Category Archives: Research

Destination Architecture

  [Originally published in Mark Magazine #68] Barcelona may be well known today as an urban tourism destination, but it was not always thus. Four decades ago, in the 1970s, Barcelona was a declining industrial port city in which the

Destination Architecture

  [Originally published in Mark Magazine #68] Barcelona may be well known today as an urban tourism destination, but it was not always thus. Four decades ago, in the 1970s, Barcelona was a declining industrial port city in which the

A World Apart: Architectural Autonomy as Artistic Freedom

[Originally presented at / published in Critic|all II International Conference on Architectural Design and Criticism, ETSAM]   “An artist can make a cart with square wheels, but an architect can’t.” —Louis Kahn  Artistic Freedom What are architecture’s disciplinary limits? How much

A World Apart: Architectural Autonomy as Artistic Freedom

[Originally presented at / published in Critic|all II International Conference on Architectural Design and Criticism, ETSAM]   “An artist can make a cart with square wheels, but an architect can’t.” —Louis Kahn  Artistic Freedom What are architecture’s disciplinary limits? How much

Thinking Big: The City of Culture of Galicia as Regional Development Strategy

[Text originally commissioned in 2011 for the catalogue of an international traveling exhibition on museums of the 21st century that never materialized and for which I was never remunerated] “Our client wanted a project that is ‘in the world.’”[i] -Peter

Thinking Big: The City of Culture of Galicia as Regional Development Strategy

[Text originally commissioned in 2011 for the catalogue of an international traveling exhibition on museums of the 21st century that never materialized and for which I was never remunerated] “Our client wanted a project that is ‘in the world.’”[i] -Peter

Criticism 2.0, or Nobody Likes a Critic when Everyone’s a Critic

I have been asked by CICA’s Trevor Boddy to discuss blogs and other new outlets for reporting and debate, presumably because I’m a blogger. But since some of my writings are also published on paper, what I thought I would

Criticism 2.0, or Nobody Likes a Critic when Everyone’s a Critic

I have been asked by CICA’s Trevor Boddy to discuss blogs and other new outlets for reporting and debate, presumably because I’m a blogger. But since some of my writings are also published on paper, what I thought I would

Power, Corruption and Architecture

Photo courtesy ElMundo.com Transparency International released its annual report some weeks ago, and this year’s corruption perception index, which ranks 177 countries from least to most corrupt, lists Spain as having dropped from position 30 to 40. In just one year. Yes, you

Power, Corruption and Architecture

Photo courtesy ElMundo.com Transparency International released its annual report some weeks ago, and this year’s corruption perception index, which ranks 177 countries from least to most corrupt, lists Spain as having dropped from position 30 to 40. In just one year. Yes, you

Everyday Camouflage in the City

Introduction “Finally the journey leads to the city of Tamara. You penetrate it along streets thick with signboards jutting from the walls. The eye does not see things but images of things that mean other things: pincers point out the

Everyday Camouflage in the City

Introduction “Finally the journey leads to the city of Tamara. You penetrate it along streets thick with signboards jutting from the walls. The eye does not see things but images of things that mean other things: pincers point out the