symposium’s opening conversation with: Continue reading Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture
The 2015 implemented project Oasis No. 8 is situated in a vacant lot in Graz and powered by the waste head of refrigeration units from a Restaurant to create a tropical micro climate for growing banana, pineapple and papaya plants. As a parasitic architectural intervention it can keep the interior climate of an EFTE bubble at more than 15° Celsius over the winter, the minimum temperature required by the tropical plants. The greenhouse bubble creates a contrast to the historic centre of Graz and uses only unused energy, waste heat from a cold store. The project is an attempt to reveal energy potentials, criticise established systems and demonstrate new modes of action. It raises exemplary questions about our handling of global resources and the consequences. In late summer 2016 the fruits are going to be harvested and tasted. Continue reading Agent in the Biosphere
For a Spanish architect, to build a house in Mexico is a privilege. To build a house in Monterrey is a gift. To build the TEC lottery house in Monterrey is amazing. And, logically, I did my utmost to ensure that this house would be the most beautiful in the world. That is my stated intent with every new project that falls into my hands. Continue reading Campo Baeza
We invented the EU barcode some fifteen years ago: an alternative, colourful symbol for the European Union. A symbol of optimism. The EU – that was the idea – could be fun.
At the time such optimism seemed warranted, but in 2016, that spirit seems hard to maintain. This summer, Britain decided to jump ship, sparking similar discussions in the Netherlands, France and Austria, whether the interest of individual nations would not be better served when ‘free’ to pursue their individual course, unimpeded by interference from Brussels. That national sovereignty needs to be preserved and restored to its former absolute state seems to be the sentiment of many, and not just Britain. Continue reading OMA