Monday, 3 March 2014

Teresa Margollés: Testing Building's Memories

This Property Won't Be Demolished by Teresa Margollés
What do you do when 115,000 homes are left behind? Mexican artist Teresa Margollés explores the phenomenon of Ciudad Juárez, the border city that saw 220,000 residents displaced by violence in 2010.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

ARCOMadrid 2014

Oasis at El País

The 33rd edition of ARCO, Madrid's contemporary art fair, offers in 2014 an experience worked around its visitors. There is an oasis for charging phones, a food court arranged as a German Biergarten with live DJ sessions, an open TV set and a radio station. What used to happen behind closed doors, plays now finally in the open. Lovely art as well. Here is a selection...

Monday, 17 February 2014

10 Great Things About Rocinha, Rio's Notorious Favela

There is something special about Rocinha, the dense informal neighbourhood in Rio's South Zone. Newcomers keep arriving and long term residents don't move out despite the infrastructure shortcomings and the security issues of the place. Its convenient location and cheaper rents could explain the phenomenon but there are surely more reasons to add. Personally, I find Rocinha deeply moving and after a closer look, I came out with a few reasons why... 

Thursday, 30 January 2014

The Multipurpose Cable Car of Rio's Largest Favela

The Complexo do Alemão, a 300ha sprawling neighbourhood in Rio's North Zone, has since July 2011 an additional transport system: a cable car that links 5 of its hills. The system, already used for connecting communities in Medellín and Caracas, is the new black among city planners. But does it work for the community? I went to the Complexo do Alemão to find out... 

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

In Orbit by Tomás Saraceno: Wonderful Space Above a Museum Court

© Studio Tomás Saraceno

Tomás Saraceno's floating spaces are growing in scale and impact. Wonderful this spider web at the K21 Ständehaus in Düsseldorf on show till next year and his cloud cities project...

Friday, 5 July 2013

Aten Reign: James Turrell's New Space at the Guggenheim New York

A new piece by James Turrell - the L.A.-born master of light and perception - reshapes the rotunda of Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim. Aten Reign, the site-specific installation and the centre piece of the artist's solo show that opened on the summer solstice, modifies the daylight from the skylight with a series of concentric ellipses that glow in shifting colours...

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Spaces by Cildo Meireles

Amerikkka,  1991/2013
Great solo exhibition of the Brazilian artist Cildo Meireles in Madrid and a rare opportunity to experience his sensuous and highly conceptual spaces. Hosted in a former exhibition pavilion inside the Retiro park, the show features large installations that play with light, heat, deception... and nicely unusual, slightly retro concepts. 

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Barefoot Guidelines for Delivering Successful Work While Away on a Mission

In the last years the work scenario has changed beyond recognition. Away are the days of back office support, exotic incentive trips or Out of the Office AutoReply. The enterprise of 2013 has a freelance spirit; it's small, works around the world and around the clock, and has challenging missions away from the office, most of them in environments, harsh or less so, that could knock you off within seconds. But you can't afford this - you need a steady mindset to keep delivering your good work. Here is how to do it while hedging the most common setbacks... 

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Can Music Make Up Architecture?

© Alexandros Christopoulos featured above 

A great setting, a cosy decor and amazing music could roughly be the formula for the perfect hangout. The interesting part is that even with an average setting and a so-so decor, you can still have a great hangout when the music is special. Music has the power to shape the perception of space. It loosens you; it makes you vibrate with everyone in the room. You open up, and you connect… 

Now, good or bad news for architecture?