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AR Issues: Architecture Has Nothing in Common with Luxury Goods

ArchDaily is continuing our partnership with The Architectural Review, bringing you short introductions to the themes of the magazine’s monthly editions. In this editorial from AR’s November 2014 issue, AR Editor Catherine Slessor uses the opening of Frank Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton as occasion to examine the split that has developed within the architectural profession, musing "On how architecture can be either manifestation of vanity or source of social transformation."

One of the most depressing illustrations of how far architecture has lost its grip on reality is Frank Gehry’s new handbag. Along with other selected ‘iconoclasts’ from the world of fashion, art and design, Gehry was tasked by French luxury goods purveyor Louis Vuitton to design a bespoke limited edition ‘piece’. Gehry’s new Fondation Louis Vuitton has just opened in Paris and he is the man of the hour, so it seems obvious that after designing a monumental repository for contemporary art, he should turn his hand to the trifling matter of a fashion accessory. The handbag is yours for £2490. The art museum is yours for around £100 million, though some speculate that it cost much, much more.

Pies Descalzos School / Giancarlo Mazzanti

  • Architects: Giancarlo Mazzanti
  • Location: Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia
  • Associated Manater: Juan Manuel Gil
  • Concept Design: Nestor Gualteros, Rocio Lamprea
  • Project Development: Fredy Fortich, Rocio Lamprea, Liv Johana Zea, Diego Castro, Maria Sol Echeverri
  • Interns: Stephany Zapata, Juliana Alzate, Andres Correa, Jessica Jaramillo, Samir Abu-Shibab, Santiago Rincon, Fabvio Caicedo, Alejandra Loreto, Christelle Tsikras, Manuel Gutierrez
  • Project Area: 11200 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Sergio Gomez, Pies Descalzos Foundation

© Fundación Pies Descalzos © Fundación Pies Descalzos © Fundación Pies Descalzos © Sergio Gomez

MCHAP Shortlists the 36 Most “Outstanding Projects” in the Americas

Wiel Arets, Dean of the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and Dirk Denison, Director of the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP), have announced the inaugural MCHAP shortlist – 36 “Outstanding Projects” selected from the 225 MCHAP nominees.

“The rich diversity of these built works is a testament to the creative energy at work in the Americas today,” said Arets. “When viewed alongside the innovative work by the MCHAP.emerge finalists and winner, Poli House by Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen which we honored in May, we see the evolution of a distinctly American conversation about creating livable space.” See all 36 winners after the break.

Modules and Systems: Architecture for Social Inclusion - A Lecture by Giancarlo Mazzanti

‘Colombia: Transformed/Architecture=Politics’ is an exhibition currently taking place at the Center for Architecture. In relation to the exhibition, Colombian architect Giancarlo Mazzanti will be giving a lecture on architecture for social inclusion, Friday, October 11 at 8:30am.

Medellin's Architectural Renaissance

© Flickr / David Peña
© Flickr / David Peña

A renaissance through architecture has been unfolding throughout the past several years in Colombia’s second largest city – Medellin. Home to 3.5 million inhabitants it was plagued by violence in the 1980’s and 1990’s. However, through an ambitious plan headed by former mayor Sergio Fajardo, the cityscape has undergone a dramatic shift since his election in 2003. One of the defining principles of this initiative that invested millions into civic architecture and public infrastructure was to build in some of the roughest districts of the city.  More details after the break.

© Flickr / David Peña © Wikimedia Commons / SajoR © Iwan Baan © Wikimedia Commons / Albeiror24

Video: Jardin El Porvenir / Giancarlo Mazzanti by Cristobal Palma

Architecture photographer Cristobal Palma shared with us another of his high quality video productions.

Video: Flor del Campo / Giancarlo Mazzanti + Felipe Mesa, by Cristobal Palma

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A few weeks ago we presented you the Sports Facilities for the ODESUR Games in Medellin by Giancarlo Mazzanti + Plan B (Felipe Mesa), a video shot by photographer Cristobal Palma for Abitare.

Video: Sports Facilities / Giancarlo Mazzanti + Plan B by Cristobal Palma

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Since its beginnings, photography quickly became the principal architectural media tool. Now, with all the possibilities given by the new technology, specially new media, it seemed that video was supposed to be the natural evolution. However, only a few have been able to evolve from a fixed frame into a video proposal that can transmit the qualities of a building in motion, with most being just a slideshow with background music or a collage of different shots, which can’t tell more than a fixed photo.

V House / Giancarlo Mazzanti + Plan B Arquitectos

  • Architects: Giancarlo Mazzanti, Plan B Arquitectos
  • Location: Bogotá, Colombia
  • Architects: Plan B Arquitectos (Felipe Mesa) + Giancarlo Mazzanti
  • Collaborators: Viviana Peña, Jose Orozco, Jaime Borbón, Andrés Sarmiento, Juan Pablo Buitrago
  • Structural Engineer: Nicolás Parra
  • Contractor: Jaime Pizarro
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Rodrigo Davila

© Rodrigo Davila © Rodrigo Davila © Rodrigo Davila © Rodrigo Davila

Giancarlo Mazzanti gives a lecture in University of Southern California

University of Southern California’s School of Architecture presents Border Architectures 2000-2008, a lecture by colombian architect Giancarlo Mazzanti.

Gerardo Molina School / Giancarlo Mazzanti

  • Architects: Giancarlo Mazzanti
  • Location: Bogotá, Colombia
  • Architect: Giancarlo Mazzanti
  • Collaborators: Andrés Sarmiento, Juan Manuel Gil, Gina Amado, María Constanza Saade, Carlos Melo, Alberto Aranda, Ana María González, Jorge Gómez, Manuel Mendoza, Edgar Mazo
  • Project Year: 2008

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Two residential buildings in Bogotá, Colombia / Giancarlo Mazzanti

  • Architects: Giancarlo Mazzanti
  • Location: Bogotá, Colombia
  • Architects: Giancarlo Mazzanti, Alejandro Castaño
  • Collaborators: Sergio Garzón, Alberto Aranda, Diana Vásquez
  • Contractor: CNB Constructora
  • Construction: 2004
  • Design: 2003
  • Project Year: 2005

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Nazca Restaurant / Giancarlo Mazzanti

  • Architects: Giancarlo Mazzanti
  • Location: Bogotá, Colombia
  • Architects:  Giancarlo Mazzanti and Paula Galarza
  • Collaborators: Sergio Garzón, Alberto Aranda, Diana Vásquez
  • Contractor: Jaime Pizarro
  • Construction:  2004
  • Project Year: 2004

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España Library / Giancarlo Mazzanti

  • Architects: Giancarlo Mazzanti
  • Location: Santo Domingo, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Architect: Giancarlo Mazzanti
  • Collaborators: Andrés Sarmiento, Juan Manuel Gil, Freddy Pantoja, Camilo Mora, Pedro Saa, Alejandro Piña, Iván Ucros, Gustavo Vásquez
  • Steel Structure: Alberto Ashner
  • Concrete Structure: Sergio Tobón
  • Area: 5500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2005

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Leon de Grief Library Park / Giancarlo Mazzanti

  • Architects: Giancarlo Mazzanti
  • Location: La Ladera, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Architects: Giancarlo Mazzanti
  • Services: Constructor AIA CONSTRUCTORES
  • Structural Engineer: Sergio Tobón
  • Materials: Concrete, Wood, Glass
  • Area: 6.8 sqm
  • Project Year: 2007

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