Medellín Launches International Contest to Design a Public Space in Pablo Escobar’s Former Residence

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With the help of Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano/Urban Development Company (EDU) and La Sociedad Colombiana de Arquitectos/the Colombian Architect's Society (SCA), Medellín has launched an international competition to design a space to remember and reflect on the period between 1983 and 1994. These years were some of the most violent in the Colombian city's history. In January 1988, a car bomb with 80 kilos of dynamite exploded in front of the Monaco Building, the former home of drug lord Pablo Escobar in El Poblado neighborhood. This was the first of a series of attacks between rival drug cartels in Medellin. "Medellin is a wonderful city, a city that has transformed itself, and that today serves as an example of social innovation and inclusive growth for the rest of the world," says Federico Gutiérrez, Medellin's mayor, in a letter for the competition titled Architectural Blueprint for the design of a space for memory and reflection, Medellín
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Kazuyo Sejima: “The Building is About the Size, But Also About the Details”

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Laszló Baán (left), Kazuyo Sejima, and Martha Thorne in Hay Festival. Image © Nicolás Valencia Laszló Baán (left), Kazuyo Sejima, and Martha Thorne in Hay Festival. Image © Nicolás Valencia Kazuyo Sejima, co-founder of the architecture firm SANAA, shared details of their upcoming project the New National Gallery – Ludwig Museum in Budapest at the Hay Festival Segovia in Spain. The 2010 Pritzker Prize winner linked the underlying premise of this project to three iconic museums: the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa (2004), the New Art Museum in New York (2007), and the Louvre Lens in France (2012). In this conversation, Laszló Baán, General Director of the National Gallery, Budapest and Ministerial Commissioner of the Liget Budapest Project, explained the details of the 100-hectare (247-acre) masterplan at the heart of Hungary's capital city. The Liget Budapest Project will feature ten museums, including Sou Fujimoto's House of Hungarian Music, the expansion of the Budapest Zoo, and SANAA's New National Gallery for
Renders del Galería Nacional de Budapest, adjudicado a SANAA en 2018. Image Cortesía de SANAA
Laszló Baán (left), Kazuyo Sejima, and Martha Thorne in Hay Festival. Image © Nicolás Valencia
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Pablo Escobar’s Former Residence in Medellín Will Be Demolished to Build a Public Park

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After a series of failed attempts, the Monaco building in Medellín will finally be demolished at the beginning of 2019, according to the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo.

The Monaco building, which was converted into a municipal asset this year, was the residence of the late drug trafficker Pablo Escobar in the El Poblado neighborhood of Medellín. In January of 1988, a car bomb with 80 kilograms of dynamite exploded in front of the building giving rise to a series of attacks between the drug cartels in Medellín.

Last August, during a meeting with prosecutors against organized crime, Federico Gutiérrez, mayor of Medellín, announced that the building would be demolished in January 2019. According to El Tiempo, 460 proposals were collected by the Urban Development Company (EDU) during a series of workshops that included neighborhood residents and direct/indirect victims of the 1980s and 90s drug war.

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7 Short Films About Architecture That You Won’t Find on Netflix

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If a work can be photographed, drawn, or expressed in words, it can also be the star of a film. This can be seen in Arquitectura en Corto, a Spanish cycle of short films about innovation and trends in contemporary architecture. "The eruption and widespread availability of social media/mobile videos coupled with the need to illustrate and present innovative projects drives the union between architecture and these mediums," explains Roca Gallery and Technal, the organizers behind Arquitectura en Corto. Motivated by the next edition set to come out in October, we have chosen 7 short films from the cycle's first two editions that show everything from the transformation of Europe into a tourism hub to a house constructed in 80 days. 

Terramotourism | Left Hand Rotation

On November 1, 1755, an earthquake completely destroyed Lisbon. Today, the city trembles again under a surge of tourism that has brought the city

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Last Floors of the Infamous Torre de David Have Tilted Following an Earthquake

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© <a href="//commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=User:EneasMx&amp;action=edit&amp;redlink=1">EneasMx</a>, bajo licencia <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0">CC BY-SA 4.0</a>. ImageCentro Financiero Confinanzas, conocido también como Torre de David, en 2017 © <a href="//commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=User:EneasMx&amp;action=edit&amp;redlink=1">EneasMx</a>, bajo licencia <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0">CC BY-SA 4.0</a>. ImageCentro Financiero Confinanzas, conocido también como Torre de David, en 2017 The last five stories of the Torre de David in Caracas have tilted 25 degrees following the largest earthquake to hit Venezuela in 100 years. The well-known building gained infamy as an unprecedented vertical "slum" when its construction was abandoned and squatters began to inhabit the unfinished structure. The 190-meter skyscraper with 45 stories became Latin America's 8th tallest tower in the 1990s, but it was never completed. Officially known as the Centro Financiero Confinanzas when construction began in 1990, the project succumbed to Venezuela's 1994 banking crisis.   
Thought it was abandoned for years, families began to occupy the tower in 2007, making it the world's tallest squat. Five years later, Urban-Think Tank, Justin McGuirk and Iwan Baan won the Venice
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Which Countries Have Banned Asbestos?

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© <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Asbest_leien_-_Asbestos_Roof_Shingles.jpg'>Wikimedia Commons</a>, Under the License <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en">CA Attribution-Share Alike 3.0</a> © <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Asbest_leien_-_Asbestos_Roof_Shingles.jpg'>Wikimedia Commons</a>, Under the License <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en">CA Attribution-Share Alike 3.0</a> The World Health Organization (WHO) has advised that countries throughout the world eliminate the use of all types of asbestos, a dangerous carcinogen, to prevent asbestos-related diseases. According to the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, it was estimated that 40,000 people in the U.S. die each year from asbestos-related conditions.  Despite the WHO's concerns, Fast Company reported that under Trump's administration, "The [U.S. Environmental Protection Agency] (EPA) has even made it easier for companies to introduce new uses of asbestos-containing products in America." Although Asbestos Nation estimates that 55 countries have outlawed the carcinogen, this issue brings up a common question: Has my country banned asbestos? Below, we have provided a list by International Ban Asbestos Secretariat's Laurie Kazan-Allen on the following 65 countries and regions that have banned asbestos.
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BAM Ranks the 20 Best Master of Architecture Programs in the World in 2018

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Courtesy of Harvard GSD Courtesy of Harvard GSD Spain-based platform Best Architecture Masters (BAM) has revealed its inaugural ranking of the best postgraduate architecture programs in the world. Based on the QS Ranking by Subjects – Architecture / Built Environment, the rankings were selected by 13 educational-performance indicators, including quality and internationality of faculty, alumni, and postgraduate program.

Harvard's Master in Architecture II has topped the BAM ranking, followed respectively by TU Delft's Berlage Post-master in Architecture and Urban Design, and MIT's Master of Science in Architecture and Urbanism. By region, Tsinghua University's Masters in Architecture was ranked first in Asia (#5); Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile's Magíster en Arquitectura in Latin America (#11), and Sydney University's Master of Architecture in Oceania ranks 17th worldwide.

The best master's degrees in architecture are:

1. Harvard University | Master in Architecture II
Boston, USA

2. TU Delft | The Berlage Post-master in Architecture and Urban Design
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The Best Universities in Latin America That Have Architecture Programs

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© <a href="//commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:The_Photographer">The Photographer</a>, used under <a href="http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/deed.en">CC0</a>. Image Teatro Municipal in São Paulo, the city with the most universities featured in the regional ranking of the Times Higher Universities © <a href="//commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:The_Photographer">The Photographer</a>, used under <a href="http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/deed.en">CC0</a>. Image Teatro Municipal in São Paulo, the city with the most universities featured in the regional ranking of the Times Higher Universities Times Higher Education (THE) revealed its ranking of the best universities in Latin America and the Caribean. The list is based on the same 13 indicators used in their global ranking, but with modifications that "better reflect the characteristics of Latin American universities," explains the organization.  The 2018 edition of this regional ranking includes 129 universities from 10 countries rated in the following categories: teaching, research, citations, international outlook, industry income. It should be noted that this measurement is global at the university level and does not measure each academic concentration separately, as QS does in its annual ranking. Dominated by universities in Brazil, we present the 10 best Latin American universities for architecture, according to
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Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos Reveal Stadium Design for Morocco 2026 FIFA World Cup Bid

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© Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos © Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos Hours before the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia's opening ceremony, the soccer organization will reveal if the Canada–Mexico–United States or Morocco will be selected to hold 2026 FIFA World Cup. Ahead of the announcement, Morocco revealed the design of the stadium that would hold the final match if the North African country wins the bid--a new venue with capacity for 80,000 spectators. This stadium has been designed by Spanish architects Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos, the firm that recently inaugurated the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid. They are also currently working on the design of the Dalian Yifan Football Club stadium in China and another sports venue in Switzerland.
According to the office, "The challenge of covering a stadium of these dimensions becomes an opportunity to make the roof the element that defines the image of the building. A large self-supporting roof of cables and tensioned
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Andrés Jaque Appointed as New Director of Advanced Architectural Design Program at Columbia GSAPP

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Superpowers of Ten / Andrés Jaque—Office for Political Innovation. Image © Jorge López Conde Superpowers of Ten / Andrés Jaque—Office for Political Innovation. Image © Jorge López Conde Dean Amale Andraos of the Columbia GSAPP has announced the appointment of Andrés Jaque as the new Director of the Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design program (AAD). Jaque is the founder of the Madrid-based Office for Political Innovation and has been teaching advanced design studios at Columbia GSAPP since 2013.  On June, 1, Jaque will succeed Associate Professor Enrique Walker, who directed the program from 2008 to 2018. "I’m very thankful for the rigorous vision and dedication that Walker has brought to the program during his directorship," acknowledged Andraos. "Enrique established a strong legacy of bringing experimental approaches to research and design and built a program that is firmly grounded in forming positions through design," added.
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Columbia GSAPP’s Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design

The Rolling House / Andrés Jaque—Office for Political Innovation. Image © Miguel de Guzmán
COSMO / Andrés Jaque—Office for Political Innovation. Image © Miguel de Guzmán
PHANTOM. Mies as Rendered Society / Andrés Jaque—Office for Political Innovation. Image © "Transmaterial Politics" exhibition at Tabacalera Madrid
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These Are The Latin American Cities With The Best Quality of Life

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Francisco Sanin and Lim Jaeyong appointed as co-directors for the 2019 Seoul Biennale

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© Tommaso Tanini - <a rel="nofollow" class="external free" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/imagearchive/3709498895/in/set-72157622307379208">https://www.flickr.com/photos/imagearchive/3709498895/in/set-72157622307379208</a>, <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0" title="Creative Commons Attribution 4.0">CC BY 4.0</a>, <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35831971">Link</a> Francisco Sanin (left), Peter Wilson, Felicit Scott, Pier Vittorio Aureli during the Symposium (curated by Pietro Valle) "Architecture, visions and Power". in Florence, Italy © Tommaso Tanini - <a rel="nofollow" class="external free" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/imagearchive/3709498895/in/set-72157622307379208">https://www.flickr.com/photos/imagearchive/3709498895/in/set-72157622307379208</a>, <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0" title="Creative Commons Attribution 4.0">CC BY 4.0</a>, <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35831971">Link</a> Francisco Sanin (left), Peter Wilson, Felicit Scott, Pier Vittorio Aureli during the Symposium (curated by Pietro Valle) "Architecture, visions and Power". in Florence, Italy Colombian professor Francisco Sanin and South Korean architect Lim Jaeyong were appointed as co-directors for the 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. The announcement is followed by an inaugural edition held in 2017 with 460,000 visitors in total. Born in Medellin, Colombia, Sanin earned his degree at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana. He had a crucial role in Medellin's urban transformation, working alongside former mayor Sergio Fajardo, and was co-commissioner of the Korean Pavilion at the 2008 Venice Biennale. Currently, Sanin is an architecture professor at Syracuse University School of Architecture. Also, a practicing
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These Are The 20 Most Livable Cities in the World in 2018

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© <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/theodevil/4970314282'>Miroslav Petrasko [Flickr]</a>, bajo licencia <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/">CC BY-NC-ND 2.0</a>. ImageViena, Austria © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/theodevil/4970314282'>Miroslav Petrasko [Flickr]</a>, bajo licencia <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/">CC BY-NC-ND 2.0</a>. ImageViena, Austria For the ninth consecutive year, Vienna reaches the first place in Mercer rankings on cities with the best quality of life in the world. Despite the current economic volatility in the European continent, the Austrian capital joins eight other European cities in the top ten.  This is the 20th edition of the Mercer Rankings. The consultancy, which specializes in advising multinational companies in the transfer of employees, evaluated more than 450 cities around the world. Their rankings take into account 39 factors divided into 10 categories, including political and economic environment, socio-cultural status, sanitation, educational and leisure opportunities, housing markets and natural disasters. At the regional level, Vancouver (5th), Singapore (25th), Montevideo (77th) and Port Louis (83rd) are the highest ranking cities in North America, Asia, Latin America and Africa respectively. According to Mercer,
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Who Has Won the Pritzker Prize?

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Pritzker Prize 2017 Ceremony: Ryue Nishizawa, Tadao Ando, Kazuyo Sejima, Rafael Aranda, Glenn Murcutt, Carme Pigem, Ramon Vilalta, Toyo Ito, Shigeru Ban. Image © The Hyatt Foundation / Pritzker Architecture Prize Pritzker Prize 2017 Ceremony: Ryue Nishizawa, Tadao Ando, Kazuyo Sejima, Rafael Aranda, Glenn Murcutt, Carme Pigem, Ramon Vilalta, Toyo Ito, Shigeru Ban. Image © The Hyatt Foundation / Pritzker Architecture Prize The Pritzker Prize is the most important award in the field of architecture, awarded to a living architect whose built work "has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity through the art of architecture." The Prize rewards individuals, not entire offices, as took place in 2000 (when the jury selected Rem Koolhaas instead of his firm OMA) or in 2016 (with Alejandro Aravena selected instead of Elemental); however, the prize can also be awarded to multiple individuals working together, as took place in 2001 (Herzog & de Meuron), 2010 (Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA), and 2017 (Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, and Ramon Vilalta of RCR Arquitectes). The award is an initiative funded by
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Frank Gehry, Pritzker 1989. Image © Alexandra Cabri
© George Widman/AP Photo. Image Robert Venturi, Pritzker 1991
© <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:%C3%81lvaro_Siza#/media/File:Siza_Vieira_na_Exponor.JPG"> Manuel de Sousa </a>, bajo licencia <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0">CC BY-SA 3.0</a>. ImageÁlvaro Siza, Premio Pritzker 1992
By <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/34053489@N08">jeanbaptisteparis</a> - <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeanbaptisteparis/4411544141/lightbox/">flickr: Fumihiko Maki</a>, <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0">CC BY-SA 2.0</a>, <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14465487">Link</a>. ImageFumihiko Maki, Pritzker 1993
By Jacques-Franck Degioanni - www.christiandeportzamparc.com/fr/contact/, <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0">CC BY-SA 4.0</a>, <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=57960833">Link</a>. ImageChristian de Portzamparc, Pritzker 1994
By <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/34053489@N08">Christopher Schriner</a> from Köln, Deutschland - <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/krss/3166875352/">flickr: Tadao Ando</a>, <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0">CC BY-SA 2.0</a>, <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12612973">Link</a>. ImageTadao Ando, Pritzker 1995
© Stina Glømmi. Image Sverre Fehn, Pritzker 1997
Rem Koolhaas, Pritzker 2000. Image © Miguel de Guzmán
Glenn Murcutt (centro), Pritzker 2002. Image © The Glenn Murcutt Masterclass
Jørn Utzon, Pritzker 2003. Image © 準建築人手札網站 Forgemind ArchiMedia Seguir
Zaha Hadid, Pritzker 2004. Image © Mary McCartney
Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Premio Pritzker 2006. Image Cortesía de Paulo Mendes da Rocha Archive
Richard Rogers, Pritzker 2007. Image © Andrew Zuckermann / RSHP
By <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.flickr.com/people/92564615@N00">Christopher Ohmeyer</a> from vienna, AUT - <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/stoffelix/9680814566/">flickr: jean-nouvelle-0300 copy</a>, <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0">CC BY-SA 2.0</a>, <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28825438">Link</a>. ImageJean Nouvel, Pritzker 2008
Peter Zumthor, Pritzker 2009. Image © Yael Engelhart for Ha'aretz
Eduardo Souto de Moura, Pritzker 2011. Image © Yusuke Suzuki
Wang Shu, Pritzker 2012. Image © Zhu Chenzhou
Shigeru Ban, Premio Pritzker 2014. Image Cortesía de Shigeru Ban Architects
Frei Otto, Pritzker 2015. Image © Ingenhoven und Partner Architekten
Alejandro Aravena, Pritzker 2016. Image © Manuel Albornoz
Rafael Aranda (izq), Carme Pigem y Ramón Vilalta, Pritzker 2017. Image © Javier Lorenzo Domínguez
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Drone Photographs of Bogotá’s Grand Architecture Show the “Unedited” Side of the City

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La Biblioteca Virgilio Barco from a certain perspective inspired by the movie "Inception". Image © Camilo Monzón La Biblioteca Virgilio Barco from a certain perspective inspired by the movie "Inception". Image © Camilo Monzón Colombian graphic designer and creative director Camilo Monzón's Instagram account is not your average catalog of Bogotá's iconic architecture.  Camilo explains that his particular way of capturing the city arose while he tried out his drone. "I realized that the tiles from nearby buildings showed me an unedited side of Bogotá that should be revealed and shown to everyone," he said in a conversation with ArchDaily en Español. "I think of it as rediscovering the city."
Las Torres del Parque, designed by Rogelio Salmona. Image © Camilo Monzón Las Torres del Parque, designed by Rogelio Salmona. Image © Camilo Monzón

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

Planetario Distrital de Bogotá. Image © Camilo Monzón
Plaza de Toros de Santamaría. Image © Camilo Monzón
Glorieta próxima al Museo de los Niños. Image © Camilo Monzón
La circunvalación de la Diagonal 117 de Bogotá. Image © Camilo Monzón
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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ELEMENTAL proposal for the Art Mill in Qatar. Image © ELEMENTAL / Malcolm Reading Consultants ELEMENTAL proposal for the Art Mill in Qatar. Image © ELEMENTAL / Malcolm Reading Consultants In May 2017, the Chilean firm ELEMENTAL was chosen to design the Art Mill, a cultural center that will be one of the largest in Qatar and will share a neighborhood with the Museum of Islamic Art (by I.M. Pei) and the National Museum of Qatar (by Jean Nouvel).  After making a trip to Doha (Qatar), Alejandro Aravena spoke with Chilean newspaper El Mercurio and shared details about this project. "One of the things we set out to do is to make this endure for the next 1,000 years," explains the 2016 Pritzker Prize winner. "When you look at industrial facilities, especially silos, archaeological ruins are the kind of things that remain," he adds.
ELEMENTAL proposal for the Art Mill in Qatar. Image © ELEMENTAL / Malcolm Reading Consultants ELEMENTAL proposal for the Art Mill in Qatar. Image © ELEMENTAL / Malcolm Reading Consultants
At the time, the
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10 Architects to Design Chapels for the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale

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© <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/archer10/5115399433/'>Dennis Jarvis [Flickr]</a>, bajo licencia <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>. ImageBasílica papal de San Pedro, El Vaticano © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/archer10/5115399433/'>Dennis Jarvis [Flickr]</a>, bajo licencia <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>. ImageBasílica papal de San Pedro, El Vaticano In 2018 the Vatican will participate in the Venice Architecture Biennale for the first time. Ten international architects will construct 10 different chapels as part of the representation of the city-state in the Italian architecture event. The news was confirmed by Paraguayan media outlets ABC y Última Horawho revealed that one of the participants was local architect Javier Corvalán. The elite group of architects was selected by Francesco Dal Co, an Italian architecture historian and curator. The designers have been instructed that their chapels must be able to be relocated so that they can be deployed around the world, in places that are in need of these spaces of worship. The architects who will build chapels in the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale:

Will Automation Affect Architects?

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© Nicolás Valencia, using image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/masakiishitani/4065681012/'>Flickr user masakiishitani</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-NC-SA 2.0</a> © Nicolás Valencia, using image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/masakiishitani/4065681012/'>Flickr user masakiishitani</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-NC-SA 2.0</a> According to The Economist, 47% of the work done by humans will have been replaced by robots by 2037, even those traditionally associated with university education. While the World Economic Forum estimates that between 2015 and 2020, 7.1 million jobs will be lost around the world, as "artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology and other socio-economic factors replace the need for human employees."  It's not science fiction: the MIT Technology Review warns that the current debate over raising the minimum wage for fast food employees in the United States would accelerate their own automation. On the other hand, Silicon Valley personalities and millionaires like Elon Musk and Richard Branson warned that the impact of automation will force the creation of a universal basic income to compensate not only the
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A Lawn Circle 70 Meters in Diameter Took Over Plaza Mayor in Madrid

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Cortesía de Ayuntamiento de Madrid / Difusión Cortesía de Ayuntamiento de Madrid / Difusión Earlier this year the Plaza Mayor in Madrid awoke covered by a giant meadow of natural grass. A circle of 70 meters in diameter, without any restriction of access, allowed Madrilenians to take a break, sit down, read a book or simply take a picture, enjoying this urban landmark from a new perspective. This seemingly simple, but impressive doing is the most recent intervention by the anonymous artist SpY was part of Four Seasons (Cuatro Estaciones), an urban art program run by the Madrid City Council to celebrate the IV Centenary of the Plaza Mayor.
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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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