Posts Tagged: tourism

Is Tourism the Only Thing Killing Barcelona?

A few days ago, The Guardian published a piece titled “Why Tourism is Killing Barcelona” that describes the damage that “overtourism” is causing in this city. However, to complete the picture (and since the comments section of the Guardian article is

Is Tourism the Only Thing Killing Barcelona?

A few days ago, The Guardian published a piece titled “Why Tourism is Killing Barcelona” that describes the damage that “overtourism” is causing in this city. However, to complete the picture (and since the comments section of the Guardian article is

Loop the Loop: A Solo House by KGDVS

[Originally published in Mark Magazine #69] Solo Houses is the name of a project that’s intended to include more than a dozen villas designed by different architects. The location is a mountainous region in northeast Spain, not far from the

Loop the Loop: A Solo House by KGDVS

[Originally published in Mark Magazine #69] Solo Houses is the name of a project that’s intended to include more than a dozen villas designed by different architects. The location is a mountainous region in northeast Spain, not far from the

Interview with Daniel Mòdol, Architect and Politician

[Originally published in Mark Magazine #68] In Barcelona, architect and independent politician Daniel Mòdol was recently appointed city councillor for architecture, urban landscape and heritage, a new position resulting from a governance pact between Mayor Ada Colau’s Barcelona en Comú

Interview with Daniel Mòdol, Architect and Politician

[Originally published in Mark Magazine #68] In Barcelona, architect and independent politician Daniel Mòdol was recently appointed city councillor for architecture, urban landscape and heritage, a new position resulting from a governance pact between Mayor Ada Colau’s Barcelona en Comú

Vacation Ruin

Ruins are as depressing as they are beautiful. Building abandonment is never a happy occurrence, but when it precedes building inhabitation, it’s even sadder. This never-completed holiday resort at Cala d’en Serra, Ibiza, was designed by none other than Josep Lluís Sert

Vacation Ruin

Ruins are as depressing as they are beautiful. Building abandonment is never a happy occurrence, but when it precedes building inhabitation, it’s even sadder. This never-completed holiday resort at Cala d’en Serra, Ibiza, was designed by none other than Josep Lluís Sert

Design and Decadence in Sabiñanigo

The land-scars of Spain’s construction boom-gone-bust have been documented photographically to great extent. More typically than not, these images portray a landscape of newly built but rather mediocre housing stock sitting empty; or else streets devoid of any buildings whatsoever and leading nowhere. Among the many failed developments throughout Spain, however,

Design and Decadence in Sabiñanigo

The land-scars of Spain’s construction boom-gone-bust have been documented photographically to great extent. More typically than not, these images portray a landscape of newly built but rather mediocre housing stock sitting empty; or else streets devoid of any buildings whatsoever and leading nowhere. Among the many failed developments throughout Spain, however,

The Tall Building Politically Reconsidered

The tall building has been an expression of machista one-upmanship since its earliest beginnings. San Gimignano’s stone towers are a built testament to the rivalry that existed between ruling families in Medieval times; a rivalry that continues to this day, only now it’s happening in

The Tall Building Politically Reconsidered

The tall building has been an expression of machista one-upmanship since its earliest beginnings. San Gimignano’s stone towers are a built testament to the rivalry that existed between ruling families in Medieval times; a rivalry that continues to this day, only now it’s happening in

Barcelona’s Disappearing Green Façades

Barcelona’s ‘green façades’ are disappearing at an alarming rate. A part of this city’s vernacular tradition, the small balconies typically used by apartment dwellers for growing plants are slowly being emptied one-by-one. Plants grown on balconies would sometimes cover entire building façades. Retirees and balcony-gardening aficionados would

Barcelona’s Disappearing Green Façades

Barcelona’s ‘green façades’ are disappearing at an alarming rate. A part of this city’s vernacular tradition, the small balconies typically used by apartment dwellers for growing plants are slowly being emptied one-by-one. Plants grown on balconies would sometimes cover entire building façades. Retirees and balcony-gardening aficionados would