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.
To commemorate its Bicentennial, the Chilean government has launched an initiative called “Bicentennial Legacy” to regenerate, revitalize, and consolidate the public spaces, heritage sites, and urban icons of the country.
As part of this program, Chile’s President, Sebastian Piñera, has proposed the “Plan Parque Metropolitano 100 Años”, which outlines projects that are to be developed within the Metropolitan Park of Santiago. This urban park is the principal public space within the city and is located on San Cristobal Hill, the geographical/metaphorical heart of the city.
One of these projects is the construction of a tower that will consolidate the numerous antennas currently located throughout the hill into a single infrastructure.
The winner of a competition to design a new extension for Chile‘s National History Museum has been announced. The competition, hosted by The Chilean Architecture Department of the Ministry of Public Works and the Department of Libraries, Archives and Museums, called for an 8,612 square feet annex devoted to exhibition and storage space. From the 54 proposals received, Aguiló + Pedraza Architects’ stood out.
The Architect’s description of the proposal, after the break.
Location: Parque Santa María de Manquehue, Vitacura, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
Project Architects: Alex Brahm, David Bonomi, Marcelo Leturia, Maite Bartolomé, Felipe de la Jara, Diego Parra, Sebastián Infanta, Manuel Brahm, Mauricio Sanchez, Manuel Pulgar, Javiera Rolando, Ignacio Abé
Project Area: 17000.0 m2
Project Year: 2010
Photography: Courtesy of +arquitectos, Cortesia de Unknown photographer
Architects: Eugenio Simonetti, Renato Stewart
Location: Providencia, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
Design Team: Juan Santa Maria, Danilo Magni, Alvaro Romero
Lightning: Oriana Ponzini
Structure: Eduardo Spoerer
Area: 23000.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Eugenio Simonetti + Renato Stewart
Architects: Rodrigo Chauriye, Beatriz Stäger.
Location: Carmen Sylva, Providencia, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
Associate Architect: Osvaldo Moreno
Area: 1800.0 m2
Photography: Ricardo Ferreira
Architects: Horacio Schmidt Cortés, Horacio Schmidt Radic, Martin Schmidt Radic
Location: Ejército Libertador E 623 – Avda Ejercito Liber 569, Puente Alto, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
Associate Architects: Rafael Pino, Cristián Pino, Rodrigo Toro
Area: 4500.0 m2
Photography: Courtesy of Schmidt Arquitectos