Visions of space habitation: From fiction to reality

Visions of space habitation: From fiction to reality Farhad Pakan _   _   _ A thesis submitted to the faculty of architecture of the University of Nicosia (UNIC), Cyprus Supervisors: Prof. Solon Xenopoulos, Prof. Nikolas Patsavos January 2012 _   _   _ Abstract The purpose of this paper is to provide an analytic…

Seagram: Union of Building and Landscape

Essay: Phyllis Lambert Seagram: Union of Building and Landscape Seagram building plaza panorama, looking south from the first setback of 399 Park Avenue, 2010. [Photo © Richard Pare, courtesy of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal] What led Mies to create the union of skyscraper and plaza on Park Avenue, a binding together so profoundly…

Dirartecontemporanea2.0

Dirartecontemporanea2.0 ” The exposure a half-length portrait, Which can be sent anywhere, is greater Than That of a statue of a God who has his permanent home in a temple.” ( Walter Benjamin ) Twenty years after his birth ,was 1991,”dirartecontemporanea” by Angelo Marino starts a new project; from physical space becomes immaterial place (“dirartecontemporanea 2.0”…

The Shard: A Skyscraper For Our Post-9/11 World?

  The Shard, by Renzo Piano, towers over the London skyline. When the Twin Towers came down 11 years ago (almost to the day), the world was struck numb. Even New Yorkers, who felt the trauma rumble through their veins, couldn’t get past the initial disbelief: how can this be happening? How can something so big, so invincible,actually be so vulnerable?…

Visualizing Venice

Visualizing Venice, new technologies for urban history is the first exhibition entirely devoted to history to be mounted in the Gino Valle exhibition space at the Università Iuav di Venezia. The exhibition offers, on the one hand, a cross-section of the research of Visualizing Venice* focused on a new way of “making” history through the…

The army of stones

dedicated to Marina Tantooshian Seen from above and tracing an imaginary line, the shape of a flying bird appears with  wings outspread and a central oviform body. Karahundj or Zorats Kar is a pre-historic site extending for 7 hectares at 1770 metres above sea level and located 3 km north of the city of Sisian,…

Why will Sanjai Puri win the Pritzker Prize

The recent victory of Abin Chaudhuri (a 38-year-old architect of India) to “the World of Color Awards” in Dusseldorf, Germany, many awards conferred to Sanjai Puri, demonstrate that there is now a new generation of Indian architects that is being imposed in the world (the most advanced culture and Western intellectuals began to recognize it),…

Brazil’s vision of an eco city: Curitiba

Architects are leading protagonists in the social and cultural life of a city. With an ambitious aim and with a pragmatism that was unique in Brazil, Curitiba, the capital city of Paraná, started to develop a vision of an eco city. This vision was to become a blueprint for sustainable development in other Latin American…

Presentation of the firm Lg=mC

The study Lg=mC (Giovanni Lucentini & Marcello Calà) is a small design office (all the work is developed in a room of about 7 square meters. In the same small house when it clears the dining table there are meetings). In this place they were born preliminary projects for international competitions, the study project for…

Giuseppe Terragni and the rationalist architecture in Italy

The Italian Rationalism, that had its maximum exponents in the Gruppo 7 (among which Giuseppe Terragni), subsequently flowed in the MIAR, came out in the European scene in the conception of an architecture close to logic and rationality, based on the abstract perfection of the pure rhythm and the simple constructiveness, but more particularly in…

Carpi and the Prince

Carpi: the prince and the city – Analysis of the urban structure and the interaction among Pio’s family and the city during XIVth and XVIth century This time, after previous articles you can find here, I want to talk about the city of Carpi, that has been the subject of an analysis for the class…

The New Cabildo of Alejandro De La Sota

In the 90’s of the last century the municipality of Las Palmas decided to refurbish the old Cabildo Insular, aiming to renovate that part of the city that lost its importance year after year; then the administration chose the design of Alejandro De La Sota, a Galician architect. This enlargement is in the course of…

Palazzo Labia in Venice

‘Che l’abia o che non le abia, sarò sempre un Labia‘. With these words, as he was throwing golden plates and golden glasses out of the window in the canal of Cannaregio, some say that the householder closed a sumptuous banquet, to which were invited forty ambassadors and gentlemen.

Put all of Venice in your smartphone

Its name is “Visualizing Venice”: The IUAV (Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia – School of Architecture of Venice), in collaboration with the prestigious Duke University (North Carolina), announces at the VIU / Venice International University an ambitious project, which aims to leverage new technologies for the humanities, for cultural heritage, and for the conservation…

Common places

Sidewalks, squares, streets, roads, pedestrian areas, crosses, paths, green spaces, courtyards, pedestrian ways, markets, train stations, bus stops, commemorative or symbolic places, spaces for disabled persons, industrial areas, benches, schools, bridges, libraries, gardens, museums, meeting places, walls, collective transports, fountains, bicycle paths, expositive areas, outdoor theatres, residual spaces, monuments, cemeteries, highways, shopping malls,… The urban…