Monday, December 20, 2010

Beyond Gaudi in Barcelona

I've wanted for a long time to visit Barcelona to see in person the work of Antonio Gaudi.

Now I have another reason to get there: the work of Lluis Domenech i Montaner.

Two Catalan art nouveu Modernisme architects with very different styles, but both amazing.

Urban Geology in the Big Apple

While I don't know my geologic ages, I'm really into rocks and landforms - sort of a geologist without the language.

Despite my technical limitations, I love trying to decipher what the landscape around us has to say and how it influences the places we create. Thus I was pleased to discover the blog Friends of the Pleistocene (the Pleistocene apparently is noted for explosions in the population of mammals as well as mass extinctions, ice ages, and the development of stone age culture - so it really wasn't that long ago, geologically speaking). The blog looks at the link between today and the the formation of the physical and cultural world that formed it. It's fascinating stuff.

They have been running a Geologic City series, the first of which included a tour of a couple of parks at the northern end of the island which include some seemingly unexpected features like a salt marsh and fault lines.

The following pieces are equally fascinating, so check them out.

Monday, December 6, 2010

A Mix of Tradition and Modern Architecture at the University of Victoria

It's been a couple years since we've been in Victoria, British Columbia. Next time we visit, we'll find a striking addition to the university's campus -- the First Peoples House academic and cultural center.

It's a thoroughly modern take on the traditional longhouse designed by Alfred Waugh Architects.

More information can be found on the UVic website and at Inhabitat , which has a nice story on the structure with these and other pictures.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Brittlebush Shelter - An Architectural Reason to Visit Arizona this Winter

I loved our visit to Taliesin West the other year, but regretted that we didn't have an opportunity to take the Desert Shelter Tour that lets visitors see the student projects that are scattered around the site.

Now there is another reason to visit when we can tour the full site: the Brittlebush residential dwelling.

The tour is only offered from mid-November through mid-April.