Posts Tagged: landscape

Destination: Barcelona’s Renaissance Fira Hotel

[Originally published in Azure, May 2014] The elevator soars up the Hotel Renaissance Fira Barcelona, and my knees buckle beneath me as hundreds of palm trees and plants zoom past the glass cabin. What might be the fastest lift in

Destination: Barcelona’s Renaissance Fira Hotel

[Originally published in Azure, May 2014] The elevator soars up the Hotel Renaissance Fira Barcelona, and my knees buckle beneath me as hundreds of palm trees and plants zoom past the glass cabin. What might be the fastest lift in

Perspective is Everything

  Same place seen from different viewpoints (Pas de la Casa, Andorra). Neon duty-free stores selling discounted liquor and cigarettes to ski bums already high on oxygen and speed, causing interminable traffic queues at border crossings back into Schengen-land. If

Perspective is Everything

  Same place seen from different viewpoints (Pas de la Casa, Andorra). Neon duty-free stores selling discounted liquor and cigarettes to ski bums already high on oxygen and speed, causing interminable traffic queues at border crossings back into Schengen-land. If

Making Bullshit Mountains out of Buildings

“If architecture is landscape, buildings are mountains.”  -Vicente Guallart, chief architect of the city of Barcelona and general director of Urban Habitat, founder of Guallart Architects and of the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia. Image courtesy Guallart Architects.

Making Bullshit Mountains out of Buildings

“If architecture is landscape, buildings are mountains.”  -Vicente Guallart, chief architect of the city of Barcelona and general director of Urban Habitat, founder of Guallart Architects and of the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia. Image courtesy Guallart Architects.

Fashion Victim

Plastic green wall at a fashion boutique on La Rambla dels Estudis. You know green walls have become trendy when a major fashion label puts one up that’s made of plastic. Kinda defeats the very point of a green wall,

Fashion Victim

Plastic green wall at a fashion boutique on La Rambla dels Estudis. You know green walls have become trendy when a major fashion label puts one up that’s made of plastic. Kinda defeats the very point of a green wall,

Garden and Gaffe: A Hotel by Jean Nouvel

Leon Battista Alberti famously wrote: “The city is like some large house and the house in turn like some small city”. If there is one type of “house” that comes closest to Alberti’s “small city”, then surely it is the

Garden and Gaffe: A Hotel by Jean Nouvel

Leon Battista Alberti famously wrote: “The city is like some large house and the house in turn like some small city”. If there is one type of “house” that comes closest to Alberti’s “small city”, then surely it is the

Going Slowly: Cadaval and Solà-Morales

[Originally published in Mark Magazine #39] X House, near Barcelona. Photo credit: Iwan Baan. Lounge in Tepoztlán, Mexico. Photo credit: Sandra Pereznieto. “Young architects” is a culturally loaded term, often conjuring notions of rebellion, utopian idealism, gravity-defying flights of fantasy and

Going Slowly: Cadaval and Solà-Morales

[Originally published in Mark Magazine #39] X House, near Barcelona. Photo credit: Iwan Baan. Lounge in Tepoztlán, Mexico. Photo credit: Sandra Pereznieto. “Young architects” is a culturally loaded term, often conjuring notions of rebellion, utopian idealism, gravity-defying flights of fantasy and

City as Landscape: City of Culture of Galicia by Eisenman Architects

[Originally published in Mark Magazine #27] Monte Gaiás Library Is the pleasure of architecture intellectual or sensual? Of the mind or of the body? This theoretical debate, which is currently raging between the parametric-blobo-diagrammatic-conceptualists and the mythopoetic-tectonic-perceptual- phenomenologists has been

City as Landscape: City of Culture of Galicia by Eisenman Architects

[Originally published in Mark Magazine #27] Monte Gaiás Library Is the pleasure of architecture intellectual or sensual? Of the mind or of the body? This theoretical debate, which is currently raging between the parametric-blobo-diagrammatic-conceptualists and the mythopoetic-tectonic-perceptual- phenomenologists has been