invisible cities

Franco & the Olympics

^ Architecture Memory: 184 streets “honoring” Franco times in today’s Madrid, by CeAQUA via público   It’s interesting how the city of Buenos Aires has fought back. The day that Ana Botella, Aznar’s wife and democratically un-elected Mayor of Madrid, showed her skills

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Franco & the Olympics

^ Architecture Memory: 184 streets “honoring” Franco times in today’s Madrid, by CeAQUA via público   It’s interesting how the city of Buenos Aires has fought back. The day that Ana Botella, Aznar’s wife and democratically un-elected Mayor of Madrid, showed her skills

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Totem & Taboo: gay cruising architecture

  It is always fascinating to see how architectural icons, in their total innocence, are appropriated by unthinkable purposes that the starchitect behind their conception would have never thought of and maybe – who knows – always wished. When the

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Totem & Taboo: gay cruising architecture

  It is always fascinating to see how architectural icons, in their total innocence, are appropriated by unthinkable purposes that the starchitect behind their conception would have never thought of and maybe – who knows – always wished. When the

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Zone: The Spatial Softwares of Extrastatecraft

    Fantastic essay by Keller Easterling featured in Places:   “Today urban space has become a mobile, monetized technology, and some of the most radical changes to the globalizing world are being written, not in the language of law

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Zone: The Spatial Softwares of Extrastatecraft

    Fantastic essay by Keller Easterling featured in Places:   “Today urban space has become a mobile, monetized technology, and some of the most radical changes to the globalizing world are being written, not in the language of law

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Somewhere To Disappear

^ Cave Home_Broken Manual 2008, by Alec Soth via spaceframed   In this hyper-connected world of control technologies, the desire of hiding is still very human. Either as a result of social exclusion, marginal lifestyles, anti-mainstream behaviors, political statements, existential

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Somewhere To Disappear

^ Cave Home_Broken Manual 2008, by Alec Soth via spaceframed   In this hyper-connected world of control technologies, the desire of hiding is still very human. Either as a result of social exclusion, marginal lifestyles, anti-mainstream behaviors, political statements, existential

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Out of sight, Out of mind

  [source: Out of Sight, Out of Mind] ‘Since 2004, the US has been practicing in a new kind of clandestine military operation. The justification for using drones to take out enemy targets is appealing because it removes the risk

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Out of sight, Out of mind

  [source: Out of Sight, Out of Mind] ‘Since 2004, the US has been practicing in a new kind of clandestine military operation. The justification for using drones to take out enemy targets is appealing because it removes the risk

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Gardens & Shelter

The following photo series, Gardens and Shelter, both by Henk Wildschut, illustrate the construction of domestic space for a limited and uncertain time lapse. Its fate at a micro-scale relies not on personal choice but on international law being applied to these

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Gardens & Shelter

The following photo series, Gardens and Shelter, both by Henk Wildschut, illustrate the construction of domestic space for a limited and uncertain time lapse. Its fate at a micro-scale relies not on personal choice but on international law being applied to these

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orwellian

  Taking the notion of ‘orwellian‘ that refers to a destruction of the welfare of a free and open society in a regime of surveillance and control as reflected in George Orwell’s work, dpr-barcelona just launched a new publication exploring

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orwellian

  Taking the notion of ‘orwellian‘ that refers to a destruction of the welfare of a free and open society in a regime of surveillance and control as reflected in George Orwell’s work, dpr-barcelona just launched a new publication exploring

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Lost Continent found in Seychelles through zircon crystals

^ Displacement of Reunion hotspotand the Indian plate. The numbers in circles mark millions of years. The area just underneath the sea surface will be considered as continental fragments from now on. [source> GFZ]   ‘Under the law of the

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Lost Continent found in Seychelles through zircon crystals

^ Displacement of Reunion hotspotand the Indian plate. The numbers in circles mark millions of years. The area just underneath the sea surface will be considered as continental fragments from now on. [source> GFZ]   ‘Under the law of the

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The Forgotten Space

^ Still from The Forgotten Space by Allan Sekula and Noel Burch, 2010. 112 min.   ‘Human beings are over 70 per cent water. 90 per cent of international trade moves via water. Yet, as Allan Sekula and Noel Burch

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The Forgotten Space

^ Still from The Forgotten Space by Allan Sekula and Noel Burch, 2010. 112 min.   ‘Human beings are over 70 per cent water. 90 per cent of international trade moves via water. Yet, as Allan Sekula and Noel Burch

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mechanical floor

^ Phantom: Mies as Rendered Society, 2012 by Andrés Jaque. Photo by Miguel de Guzmán via elcultural   Mies Van der Rohe has many secrets to hide. His seminal Barcelona Pavilion (Expo 1929), from which we can only visit a distorted reconstruction

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mechanical floor

^ Phantom: Mies as Rendered Society, 2012 by Andrés Jaque. Photo by Miguel de Guzmán via elcultural   Mies Van der Rohe has many secrets to hide. His seminal Barcelona Pavilion (Expo 1929), from which we can only visit a distorted reconstruction

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The Waiting Game

  A chair dictates a context. It implies an act of waiting,  spending time in the same place until something more important than the mere act of waiting happens. A chair has also a connotation linked to a tedious activity.

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The Waiting Game

  A chair dictates a context. It implies an act of waiting,  spending time in the same place until something more important than the mere act of waiting happens. A chair has also a connotation linked to a tedious activity.

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floors of fear

^ Nightingale Floor via zen-garden   In order to detect human presence inside a house, and as a protection measure against ninja stealth walking, Nightingale Floors (Uguisu-Bari 鴬張り) were invented in Japan around the 17th century. By means of a

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floors of fear

^ Nightingale Floor via zen-garden   In order to detect human presence inside a house, and as a protection measure against ninja stealth walking, Nightingale Floors (Uguisu-Bari 鴬張り) were invented in Japan around the 17th century. By means of a

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Powers of 10

Powers of Ten, 1977 by Charles and Ray Eames: ‘Powers of Ten takes us on an adventure in magnitudes. Starting at a picnic by the lakeside in Chicago, this famous film transports us to the outer edges of the universe.

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Powers of 10

Powers of Ten, 1977 by Charles and Ray Eames: ‘Powers of Ten takes us on an adventure in magnitudes. Starting at a picnic by the lakeside in Chicago, this famous film transports us to the outer edges of the universe.

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investment bunkers

^ ‘Iceberg Houses’ in London. Illustration by Ben Hasler/The Guardian.     Trapped by architectural heritage policies and restrictions, some of London’s most exclusive neighbourhoods have started to grow downwards. The only space available for further construction is nothing but

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investment bunkers

^ ‘Iceberg Houses’ in London. Illustration by Ben Hasler/The Guardian.     Trapped by architectural heritage policies and restrictions, some of London’s most exclusive neighbourhoods have started to grow downwards. The only space available for further construction is nothing but

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if there’s nothing, suddenly something becomes everything

dOCUMENTA (13) is dedicated to artistic research and forms of imagination that explore commitment, matter, things, embodiment, and active living in connection with, yet not subordinated to, theory. These are terrains where politics are inseparable from a sensual, energetic, and

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if there’s nothing, suddenly something becomes everything

dOCUMENTA (13) is dedicated to artistic research and forms of imagination that explore commitment, matter, things, embodiment, and active living in connection with, yet not subordinated to, theory. These are terrains where politics are inseparable from a sensual, energetic, and

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