Category Archives: Writing

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At Home: Santa Clara 1728

[Originally published in Azure Magazine, June 2017] Nestled within a labyrinth of narrow streets, small squares and gracefully aged buildings in one of Lisbon’s most traditional neighbourhoods, Santa Clara 1728 is an 18th century urban palace that has been exquisitely

At Home: Santa Clara 1728

[Originally published in Azure Magazine, June 2017] Nestled within a labyrinth of narrow streets, small squares and gracefully aged buildings in one of Lisbon’s most traditional neighbourhoods, Santa Clara 1728 is an 18th century urban palace that has been exquisitely

Earthy, Corpulent and Well-Structured: Mont-Ras Winery by Jorge Vidal and Victor Rahola

[Originally published in Baumeister, June 2017] The Costa Brava’s Empordà region has a long history of exporting wine. Empúries, an Ancient Greco-Roman “emporium”, became an important trading port for commodities such as wine and olive oil in part because the

Earthy, Corpulent and Well-Structured: Mont-Ras Winery by Jorge Vidal and Victor Rahola

[Originally published in Baumeister, June 2017] The Costa Brava’s Empordà region has a long history of exporting wine. Empúries, an Ancient Greco-Roman “emporium”, became an important trading port for commodities such as wine and olive oil in part because 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

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

Out-of-Doors House

[Originally published in Mark Magazine #67] This remarkable house cost under €900 per m2 to build. Admittedly, mentioning the cost of construction in the very first sentence of a review may seem crass to some readers, but building successful architecture

Out-of-Doors House

[Originally published in Mark Magazine #67] This remarkable house cost under €900 per m2 to build. Admittedly, mentioning the cost of construction in the very first sentence of a review may seem crass to some readers, but building successful architecture

Award Politics

Architecture’s top award is the Pritzker Prize, as we all know. Often referred to in the media as the “Nobel prize of architecture” (even though it was founded by a hotel magnate, not a respected scientist), the Pritzker generates huge buzz every year. The

Award Politics

Architecture’s top award is the Pritzker Prize, as we all know. Often referred to in the media as the “Nobel prize of architecture” (even though it was founded by a hotel magnate, not a respected scientist), the Pritzker generates huge buzz every year. The

Monomateriality

Material purity is highly valued in contemporary architecture. The ideal that buildings should be materially consistent inside and out seems to be gaining a foothold in the architectural canon, if highly mediatized prizes like the Pritzker are any indication. RCR Aranda Pigem Vilalta, the

Monomateriality

Material purity is highly valued in contemporary architecture. The ideal that buildings should be materially consistent inside and out seems to be gaining a foothold in the architectural canon, if highly mediatized prizes like the Pritzker are any indication. RCR Aranda Pigem Vilalta, the

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