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Isolated Building Studies
Revealing Meaning Through Recontextualization. These Isolated Building Studies are the visual confluence of my interests in urban dynamism, socioeconomic inequality and photography. By using a common composition to eliminate physical variables from these solo subjects, I hope to draw our attention to new ways of seeing the common impact of divergent investment processes on Chicago neighborhoods.
You must be crazy not to love Alvaro Siza
Thursday, October 04, 2007
“You must be crazy not to love Alvaro Siza,” said my lecturer in a monotonous voice and expression, “His designs are really good and a strong respect for every site.”
The Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza is one of the world’s most respected architects. The recipient of many awards, including the US Pritzker Prize for Architecture in 1992, Siza has built and taught in Portugal and internationally since the late 1950s.
Sudapan – Endless(s)trips
By Christoph Wassmann, Thursday, October 04, 2007
Supersudaca is organizing its first international competition: It promotes the creation of scenarios for new urban model in massive tourism areas.
Endless(s)trips is a space to rethink the relations between the local means, the tourists, the environment, the touristic operators, the State, the infrastructure, the landscape. It is an opportunity to imagine other cities, other territories and other ways of conceiving the way tourism operates in the Caribbean.
Literary Dose #16
By John, Thursday, October 04, 2007
"In connection with abstract space...a question arises...It concerns the silence of the 'users' of this space. Why do they allow themselves to be manipulated in ways so damaging to their spaces and their daily life without embarking on massive revolts? "
- Henri Lefebvre, from The Production of Space, translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith (1991).
Dispatches from the Super-Versailles
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Last week The New York Times published the latest installment in its ongoing series exploring the environmental and human impact of China's epic economic growth, and from it we learn, among other things, that the country is continuing apace with the construction of “the biggest water project in the history of the world.”
The Laws of Simplicity
By Christoph Wassmann
Dealing with simplicity isn't new for architecture. Recently, John Maeda's book "The Laws of Simplicity" has brought new thoughts on how architects could deal with it. Architecturally we're often dealing with simplicity, thus it often results in purism and minimalism.
Without Walls: An Interview with Lebbeus Woods
by Geoff Manaugh, Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Lebbeus Woods is one of the first architects I knew by name – not Frank Lloyd Wright or Mies van der Rohe, but Lebbeus Woods – and it was Woods's own technically baroque sketches and models, of buildings that could very well be machines (and vice versa), that gave me an early glimpse of what architecture could really be about.
Firm Faces #2, Version 2
By John, Wednesday, October 03, 2007
The office of Vienna-based Delugan Meissl (previously firm-faced here) gets the Waking Life treatment on their team page, their faces animated in front of pink backgrounds. The choice for this is most likely aesthetic, but the means of filtering their faces reduces the amount of information in a way that allows for multiple readings from a lack of clear definition. How this hypothesis relates to their work is not clear, as their buildings have always struck me as crisp and modern, if more playful than those descriptors would normally indicate.