Posts Tagged: urbanization

Revisiting Casa Bloc

  The architecture of housing differs fundamentally from the architecture of other building types in that it is never a purely qualitative consideration: unlike a singular custom house, “housing” raises issues of standardization, modular repetition, aggregation and urban morphology. With housing, especially the

Revisiting Casa Bloc

  The architecture of housing differs fundamentally from the architecture of other building types in that it is never a purely qualitative consideration: unlike a singular custom house, “housing” raises issues of standardization, modular repetition, aggregation and urban morphology. With housing, especially the

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,

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

Collective Intelligence, or Collective Stupidity?

The above image is circulating on the internet accompanied by all sorts of captions of all sorts of cities on all sorts of continents, showing us how images, so easily appropriated and manipulated today, are deployed toward all sorts of

Collective Intelligence, or Collective Stupidity?

The above image is circulating on the internet accompanied by all sorts of captions of all sorts of cities on all sorts of continents, showing us how images, so easily appropriated and manipulated today, are deployed toward all sorts of

Power to the People: Andrés Jaque activist-architect

[originally published in Mark Magazine #29] The office of Andrés Jaque Arquitectos Still on the shy side of 40, Andrés Jaque is a leading member of a new generation of Spanish architects that is emerging onto the international scene, a

Power to the People: Andrés Jaque activist-architect

[originally published in Mark Magazine #29] The office of Andrés Jaque Arquitectos Still on the shy side of 40, Andrés Jaque is a leading member of a new generation of Spanish architects that is emerging onto the international scene, a

Cedar Island, Lebanon: Learning from Dubai?

In my earlier posting “Hotel Barcelona”  I mention a coastal high-rise hotel that resembles the Burj al Arab Hotel in Dubai. Well, here’s a Lebanese Cedar artificial island project inspired by Dubai’s Palms. I guess this is one way to

Cedar Island, Lebanon: Learning from Dubai?

In my earlier posting “Hotel Barcelona”  I mention a coastal high-rise hotel that resembles the Burj al Arab Hotel in Dubai. Well, here’s a Lebanese Cedar artificial island project inspired by Dubai’s Palms. I guess this is one way to