Esker house / Plasma Studio

first_img 2006 Esker house / Plasma StudioSave this projectSaveEsker house / Plasma Studio Houses Save this picture!+ 28 Share Year:  “COPY” Italy Esker house / Plasma Studio Projects Area:  115 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project center_img ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Text description provided by the architects. Esker Haus (esker=stratified geological formation) is a self-contained residential unit placed on top of an existing house from the 1960s. The project has been developed as a parasite which started from adopting the structure of the host and gradually differentiated into its own unique organization and morphology. Save this picture!The project is formed by a series of steel and timber frames that deform to recreate the smooth hillsides of the surrounding dolomites. This partly accessible roofscape also determines the spatial character inside- the spaces are enfolded by an angular and dynamic series of planes creating new and ever-changing perspectives and spatial constellations. The unique stratified morphology and construction system started off from projecting each step of the external staircase as a modulor that then was proliferated as frames. These frames enable the subsequent deformation and softening of the overall geometry. Save this picture!The split level organization leads to the lengthening of parts of the stairs to form a topography for informal occupation. The overall spatial character is that of an echelon with a diffusion of functions and conditions where inside and outside, above and below become gradient zones of varying intensity. These interleave as a loop that transgresses from the most private zone of bedroom and bathroom via kitchen, dining and living rooms towards the more public and exposed territory of the various terraces. The interior spaces are the reflection of the exterior geometry with folded planes accentuating the flow through the open split-level plan.Their character is determined by the transgressions from the Cartesian orthogonal layout (determined in part by the structure below and functional requirements) towards the soft and fluid morphology of the roofscape. Save this picture!Site, program and organization To consider building a new dwelling on top of an existing house is a relevant and valuable approach, leaving ground undeveloped elsewhere and creating higher density. Plasma’s process of charging each project from its ground and context becomes here even more specific. The existing house is composed of two parts with different levels. Structural walls, chimneys, drainage and other infrastructural lines organized the site into a mesh of constraints. Save this picture!We challenged the standard pitched and overhanging roof and instead developed a rich texture of different occupiable spaces. On the outside these are a podium that leads to the top of the roof within a dip, a semi-covered pergola beneath it, a long terrace as extension to the south of the living room. Save this picture!Design process Given that the existing house has two ‘wings’ with different roof levels, we started from a simple diagram of two boxes forming a ‘T’, allowing plenty of external space for terraces to the South. Save this picture!The lower Western box became the living zone with the upper Eastern box to contain the master bedroom, bathroom, 2nd bedroom and kitchen. Bringing the access as external staircase along the North side enabled the definition of the entrance along the seam between the two zones creating a hinge area for distribution. Save this picture!From this external staircase the rhythm of each step was then proliferated as frames that became deformed to produce a soft intertwining of roof and walls as continuous artificial topography. This produces a variety of outdoor environments for sitting on the roof and enjoying great views all around or beneath sheltered from wind and sun. Save this picture!Tectonics and construction The conceptual and geometric striation was translated into a series of outside steel belts from which prefabricated composite wall/ceiling panels are suspended. Small T-sections span in perpendicular direction to the major steelwork to support the additional timber sections that complete the outer layer. Save this picture!All the different systems are interdependent and it was vital to work with a specialist contractor that was able to produce all fabrication information directly from our 3D computer model.Save this picture!Project gallerySee allShow lessMies van der Rohe Award 2009 finalists announcedArticlesAD Interviews: Joshua Prince-Ramus / REXArticles Share CopyHouses•San Candido, Italy Architects: Plasma Studio Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officePlasma StudioOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSan CandidoWoodHousesItalyPublished on February 11, 2009Cite: “Esker house / Plasma Studio” 11 Feb 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. 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Journalist shot and wounded in another case of violence against press in Oaxaca

first_imgNews News Reports Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state RSF_en Help by sharing this information August 9, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist shot and wounded in another case of violence against press in Oaxaca Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about the ability of journalists to work freely in the southern state of Oaxaca after a shooting attack on 5 August in the city of Salina Cruz on Alberto Fernández Portilla, the director of the Semanario del Istmo local newspaper and producer of a news programme on radio XEKZ. Fernández believes the attack was prompted by coverage of theft and corruption involving the state oil company Pemex. The newspaper’s deputy editor, Daniel Pérez Espinoza, and one of its journalists, Edwin Meneses Santiago, were recently threatened. “Press freedom is in a bad way in Oaxaca,” the organisation said. “Social conflicts gave rise to a great deal of violence there last year, and a US journalist, Bradley Will, was killed during a demonstration. We urge the federal authorities to quickly shed light on the attack on Fernández.”The attack occurred as Fernández arrived at his home in the early hours of 5 August. A gunman got out of a car, pointed his revolver at him and said: “You meddled in my boss’s business so I’m going to kill you.” The assailant then shot Fernández three times, hitting him in the abdomen, left leg and right arm. His children rushed out on hearing the shots and got him to hospital.Fernández told Reporters Without Borders from hospital that he had two theories about who could have been behind the attack. He said he recently received telephone threats after covering corruption cases in which the local head of the Pemex labour union was allegedly involved. He also suspected a group of people who had been stealing oil from the Pemex pipelines.The attack is currently being investigated by the Oaxaca prosecutor’s office that handles cases of violence against journalists, while the police are protecting Fernández and his home. Legislative elections were taking place on the day of the attack but the authorities have ruled out any connection.Will, an American freelance cameraman, was fatally shot on 26 October 2006 in street clashes that broke out during demonstrations by left-wing groups opposed to Oaxaca governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz. His murder has still not been solved. Misaél Sánchez Sarmiento, a journalist with the regional daily El Tiempo, narrowly survived a shooting attack on 17 June of this year after writing an article about Will’s murder. MexicoAmericas Receive email alerts Organisation center_img NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Follow the news on Mexico MexicoAmericas May 13, 2021 Find out more News April 28, 2021 Find out more May 5, 2021 Find out more to go furtherlast_img read more

Gambian police beat journalist returned from exile

first_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Gambian authorities to identify and punish the police officers who attacked radio station manager Pa Modou Bojang while he was covering deadly clashes between police and protesters in Faraba Banta, a village 50 km south of the capital, Banjul, on 18 June. GambiaAfrica Condemning abuses Violence Describing his arrest by the police, Bojang said: “I identified myself as journalist with my professional press card but they slapped and beat me anyway. They said, ‘you journalists have destroyed this country and if Yahya Jammeh were here, we would have killed all of you.’” Jammeh was Gambia’s president from 1994 until his ouster in 2017. Gambia: former president must stand trial for journalist’s murder News Receive email alerts Follow the news on Gambia Three journalist arrested, two radio stations closed in Gambia After arresting him, Bojang said the police tried to get him to delete the contents of his mobile phone. “They asked me to format my mobile. I refused. They took my audio recorder.” Le journaliste Pa Modou Bojang pris en photo par ses confrères après son agression par la police à Faraba Banta (Gambie). © News “This kind of police violence against journalists has no place in the new era that began in Gambia after the departure of Yahya Jammeh, one of Africa’s worst press freedom predators,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk.  “The new Gambian authorities must not only firmly condemn this attack but also investigate the police violence against this reporter, in order to demonstrate a clear intention to put a stop to violence against journalists and to the systematic impunity that those responsible enjoyed under the previous regime.” June 21, 2018 Gambian police beat journalist returned from exile January 27, 2020 Find out more RSF_en The manager of Home Digital FM, Bojang was violently assaulted on the morning of 18 June while he was covering a protest by residents against the mining of sand in the area, which they say is polluting rice paddies. Two people were killed as police tried to break up the demonstration.center_img Gambia is ranked 122nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index, 21 places higher than in 2017. This was the world’s biggest rise in this year’s index. When reached by RSF, information and communication minister Demba Ali Jawo said: “There is absolutely no justification and it is inacceptable for a journalist doing his work to be beaten or harassed.” Bojang returned to Gambia in February 2018 after spending nine years in exile to escape Yahya Jammeh’s dictatorial regime. Before leaving, he was arrested twice and was tortured during three weeks in prison on 2008. During Jammeh’s 23-year reign of terror, censorship, violence and arbitrary detention drove 110 journalists to flee the country. According to the GPU, nearly 30 of them have returned since the dictator’s removal in January 2017. to go further The Gambian Press Union (GPU) said: “Authorities should first have instructed the police to under no circumstances use force against journalists.” The police finally released Bojang in the evening but did not return his audio recorder. He was then seen with his shirt spattered with blood in a video interview posted on social networks. Help by sharing this information News Organisation Gambia still needs to address challenges to press freedom GambiaAfrica Condemning abuses Violence News August 6, 2020 Find out more July 23, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more