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Across The Universe_Will Alsop – by Alessandra Orlandoni

Across The Universe_Will Alsop – by Alessandra Orlandoni

The film “Across The Universe” by Julie Taymor was released in Italian theatres last winter. Chaotic, psychedelic and chromatically pop, it captures the mood of the Sixties, the high spirits, enthusiasm and confidence about changing the world – filtered by typical British humour and creativity – that turned England’s capital into “swinging London”. At the [...]

marzo 15, 2015 Redazione En Words 1

Interview with Christopher Brown (Arkitek) – by Julia De Vito

Interview with Christopher Brown (Arkitek) – by Julia De Vito

Christopher Brown knew since the beginning of his design education at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (California) that he was going to start his own architecture practice before the age of 35. And he did, establishing Arkitek in 2012, at 32, in the small town of Ashland, in Southern Oregon.  Experience gained through seven years of [...]

novembre 19, 2014 Julia De Vito Words 0

Hagia Sophia soon a mosque again? – by Tanzia Islam

Hagia Sophia soon a mosque again? – by Tanzia Islam

photo credit: Tanzia Islam Hagia Sophia was built in 537 A.D. as a Greek orthodox church and later converted into a mosque in 1453 A.D. A number of times this structure has been converted into a church and a mosque based on who were the rulers. Hagia Sophia always has been the center of political [...]

maggio 25, 2014 Mauro Caria Words 0

Dhaka: a city of lost heritage – by Tanzia Islam

Dhaka: a city of lost heritage – by Tanzia Islam

Picture source: Internet* Demolition of heritage is becoming the daily news of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. One of the fastest growing densely populated cities in South-Asia is now losing its historical identity every day. During the past four months, at least 33 to 50** buildings from the Mughal and the British colonial period have [...]

aprile 19, 2014 Mauro Caria Words 0

Bauhaus politics in Germany – by Tanzia Islam

Bauhaus politics in Germany – by Tanzia Islam

Photo credit: Ira Efremova Dr. Claudia Perren, an architectural critic and writer is joining the Bauhaus Foundation Dessau from August, 2014 as the 1st female director*. She is going to be the successor of Professor Philipp Oswalt who was employed until February 2014. It has been the most talked about issue recently related to architecture, the creative sector and politics [...]

aprile 12, 2014 Mauro Caria Words 0

Healthy soil as the foundation for a resilient future – by Mauro Caria

Healthy soil as the foundation for a resilient future – by Mauro Caria

Photo Credit: http://www.3csc.it/foto/foto_2025.jpg  I was surprised and a little dismayed to discover that even today a large segment of the population does not give importance to the global warming phenomenon or, even worse, do not even believe that global warming exists. Over the millennia Earth has suffered many significant climatic events; for example think of the [...]

aprile 12, 2014 Mauro Caria Words 2

New Panopticons – by Roberto Pasini

New Panopticons – by Roberto Pasini

In the frame of the annual event of the CRGS center for art, architecture and design of the University of Monterrey, Mexico City based architect Carlos Garciavelez was invited to present his Casa-Flex, a recently optimized prefabricated housing system stackable in vertical aggregations. In his almost forty-year-long career, Garciavelez has a record of 650,000 residential [...]

aprile 9, 2014 Roberto Pasini Words 0

Nothing is Sacred: Threats to Modern Masterpieces in India – by William JR Curtis

Nothing is Sacred: Threats to Modern Masterpieces in India – by William JR Curtis

India’s boom economy is leaving its modern heritage to crumble in favour of generic glass towers and shopping malls. India is experiencing the positive and negative effects of a hyper-inflated capitalist boom. A new middle class hungry for consumer goods of all kinds is clogging up the cities with flashy new cars but air pollution [...]

aprile 9, 2014 Roberta Melasecca Words 0

Auckland: Unitary plan and the ambiguity of the Genius Loci – by Barbora Foerster

Auckland: Unitary plan and the ambiguity of the Genius Loci – by Barbora Foerster

photo by Mauro Caria Why has the City Council of Auckland promoted the new Unitary Plan? Let’s start with a simple syllogism.The assumptions are that: -Once again, this year, Auckland is one of three cities in the world with the highest quality of life. -In New Zealand, traditionally, the proportion between public and residential architecture [...]

marzo 22, 2014 Mauro Caria Words 1

No wall-On Kahn – by Tanzia Islam

No wall-On Kahn – by Tanzia Islam

  Photographed by one of the protesters on 21.02.2014 Protest is going on in Bangladesh right now! “No wall-On Kahn” is the statement of the protesters – who are trying to protect one of the most important modern monuments of Bangladesh – The National Assembly Building designed by Louis I. Kahn in 1965. The National [...]

marzo 14, 2014 Mauro Caria Words 0