Category Archives: Speculation

Vernacular Precedent?

When I first saw an image of De Rotterdam, by OMA, I knew I had seen something vaguely similar before somewhere; an older, more “anonymous” and “vernacular” precedent in a distant metropolis. I just couldn’t remember where, exactly. Then, lo and behold,

Vernacular Precedent?

When I first saw an image of De Rotterdam, by OMA, I knew I had seen something vaguely similar before somewhere; an older, more “anonymous” and “vernacular” precedent in a distant metropolis. I just couldn’t remember where, exactly. Then, lo and behold,

Scatological Cantilever?

Unlike so many contemporary cantilevers whose only purpose, seemingly, is to out-do other cantilevers in depth, height or width, the tiny cantilever poking out of the wall of this defunct factory in Vic, Catalonia, must surely have served a very precise function. But what? There

Scatological Cantilever?

Unlike so many contemporary cantilevers whose only purpose, seemingly, is to out-do other cantilevers in depth, height or width, the tiny cantilever poking out of the wall of this defunct factory in Vic, Catalonia, must surely have served a very precise function. But what? There

Architecture Without ‘Parti’: Erwin Broner’s House and Studio in Ibiza

One of the first lessons every student learns in architecture school is that an architectural design must always be based on a “parti,” or a “big idea” that can be neatly summed up in a simple diagram. As we know, this can

Architecture Without ‘Parti’: Erwin Broner’s House and Studio in Ibiza

One of the first lessons every student learns in architecture school is that an architectural design must always be based on a “parti,” or a “big idea” that can be neatly summed up in a simple diagram. As we know, this can

Built-In Obsolescence

The other day, out of the blue, my printer suddenly stalled, even though it had been working perfectly for once. Strange warning lights started blinking, and they were definitely not the familiar signals indicating a paper jam or the need to install –yet again– fresh ink cartridges. After

Built-In Obsolescence

The other day, out of the blue, my printer suddenly stalled, even though it had been working perfectly for once. Strange warning lights started blinking, and they were definitely not the familiar signals indicating a paper jam or the need to install –yet again– fresh ink cartridges. After