Inside the archives of Ábalos & Herreros in Park Books latest AP 164

Park Books presents the influential work of the Spanish architects re-interpreted by their contemporaries, collaborators and students, with contents taken from the office’s archives in the Canadian Centre for Architecture.

 

Ábalos & Herreros, Photomontage showing the inclusion of the architectural character of the double tower. #84 – Parque Dunar, Doñana (1993 – 94). Collage of electrostatic prints with marker and graphite. Ábalos & Herreros fonds, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal. Gift of Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros © Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros.

Ábalos & Herreros, Photomontage showing the inclusion of the architectural character of the double tower. #84 – Parque Dunar, Doñana (1993 – 94). Collage of electrostatic prints with marker and graphite. Ábalos & Herreros fonds, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal. Gift of Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros © Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros.

 

Park Books presents their latest monograph publication on the Spanish architecture office Ábalos & Herreros, made in collaboration with Kersten Geers and David Van Severen, Juan José Castellón González, Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu, and photographed by Stefano Graziani.

While many have written about the work of Ábalos & Herreros, previous books have been based mainly on their built projects and ongoing research. AP 164: Ábalos & Herreros is the first book to draw on the firm’s archive, which was acquired by the Canadian centre for Architecture in Montreal in 2012, offering a new take on this important architectural practice. (more…)

“Factory Portraits” revisits Gabriele Basilico’s work 35 years later

Giuseppe Corbetta returns to the former industrial areas of Basilico’s celebrated work to document these factories further development -or destruction- after the recent changes both in Milan’s local and global economy.

 

Gabriele Basilico. Via Savona, Osram  © Cascina Cuccagna

Gabriele Basilico. Via Savona, Osram © Gabriele Basilico Studio

 

Cascina Cuccagna‘s current exhibition “Milano Sud. Ritratti di Fabbriche” is Giuseppe Corbetta’s homage to Gabriele Basilico’s famous photographic work carried out between 1978 and 1980. Gabriele Basilico visited and documented the changing industrial landscape in the southern areas of Milan; now, 35 years later, Giuseppe Corbetta goes back to these same places and replicates Basilico’s shot in an aim to reflect the changes undergone by these areas. (more…)

Old cork factory reborn to host new local facilities in Portalegre, Portugal

Among the installations built so far stands a new car-park, situated in a former industrial building from the factory. The grounds in the heart of Portalegre are being transformed into a multi-purpose area dedicated to arts, education and local facilities, designed by Correia/Ragazzi in collaboration with Souto de Moura.

 

Car-park in Portalegre, by Correia/Ragazzi © Luis Ferreira Alves

Car-park in Portalegre, by Correia/Ragazzi © Luis Ferreira Alves

 

The grounds of an old cork factory in the heart of a town to the south of Portugal are being transformed into a multi-purpose area dedicated to arts, education and local facilities. Located in Portalegre, a small town in a natural environment, the general rehabilitation plan for the 60,000 sq meters has been designed by portuguese architects Correia/Ragazzi in collaboration with the team in the office of Souto de Moura.

Among the installations built so far stands a new car-park, situated in a former industrial building from the cork factory, serving local necessities as well as the necessary parking space for the also new School of Tourism and Hotel Management located nearby.

 

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Port control tower in Marina di Ragusa, by Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo

The watchtower sits in between the quiet waters of the harbour and the open sea, lighting up the docks at night as a symbol for Marina di Ragusa’s new port installations. Made up of a steel frame structure, the building goes from heavy concrete walls to transparent glazings -seemingly hovering over the water, blurring the limits of its envelope.

 

Torre di controllo Marina di Ragusa © Hélène Binet

Torre di controllo Marina di Ragusa © Hélène Binet

 

Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo designed the watchtower for Marina di Ragusa -south of Sicily- following the port’s authority’s desire to build a new symbol for this town’s harbour. After five years, the building has won public appraisal.  The watchtower sits in between the quiet waters of the harbour and the open sea, lighting up the docks at night as a symbol for Marina di Ragusa’s new port installations. Made up of a steel frame structure, the building goes from heavy concrete walls to transparent glazings -seemingly hovering over the water, blurring the limits of its envelope.

The tower was awarded with Big Mat’s National Award for Italy in 2013.

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“Industrial Topographies: the architecture of conversion” in Prague

The ehxibition responds to a sensitive, important and often discussed issue today – the new use of industrial buildings.

Organized in partnership with the Research Centre for Industrial Heritage FACTU in Prague, led by Benjamin Fragner, the exhibition follows a series of events, meetings and activities organized on the occasion of the Biennale of Industrial Heritage.

A comprehensive selection of over 30 examples of the new use of abandoned industrial buildings and sites will be presented in detail in the exhibition panels showing its historical and current situation, as well as an interactive map and examples from other countries. The exhibition will also be followed by a series of lectures and screenings. A reduced Czech-English version will also be available.

The project responds to a sensitive, important and often discussed issue today – the use of industrial buildings and their relationship not only to architecture professionals, but also to the general public.

The exhibition will take place at the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery in Prague, and it will be open until January 2nd 2015.

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