Belfast City Hall
My articles at The Grid allowed me to keep up-to-date with archite[...]
Belfast City Hall
My articles at The Grid allowed me to keep up-to-date with archite[...]
Any structure at this preferential plot in Rhodes island would undoubtly arouse extreme interest. The area is a few meters away from the coast road and it is bordered by an old natural stone wall, which encloses the whole plot as a "frame" towards the spectacular view to the sea.
The summer house "Villa F" was designed for a couple. The house seems incongruous with its surroundings, prima facie, but when one enters it, this impression vanishes.
In this extremely light construction, the architects created a microclim[...]
On April 1st, two students of architecture and urban design at the University of Laval launched their project of tactical urbanism #chaisesnomades on the school’s campus. And it was no April Fool’s joke!
“Tactical urbanism is a movement popularized in the United States” explained Alexandre Boulianne and Jean-François Laroche, the individuals behind the project. “It’s a new way to develop public spaces through removing the majority of constraints which are too often imposed by municipal administrations. It involves interventions carried out by citizens. Because these actions have local root[...]
Denver area homes and a view of Rocky Mountains’ Longs Peak (14,259 feet)
Whereas smog is decreasing across most maj[...]
The historic Denver Union Station is getting a makeover to the tune of $900 million. The plan is to turn one of Denver’s most prominent, yet underutilized historic structures, into the anchor of the Denver region’s expanding transportation network. It will be the Grand Central Station of the West, a signal once and for all of a changing attitude towards public transportation in the region.
The new Denver Union Station is a “game changer” for the region.Denver Union Station was built in 1881 in the Classical Revival style. The new station architecture uses the same architectural material as the Denver International Airport a[...]
On the night of July 23, 1993, eight children were massacred on the steps of the Candelária Church in downtown Rio de Janeiro. As a regular gathering spot for street children, dozens took refuge here as a place to rest. Official reports differ on the motive behind such action, yet at 11:00pm, police opened fire on the group of sixty-four. Some state it was retaliation against an earlier scuffle between the youth and the police, while others think it to be off-duty officers paid by disgruntled shop owners to clear the streets.
One of the survivors, [...]
Since the mid 90’s, Washington, D.C. has been allowing commercially concentrated areas to band together to form Business Improvement Districts (B.I.Ds) throughout the city. These organizations charge a fee to their members in order to provide supplemental services. Typically, this includes improved street cleaning and safety, BID ambassadors to help visitors find their way around, holding events, marketing the neighborhood as a whole, helping to recruit businesses to fill vacant spaces, and creating a vision and planning priorities for the future of the neighborhood. It has proven to be a very successful method for small area planning and management in the District.[...]
The listed building on Anagenniseos Street, in Thessaloniki, will soon find its old glory, thanks to the Municipality’s decision to reuse it as a Cartoon and Animation Museum. The building, which was described as "a work of art," was built between 1900 and 1910 and is one of the few remaining architectural examples after the fire that took place in 1917. Petridi’s family lived there until the 1960s, whereas for the last twenty years it has been used occasionally as a transport firm and a warehouse. Unfortunately, the listed building was abandoned and until 1997 was used as a homeless refuge.
In a ski town like Wengen, Switzerland, where there are enough skis to build everyone a seat, you don’t see much sports equipment being recycled and repurposed for furniture and building features. We have all seen the adirondack chairs built from skis, but where does this material choice come from? Does recycling local materials stem from necessity and the convenience of having extra equipment laying around, or is it a novelty, a wacky way to show off the pastimes of the region?
As with most mountainous regions, the traditional building material has always been timber, and in Wengen it is used to the max. Throughout the town there are half-sawed logs f[...]
Stores in Newbury StreetI saw some luxury brands, like Burberry, Chanel and Marimekko, as well as some mass retailers like H&M and Forever 21. I saw som[...]
A sustainable lighting installment will accompany the millennial anniversary of Strasbourg’s Cathedral, whose foundation work was begun in 1015. In addition to this municipal project, an enormous clock will be added to the interior of the building upon the wishes of the diocese. The clock’s installation is scheduled to take place between March and May 2015.As winner of the diocese’s call-for-projects in commemoration of the cathedral’s 1000th anniversary, construction of a 1:1 mock-up of the “Rayon vers” is currently underway as of this spring. The tentative name of the project refers to green rays (rayo[...]
What makes the relatively small town of Siena so special in comparison with the other former Italian city-states in the north? Is it the way its medieval characteristics have continued to influence everyday life? This strong relationship with the past is obvious both in the town’s urban development, and in the annual social events.The urbanization of the town started in the late eleventh century, with the appearance of the urban class in Italy. While medieval feudalism was still alive the strong trade activity permitted the development of this new social class. Along with that, a new economic system was created, called commercial capitalism. In [...]
Downtown Baltimore, Maryland is working hard to remain a tourist destination, while improving its branding as a decent place to live. The most comprehensive source detailing what Baltimore hopes to achieve is the Inner Harbor 2.0 plan. Published late last year, the plan has stirred up a lot of discussion about future development, including suggestions to expand its water taxi service.
Water taxi is available through a privately operated service, Baltimore Water Taxi, who partners with the City to provide the free Harbor Connector. I assume the banner ads on the boats help support the free weekday routes, in addition to[...]
As cities grow and redevelop, community leaders are constantly imagining new ideas to improve their businesses and neighborhoods. But who is keeping track of all these new sustainability programs, zoning policies, and preservation programs? Evaluating past and existing practices can help avoid repeated mistakes and spur innovative partnerships. However, the volume and diversity of urban activity is enough to intimidate even the greatest of urban enthusiasts. Where to begin?
Fortunately, Alexander Garvin’s The American City: What Works, What Doesn’t acts as an encyclopedia for urban projects and programs that have been implemented across Ameri[...]
In an agricultural plot of 4,000 m2, among olive trees, oleanders and cypress trees in Boeotia, the Greek architectural office A31 designed the new workshop of the painter and sculptor Alexandros Liapis. Additionally, part of the surrounding area became an outdoor sculpture gallery, hosting the artist’s creations, which made the whole project a two-fold challenge.The building had to be connected with the surrounding area, and at the same time with the exhibited artwork. There were three main targets in the basic approach of the design. The construction of the building had to[...]
Madison, Wisconsin is a city where politics meet academics. The mid-sized city is both the state capital and home to the state’s largest public university - the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a student at UW-Madison, it is easy to become frustrated with all the construction constantly occurring on campus. Detours and caution signs have become the norm, and it often seems like there will never be relief from the incessant sound of jackhammers. However, all these successive transformations were strategically planned in 2005 - the year the university created its most recent Master Plan. University officials[...]
Melbourne’s Federation square was built in 2002, as a critical response to the failures of past developments on the site. Dating back to the 1960s, with the Gas and Fuel Corporation buildings that occupied the site, the redevelopment sought to connect the city to the waterfront, as well as the important Flinders train station. The development was to serve as a mixed-use space for an active public domain.
Melbourne Federation Square, used by the public.
The development came after a tough architectural competition in 1997, involving some big names in architecture such as ARM[...]
For several days, the city of Issy-les-Moulineaux has had the pleasure of welcoming Chinese visitors. Concurrently with the Chinese President’s official visit to France, a delegation of 20 individuals accompanying professor Xiong Zhang, scientific head of the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology’s Smart Cities project, came to learn more about the IssyGrid project.
The agenda for March 27th included a long walk through Fort d’Issy, an eco-district that covers more than 12 hectares. While there, Chinese representatives who wore headphones providing simultaneous translations, with tablets in ha[...]