Storefront for Art and Architecture exhibiting “The Golden Loop” by RICA

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“Activating Pieds-à-Terre” by RICA | Iñaqui Carnicero, Lorena del Río and Steven Ren


noun \pē-ˌā-də-ˈter, -ˌā-dä-; ˌpyā-dä-\

-A small house or apartment that you own or rent in a city other than that where your primary home is located, in which you stay when visiting that city for a short time.

-French for “foot on the ground”

Owning a piece of New York or “putting a foot in the city” has become a shared aspiration for the global rich, from traditional American and European buyers to cash-flush Russians, Chinese, Middle Easterners, and Brazilians. In recent years, the demand for these super-elite luxury apartments has increased dramatically, creating a whole new typology of skyscraper, the “superslenders,” which are rising on the New York skyline.

The purchase of these trophy apartments is largely a status symbol, and competition for them arises not from a necessity for dwelling but from a battle of the egos. The proliferation of these properties has left large areas of the city “owned but not used.” Ghostly towers stand with dark windows, seemingly abandoned but ironically “SOLD OUT.” According to the New York Times, “In one part of [Midtown], between East 53rd and 59th Streets, more than half of the 500 apartments are occupied for two months or less. That is a higher proportion than in resort and second-home communities”

The problem with this is that not only is valuable real estate essentially wasted, but a high demand for these buildings makes them more profitable to construct than badly needed affordable housing that would address the city’s rampant housing shortages. Some have suggested a tax on pieds-à-terre to deter potential buyers, but the logic behind this is flawed, as extra costs will only serve to make these properties seem more elite, and therefore, more desirable.

The Golden Loop represents a satirical perspective on the extravagance and wastefulness of these real estate practices. As opposed to taxation or regulation, the project will engage these properties directly by providing access, both visually and physically, to otherwise forbidden domains. The goal of the project is to re-incorporate the territories lost to the insatiable appetite of the super-elite back into the public sphere by allowing universal access to the amenities that they hoard. Through the act of occupation instead of inhabitation, we are left to contemplate how these two vastly different worlds can exist simultaneously, oblivious to each other’s existence.

To illustrate the problem with pied-à-terres, golden volumes have been stacked onto the most significant residences, representing the percentage of each building that consist of underutilized homes. The volumes are, in fact, layered striations spaced 10 feet (3 meters) apart (a typical floor-to-ceiling height) to illustrate the magnitude of the phenomenon.

The project’s intervention, an elevated promenade that circles Central Park South and “Billionaire’s Row,” shows how, through occupation instead of inhabitation, the city can gain back its lost space. Through a series of catwalks and elevators that branch off towards each building, views previously reserved for penthouses will be opened to the public, liberating vistas from empty windows.

In a city short on space, The Golden Loop makes use of pied-à-terres while owners are absent, blurring the lines between what is public and private, and providing a setting to contemplate how the other half lives.–


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Iñaqui Carnicero and Lorena del Rio at Storefront with the exhibition ¨Sharing Models: Manhattanisms¨

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We are experiencing the emergence of a culture that is marked by a return to, redefinition, and expansion of the notion of the commons. The increasing complexity and interconnectedness of globalization is reorienting us away from trends that have emphasized individuation and singular development, and toward new forms of collectivity.

Over the last decade, emerging technologies and economies have affected aspects of our everyday life, from the way we work and travel, to how we think about shelter and social engagement.

How will the sharing movement of today affect the way we inhabit and build the cities of tomorrow?

Manhattan, one of the most dense and iconic places in the world, has been a laboratory for many visions of urbanism. Sharing Models: Manhattanisms invites 30 international architects to produce models of their own visions for the city’s future.

The models, each a section of Manhattan, establish analytical, conceptual, and physical frameworks for inhabiting and constructing urban space and the public sphere. Together, they present a composite figure; a territory that is simultaneously fictional and real, and one that opens a window to new perceptions of the city’s shared assets.


Archi-Tectonics, NYC
Asymptote Architecture
Atelier Manferdini
Bureau V
Buro Koray Duman
Iñaqui Carnicero and Lorena del Río
Matilde Cassani
Future Firm
Höweler + Yoon
Huff + Gooden Architects
Leong Leong
Manuel Herz Architects
The Open Workshop
Pedro & Juana
Renato Rizzi, IUAV Venice (It)
SITU Studio
Tatiana Bilbao Estudio
TEN Arquitectos
Urban Agency

Research support for this exhibition is provided by Juan Francisco Saldarriaga and the Center for Spatial Research at Columbia University.

Specific model support provided by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E).

July 15th – September 2nd, 2016

July 14th Exhibition Opening
6 – 7 pm: Press and Members Preview [RSVP] 7 – 9 pm: Public Opening [RSVP]

Download the information related to this event here.

El estudio invitado en la Architectureweek de Praga 2011 representando a España.

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This year the organizers are preparing special Arch Cities – Universal City Project within Architecture Week Prague 2011 which will present architecture of world metropolises through models, photos and multimedia programs and will be
located at the Prague Castle in the Royal Summer Palace of Queen Anne (Belveder), together with Architecture and Urbanism of Visegrad 4 exhibition. The visitors will thus have an opportunity to see aims and directions of contemporary
architecture from all over the world in one place and to compare and evaluate it. Each of the participating countries will have its space for model of architectonic project characteristic for the given country and a screen for image presentation
showing typical architecture of the country. Expositions will have unified character and graphic design. The expositions will be approved by the Prague Castle Administration. At the end of the exposition documentary films about architecture of the participating countries will be screened. The exhibition will be presented in festival catalogue Architecture Week 2011.

Press conference will take place on October 10, 2011 at 11am in the garden of Royal Summer Palace of Queen Anne. The press conference will be opened by a Prague City Hall representative, who will introduce the guests of the project and
of the festival.
Gala evening will take place on October 10, 2011 at the Royal Summer Palace of Queen Anne and will be attended by representatives of all participating organizations, associations, city halls, institutes and others. During the gala evening the
festival Architecture Week Prague 2011 will be opened and guests from 36 countries will be invited to participate

Exposicion en el Instituo Cervantes de Praga: “Fotografías cruzadas”

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La exposición se plantea como un recorrido a través algunas fotografías del pasado, que durante estos años han servido como germen conceptual de muchas de las ideas utilizadas en el presente.
La fotografía entendida como un instrumento de análisis de lo cotidiano, de aquello que habitualmente pasa desapercibido ante nuestros ojos. Una colección de lugares, espacios y objetos
pertenecientes a un cuaderno de viaje sin dibujos, que nos muestra la inteligencia que se esconde en lo cotidiano.
La práctica profesional del presente debe recuperar la naturalidad y el ingenio de algunas de estas soluciones que nos hablan de arquitecturas transformables, reversibles, que reconsideran lo público y lo privado, y así lo entiende este joven arquitecto en sus obras.

Llegadas/Partidas” — Campus Internacional Ultzama 2011 [Pamplona]

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José Manuel Pozo

Arqui­tec­tos seniors
Anne Laca­ton (Paris)
Wil­fred Wang (Austin-Texas)
Camilo Rebelo (Oporto)
Mar­celo Villa­fañe y Gerardo Caba­llero (Rosario)
Juan Miguel Otxo­to­rena (Pamplona)
Eduardo Pes­quera (Madrid)
Tadej Gla­zar (Eslovenia)

8 jóve­nes arqui­tec­tos españoles

José María Sán­chez (Madrid)
Rubén Alco­lea y Jorge Tárrago (Pamplona)
Javier Larraz (Pamplona)
Jacobo García-Germán (Madrid)
Enri­que Krahe (Madrid/Delft)
Josep Ferrando Bra­mona (Madrid)
Iñaki Car­ni­cero (Madrid)
José Juan Barba (Madrid)

8 jóve­nes arqui­tec­tos internacionales

Leo­pold Ban­chini (Suiza)
Jure Grohar (Eslovenia)
Vish­wa­nath Kas­hi­kar (India)
Jae­won Yoon (Repu­blica de Corea)
Rola Idris (Líbano)
Anne-Julchen Bern­hardt (Alemania)
Nico­lás Cam­po­do­nico (Argentina)
Nuno Grande (Portugal)

Medios invi­ta­dos
Los­del­De­sierto (Eva Luque y Ale­jan­dro Pascual)
Arqui­tec­tura Viva (Lys Villalba)
Rela­tor cronista
Llàt­zer Moix (Bar­ce­lona), escri­tor y perio­dista del Dia­rio “La Vanguardia”

Vuelve el Cam­pus Inter­na­cio­nal Ultzama.
Ten­drá lugar del 23 al 26 de junio y, debido a las nove­da­des que se intro­du­cen en esta 4ª edi­ción, los semi­na­rios y talle­res se desa­rro­lla­rán en varias ubi­ca­cio­nes:
Cen­tro Hípico de Zenotz (Ultzama): maña­nas; expo­si­cio­nes bre­ves y deba­tes con­jun­tos; pro­ta­go­nismo para los arqui­tec­tos jóve­nes. Reser­vado a los inte­gran­tes del campus.
Pam­plona: tar­des; foros de debate/coloquios; inter­ven­cio­nes de los arqui­tec­tos seniors. Abierto al público en general.
Entre las nove­da­des, los deba­tes abier­tos de las sesio­nes de tarde, que con su carác­ter público y par­ti­ci­pa­tivo, pre­ten­den ampliar el espec­tro de las opi­nio­nes gra­cias a la par­ti­ci­pa­ción ciudadana.
Ade­más, este año se amplía el elenco de pro­ce­den­cias de los par­ti­ci­pan­tes, inclu­yendo Suda­mé­rica, Asia, Europa y el Mundo Árabe.
¿Quie­res cono­cer el pro­grama y saber quié­nes par­ti­ci­pa­rán en el campus?
Los resul­ta­dos de las dis­cu­sio­nes y el con­te­nido glo­bal del Cam­pus dará lugar pos­te­rior­mente a unas publi­ca­cio­nes espe­cí­fi­cas, pero tam­bién pue­den seguirse y cono­cerse en este enlace, en el que ya se encuen­tra alo­jada abun­dante infor­ma­ción sobre los par­ti­ci­pan­tes en el Cam­pus y sus ideas, así como el pro­grama previsto.

Workshop de verano en el antiguo Palacio de Spalato, Split (Croacia)

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SYMMETRIES: Conceptual reconsideration of the past and its projection into the future has been a dominant theme throughout the history of architecture. This could be considered to be especially relevant today as a counter-force upon the on-going fascination with the avang-garde in many architectural schools and also given the current cultural and economic crisis which encourages a critical revision of inherited methods and protocols. In this context, the idea of “symmetries” emerges as a powerful concept for revisiting old urban tissues, particularly those which rather than encapsulating the past have opted for a creative and dialectic relationship with it, as occurs very eloquently in the city of Split. The emergence of a new city inside old Diocletian’s Palace conserving its original structure for a different use may give way to tracing and documenting the different symmetries (or a-symmetries, or equivalences, or opposites…) between now and then as a platform of possibilities for the future of Split. Student will therefore explore these latent symmetries with a variety of architectural, artistic and observational tools.
This workshop is a joint-venture between Madrid’s Architecture School (ETSAM) and Split’s Architecture School (GAF).


May 2011:  Symmetries Architecture Workshop webpage launch and inscriptions
June 2011: candidate’s selection
July 2011:  Symmetries Architecture Workshop, Split, Croatia

WORKSHOP: Student will work in teams towards the production of singular reflections of the workshop’s theme based on a close reading of the city of Split. Directors will act as tutors for the workshop and will conduct every working session beginning on Monday July 4, 2011. The first session will include presentation by directors based on the Symmetries concept and a guided tour around Split. During the working sessions on July 4, 5 and 6, directors will offer feedback and will organize collective debates upon work in progress. Thursday July 7 and Friday July 8 will be devoted to final presentations with criticism and lectures by invited speakers. All participants will be welcomed to an end-of-workshop dinner on Friday evening.

STUDENTS: A total of 30 students will attend Symmetries Architecture Workshop. The division is intended to make 50-50% students from Spain and Croatia, having a number of about 15 students per country. Students from ETSAM will be awarded 3 official academic credits for their participation in the workshop. Every student will be given an official certificate of attendance with ETSAM and GRADST stamps signed by their directors and by the workshop directors. Students are eligible from ANY SPANISH ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL.

HEADQUARTERS: Symmetries Architecture Workshop will be held in an extraordinary setting: an old tower inside Diocletian’s Palace at a walking distance from the student’s residence. This frame and proximity will offer the imbricate experience of living and working inside old Split for one week. Students are encouraged to bring laptops.

ACCOMMODATION: Accommodation will be provided by the organization and is included in the workshop’s fees as optional. Students will be housed in student’s residence. Food will be provided by the organization during the whole workshop week. Students should be in charge of their own airplane tickets.

PRICE: Tuition: 250 EUROS per student. Accommodation: 300 EUROS per student (optional). Students will obtain 3 academic credits from ETSAM and official certificates from GAF and ETSAM. 

CANDIDATE SELECTION: A maximum number of 15 students from ANY SPANISH ARCHITECTURE SCHOOLS will be admitted at Symmetries Architectural Workshop. Please send graphic CVs to [email protected] before 10June 2011. Two scholarships will be awarded by ETSAM.

CC/ 3183 2800 15 0001016526.
Please send receipt before June 20 to: [email protected]

INFO: For further information write to: [email protected]

BSI SWISS Architectural Award 2010

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I candidati all’edizione 2010: Carnicero, Vila, Virsenda (ICA Arquitectura), (Spagna), Caruso St John Architects (Gran Bretagna), Cristofani & Lelli (Italia), João Pedro Falcão de Campos (Portogallo), Dietmar Feichtinger (Francia/Austria), Arturo Franco Diaz (Spagna), Sosuke Fujimoto (Giappone), José Fernando Gonçalves (Portogallo), Hubmann + Vass (Austria), Bjarke Ingels (Danimarca), Junya Ishigami (Giappone), Diébédo Francis Kéré (Burkina Faso/Germania), Christian Kerez (Svizzera), Liverani / Molteni architetti (Italia), Fabio Mariani (Italia), João Mendes Ribeiro (Portogallo), MGM Morales Giles Mariscal (Spagna), Hiroshi Nakamura (Giappone), nARCHITECTS – Eric Bunge, Mimi Hoang (USA), Neutelings Riedijk Architects (Olanda), Pezo von Ellrichshausen Architects (Cile), Joshua Prince-Ramus (USA), Bernard Quirot (Francia), Sadar + Vuga (Slovenia), Markus Scherer (Italia), Selgas + Cano (Spagna), URBANUS Liu Xiaodu, Meng Yan, Wang Hui (Cina), Xu Tiantian (Cina).