Alvaro Siza Viera

A Pool in the Sea. In conversation with Kenneth Frampton

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This book documents a unique experience of a journey by Álvaro Siza Vieira, Vincent Mentzel and Kenneth Frampton to the early work of Siza in Porto.

This book includes a vast collection of descriptions, drawings and photographs by Vincent Mentzel about the project, as well as a writing by Siza Vieira himself and other texts. Continue reading Alvaro Siza Viera


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Richard Stampton

on PanovScott

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Richard Stampton . PanovScott . photos: © Brett Boardman

PanovScott's Centripetal project is an excellent example of their carefully transformational work. lt flourishes within the fine grain aesthetic, cultural and functional parameters specific to its inner-city Sydney location and existing terrace house typology. Of great interest to me, is the elegance and frugal beauty of the rear facade.

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LACMA: Suicide by Architecture

By Joseph Giovannini

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...the result was going to be a rebuild that, for the first time in American history, drastically reduced the size of the museum it replaced... The Govan Shutdown means more than just four and a half years of construction. The replacement structure will shrink LACMA and demote the largest encyclopedic museum west of the Mississippi into a one-story exhibition hall floating on pylons 20 to 30 feet above ground. With far fewer galleries and a drastic reduction of both square footage and wall space for hanging art, the new structure on the East Campus commits the museum to contraction rather than expansion, contrary to all other museum projects across the United States over the last generation — and perhaps ever.

Read the full text at LARB.: https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/lacma-suicide-by-architecture/


Carlos Cachón


Tacita Dean . Palast . 2004

Carlos Cachón

Conviene a la vuelta de unas vacaciones no dejar de sospechar de los objetos. Por ejemplo, las bolsas. Es cualidad de los objetos no moverse. Pero, incluso sin moverse, pueden transformarse. No confundamos una bolsa de patatas recientes con otra que dejamos abierta olvidada antes de irnos. Pueden parecer idénticas, pero algo nos dirá que no es así. Su sabor. De su sitio no se han movido, pero ha habido una alteración. Hay que decir que este es el tipo de comportamiento incomprensible para las teorías neoliberales. Si para ellas el objeto es siempre un elemento de producción, al que hay que sacarle un partido, aquí se trata de una transformación distinta. Sin fin. Que no busca mejorar el objeto, añadirle un valor o agregarle atractivo. Se trata de una alteración inherente, sin meta. Continue reading Carlos Cachón