Category Archives: Review

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

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

Rem Koolhaas, Mythologized on the Big Screen

[Originally published in Azure Magazine Nov. / Dec. 2016] Filmed, produced, directed and edited by Tomas Koolhaas over the course of four years, Rem is a film about an architect more than it is a film about architecture. The feature-length documentary

Rem Koolhaas, Mythologized on the Big Screen

[Originally published in Azure Magazine Nov. / Dec. 2016] Filmed, produced, directed and edited by Tomas Koolhaas over the course of four years, Rem is a film about an architect more than it is a film about architecture. The feature-length documentary

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

The Venetian Front

[Review of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition originally published in Mark Magazine #63. Photos by Sergio Pirrone.] Reporting From the Front addresses “issues of segregation, inequalities, peripheries, access to sanitation, natural disasters, housing shortage, migration, informality, crime, traffic, waste, pollution

The Venetian Front

[Review of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition originally published in Mark Magazine #63. Photos by Sergio Pirrone.] Reporting From the Front addresses “issues of segregation, inequalities, peripheries, access to sanitation, natural disasters, housing shortage, migration, informality, crime, traffic, waste, pollution

Super-Islands

The city block is a fundamental element of urbanism. The Ancient Romans called a city block an insula, or “island”, which is also how the Catalan language refers to it: illa (Curiously, Castilian Spanish uses the word manzana, or “apple”). In densely built up cities

Super-Islands

The city block is a fundamental element of urbanism. The Ancient Romans called a city block an insula, or “island”, which is also how the Catalan language refers to it: illa (Curiously, Castilian Spanish uses the word manzana, or “apple”). In densely built up cities

Temporary Permanence

Earlier this summer, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the reconstruction of Mies van der Rohe’s German Pavilion for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition, a row of freestanding columns was erected in front of the Modernist icon. The colonnade is itself a temporary reconstruction –and very liberal

Temporary Permanence

Earlier this summer, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the reconstruction of Mies van der Rohe’s German Pavilion for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition, a row of freestanding columns was erected in front of the Modernist icon. The colonnade is itself a temporary reconstruction –and very liberal