Author Archives: Rafael Gomez-Moriana

About Rafael Gomez-Moriana

Architect, educator and writer. Partner at ArqEstructura. Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Calgary. Blogger at criticalista.com.

Traces of the Past: Renovation of the Old Church of Vilanova de la Barca by AleaOlea

[Originally published in Baumeister January 2020] Vilanova de la Barca is a small town located on the eastern bank of the Segre River, near the Catalan provincial capital of Lleida, Spain, that was founded in 1212 as a point from

Traces of the Past: Renovation of the Old Church of Vilanova de la Barca by AleaOlea

[Originally published in Baumeister January 2020] Vilanova de la Barca is a small town located on the eastern bank of the Segre River, near the Catalan provincial capital of Lleida, Spain, that was founded in 1212 as a point from

Circle of Life: Sala Beckett by Flores & Prats

[Originally published in The Architectural Review December 2019/January 2020] Article 12 of the 1964 Venice Charter of the International Council on Monuments, states the following: “Replacements of missing parts must integrate harmoniously with the whole, but at the same time be

Circle of Life: Sala Beckett by Flores & Prats

[Originally published in The Architectural Review December 2019/January 2020] Article 12 of the 1964 Venice Charter of the International Council on Monuments, states the following: “Replacements of missing parts must integrate harmoniously with the whole, but at the same time be

The Politics of Architecture

Why is supposedly “advanced” architecture appreciated by so many of today’s dictatorial rulers, and what does this tell us about the politics of contemporary architecture? Can cutting-edge architecture still be considered “progressive” when it’s being commissioned by national leaders such

The Politics of Architecture

Why is supposedly “advanced” architecture appreciated by so many of today’s dictatorial rulers, and what does this tell us about the politics of contemporary architecture? Can cutting-edge architecture still be considered “progressive” when it’s being commissioned by national leaders such

The Phenomenology of Solar Energy

I recently installed a thermal-solar hot water system on my rooftop, and it has profoundly changed the way I live, making this HVAC technology quite architectural; certainly more than other mechanical systems. Indeed, we could even say “phenomenological”, at least

The Phenomenology of Solar Energy

I recently installed a thermal-solar hot water system on my rooftop, and it has profoundly changed the way I live, making this HVAC technology quite architectural; certainly more than other mechanical systems. Indeed, we could even say “phenomenological”, at least

A Heroic Architect-Politician Exists

A previously little known architect is the topic of conversation in Spain right now. The discussion has nothing to do with built work, yet it nevertheless has to do with the future of the country. This architect has suddenly become

A Heroic Architect-Politician Exists

A previously little known architect is the topic of conversation in Spain right now. The discussion has nothing to do with built work, yet it nevertheless has to do with the future of the country. This architect has suddenly become

Eco-Monsters

A recent news item I came across stated: “If SUV drivers were a nation, they would rank seventh in the world for carbon emissions”, as apparently SUVs are outselling every other kind of car worldwide. In a changing climate of climate

Eco-Monsters

A recent news item I came across stated: “If SUV drivers were a nation, they would rank seventh in the world for carbon emissions”, as apparently SUVs are outselling every other kind of car worldwide. In a changing climate of climate

The Poseidon Adventure: Social Housing in Formentera by IBAVI

[Originally published in The Architectural Review July-August 2019] The small, idyllic Mediterranean island of Formentera, Spain, isn’t the first place that comes to mind as a hotbed of architectural experimentation. Yet it is home to a pair of discreet terraces that

The Poseidon Adventure: Social Housing in Formentera by IBAVI

[Originally published in The Architectural Review July-August 2019] The small, idyllic Mediterranean island of Formentera, Spain, isn’t the first place that comes to mind as a hotbed of architectural experimentation. Yet it is home to a pair of discreet terraces that