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* Architecture: VI Palazzo ENI by UNStudio

Posted by the editors on Friday, 4 May 2012

Architecture: VI Palazzo ENI by UNStudio: “..the layout generates a palazzo into the site masterplan. structures with a circular footprint and open-air internal courtyard overlap to form a larger scheme with interconnected green spaces for employees to frequent during their day-to-day activities. the horizontal spread of the spatial organization is the result of new communication outlets generating an efficient and simple dynamic between people and their work. the plan integrates research for upcoming renewable energy sources by conforming to the kyoto protocol, an initiative which the company is directly involved with. the premises is intended to be energetically sustainable and will be able to input energy into the local smart grid within a decade, benefiting all individuals that interact with the building including residents of the neighborhood..”  Kyoto Protocol, sustainability, public spaces, renewable energy, dramatic form..

See  another post on a project by UNStudio, this time for Los Angeles: Architecture: Los Angeles Union Station Master Plan by UNStudio + EE&K.

image: courtesy of UNStudio; article: Designboom

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Treasuring Urban Oases – by Michael Kimmelman

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 4 December 2011

Architecture critic Michael Kimmelman has written an interesting article entitled “Treasuring Urban Oases” in the Art & Design section of The New York Times, looking at what passes for public space in many New York neighborhoods and suggesting that with the public demand for parks, squares and more pedestrian-oriented streets only growing, it is urgent for government, the private sector and the public to redouble their efforts at communication, cooperation and creation of a contemporary and meaningful urban social infrastructure.

An interesting slideshow accompanies Kimmelman’s article, here.

See our previous post The Death of the Fringe Suburb – Housing & Urban Development in the U.S., on an article cited in Kimmelman’s Treasuring Urban Oases.

top image: Richard Perry/The New York Times

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In Protest, the Power of Place by Michael Kimmelman – Place as Place & the Architecture of Social Consciousness

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 6 November 2011

The architecture critic for The New York Times, Michael Kimmelman, has written an interesting article entitled “In Protest, the Power of Place” in the Opinion Pages of The New York Times Sunday Review, looking at, through the example of Zucotti Park in New York City, and the Occupy Wall Street protest (as well as Tahrir Square in Egypt, Hyde Park in London, and others), among other things, the idea and importance of place in the creation, development and the very nature of social protest and the degradation, in the U.S., of the reality of “public space”.

The article includes a number of powerful, even iconic photos, from Kent State, Tiananmen Square, the Berlin Wall, and other “places” of social protest around the world.

image: United Press International/The New York Times

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