Monday, 12 September 2011

The Medina of Fez : Analysis of a Superb Compact Town

The old Medina of Fez in Morocco also called Fez el Bali is a pedestrian medieval town with small-scale buildings and twisting narrow streets. It is a compact and dense place, full with artisans and food stalls. In its 220 ha you can find markets, mosques, universities, schools, hospitals, private gardens and even industry (manufacturing). You can cross town by foot in about 40 minutes. And if urban density doesn't do for you, the countryside is right outside the city walls. 

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Prefab Housing: Can That Be All?

Top left Treehouse. Clockwise Micro Compact Home, Hangar Prefab and Ego Modulo

Modular living, the upgraded wording for prefabricated homes, seems to be on the spotlight. Small and sexy homes have started popping up in stunning locations, looking so incredibly cool that in relatively no time they have become the ultimate object of desire. But what would happen if this were to become a trend? 

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

A Glimpse to Milan Furniture Fair 2011

The Milan Furniture Fair is an event that as a rule of thumb doesn't excite the habitués. Year after year designers and architects fly to Milan in April in search of the next big thing and leave the town feeling a tad better than disappointed. This year wasn't different for the designers and journalists I have talked to. But it was for me: missing the last five shows has given me the opportunity to look at it with a fresh mind and no expectations. And for the first time in many years it has blown my mind. A magnificent show from the kind that - for some reason - only Italians are able to stage.

Monday, 14 March 2011

Dharavi, Mumbai: The Future of Asia's Second Largest Slum

"With India's economic growth hitting almost 9% year on year, property prices in Mumbai, India's richest city, are among the highest in the world and the 2 sq km of Dharavi represent a goldmine. One Mumbai newspaper last week called the redevelopment plan a "jackpot" and quoted gleeful officials claiming that £3bn could be generated for the municipality. The profits for the major construction firms that look certain to win contracts for the work, however, could top £8bn."  
writes Jason Burke, Asia correspondent for The Guardian.

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Dubai from the Air

Rapid urban development in Dubai. Short clip by Simon Reeve for the BBC Tropic of Cancer series

Friday, 4 March 2011

Lighting Makeover for Rio's Christ the Redeemer

300 LED projectors for Rio de Janeiro's world-famous monument on Mount Corcovado. The high-output LED spots - energy-efficient, cost-effective and remote-controllable - are fitted with a special lens which permits particularly precise spotlighting in alternating colors and different light qualities.


Watch the video


The Guardian

Antonio Scorza for AFP / Getty Images

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Two Unusual Exhibition Spaces in Madrid

Former Army Museum & Roof Terrace of the Circulo de Bellas Artes

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

ARCO Madrid 2011

Sala de Juntas by Los Carpinteros, El País space

This year the contemporary art fair of Madrid has been all but contemporary. Predictable formats, beaten art-track, established artists... A rather nice selection if it was a vintage art fair.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Undercity: the Hidden Spaces of NYC by Steve Duncan & Andrew Wonder

A 30 minute video showing a five-day journey into NYC's infrastructure. The impressive footage takes us through manholes, an abandoned tube station, sewage waterfalls and the inside of a bridge mega-structure. It also features an interesting story about the communities that live underground and interviews with some of its members.