Drone Photographs of Bogotá’s Grand Architecture Show the “Unedited” Side of the City

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His images use Photoshop to merge Bogotá's notable buildings like the Planetario Distrital, Plaza de Toros de Santamaría and the Torres del Parque, with photographs of the roadways and roundabouts that dot the Colombian capital.  "The work of Rogelio Salmona is iconic and obviously beautiful, but

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Intersección de la Calle 100 con la Carrera 15 en Bogotá. Image © Camilo Monzón
Líneas cruzadas en la Diagonal 92 con NQS, Bogotá. Image © Camilo Monzón
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Alejandro Aravena Discloses New Details on ELEMENTAL’s Cultural Mega-Project in Qatar

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10 Architects to Design Chapels for the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale

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Will Automation Affect Architects?

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A Lawn Circle 70 Meters in Diameter Took Over Plaza Mayor in Madrid

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Public access was not limited nor there was a time limit, so the public could walk through the room 24 hours a day. Once the installation was completed and disassembled, the lawn of the intervention was due to be sent to a

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Why Freddy Mamani is Leading A New Andean Architecture

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The media outbreak for architect Elisabetta Andreoli and artist Ligia D'Andrea’s book "Andean Architecture of Bolivia", which focuses on the work of Freddy Mamani - ex-bricklayer turned engineer and constructor- has become the excuse to talk about everything else related to the highland country of Bolivia.

Such as the shortcomings and luxuries of the rapid urban expansion dispersed in El Alto, the youngest city in Bolivia; the birth of a new Aymara bourgeoisie in the shadow of the white elites; and the birth of a contemporary architectural identity that bothers purists and makes Aymaras proud, but is rejected by local architecture schools. Below, you can find out more about this new type of architecture together with photos by Alfredo Zeballos

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It was an achievement for everyone; one for Elisabetta and Ligia, another for Mamani. The presentation of the book "Andean Architecture of

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Andrés Jaque: “Architecture Is Always Political”

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In the context of the XX Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism in Chile, we spoke with the Spanish architect Andrés Jaque, founder of the Office for Political Innovation. In a conversation named Lucha Libre Jaque argued that "all architects are politicians" by default and the real question is what forms of policy we are willing to defend.
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In this interview, Jaque states that "politics have to do with how things are brought together, and what is the possibility... of certain situations to be produced by architects which ones are blocked." Jaque explains: 

This doesn’t mean that all architects are aware of this political performance of what they design, nor does it mean that it is only the architect that makes the architecture perform politically in a particular way; but it means that architects in a way

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Artist Brings Striking Pop Surrealism To An Abandoned French Castle

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© Spencer Chopem Down © Spencer Chopem Down Okuda, the Spanish artist who has been converted into one of the biggest figures in pop surrealism, is continuing his artistic journey in France. After paying homage to the Mona Lisa in the façade of a 19 story building and designing a trampoline above the Seine River, the artist has now taken on the façade of the Valette Castle (1864) in Loiret, which has been abandoned since the 80’s.  The work is titled “Skull in Mirror” and reactivates the Valette Castle whose history links France and Spain. In 1936, during the time of the Spanish Civil War, Republicans purchased the castle, where initially it housed children evacuated from conflict and then later, political exiles. In the 50’s, Spain, under Franco’s rule reclaimed it and used it for holiday camps. Two decades later, the castle was converted into a Spanish school and by 1986 was
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Jan Gehl: The Modern Movement Put an End to the Human Scale

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On Thursday 29 of June, Jan Gehl the Danish architect and urban planner, spoke at the Conference “Thinking urban: cities for people” organised by UN-Habitat and the Official Architects College of Madrid (COAM as it is abbreviated in Spanish) about the urban transformations that have occurred in Copenhagen as a result of the errors of the modernist movement and the challenges facing the cities in the 21st century. In a prior discussion with José María Ezquiaga (dean of COAM), and José Manuel Calvo (councilor of the Sustainable Development Area at the Madrid city council) at the Conference, Gehl highlighted the urban paradigm at the time of his student years, which is referred to as the Brasilia syndrome. 
When I was a student, Brasilia was considered the ideal city. It was fantastic from a plane, designed in the shape of a big eagle, with the head being the parliament
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On Thursday 29 of June, Jan Gehl the Danish architect and urban planner, spoke at the Conference “Thinking urban: cities for people” organised by UN-Habitat and the Official Architects College of Madrid (COAM as it is abbreviated in Spanish) about the urban transformations that have occurred in Copenhagen as a result of the errors of the modernist movement and the challenges facing the cities in the 21st century. In a prior discussion with José María Ezquiaga (dean of COAM), and José Manuel Calvo (councilor of the Sustainable Development Area at the Madrid city council) at the Conference, Gehl highlighted the urban paradigm at the time of his student years, which is referred to as the Brasilia syndrome. 
When I was a student, Brasilia was considered the ideal city. It was fantastic from a plane, designed in the shape of a big eagle, with the head being the parliament
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Advice For Procrastinator Architects

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Collage: "The Storm" by Pierre-Auguste (87.15.134). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000-. [1] (January, 2007), under public domain + Emoji One [Wikipedia], under license CC BY-SA 4.0. Image © Nicolás Valencia Collage: "The Storm" by Pierre-Auguste (87.15.134). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000-. [1] (January, 2007), under public domain + Emoji One [Wikipedia], under license CC BY-SA 4.0. Image © Nicolás Valencia Scrolling through memes of cats in disguise. Checking if food has magically appeared in your refrigerator every ten minutes. Obsessively arranging books on your shelf by color. Renaming your computer's folders. In short, we seem to thrive on any irrelevant activity to avoid starting a reading, essay, model, or project. Procrastinate now, work later. Your future self can take care of business, after all. As we suffer through long and strenuous projects, it is likely that we have all slipped into procrastination in order to avoid our next task. Not only do we avoid confronting work at the office or university studio, but also those personal errands which, if we dedicated ourselves, would enhance our daily lives. Below, based on our own experiences and expert opinion,
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RCR Arquitectes to Design Catalan Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale

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Rafael Aranda (left), Carme Pigem and Ramón Vilalta, founders of RCR Arquitectes and 2017 Pritzker Prize winners. Image © Javier Lorenzo Domínguez Rafael Aranda (left), Carme Pigem and Ramón Vilalta, founders of RCR Arquitectes and 2017 Pritzker Prize winners. Image © Javier Lorenzo Domínguez The winners of the 2017 Pritzker Prize, RCR Arquitectes, has been selected to lead the proposal and design of the Catalan pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale. The news was announced yesterday by Santi Vila, Minister of Culture of the Generalitat of Catalonia, during the opening of this year’s Venice Biennale of Art. The architects from Olot are the first confirmed participants of the next edition of the Architecture Biennale, which is being curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of the Ireland-based Grafton Architects. For the first time, the Institut Ramon Llull (IRL) made the selection without a call for public opinion. Speaking to El País, Vila explained that it is "an exceptional decision, agreed upon by the field and a worthy institutional recognition
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NL Architects and XVW Architectuur’s deFlat Wins 2017 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award

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NL Architects + XVW architectuur’s “innovative renovation” of the DeFlat Kleiburg apartment complex in Amsterdam’s Bijlmermeer neighbourhood has been selected as the winner of the 2017 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture-Mies van der Rohe Award.

One of the largest residential buildings in the Netherlands, the complex was saved from the wrecking ball through its transformation into a rejuvenated framework called a “Klusflat," within which inhabitants could renovate their apartments by themselves. This is the first time the award has been given to a renovation of an existing building.

DeFlat Kleiburg was selected from a list of 355 works from 36 European countries, including the four other finalist projects: Rudy Ricciotti + Passelac & Roques’ Rivesaltes Memorial; BBGK Architekci’s Katyn Museum; Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects’ Kannikegården; and Alison Brooks Architects’ Ely Court. NL

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86% of the Most Dangerous Cities are in This Part of the World

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This House was Built in 5 Days Using Recycled Plastic Bricks

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Ten years ago when Colombian Fernando Llanos tried to build his own house in Cundinamarca, he realized that moving the materials from Bogota was going to be very difficult. After mulling it over, he decided to build his house out of plastic, and after a series of trials and errors, he ended up meeting architect Óscar Méndez, who developed his thesis on the same subject, and together they founded the company Conceptos Plásticos (Plastic Concepts) in 2011. 

The innovative local company managed to patent its system of bricks and pillars made of recycled plastic, which is then put together like Lego pieces in a construction system that lets you build houses up to two stories high in five days.

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Instead of using

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45 Years of Architecture Model Photography in Spain

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Anteproyecto del Banco Comercial Transatlántico, Barcelona, 1956. Arquitectos: Francesc Mitjans i Miró. Image © Fondo F. Mitjans Miró. Arxiu Històric del Col·legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya Anteproyecto
Albergue de montaña, Vitoria (Álava), 1957. Arquitecto: Javier Carvajal Ferrer. Image © José Calvo. Archivo General de la Universidad de Navarra
Filial Seat, Barcelona, 1961. Arquitectos: César Ortiz Echagüe Rubio y Rafael Echaide Itarte. Image © Fondo O. Maspons. Arxiu Històric del Col·legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya. Archivo General de la Universidad de Navarra
“Casa Bloc”, Barcelona, 1933. Arquitectos: Josep Lluís Sert i López, Josep Torres i Clavé y Joan Baptista Subirana i Subirana. Image © Fondo J. Torres Clavé. Arxiu Històric del Col·legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya
Club de Táchira, Caracas (Venezuela), 1956. Arquitectos: Eduardo Torroja Miret y José Fructoso Vivas Vivas. Image © Archives de la construction moderne– École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, fonds Alberto Sartoris. © García Moya
Refugio de alta montaña. Primer premio concurso Mateu Pla, 1958. Arquitectos: Fernando Higueras Díaz, Juan Pedro Capote Aquino y José Serrano-Suñer Polo. Image © Fundación Fernando Higueras
Anteproyecto de Templete al aire libre para banda de música. Premio Nacional de Arquitectura, 1962. Arquitecto: Juan Daniel Fullaondo Errazu. Image © Archivo Paco Gómez / Fundación Foto Colectania
Concurso para el Teatro Nacional de la Ópera, Madrid, 1963. Arquitecto: Rafael Aburto Renobales. Image © Archivo General de la  Universidad de Navarra
Sede de los Laboratorios JORBA, Madrid, 1965. Arquitecto: Miguel Fisac Serna. Image © C. Jiménez. Fundación Fisac
Torres Blancas, Madrid, 1969. Arquitecto: Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oiza. Image © Colección Arxiu Històric del Col·legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya. Fotografía: L. Jiménez
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Download High Resolution World City Maps for CAD

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Mapacad is a website that offers downloads of .dwgs of dozens of cities. With 200 metropolises in their database, the founders have shared a set of their most-downloaded cities.   The files contain closed polyline layers for buildings, streets, highways, city limits, and geographical data--all ready for use in CAD programs like Autocad, Rhino, BricsCad and SketchUp.  To activate the free downloads, sign up at Mapacad.com and enter "Mapacad" as the coupon code when payment is requested. If you'd like to download additional maps, you can use the coupon code "PlataformaArquitectura" for a 25% discount. Clicking on the maps below will direct you to Mapacad so that you can begin your downloads.

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Mapacad is a website that offers downloads of .dwgs of dozens of cities. With 200 metropolises in their database, the founders have shared a set of their most-downloaded cities.   The files contain closed polyline layers for buildings, streets, highways, city limits, and geographical data--all ready for use in CAD programs like Autocad, Rhino, BricsCad and SketchUp.  To activate the free downloads, sign up at Mapacad.com and enter "Mapacad" as the coupon code when payment is requested. If you'd like to download additional maps, you can use the coupon code "PlataformaArquitectura" for a 25% discount. Clicking on the maps below will direct you to Mapacad so that you can begin your downloads.

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See Frank Lloyd Wright’s Missing Works Recreated in Photorealistic Renders

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Larkin Building (1903-1950), digitally reconstructed by David Romero. Image © David Romero Larkin Building (1903-1950), digitally reconstructed by David Romero. Image © David Romero With the help of a vast array of software, Spanish architect David Romero has digitally recreated a series of iconic works by Frank Lloyd Wright, two of which have been demolished and a third that was never built. The three projects were based in the United States: the Larkin Administration Building (1903-1950), the Rose Pauson House (1939-1943) and the Trinity Chapel (1958).  "The 3D visualization tools that we have are rarely used to investigate the past architecture and the truth is that there is a huge field to explore,” said Romero in an interview with ArchDaily about his project Hooked on the Past. Romero worked with AutoCAD, 3ds Max, Vray, and Photoshop while restoring black and white photographs, sketches and drawings of these works.
Larkin Building (1903-1950). Image © David Romero Larkin Building (1903-1950). Image © David Romero

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Rose Pauson House  (1939-1943). Image © David Romero
Trinity Chapel (1958), an unbuilt project by Frank Lloyd Wright. Image © David Romero
Larkin Building (1903-1950). Image © David Romero
Rose Pauson House  (1939-1943). Image © David Romero
Trinity Chapel (1958), an unbuilt project by Frank Lloyd Wright. Image © David Romero
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World’s First 3D Printed Bridge Opens in Spain

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Courtesy of IAAC Courtesy of IAAC The first 3D printed pedestrian bridge in the world opened to the public on December 14 in Madrid. Led by the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) in a process that took a year and a half from its conception, the structure crosses a stream in Castilla-La Mancha Park in Alcobendas, Madrid.

Although similar initiatives have already been announced in the Netherlands, this is the first to have finished construction. The structure is printed in micro-reinforced concrete, and measures 12 meters in length and 1.75 meters wide.

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The institute stated in a press release that the parametric design allowed for the optimal distribution of the material and minimized the amount of waste by recycling the raw material during production. The design also allowed for maximum structural performance. The material is used only where it is needed, with complete freedom in terms of form, maintaining its
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