Posts Tagged: Spain

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

Rebel Rebel, How Could They Know?

Al Jazeera is currently airing a series of architectural documentaries in six parts titled “Rebel Architects“, the first of which is titled “Guerrilla Architect” and focusses on Seville’s Santiago Cirugeda and his office Recetas Urbanas (Urban Recipes). The documentary is un-narrated, as is

Rebel Rebel, How Could They Know?

Al Jazeera is currently airing a series of architectural documentaries in six parts titled “Rebel Architects“, the first of which is titled “Guerrilla Architect” and focusses on Seville’s Santiago Cirugeda and his office Recetas Urbanas (Urban Recipes). The documentary is un-narrated, as is

Reality Check: Spain

[Text originally published in Mark Magazine #50] Revisiting architecture is always a good thing to do, especially when the work is risqué and experimental, and especially when times are a-changin’, as they are in places like Spain. For nowhere has

Reality Check: Spain

[Text originally published in Mark Magazine #50] Revisiting architecture is always a good thing to do, especially when the work is risqué and experimental, and especially when times are a-changin’, as they are in places like Spain. For nowhere has

Criticism as Reality Check

As my article titled “Reality Check: Spain” in the current (at time of post) 50th issue of Mark Magazine hopefully makes clear, architecture critics should visit and evaluate buildings when they are in use, i.e. when they are in their “post-occupancy stage”. Those press tours that take place

Criticism as Reality Check

As my article titled “Reality Check: Spain” in the current (at time of post) 50th issue of Mark Magazine hopefully makes clear, architecture critics should visit and evaluate buildings when they are in use, i.e. when they are in their “post-occupancy stage”. Those press tours that take place

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

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

Ill-Fitting: The Balenciaga Museum

[a shorter version of this text was originally published in Disegno #1] The Balenciaga Museum: a refurbished 19th-century palace onto which a vast new glass shed has been added. The canted, curving sea-facing glass facade of the addition is punctuated by

Ill-Fitting: The Balenciaga Museum

[a shorter version of this text was originally published in Disegno #1] The Balenciaga Museum: a refurbished 19th-century palace onto which a vast new glass shed has been added. The canted, curving sea-facing glass facade of the addition is punctuated by