Category Archives: Rant

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Why Be Normal

Recently, I visited two buildings that provoked me to seriously question everything I learned in school. One is a student residence on the campus of the ETSAV-UPC architecture school, completed in 2011, while the other is the Institute for Environmental Science

Why Be Normal

Recently, I visited two buildings that provoked me to seriously question everything I learned in school. One is a student residence on the campus of the ETSAV-UPC architecture school, completed in 2011, while the other is the Institute for Environmental Science

The Definitive Solution to All Gentrification Everywhere

Gentrification is like cancer: everything seems to cause it, and there’s no cure; there’s no answer. We all know by now that when artists start to move into an affordable neighbourhood, they are soon followed by architects, photographers, advertising creatives, trendy cafés

The Definitive Solution to All Gentrification Everywhere

Gentrification is like cancer: everything seems to cause it, and there’s no cure; there’s no answer. We all know by now that when artists start to move into an affordable neighbourhood, they are soon followed by architects, photographers, advertising creatives, trendy cafés

Inteligencia empresarial / Corporate Intelligence

[English text follows below] Ya sabemos que hoy en día está muy de moda llamar ‘inteligente’ o ‘smart’ a todo absolutamente, incluso a los últimos modelos de televisores. Pero hacer publicidad de un nudo de autopistas como ejemplo de ‘infraestructura

Inteligencia empresarial / Corporate Intelligence

[English text follows below] Ya sabemos que hoy en día está muy de moda llamar ‘inteligente’ o ‘smart’ a todo absolutamente, incluso a los últimos modelos de televisores. Pero hacer publicidad de un nudo de autopistas como ejemplo de ‘infraestructura

But is it Architecture?

The recent adjudication of Britain’s Turner Prize to some Liverpool houses regenerated through neighbourhood participation by a young collective known as Assemble speaks not only volumes about the state of contemporary art, but also about the state of contemporary architecture. For this is the

But is it Architecture?

The recent adjudication of Britain’s Turner Prize to some Liverpool houses regenerated through neighbourhood participation by a young collective known as Assemble speaks not only volumes about the state of contemporary art, but also about the state of contemporary architecture. For this is the

Plus ça change…

This is a screengrab of what appeared on my laptop recently when I downloaded a New York Times article titled “What You Can Do About Climate Change.” Yes, that’s a pop-up ad for a private jet that I had to close so

Plus ça change…

This is a screengrab of what appeared on my laptop recently when I downloaded a New York Times article titled “What You Can Do About Climate Change.” Yes, that’s a pop-up ad for a private jet that I had to close so

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Cycling Barcelona versus Copenhagen: an Experiential Comparison

The other day I read an interesting critique of Barcelona’s cycling infrastructure titled “The Arrogance of Space”, by the Copenhagenize Design Company. As an avid cyclist living in Barcelona, and having recently visited Copenhagen on a week-long study trip with a group

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Cycling Barcelona versus Copenhagen: an Experiential Comparison

The other day I read an interesting critique of Barcelona’s cycling infrastructure titled “The Arrogance of Space”, by the Copenhagenize Design Company. As an avid cyclist living in Barcelona, and having recently visited Copenhagen on a week-long study trip with a group

Why is BP sponsoring an architecture biennial?

Why is BP sponsoring an architecture biennial; specifically the Chicago Architecture Biennial, titled “The State of the Art of Architecture”, no less? What’s in it for them? What are they expecting in return? I’m curious, because these kinds of architecture events are

Why is BP sponsoring an architecture biennial?

Why is BP sponsoring an architecture biennial; specifically the Chicago Architecture Biennial, titled “The State of the Art of Architecture”, no less? What’s in it for them? What are they expecting in return? I’m curious, because these kinds of architecture events are