Ville

Une ville ne se réduit à aucune de ses composantes, sa richesse ne procède pas de l’homogénéité mais plutôt de la diversité orchestrée de manière originale, plus ou moins concertée.

Imaginer un grand espace où il y a des plantes, des allées qui protègent et d’autres qui laissent circuler ; des bâtiments pour les loisirs avec des espaces pour y venir ou simplement passer ; des lieux de sommeil et de production et de divertissement. Certains villes valent le détour : Grenoble même à petite échelle (Parc Paul Mistral avec le nouveau Stade ayant entraîné une reconfiguration d’envergure, la maison de la Culture MC2), Berlin (Tiergarten ou la forêt urbaine, Postdamer Platz avec le Sony Center mi-ouvert mi-clos), Stockholm (l’espace d’eau ouvrant le ciel d’où respire la ville) et puis Rotterdam (sans équivalence : port et ville contemporaine où l’air circule, créant une espace véritablement neuf).

La ville est l’un des lieux de réinvention de l’espace : les places italiennes chose connue, les grandes artères haussmanniennes à Paris, les parking-immeuble-bungalows plus inédits. Ce dernier cas à Copenhague est particulièrement intéressant, inventé par le cabinet Big :
– Big à propos de son Mountain Dwelling.
Photos par Google.
Article par ArchDaily.

& :
– Les occurrences City et plus précisément Architecture ChezOL.
Do Cities get slim too ? | IT town of nowadays | City is diversity (WebOL).

Do cities get slim too ?

Arup cannot be underestimated. Remember the engineering of the Sydney Opera, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Millau Bridge more recently.

Slim City is a nickname for a project that  » provided a global, risk-free platform where cities and the private sector could exchange best practices to deliver resource efficiency at the city level » (WebOL’s emphasis).

Hence :
– Post to introduce the project, by Duncan Wilson.
Dedicated website, in the realms of the Word Economic Forum.
What is ARUP ?

& :
IT town of nowadays | City is diversity (WebOL).

Lecture ascensionnelle

Il n’y a jamais trop de places pour la lecture. L’on voudrait demeurer sur une marche disparu dans du papier et de l’encre entre terre et ciel et terre, selon que l’on monte ou descende.

C’est là que l’on pourrait vivre en lisant en écrivant, en regardant sur écran de temps à autre les sélections graphiques et visuelles soignées de Fubiz (entre autres).

Rossignol bâtisseur

L’architecture est forme, matière et fonction. En attendant une visite pour saisir l’ensemble de la triade, voici quelques idées du premier aspect du nouveau siège de Rossignol dans les Alpes françaises : photos & brefs commentaires (@bactiactu.com).

A suivre, parole d’ArchitecturOL :

– Ici, @e-architecture.co.uk |@worldarchitecture.org.
– Ailleurs, Telenor (NO) | Vitra (DE) | Energinet (DK) | Rotterdam (NL) | Renzo Piano.

(Merci à PB).

Archi-Tele-in-Nord

Nothing spectacular until you turn round the corner to discover the plazza outlined by two long bowed buildings, on which each glimpse of light glides. Just a wonderful piece of architecture, spanning from East to West to follow the course of the (outstanding nordic) sun. A bit like the Sony Center in Berlin, a compelling creation of a brand new space before your stunned eyes.

– One pix + information on Architectural Record website.
The architect‘s website, with a slide voice presentation.
Google Image‘s selection of poor quality pix.
– More decent pictures on Daniel Burren‘s page (courtesy of FF).
– Even better snapshots by FF, at least for the firsts in the row.
– Few photos by MW.
Bird-Plane-Montgolfier-Satellite-Googled view of the building.
Few words in french.

Within corporate buildings, it is quite common to gather excellent pieces of furniture (here among others, the Egg by Arne Jacobsen as presented by Wikipedia) and interesting works of art hanging on the wall, less so and more lasting to commission a true work of architecture.

Well, Telenor headquarters in Fornebu near Oslo is a wonderpiece indeed at first experience.

IT-towns of nowadays

A town is tautologically « of the future« . Networked ones are old as ancient times (Antiquity actually): sewage, drinkable water, then pneumatic drains, then phones, etc. What does it now look like at the time of Information Technologies (IT) ? Let itOL introduce the SENSEable City lab from MIT :

« The real-time city is now real! The increasing deployment of sensors and hand-held electronics in recent years is allowing a new approach to the study of the built environment. The way we describe and understand cities is being radically transformed – alongside the tools we use to design them and impact on their physical structure. Studying these changes from a critical point of view and anticipating them is the goal of the SENSEable City Laboratory, a new research initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. »

(Courtesy of Duncan Wilson‘s Delicious stack of links, along which many resources are best bookmarked: his Emtech Primer, his Vimeo’s video selections, his LibraryThing’s readings, etc.).

City is diversity

Ready for 21 minutes of discussion ? « The Future of the City was the theme of the inaugural Monocle + Killik debate held in London in September. We convened an audience of leading academics, architects, developers, city officials and Monocle subscribers to look at how you make a city truly liveable. On the panel were philosopher and author Alain de Botton, urbanist and former mayor of Bogotá Enrique Peñalosa, associate director at Arup, Alejandro Gutierrez and Monocle’s editor in chief, Tyler Brûlé. »

The shortest wrap-up is indeed : city is diversity. Twice during the exchange, Alain de Botton is right to put an emphasis on rail station -but less so on museums, at least the way he did and Alejandro Gutierrez is right to cite the Bilbao experience-. A debatable central question is also raised by Tyler Brûlé quoting Enrique Peñalosa : are shopping malls sign of a bad-designed city ? Etc.

Moreover :
– Arup’s Integrated urbanism pages.
– Susan Ives on Enrique Peñalosa.
– Alain de Botton’s interview on urban development in London and Lady Yvonne Cochrane’s one on urban planning, architecture in Beirut and the future of Lebanon by Monocle’s Tyler Brûlé. Query about « City » selects the following features on Monocle’s website.
– Tyler Brûlé’s columns in FT Week-End and contributions to Monocle, all of which are often related to urbanism and services in cities.
– WebOL’s Architecture category & Lavoisy/Net’s pages on Architecture.
– (…).

Add-on, courtesy of Elektra : Taschen has just published a detailled collection of city views from early 17th century. According to the presentation (released in german, but it seems that the publication is in english actually), « Das Werk erschien 1572–1617, kurz vor den gravierenden Zerstörungen des Dreißigjährigen Kriegs, und enthält 564 Ansichten aus der Vogelperspektive und maßstabsgetreue Stadtpläne aller größeren europäischen Städte sowie wichtiger Orte in Asien, Afrika und Lateinamerika. Der Theologe und Herausgeber Georg Braun edierte und kommentierte die prachtvolle Ausgabe, während der Großteil der Stiche von dem Kartografen Franz Hogenberg angefertigt wurde. Über hundert Künstler und Kartografen trugen zu diesem opulenten Werk bei, dessen exakte Planansichten die Städte vor ihrer Barockisierung zeigen« . In short : nearly 600 bird-views and general maps of cities from all over the world, long before Google Earth and -perhaps- of much better graphical quality (let’s take time to unfold the book online).