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What Does Germán Samper See When He Draws?

08:00 - 25 September, 2015
What Does Germán Samper See When He Draws?, Germán Samper drawing. Image © Nicolás Valencia
Germán Samper drawing. Image © Nicolás Valencia

Hiding out from the gentle Bogotá rain, a cat with turquoise eyes and a black and white coat prowls along the ledge of an office hidden in the midst of lush vegetation. A large window with a wooden frame filters the light and illuminates the interior: a desk, hundreds of books, manila folders, and backlit pictures. Sitting comfortably in his chair, 91-year-old Colombian architect Germán Samper takes a pencil, presses it to the surface of a sheet of paper, and begins to explain everything he is saying by drawing for us in the most clear and simple manner possible.

Whether he's giving instructions on taking a taxi in Bogotá  or explaining the recent modifications to the historic Colsubisdio citadel, Samper -- a master of Colombian architecture -- can express ideas on paper with an ease that makes us think that drawing might be very simple, but it's really just a great trick.

Perseverance is key and Samper knows this from experience. "I don't understand why architects don't draw more if it is truly a pleasure," he ponders.

After the break, a conversation with Germán Samper and a series of unedited sketches by the Colombian architect.

Restaurant Il Forno / PLASMA NODO + Llano Arquitectos

02:00 - 17 September, 2015
Restaurant Il Forno / PLASMA NODO + Llano Arquitectos, © Santiago Bohórquez
© Santiago Bohórquez

Courtesy of PLASMA NODO Courtesy of PLASMA NODO Courtesy of PLASMA NODO Courtesy of PLASMA NODO +41

Kipará Té Embera Tourist Etno-village / Juan Pablo Dorado + Oficina Suramericana de Arquitectura

13:00 - 12 September, 2015
Kipará Té Embera Tourist Etno-village  / Juan Pablo Dorado + Oficina Suramericana de Arquitectura, © Tomas Botero
© Tomas Botero

© Tomas Botero © Tomas Botero © Tomas Botero © Tomas Botero +53

Casa de la Memoria Museum / Juan David Botero

11:00 - 27 August, 2015
Casa de la Memoria Museum / Juan David Botero, © Isaac Ramírez Marín
© Isaac Ramírez Marín

© Isaac Ramírez Marín © Isaac Ramírez Marín © Isaac Ramírez Marín © Isaac Ramírez Marín +44

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cl. 51 #36-66, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Area

    21000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photography

    Isaac Ramírez Marín

Bioclimatic Prototype of a Host and Nectar Garden Building / HUSOS

15:00 - 21 August, 2015
Bioclimatic Prototype of a Host and Nectar Garden Building / HUSOS, Courtesy of Husos
Courtesy of Husos

© Manuel Salinas © Manuel Salinas © Taller Croquis © Javier García +47

La Condesa / PLASMA NODO

13:00 - 14 August, 2015
La Condesa / PLASMA NODO, © Daniel Mejía
© Daniel Mejía

© Daniel Mejía © Daniel Mejía © Daniel Mejía © Daniel Mejía +21

  • Designer

  • Location

    Medellín, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Area

    100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

9 ¾ Bookstore + Café / PLASMA NODO

09:00 - 29 July, 2015
9 ¾ Bookstore + Café / PLASMA NODO, © Daniel Mejía
© Daniel Mejía

© Daniel Mejía © Daniel Mejía © Daniel Mejía © Daniel Mejía +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Medellín, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Area

    120.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Entrerrios Educational Park / Laboratorio de Arquitectura y Paisaje

11:00 - 16 July, 2015

© Jaime Andrés Orozco © Jaime Andrés Orozco © Jaime Andrés Orozco © Jaime Andrés Orozco +25

Competition Results: "Filling Station(s)"

04:00 - 6 July, 2015
Competition Results: "Filling Station(s)", Winning Entry: Nu Oil / Felix Yang and Thomas Noussis. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions
Winning Entry: Nu Oil / Felix Yang and Thomas Noussis. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions

Filling Station(s), the latest ideas-based challenge organised by Combo Competitions, asked participants to "rethink refueling" in a competition which sought to re-imagine the ubiquitous filling station. The historical rise of this 20th century typology, from simple fuel dispensers to palatial rest-stops on the highway, grew with the proliferation of the car and became symbols for societal progression, personal status, and "a bright future." Although the number of vehicles worldwide "surpassed one billion in 2010, there has been a steady decline in filling stations since the end of the last century." As such, perhaps this is the time to start to rethink how these fragments of the international mobility infrastructure operate?

Third Prize: Fill Up Here / Alex Cox. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions First Prize: Nu Oil / Felix Yang and Thomas Noussis. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions Second Prize: Modular Filling Station / Mattias Dahlberg, Robin Krasse and Karl Lagerqvist. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions Second Prize: Modular Filling Station / Mattias Dahlberg, Robin Krasse and Karl Lagerqvist. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions +19

Uramita Educational Park / FP arquitectura

13:00 - 22 June, 2015
Uramita Educational Park / FP arquitectura, © Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

© Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Uramita, Uramita, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Project Area

    768.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Alejandro Arango , Courtesy of FP arquitectura

How EPM Group Is Reclaiming Medellín's Infrastructure as Public Space

06:00 - 15 June, 2015
How EPM Group Is Reclaiming Medellín's Infrastructure as Public Space, UVA Moscú. Image © EPM Group
UVA Moscú. Image © EPM Group

With a high-density population and a history of internal armed conflict, the city of Medellín in Colombia lacked substantial public space, but had an overwhelming amount of industrial infrastructure in place. But as profiled by The Architectural Review, recently architects and urban planners of the EPM group saw this imbalance as an opportunity, and so in the uninhabited patches of land surrounding over one hundred fenced industrial lots, the UVA or Unidades de Vida Articulada (Units of Articulated Life) program was born. Including initiatives to build public classrooms, launderettes and cafés, the UVA projects were conceived together with the local population through a series of workshops, where every resident was invited to express their vision for the new public square through writing and drawing. Medellín, existing at the convergence of several hills, provides a wide variety of unique landscapes for architects to experiment on - and through the UVA projects, EPM Group demonstrates how architecture can empower a community from the first day of design. Read more about how this project will continue to instigate positive change at The Architectural Review.

Call for Entries in Competition to Design Colombia's National Museum of History

14:00 - 30 May, 2015
Call for Entries in Competition to Design Colombia's National Museum of History, Courtesy of Colombian Society of Architects
Courtesy of Colombian Society of Architects

In collaboration with the Colombian Society of Architects, the National Centre for Historical Memory (NCHM) has announced a new international competition to design Colombia's National Museum of Memory. Commemorating decades-long internal conflict in Colombia, the competition is part of a series of initiatives to make reparations to victims of the unrest, and will be the first national museum constructed in the midst of ongoing armed conflict. It is hoped that the museum will bring together mainstream historical accounts and "voices of resistance" to create a cultural landmark that is "restorative, monumental and memorial in nature." On June 1, the organizers will conduct a competition Q&A live stream in Spanish, after which point competition registration will be open until June 19. Entries can be submitted until July 29, with a winner announced on August 13. To read more about the competition and to register, click here.

Plaza de La Libertad Civic Center / OPUS + Toroposada Arquitectos

20:00 - 28 May, 2015
Plaza de La Libertad Civic Center / OPUS + Toroposada Arquitectos, © Sergio Gómez
© Sergio Gómez

© Sergio Gómez © Sergio Gómez © Sergio Gómez © Sergio Gómez +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Plaza de La Libertad de Medellín, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Design Directors

    Alejandro Toro Posada, Manuel Jaén Posada, Carlos Andrés Betancur, Carlos David Montoya
  • Project Area

    61000.0 m2
  • Año Proyecto

    2010
  • Photographs

La Enseñanza School Auditorium / OPUS + MEJÍA

13:00 - 26 May, 2015
La Enseñanza School Auditorium / OPUS + MEJÍA, © Sergio Gómez
© Sergio Gómez

© Sergio Gómez © Sergio Gómez © Sergio Gómez © Sergio Gómez +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle # 18-9, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Design Directors

    Edgar Mejía Escobar, Manuel Jaén Posada, Carlos Andrés Betancur, Carlos David Montoya
  • Area

    2600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Spectra Building / Espacio Colectivo Arquitectos

14:00 - 21 April, 2015
Spectra Building / Espacio Colectivo Arquitectos, © Santiago Robayo
© Santiago Robayo

© Santiago Robayo © Santiago Robayo © Santiago Robayo © Santiago Robayo +27

3 Projects Win 2015 Global Holcim Awards for Sustainability

07:00 - 21 April, 2015
3 Projects Win 2015 Global Holcim Awards for Sustainability , Courtesy of Holcim Foundation
Courtesy of Holcim Foundation

Emerging from over 6,000 entries, three winners of the fourth Global Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction have been selected. The international competition, occurring every three years, recognizes designs that provide sustainable solutions to local issues faced by communities throughout the world. This year's winning projects addressed sites in Colombia, Sri Lanka, and the United States and will receive monetary prizes ranging from $50,000 to $200,000.

The winning entries were selected from last year's top-prize recipients in the five regional Holcim Awards competitions, a total of 15 proposals (see our previous coverage here). An international jury of industry leaders, led by Mohsen Mostafavi (Dean of Harvard University's Graduate School of Design), determined the winners of the 2015 Global Holcim Awards.

See the winners after the break.

BRONZE: BIG U contains a protective ribbon: 21 km (13 mi) of flood protection tailored to each neighborhood and the community it serves. Image Courtesy of Holcim Foundation BRONZE: View of BIG U from The Battery in the financial district. Berms are strategically located to protect the infrastructure below and create a protective upland landscape. Image Courtesy of Holcim Foundation SILVER: The common lobby with its panoramic window. Image Courtesy of Holcim Foundation BRONZE: The undulating berm in East River Park will rise 15 feet to provide flood protection and connect coast and community. Image Courtesy of Holcim Foundation +19

Silletas Park / Juan Felipe Uribe de Bedout

14:00 - 3 April, 2015
Silletas Park / Juan Felipe Uribe de Bedout, © Juan Ricardo Ramírez P
© Juan Ricardo Ramírez P

© Juan Ricardo Ramírez P © Juan Ricardo Ramírez P © Juan Ricardo Ramírez P © Juan Ricardo Ramírez P +44

  • Architects

  • Location

    Km 2 vía Don Diego, reserva Piedras Blancas, El Retiro, Antioquía, Colombia
  • Coordinator

    Gerardo Olave Triana
  • Design Team

    Gerardo Olave Triana, Álvaro Criollo López, Andrés Castro Amaya
  • Project Area

    92600.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Yotoco Music School / Espacio Colectivo Arquitectos

14:00 - 25 March, 2015
Yotoco Music School / Espacio Colectivo Arquitectos, © Santiago Robayo
© Santiago Robayo

© Santiago Robayo © Santiago Robayo © Santiago Robayo © Santiago Robayo +25