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Concurso de puentes en la Escuela de Arquitectura ETSAV
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Concurso de puentes en la Escuela de Arquitectura ETSAV

Dos meses después de entrar en la Escuela de Arquitectura ETSAV, los alumnos se enfrentan a uno de los retos más esperados y celebrados de la carrera: la construcción de un puente de listones de madera.  Sin lugar a dudas, la […]

Inventions for change: Conferencia de Mark Sarkisian de SOM
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Inventions for change: Conferencia de Mark Sarkisian de SOM

El miércoles 26 de abril de 2017 Mark Sarkisian, de Skidmore, Owing & Merill, LLP, dará la conferencia “Inventions for Change” en la Escuela de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos de Madrid. Te la recomendamos. Lugar: Escuela de Caminos de Madrid. Sala […]

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Times Square, in case you cared, was not always known as Times Square. Until 1904 it was known as Longacre Square; it got that name because, back in the mid-1800s, it was a center for carriage-making in New York City, and was considered to be similar to a carriage-making district in London known as Long Acre. Later on, it was nicknamed the "Thieves Lair," because of its reputation as a low entertainment district. The first theater on Long Acre Square was built by cigar manufacturer Oscar Hammerstein -- and by the 1890s, it was thronged by crowds of restaurant and cafe patrons, and middle- and upper-class theater aficionados. It was the year 1904 when Mayor George G. McClellan yielded to the pressure from New York Times owner and publisher, Adolph Ochs, and renamed the intersection of 42nd Street, Seventh Avenue, and Bloomingdale Road with its current name -- Times Square -- in honor of the Times Building.

Most visitors and tourists, of course, know nothing about this; nor do they know that the intersection of Broadway and 42nd Street is the eastern terminus of the Lincoln Highway, which was the first road (5,869 miles long) across the United States -- covering a total of 14 states, 128 counties, and over 700 cities, towns and villages. Indeed, most New Yorkers don't know any of this history either, and their eyes would probably glaze over if you explained it all to them. It's sad, too, because most people think that Times Square is a garish invention of the modern age, and that it sprang into existence with the arrival of ... oh, I don't know ... the Beatles.

All that history notwithstanding, Times Square underwent another major transformation back in February 2009, when Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that traffic lanes along Broadway, between 42nd and 47th Street, would be transformed into pedestrian plazas between Memorial Day and the end of the year. The plaza was originally supplied with inexpensive multicolored plastic lawn chairs ... but you won't see any of those in this Flickr set, because they've all been replaced with relatively sturdy metal furniture (though, like the tables and chairs in Bryant Park, none of it is chained or bolted into place; people can move things around to suit their immediate needs). On Feb 11, 2010, Mayor Bloomberg announced that the pedestrian plazas in Times Square would remain permanent; and now there is a similar plan underway to experiment with a pedestrian plaza on 34th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues.

I was vaguely aware of this development, and I've occasionally seen the tables, chairs, and pedestrian plaza while traveling around the city. But it was cold in February, and there really weren't all that many visitors. Now it's spring, and it's warm, and the tourists have begun to arrive. So I took the subway down to Times Square this past weekend, and spent an hour or two wandering around, mostly between 42nd and 47th Street, to see how people were using this newly-transformed part of the city.

Aside from the people hustling theater tickets and guided tours, as well as a preacher or two, I didn't really see any New Yorkers. Almost everyone was a tourist -- either from some other part of the country, or from some other part of the world. I heard a dozen different languages, saw a dozen different fashion styles, and observed a dozen different reactions to the huge signs (known locally as "spectaculars" and "jumbotrons") advertising the products of Coca-Cola, Samsung, and other huge companies. ABC's Times Square studios are located here, Good Morning America is broadcast from here; and there are more movie theaters and Broadway theaters than most people can cope with during a single visit.

In my case, there was no need to try to see everything or experience everything in one swell foop; I simply thought it would be interesting to capture a cross-section of the visitors to this small part of the city in which I live. Once you've seen it all, you can decide for yourself if it's someplace you want to visit...
Urbanismo

¿Por qué peatonalizar? Porque ya no se fuma en los bares

El debate actual sobre el proceso de peatonalización que han iniciado algunas ciudades, y que por estas latitudes está teniendo polémica alrededor de las supermanzanas en Barcelona o la peatonalización de la Gran Vía en Madrid, mezcla en realidad dos […]

Diseño de un stand en estructura metálica. Concurso de estudiantes
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Diseño de un stand en estructura metálica. Concurso de estudiantes

La Asociación para la Construcción de Estructuras Metálicas (ASCEM) participará en la próxima edición de la Barcelona Building Construmat (BBC), que se celebrará en el recinto ferial Gran Vía de Barcelona del 23 al 26 de Mayo de 2017. Con ello la […]

48H Open House Barcelona 2016
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48H Open House Barcelona 2016

El próximo fin de semana, 22-23 de octubre, y como ya viene siendo usual desde hace 6 años en Barcelona, dará comienzo el festival de arquitectura 48H Open House Barcelona (OHB2016) bajo el lema PERSONAS, ARQUITECTURA, URBANISMO. Se trata de una iniciativa sin […]

Visita guiada  al instituto Eduardo Torroja
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Visita guiada al instituto Eduardo Torroja

El Grupo de Jóvenes de ACHE ha organizado una visita al Instituto de Ciencias de la Construcción Eduardo Torroja (IETCC) de Madrid para la semana que viene. Se trata de una nueva actividad enfocada a la difusión del legado de […]

Ove Arup y la Filosofía del Diseño Total
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Ove Arup y la Filosofía del Diseño Total

Desde el pasado 18 de mayo hasta el 6 de noviembre de 2016,  el Victoria and Albert Museum de Londres  está llevando a cabo una serie de exhibiciones sobre la ingeniería y su influencia positiva en la sociedad. El próximo […]

OVE ARUP: The Philosopher Engineer en Arqu[in]FILM
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OVE ARUP: The Philosopher Engineer en Arqu[in]FILM

La Arqu[in]FILM, II Muestra de cine de arquitectura presenta este Martes 14 de junio de 2016 a las 18:30 horas la proyección del documental OVE ARUP: The Philosopher Engineer. Documental que repasa la figura del que es considerado el ingeniero más […]

Oficinas SOM en Chicago, Illinois, Estados Unidos, 1952. Fotografía de Ezra Stoller. Fuente.
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Proyección de The Architects de Amie Siegel

El próximo 6 de junio de 2016 a las 21:30 horas se hará en el Pabellón Mies van der Rohe de Barcelona la proyección del documental The Architects dirigido por la artista norteamericana Amie Siegel en 2014. The Architects fue comisionado por Storefront for Art and […]

Rafael Guastavino, del modernismo catalán a la reinvención del espacio público de Nueva York
Arquitectura

Rafael Guastavino, del modernismo catalán a la reinvención del espacio público de Nueva York

Fue un arquitecto y constructor español que desarrolló gran parte de su actividad en Estados Unidos, donde difundió el sistema constructivo basado en la bóveda tabicada. Nació en Valencia pero en el año 1861 emigró a Barcelona para formarse como […]