Category Archives: Photography

Vacation Ruin

Ruins are as depressing as they are beautiful. Building abandonment is never a happy occurrence, but when it precedes building inhabitation, it’s even sadder. This never-completed holiday resort at Cala d’en Serra, Ibiza, was designed by none other than Josep Lluís Sert

Vacation Ruin

Ruins are as depressing as they are beautiful. Building abandonment is never a happy occurrence, but when it precedes building inhabitation, it’s even sadder. This never-completed holiday resort at Cala d’en Serra, Ibiza, was designed by none other than Josep Lluís Sert

Benidorm Mon Amour

Benidorm is surreal enough when it is seen from the AP7 highway. But it is even stranger when seen from the slopes of Puig Campana, a 1406 m high mountain from which the leisure metropolis looks even more like a highly

Benidorm Mon Amour

Benidorm is surreal enough when it is seen from the AP7 highway. But it is even stranger when seen from the slopes of Puig Campana, a 1406 m high mountain from which the leisure metropolis looks even more like a highly

Contemporary Ruins II

Further to my last post, here is another Spanish contemporary ruin by a Pritzker laureate: Toyo Ito’s spa near Torrevieja. The construction site was ordered shut down in 2004 by the Spanish Coastal Authority for infringing the coastal setback requirement of a

Contemporary Ruins II

Further to my last post, here is another Spanish contemporary ruin by a Pritzker laureate: Toyo Ito’s spa near Torrevieja. The construction site was ordered shut down in 2004 by the Spanish Coastal Authority for infringing the coastal setback requirement of a

Contemporary Ruins

As is well-known, Spain’s recent building boom-turned-bust has left behind a legacy of halted construction projects that are now in a state of decay. While most of these contemporary ruins are banal and rather ordinary buildings, there is also a small

Contemporary Ruins

As is well-known, Spain’s recent building boom-turned-bust has left behind a legacy of halted construction projects that are now in a state of decay. While most of these contemporary ruins are banal and rather ordinary buildings, there is also a small

Revisiting Casa Bloc

  The architecture of housing differs fundamentally from the architecture of other building types in that it is never a purely qualitative consideration: unlike a singular custom house, “housing” raises issues of standardization, modular repetition, aggregation and urban morphology. With housing, especially the

Revisiting Casa Bloc

  The architecture of housing differs fundamentally from the architecture of other building types in that it is never a purely qualitative consideration: unlike a singular custom house, “housing” raises issues of standardization, modular repetition, aggregation and urban morphology. With housing, especially the

A Reminder to Urban Planners

Given the choice, most children would rather play in a terrain vague than a playground. They would rather make mud patties out of dirt using makeshift utensils fashioned from pieces of junk, even with “real” toy utensils at hand. Children

A Reminder to Urban Planners

Given the choice, most children would rather play in a terrain vague than a playground. They would rather make mud patties out of dirt using makeshift utensils fashioned from pieces of junk, even with “real” toy utensils at hand. Children