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BANG, WHIR, VROOM! The Arrogance and Vulnerability of Italian Futurism

To be affiliated with the cultural wave that was Futurism in Italy in the early 20th Century was to signify an unabashed optimism and join a call to arms to reshape, rethink, and rebrand everything that was contemporary life – photography, theater, music, art, politics, architecture, even toys. Championed by its tireless leader, Marinetti, from […]

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On Love: Socrates Sculpture Park

Because of the well-documented, highly complex relationship between the world and humankind’s sensation and perception of it, I am of the opinion that even relatively simple messages are often exceptionally hard to convey. As such, any tool used for the communicative purposes of conveying such a feeling or message, should, if deployed successfully, subtly suggest […]

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Event 2/21: Resource extraction and urbanism

Storefront for Art and Architecture Presents: The Petropolis of Tomorrow: Environments of Extraction Join Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York for a discussion with Neeraj Bhatia, Dr. Paul Fennelly, Rob Holmes, and Justin Fowler on the occasion of the launch of new book The Petropolis of Tomorrow. An excerpt from the Storefront’s event […]

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San Francisco's city hall, built with more than function in mind

Is the architect an artist?

By Alyssa Campbell Is the architect an artist or is he simply the creator of functional buildings? John Ruskin, a famous architectural writer, once remarked, “No person who is not a great sculptor or painter can be an architect. If he is not a sculptor or painter, he can only be a builder.” (1) From […]

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Taj Mahal (1632-1652), Agra, India.

Architecture of Love and Death (part II)

This is the second, and last post, of Architecture of Love and Death.  In the first post, I proposed that Egyptian pyramids were built in preparation of Death for their nobility, while Muslim mausoleums such as the Taj Mahal were built by family members out of love and devotion for the deceased. Islamic orthodoxy frowns upon building permanent structures over graves, fearing […]

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Architecture of Love and Death (Part I)

This post is about funerary architecture of two different people in different times and places, ancient Egyptians and Muslim Mughals in India.  Both of these people built great pieces of architecture to their dead.  In Part 1  I will focus on the religious thought or absence of it behind these great pieces of architecture, i.e. Pyramids and Taj Mahal.  I believe the former […]

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60 Mies van der Rohe Haus

This was my first visit to Berlin, and I was thinking about Bauhaus and Mies. Inevitably, the next morning I decided to visit Mies’s Lemke House at the outskirts of Berlin.  I arrived there after a U-Bahn ride and a bus connection and was surprised how unassuming and humble that house looked from the street.  But when you enter the […]

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Architectural complexity is better for humanity

As architects and designers, we are well aware of the impact that our physical environments can have on our psyche. From feng shui to beaux arts, from glazing to street trees, design has always played a role in how people feel in their spaces and places. T o help measure how design can really impact […]

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An old-style confectionery shop in Vienna

Guide to Vienna: Part 3 – Brief History of Vienna

Welcome to Vienna! My in-laws recently travelled to Vienna, Austria, and asked me to give them some advice and a few tips for their visit.  My short list of points of interest quickly grew to several pages and included a brief, opinionated, somewhat political, description of Vienna in its Austrian context. Here is a slightly […]

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Guide to Vienna: Part 1 – Why I Love Vienna

Welcome to Vienna! My in-laws recently travelled to Vienna, Austria, and asked me to give them some advice and a few tips for their visit.  My short list of points of interest quickly grew to several pages and included a brief, opinionated, somewhat political, description of Vienna in its Austrian context. Here is a slightly […]

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