Category Archives: Comparative analysis

Product Placement / Emplazamiento publicitario

[versión en castellano sigue a continuación] Product Placement [Originally published in Arquitectura Viva #153 under the title “Marcas y contextos”. Translation: Eduardo Prieto] “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China.” The underside of the laptop computer I’m using to

Product Placement / Emplazamiento publicitario

[versión en castellano sigue a continuación] Product Placement [Originally published in Arquitectura Viva #153 under the title “Marcas y contextos”. Translation: Eduardo Prieto] “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China.” The underside of the laptop computer I’m using to

The Forest Metaphor

The Drassanes Reials (royal shipyard) of Barcelona has recently reopened after a lengthy renovation (by architects Robert and Esteve Terradas). The largest work of Catalan Civil Gothic architecture, it is an example of a space that (at a time when

The Forest Metaphor

The Drassanes Reials (royal shipyard) of Barcelona has recently reopened after a lengthy renovation (by architects Robert and Esteve Terradas). The largest work of Catalan Civil Gothic architecture, it is an example of a space that (at a time when

Pseudo-Choice

Potato chips, or crisps, come in a fantastic panoply of artificial flavors. BBQ, Ketchup, or “regular” are standards the world over. Then there are also what we might call “regional” chip flavors, such as wasabe in Japan, Dijon mustard in

Pseudo-Choice

Potato chips, or crisps, come in a fantastic panoply of artificial flavors. BBQ, Ketchup, or “regular” are standards the world over. Then there are also what we might call “regional” chip flavors, such as wasabe in Japan, Dijon mustard in

Strange Bedfellows

Left: Construction of Instant City, Ibiza, in 1971 (photo domusweb.it) Right: Hotel Algarrobico, Carboneras, Almería, 2010. The image at left shows the construction of the “Instant City” during the congress of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID)

Strange Bedfellows

Left: Construction of Instant City, Ibiza, in 1971 (photo domusweb.it) Right: Hotel Algarrobico, Carboneras, Almería, 2010. The image at left shows the construction of the “Instant City” during the congress of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID)

Not So Different

“Spain is Different” was a tourism campaign slogan coined in the mid-1960s by dictator Francisco Franco’s Ministry of Information and Tourism (!), when it was headed by the late Manuel Fraga Iribarne, a man who would transform into a democrat decades later

Not So Different

“Spain is Different” was a tourism campaign slogan coined in the mid-1960s by dictator Francisco Franco’s Ministry of Information and Tourism (!), when it was headed by the late Manuel Fraga Iribarne, a man who would transform into a democrat decades later

The Cantilever Race

Forum 2004 Building, Herzog & de Meuron The skyscraper race is over. It’s been won hands down by an absurdly high building in Dubai which doesn’t look like it will be superseded for quite a while. But not to worry:

The Cantilever Race

Forum 2004 Building, Herzog & de Meuron The skyscraper race is over. It’s been won hands down by an absurdly high building in Dubai which doesn’t look like it will be superseded for quite a while. But not to worry:

Pop Architecture

Ordinary, everyday objects — that’s what most architectural sobriquets refer to. A gherkin, a paperclip, a typewriter, a stapler, mushrooms, milk cartons, cereal boxes, dildos… These kinds of endearing associations create a pop-cultural world parallel to Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen‘s, whose

Pop Architecture

Ordinary, everyday objects — that’s what most architectural sobriquets refer to. A gherkin, a paperclip, a typewriter, a stapler, mushrooms, milk cartons, cereal boxes, dildos… These kinds of endearing associations create a pop-cultural world parallel to Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen‘s, whose