Cronocaos | OMA’s exhibition on preservation in New York

Cronocaos

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Cronocaos, OMA’s exhibition on the increasingly urgent topic of preservation in architecture and urbanism, opens today at the New Museum in New York. First shown at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, Cronocaos examines the growing “empire” of preservation and its consequences for the way we build, demolish, and remember.

Around 12 percent of the planet now falls under various regimes of natural and cultural preservation. “Through our respect for the past, heritage is becoming more and more the dominant metaphor for our lives today – a situation we call Cronocaos,” OMA founding partner Rem Koolhaas says. “We are trying to find what the future of our memory will look like.”

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Student Project: Q|Santa in San Isidro del General, Costa Rica by Alejandro Nuñez Lopez

Q|Santa by Alejandro Nuñez Lopez

Q | Santa consists of an integral project that seeks to generate a vision of a city that doesn’t deny its context or itself, where its systems and functions are integrated and overlapped, trying to find the most appropriate way to combine the urban artificial systems with the natural systems, through the generation of relationships of dependency that have been tested in other latitudes, where both systems benefit and become optimized.

It’s based on the thought that the city is written, erased and rewritten by itself continuously according to its changing context, new demands, and its new operating systems.

The increments of the urban complexity are dictated by the increase in the amount of information that each city stores, the cultural hybridization, the evolution of knowledge, the demand for new activities and programs, and the awareness of resource management. The innate human need to enhance and form new relationships, new connections, has been the determining factor in the process of shaping a new perspective of the outside, of a dynamic and contemporary city, but above all, human.

This project is developed under the theory of the topological behavior of the contemporary city: the new cities, complex, flexible, dynamic, fluid, in constant change; and the various relationships of dependency and interaction generated among its many layers and systems. It pays special attention to the relationships between natural and artificial urban systems; pathological problem that is present in basically every city in the countries of Latin America, and the implementation of these theories in the case of the Quebradas River’s waterfront, within the city limits of San Isidro del General, Perez Zeledon.

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Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in Hong Kong | Foster+Partners

Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Foster+Partners

A foundation stone laying ceremony, attended by the Chief Executive of HKSAR, senior government officials and representatives of the architects Foster + Partners and Dragages team, has been held recently to mark the start of construction of the new Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in Hong Kong. Reinventing the site of the former Kai Tak airport as one of the world’s foremost cruise terminals, the project will create a sustainable new gateway to the city and a major entertainment destination for residents.
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TOPOTEK1 part of winning team for Waste-to-Energy Plant design competition

Amagerforbrændingen-New-Waste-To-Energy-Plant

Recently TOPOTEK1 was part of the winning team for Amagerforbraending Waste-to-Energy Plant international design competition.  The winning submission stated that the site directly north of the main entrance to the Amagerforbrændingen (Copenhagen) should be used for recreational purposes in the future. The team propose to create topography as a natural continuation of the artificial mountain meadows on the roof. If the roof is the glacier – the park is the green meadow in the valley. The landscape has been modeled in a way so it offers informal sport activities in summer as in winter. The materials are simple and robust to make sure the costs for construction and maintenance is kept reasonable.

The design team included BIG, realities:united AKT, TOPOTEK1 & Man Made Land, Glessner Group. The building is 95,000s square metres and the Landscape is 90,000 square metres.

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Toronto: Can it break free from the Sprawl

Christopher Hume, Architecture Critic for Toronto Star writes in Hume: Resisting the Call of Sprawl

Though suburbia has failed to live up to the promise, its appeal isn’t hard to understand. The damage inflicted on cities during the last 50 or 60 years went a long way to make them unlivable. Even now, the suburbanization of Toronto continues.

Hume looks at various players and how they are enabling each others behaviour.

Read more at [thestar.com]

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