizations of Architects) and ARQ (the prestigious supplement by Clarin Architecture), has been awarded to the Puerto Roldán House in the outskirts of Rosario, Argentina. A design of Architects Maite Caballero and Gerardo Fernandez. This ‘Grand Prize’ is a great effort that should […]

Share
Read full article 1 Comment     |    
June 11 2013

Buenos Aires’ Popular Habitat Law Understood

June 11th, 2013Posted by 

Who’s afraid of the Buenos Aires’ new popular habitat act? The answer: everyone. The recently enacted law of the Buenos Aires province proposes a compact, dense, diverse, and accessible city, aiming to reorient the urban land market. This law is shaking the fundamentals of planning in a metropolitan area that to a great extent still […]

Share
Read full article No Comments     |    
May 28 2013

The Preservation of the Mariani-Teruggi House: La Plata, Argentina

May 28th, 2013Posted by 

The destruction of this house located on 30th Street between 55th and 56th in the city of La Plata, Argentina is a testimony of the history of the country. The destruction of the Mariani-Teruggi House involved personnel from the armed forces and police, using weapons of various calibers, shows us a clear example of the […]

Share
Read full article 2 Comments     |    
May 14 2013

Cultura Ambiental: A Paradigm Shift for the People of Buenos Aires

May 14th, 2013Posted by 

In 2010, Siemens and The Economist published the first reliable index ranking for green cities worldwide. Among many other indexes concerning this subject published in the past few years, this is the first one with a specific chapter for Latin America. The result of this index showed a phenomenon that was clear to everyone but […]

Share
Read full article No Comments     |    
April 30 2013

Best in Heritage Conservation: Awards by the Argentinean Architects Association

April 30th, 2013Posted by 

Built Environment professionals, myself included, tend to focus on the latest trends concerning sustainability, smart growth, and recent technologies for construction. Many times we end up relegating historical preservation and everything concerning Built Heritage Conservation as a métier only for experienced professionals, who embark on these projects as a way of closing their careers, as […]

Share
Read full article No Comments     |    
April 16 2013

MACBA From the Inside: Insights From the Long Expected Buenos Aires’ Museum of Contemporary Art

April 16th, 2013Posted by 

The glazed facade building stands in contrast with the neighborhood in which it is located, an odd urban landscape built on an authentic wasteland lot of San Juan Street near the Buenos Aires’ Museum of Modern Art. Located in San Telmo, a strategic area in the City of Buenos Aires, this building unifies the two […]

Share
Read full article No Comments     |    
April 02 2013

Cars as the New Cholesterol of Buenos Aires’ Veins

April 2nd, 2013Posted by 

Buenos Aires has a saturated transportation system and, due to this factor, the population’s quality of life is on the decline. The main cause of this collapsing system is the disproportionate participation of the private car. The total amount of movement in the city via private car reaches almost forty percent of total movement per […]

Share
Read full article No Comments     |    
March 19 2013

Smart Cities Buenos Aires: IT, Entrepreneurship and University

March 19th, 2013Posted by 

Work has been done to create “smart communities,” a concept which includes information technologies as indicators for future urban planning and development, but there is still some blurriness about what these transformations really intend to do. In a October 2007 report presented by Smart Cities in Europe, developed by the University of Ljubljana, Vienna University of Technology and Delft University […]

Share
Read full article No Comments     |    
March 05 2013

Urban Airports in Buenos Aires: Are They Too Far? Too Close?

March 5th, 2013Posted by 

Like many global cities, Buenos Aires has more than one airport serving the transportation needs of its citizens. But the main international airport Ezeiza, located almost forty miles from the city center, lacks many of the so-called “ground services” – a term used in Airport Planning for defining all of the economic movement surrounding airport […]

Share
Read full article No Comments     |    
February 19 2013

Sudestadas and the Relationship of Buenos Aires with the “River Plate”

February 19th, 2013Posted by 

It has been said many a time that Buenos Aires, Argentina is a port city that forgot it had a coastline. This can be felt in various parts of the city where access to the largest estuary in the world, the Río de la Plata, which completely surrounds Buenos Aires, is almost non-existent. But the […]

Share
Read full article No Comments     |    
 

Follow US

Categories