Saturday, August 28, 2010

432. Koln am Rhein

Dear Jan,

Frei Otto, the leading authority on lightweight tensile and
membrane structures once said:
"I have built little. But, I have built many castles in the air"

Hope you're doing great.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

431. Monastere du Carmel de Saint-Elie. San Remo

Querida Cristina,

Para esta maravillosa Iglesia de Gio Ponti, unos versos
profundos de mi admirado Jose Angel Valente que para
mi describen la naturaleza de este espacio:


Que oscuro el borde de la luz
donde ya nada

Mil besos.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

430. Siunauskappeli Turku

Dear Jose Angel,

"We had the experience but missed
the meaning. And approach to the
meaning restores the experience."
(T.S. Eliot: The Dry Salvages)


Thursday, August 19, 2010

429. Pavillon Suisse de la Cite Universitaire de Paris


Casa, lugar, habitacion, morada:empieza asi la oscura
narracion de los tiempos: para que algo tenga duracion,
fulguracion, presencia: casa, lugar, habitacion, memoria:
se hace mano lo concavo y centro la extension: sobre las
aguas: ven sobre las aguas: dales nombres: para que lo
que no esta este, se fije y sea estar, estancia, cuerpo:
el halito fecunda al humus: se despiertan, como de si,
las formas: yo reconozco a tientas mi morada.
(Jose Angel Valente: Tres lecciones de tinieblas)

A ti Juan, un abrazo.

Monday, August 16, 2010

428. Stuttgart, Weisenhofsiedlung

Dear Mel,

Regularity of structure, treatment of exterior as weightless
and use of color and structural detail in lieu of applied
ornament were main features of early modern buildings.
Here we see the use of color in the now mythical 1927


Friday, August 13, 2010

427. Exposition des Arts Decoratifs Pavillon du Tourisme

Dear Sonia,

"Architecture is an art which is basically
geometrical. The cube is the basis of
architecture because the right angle is
necessary. The steps of a staircase
consist of vertical and horizontal planes
and the corners of rooms are nearly
always right angles"
(Robert Mallet-Stevens)


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

426. Pavillon de L'Esprit Nouveau

Dear Jean,

"The simultaneous effort of reason and sensibility realizes
the conception"(L.C.)


Saturday, August 7, 2010

425. Gut Garkau

Dear Peter,

"Building is a biological process, building is not an aesthetic
process...We organize building materials into a constructive
whole based on economic principles" (Hugo Haring)

Best wishes.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

424. Hong kong Bank

Dear William,

"Architects have a vital role as advocates
of sustainable solutions"
(Norman Foster)


Sunday, August 1, 2010

423. Lloyd's of London

Dear Jean Francois,

"Form follows profit is the aesthetic principle of our
times" (Richard Rogers)
Nevertheless it is a very good building!