Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Venice Architecture Biennale 2010

This year's Biennale was a sensual exhibition with no trace of the architectural complexities and ego show-offs of past editions. Displaying very few models of recently completed signature buildings, the show has focused on the feeling of space. 

The 12th Architecture Biennale curated by architect Kazuyo Sejima from the Tokyo-based Sanaa practice came to a close last Sunday in Venice with a record attendance of 170,801 visitors. The theme "People Meet in Architecture" was wonderfully explored in the several spaces created with conventional building materials and others less conventional such as light, water, sound, clouds, wind, mesh cubes and even birds. Simply and unpretentiously done.

Friday, 12 November 2010

Madrid by Rafa Llano

Luces de Madrid / Madrid Lights

Rafa Llano is a self-taught photographer with an incredible energy and über-passion to never miss a shot. This post shows a selection of his best Madrid pictures and gets him to tell us about his work...

Urban Light Art by Luzinterruptus

Luzinterruptus is an anonymous art group who carries out light interventions in public spaces. They started acting in the streets of Madrid at the end of 2008 and have since created installations for a few cities : the last one a commission for the V&A in London. Their aim is to get people's attention on certain urban topics, to embellish spaces and to highlight special places they think are undervalued. Their interventions are incredibly short lived: they hardly last longer than 4 hours. 

Thursday, 11 November 2010

The Purpose of Signage

I got stuck recently because of troubles reading signage. Surely you can argue that I could work on my sharpness but regardless, it is a fact that some signs are hopelessly undecipherable while others simply aren't. The sign above is an example of great signage. It leaves no room for error and acknowledges that at German motorway speed you can't take more information than this.