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Argentina to Build Latin America’s Tallest Skyscraper

Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has announced the winning proposal for the Cinematography and Audiovisual Tower that will be built in capital Buenos Aires.  

Out of five competing proposals, MRA+A Álvarez| Bernabó | Sabatini’s design was selected. At 335 meters, the skyscraper will become the tallest building in Latin America, surpassing the 300-meter Costanera tower in Santiago, Chile and a 330-meter tower under development in Monterrery, Mexico. To be used mainly for Argentina's film and television industry, the tower will have 67 floors and 216,000 square meters of space. A hotel will occupy the top 13 floors. 

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Two Houses Conde / Hitzig Militello Arquitectos

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Atelier Vilela / Hitzig Militello Arquitectos

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Pedro House / VDV ARQ

  • Architects: VDV ARQ
  • Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Architect in Charge: Victor Della Vecchia, Ariel Ascione
  • Area: 320.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Curro Palacios Taberner

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Bazan House / SMF Arquitectos

  • Architects: SMF Arquitectos
  • Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Project Architect: Juan Martín Flores
  • Project Area: 140.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photography: Albano Garcia

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Casa Scout / BAAG

  • Architects: BAAG
  • Location: Avenida Coronel Niceto Vega 4777, Buenos Aires, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Architect in Charge: Griselda Balian, Gabriel Monteleone, Gaston Noriega, Maria Emilia Porcelli.
  • Area: 360.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of BAAG, Federico Kulekdjian

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The Power of Paint: Three Case Studies on Colour in Architecture

Based at the Architectural Association school of Architecture and linked to the Phd research program at UIAV, Saturated Space takes a comprehensive look at the “grammar” and history of colour in architecture, the perceptual and phenomenological principles of colour in relation to the human subject, and the socio-political aspects of colour as a culturally active agent. This article, written by architect and CLOG editor Jacob Reidel, originally appeared as “Powerful Colours” on Saturated Space‘s website, a forum for the sharing, exploration, and celebration of colour in Architecture.

Let’s admit it, architects are suspicious—if not a little scared—of colour. How else to explain the default contemporary architect’s preference for exposed finishes such as concrete, brick, COR-TEN steel, stone, and wood? Perhaps this is because an architect’s choice of applied colour may often seem one of the most subjective—and hence least defensible—decisions to be made over the course of a project.* Indeed, applied colour seldom performs from a technical standpoint, and it is the architect’s taste, pure and simple, which is often on the line whenever a specific colour is proposed to the client. Or perhaps architects’ mistrust of applied colour owes something to the profession’s well-known controlling tendencies and the fact that colour is one of the most mutable aspects of a building; better, we architects are instructed, to focus on “important” and “architectural” decisions such as form, space, materials, program, and organization. Indeed, it is far easier for a future owner to repaint a wall than it is to move it.

Casa E246 / Ezequiel Amado Cattaneo

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Luis Viale en Paternal / Nidolab

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Dos Patios / Florencia Rausch + Susana Barra + Barbara Moyano

  • Architects: Susana Barra, Florencia Rausch, Barbara Moyano
  • Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Collaborating Architect: RDR Arquitectos
  • Area: 1150.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Gustavo Sosa Pinilla

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Office & House Luna / Hitzig Militello Arquitectos

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Biotechnology Research Institute / De La Fuente + Luppi + Pieroni + Ugalde + Winter

  • Architects: De La Fuente + Luppi + Pieroni + Ugalde + Winter
  • Location: Irigoyen, Buenos Aires, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Project Architects:  Fabian De La Fuente, Santiago Luppi, Raúl Pieroni, Javier Ugalde, Andrea Winter
  • Project Area: 4000.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photography: A3 Luppi Ugalde Winter

© A3 Luppi Ugalde Winter © A3 Luppi Ugalde Winter © A3 Luppi Ugalde Winter © A3 Luppi Ugalde Winter

Latin America's Top 8 Smart Cities

In this article for Fast Company, Boyd Cohen counts down the top 8 smart cities in Latin America. Using publicly available data and his own comprehensive framework to evaluate how smart a city is, he has generated a list which even he admits features a couple of surprises in the top spots. To see the list and discover what each city has achieved to deserve its ranking, you can read the full article here.

Hotel ME San Telmo / Estudio Rietti Smud

  • Architects: Estudio Rietti Smud
  • Location: Don Anselmo Aieta 1096, Buenos Aires, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Architect in Charge: Ana Sol Smud
  • Design Team: Ana Sol Smud, Daniel Zelcer, Arq. Agustina Falcon, Matias Rebusone
  • Area: 4500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Ana Smud

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Brick House / Ventura Virzi arquitectos

  • Architects: Ventura Virzi arquitectos
  • Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Project Team: Daniel Ventura, Andrés Virzi, Juan Pablo Callegari
  • Project Area: 90.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photography: Federico Kulekdjian, Courtesy of Ventura Vizi

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EEUU 4263 Building / BAK Arquitectos

  • Architects: María Victoria Besonías, Luciano Kruk. BAK Arquitectos
  • Location: Estados Unidos 4263, Buenos Aires, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Project Area: 1419.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photography: Gustavo Sosa Pinilla

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3DF / R2b1

© Javier Agustin Rojas
© Javier Agustin Rojas
  • Architects: R2b1
  • Location: 3 de Febrero 4184, Buenos Aires, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Architect in Charge: Silvana Carla Parentella, Joaquín Sánchez Gómez
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Javier Agustin Rojas

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Clustered Dwellings Building / Ana Smud + Estudio Rietti Smud

  • Architects: Estudio Rietti Smud & Asoc. Arquitectos, Ana Smud
  • Location: Russel 5058, Buenos Aires, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Project Architect: Ana Smud
  • Team: Agustina Falcon, Daniel Zelcer, Matias Rebusone, Nicolas Fernandez Sanz.
  • Project Area: 400.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photography: Courtesy of Ana Smud

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