Tuesday, May 25, 2010
last week was intense with the Detroit Workshop, research seminars and graduation ceremonies. I will show you a bit of our work in Detroit, the pleasure of building something with your own hands and the potential to go transform the city. More here
Monday, May 17, 2010
the favorite magazine of the modern crowd, Wallpaper comes out in June with a special issue on Brazil, "an extraordinary country on an extraordinary moment". While I wait for the printed version (always more impressive to me) this blog celebrates the digital pages, specially the House JE by Humberto Hermeto, a most "paulist"a of all his designs, and Casa em Ubatuba by Angelo Bucci, a very "mineiro" design by this fantastic paulista.
Monday, May 10, 2010
we start to hear about Antanas Mockus from every side now. He much probablywill be Colombia next president, which makes me much happy not only for pushing the right-wing Uribe out but because his career was built with public squares, public transportation, public architecture. It is worth remembering that his succesful campaign started with the three mayors: himself, Peñalosa and Fajardo (from Medellin). It helps that in Colombia every large public project is subject to architectural competition. The rise of Mockus forces Colombia to change the subject, away from violence and drug wars; towards a commitment with public space.
Monday, May 3, 2010
dizem que os melhores perfumes vêm nos menores frascos mas esta máxima andava meio esquecida em tempos de consumismo superlativo.
até que o incansável Abílio Guerra me vem com uma coleção genial de livrinhos. Pequenos por fora, enormes por dentro! Já devorei o livro do Ângelo Bucci a quem tenho a honra de ter por aqui a cada 2 semanas, e estou agora avançando nos textos fundamentais da história da arquitetura brasileira. Em dois pequenos frascos Abílio juntou 28 textos que antes estavam dispersos e nem sempre acessíveis, publicados em anais de congressos ou revistas de circulação reduzida.
ao Abílio meus agradecimentos e parabéns pela iniciativa,
they say the best perfume come in small containers but such has not been the case in times of exaggerated consumerism. Then comes Abilio Guerra publishing a fantastic series of pocket books: small on the outside enormous on the inside. I have already read Angelo Bucci’s one and am now advancing towards the fundamental texts of Brazilian Modern Architecture. In two small volumes Abilio brought together 28 texts that were before scattered into conference proceedings or journals of restricted circulation.
to Abilio my thanks and congrats,