“What architect isn’t interested in housing? I hate the whole blasted idea of it. I think it’s a worthy undertaking – to provide a decent apartment for a man who earns fifteen dollars a week. But not at the expense of other men. Not if it raises the taxes, raises all the other rents and makes the man who earns forty live in a rat hole. That’s what’s happening in New York. Nobody can afford a modern apartment – except the very rich and the paupers.
Have you seen the converted brownstones in which the average self-supporting couple has to live? Have you seen their closet kitchens and their plumbing? They’re forced to live that – because they’re not incompetent enough. They make forty dollars a week and wouldn’t be allowed into a housing project. But they’re the ones who provide the money for the damn project. They pay the taxes. And the taxes raise their own rent. And they have to move from a converted brownstone into an unconverted one and from that into a railroad flat.
I’d have no desire to penalize a man because he’s worth only fifteen dollars a week. But I’ll be damned if I can see why a man worth forty must be penalized – and penalized in favor of the one who’s less competent”.
Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead, 1943
When Art and Architecture meet.
As humans we are constantly overwhelmed and barraged by a multitude of advertisements in any graphic form. There is so much of it that when walking through a square (Times Square is probably the epitome) we are tempted to forget that the space is formed by architectures of any kind. [Read more…] about An Architectural Play – Theatrical Architecture
“I have always believed in architecture as a tool to enhance spaces and human environment”. [Read more…] about A coffee with an Italian Architect: Cino Zucchi
A coffee with an architect is a great way to spend an afternoon if feeling in the need for collecting creativity and a lot of interesting stories. [Read more…] about Coffee with an Architect: James Sandell
A city is not only the result of the equation that summarize an indefinite number of buildings; instead it is more likely considerable as the result of many layers and grids overlapping on each other creating patterns in ways that can generate uniques rhythms. [Read more…] about Cities. Like Human Bodies
Boston – “The ancients built Valdrada on the shores of a lake, with houses all verandas one above the other, and high streets whose railed parapets look out over the water. Thus the traveler, arriving, sees two cities: one erect above the lake, and the other reflected, upside down. Nothing exists or happens in the one Valdrada that the other Valdrada does not repeat, because the city was so constructed that its every point would be reflected in its mirror, and the Valdrada down in the water contains not only all the flutings and juttings of the facades that rise above the lake, but also the rooms’ interiors with ceilings and floors, the perspective of the halls, the mirrors of the wardrobes […]”. (I. Calvino) [Read more…] about When invisible cities become real
Boston – “… There seems to be a public image of any given city, which is the overlap of many individual images. Or perhaps there is a series of public images, each held by some significant number of citizens…
… What does the city’s form actually mean to people who live there?!”
(Kevin Lynch – The Image of City)
Everything we see everyday in our lives is concerned with geometry itself. [Read more…] about It’s all about geometry
Boston – When sustainable-living ideas, urban gardening, bike sharing, community-supported agriculture and bike-powered machines gather together the result is the creation of a pattern that can be defined as “off the grid” in the sense that it does not respect the regular strict grid that usually a city, with its own pattern, imposes. [Read more…] about Let’s all Common Build!