Posts Tagged: tourism

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

Cities that Come and Go

Within walking distance of Barcelona’s historic centre, there lies a small satellite town that comes and goes with regularity. It tends to spend weekends in the city, arriving Saturday mornings and then leaving again, to much fanfare and tooting horns, Sunday evenings. For some

Cities that Come and Go

Within walking distance of Barcelona’s historic centre, there lies a small satellite town that comes and goes with regularity. It tends to spend weekends in the city, arriving Saturday mornings and then leaving again, to much fanfare and tooting horns, Sunday evenings. For some

When in Rome

Barcelona’s public space is yet again being hotly contested. Protests against the many illegal tourist apartments in this city, sparked by last week’s publication of photographs of naked Italian tourists walking around the popular waterfront neighborhood of La Barceloneta, have started to take place every evening

When in Rome

Barcelona’s public space is yet again being hotly contested. Protests against the many illegal tourist apartments in this city, sparked by last week’s publication of photographs of naked Italian tourists walking around the popular waterfront neighborhood of La Barceloneta, have started to take place every evening

Tourism versus Terrorism

(courtesy photoree.com user jrbrubaker) (courtesy tumblr.com user noahi) ¿Is tourism a form of terrorism? Some Barcelonins seem to think so. All over the city — especially near tourists sites — slogans such as “tourism = terrorism” or “tourist, you are the

Tourism versus Terrorism

(courtesy photoree.com user jrbrubaker) (courtesy tumblr.com user noahi) ¿Is tourism a form of terrorism? Some Barcelonins seem to think so. All over the city — especially near tourists sites — slogans such as “tourism = terrorism” or “tourist, you are the

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

Hotel Agbar?

image courtesy Wikipedia Barcelona’s La Vanguardia newspaper reported three days ago that the Agbar Tower, an office building designed by Jean Nouvel and completed in 2005, is to be converted into a luxury hotel. The news should come as no surprise. Architecture

Hotel Agbar?

image courtesy Wikipedia Barcelona’s La Vanguardia newspaper reported three days ago that the Agbar Tower, an office building designed by Jean Nouvel and completed in 2005, is to be converted into a luxury hotel. The news should come as no surprise. Architecture

Architecture Road-Tripping: Marseille

Earlier this August, I went on a roadtrip through southern France and spent two nights in l’Unité d’Habitation in Marseille, by Le Corbusier, together with my partner in crime. This landmark building has a small hotel in it — named

Architecture Road-Tripping: Marseille

Earlier this August, I went on a roadtrip through southern France and spent two nights in l’Unité d’Habitation in Marseille, by Le Corbusier, together with my partner in crime. This landmark building has a small hotel in it — named