Food for Thought: The Urban Forest of the Future: How to Turn Our Cities into Treetopias by Alan Simson

Food for Thought: The Urban Forest of the Future: How to Turn Our Cities into Treetopias by Alan Simson The 21st century is the urban century. It has been forecast that urban areas across the world will have expanded by more than 2.5 billion people by 2050. The scale and speed of urbanization has created … Sigue leyendo

Teorema 009: Drawing of an early concept of Arcosanti, April 1971, Paolo Soleri.

Teorema 009: Drawing of an early concept of Arcosanti, April 1971, Paolo Soleri sketchbook #7, page 333, Arcosanti Foundation, Mayer, Arizona, Paolo Soleri. An urban planning theoretician and visionary architect, Paolo Soleri is best known for his work on the Arcosanti, the prototype futurist city being constructed in Arizona. Based on the concept of ‘Arcology,’ … Sigue leyendo

Towards Cities

Towards Cities These days, more than ever, we see reality through the window. At home in lockdown, the windows have become our lenses to see both close-up and further away. We have other windows at home too: the window of our computer screen, the screen on our mobile phone, or the eyes of some of … Sigue leyendo

Teorema 008: Centro Direzionale, Florence, 1977, 29.7 _ 21cm, (detail) Blue ballpoint pen and black felt tip marker on glossy white paper, Aldo Rossi.

Teorema 008: Centro Direzionale, Florence, 1977, 29.7 _ 21cm, (detail) Blue ballpoint pen and black felt tip marker on glossy white paper, Aldo Rossi. Aldo Rossi left a tremendous amount of thought-provoking sketches representing his design process. These playful sketches were part of intense research and also served as a method to facilitate his imagination … Sigue leyendo

Teorema 007: Cenotaph, in the shape of a pyramid, 1780–1790, 39 _ 61.3cm, Ink and wash, Etienne-Louis Boullée

Teorema 007: Cenotaph, in the shape of a pyramid, 1780–1790, 39 _ 61.3cm, Ink and wash, Etienne-Louis Boullée With a similar penchant for drawing illusion as Piranesi, Etienne-Louis Boullée built little but as an educator, theoretician and illustrator, he was a dominant figure in neoclassical visionary/revolutionary architecture. Boullée’s father was the Parisian architect, Louis-Claude Boullée, … Sigue leyendo

Teorema 006: Section sketch, UCSF Mission Bay Campus Community Center, San Francisco, California, by Ricardo Legorreta, late 90’s

Teorema 006: Section sketch, UCSF Mission Bay Campus Community Center, San Francisco, California, by Ricardo Legorreta, late 90’s This concise image is a sketch for the University of California, San Francisco Mission Bay Campus Community Center. The building was created to bring the campus community together with a gymnasium, swimming pools, food services, auditorium, and … Sigue leyendo

Teorema 005: Preliminary design sketch, Church of the Light, by Tadao Ando, 1987

Teorema 005: Preliminary design sketch, Church of the Light, by Tadao Ando, 1987 This image displays preliminary sketches for the Church of the Light in Ibaraki, Osaka, Japan. It was designed in 1987–1988, and underwent construction during 1988 –1989. It consists of a rectangular volume sliced through at a fifteen-degree angle by a completely freestanding … Sigue leyendo

Teorema 004: Preliminary sketch, Vitra Fire Station, by Zaha Hadid, 1991

Teorema 004: Preliminary sketch, Vitra Fire Station, by Zaha Hadid, 1991 Zaha Hadid continually stretches the boundaries of architecture and urban design. Dividing her concentration between practice, teaching, and research, her work experiments with new spatial concepts intensifying existing urban landscapes in the pursuit of a visionary aesthetic that encompasses all fields of design. The … Sigue leyendo

Teorema 003: Sketch page for the Baths of Agippa, and Hadrian’s Villa, Tivoli, by Andrea Palladio

Teorema 003: Sketch page for the Baths of Agippa, and Hadrian’s Villa, Tivoli, by Andrea Palladio   Palladio was born in Padua, near Venice, in 1508, as Andrea di Pietro dalla Gondola. His early exposure to architecture came both as a stonemason and a craftsman of ornamentation, working in the studio of Giovanni di Giacomo … Sigue leyendo

Plural Innovations

Plural Innovations In a well-known article by Rosalind Krauss, written at the end of the ’70s and titled Sculpture in the Expanded Field, the art critic and theorist set out to situate and analyses vanguard practices in contemporary sculpture, looking at works by Richard Serra, Robert Smithson, Mary Miss and Donald Judd. All of them … Sigue leyendo