Wednesday, April 28, 2010

392. The Charles A. Dana Creative Arts Center Colgate University


Dear Benedetta,

"Architecture is used space formed for psychological and
symbolical reasons. Architecture space overrides all its
integrating elements and concepts by consciously forming
enclosed voids to accommodate human beings in the
totality of their psychic and physical life and in their various
pursuits and intentions"
(Paul Rudolph-"Enigmas of Architecture")

I hope you are doing well.
All the best.
R

Sunday, April 25, 2010

391. Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico D.F.


Querido Paco,

Cezanne decia que hay que aprender a mirar la naturaleza
en forma de conos, cilindros, esferas y piramides.
Asi como Candela.

Un abrazo.
R

Thursday, April 22, 2010

390. Kunsthaus Bregenz. Austellungsansicht Foyer


Querida Lucia,

"Yo creo que todo edificio emite un sonido. Tiene sonidos
que no estan causados por la friccion. No se lo que es.
Quiza sea el viento o algo asi. Lo cierto es que si entras
en un espacio sin ruidos sientes que hay algo distinto.
!Es hermoso!..." (Peter Zumthor)

Con cariño.
R

Monday, April 19, 2010

389. Eglise Notre-Dame du Raincy



Dear Berthold,

"The framework is to the building what the skeleton is
to the animal; as the animal's skeleton, measured,
balanced, symmetrical, contains and supports the most
various and most variously situated organs, so much the
structure of a building be composite, measured,
balanced and also symmetrical" (Auguste Perret)
True, but with some cultural limitations, don't you
agree?

Regards.
R

Friday, April 16, 2010

388. Siege du parti communiste francais-Salle de reunion du Comite Central



Dear Alvaro,

"The ultimate task of the architect is to dream"
(Oscar Niemeyer).
I realize you are aware of that.

Regards.
R

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

387. Cemetery San Michele in Venice


Querido Enric,

En esta Isole della Laguna Veneta reposan los restos de
Igor Stravinsky. Estoy oyendo su "Ave Maria" con su
maravillosa estructura ritmica. Pienso en lo que alguna
vez lei y que decia: "Cada superficie crea polvo, porque
el polvo es la carne del tiempo"

Tot el millor i gracies.
R

Saturday, April 10, 2010

386. Hotel Humboldt. Cima del Avila Caracas (Venezuela)


Estimat Enric,

"Lo que me inspiró fue el momento en que llegamos a la
cima. Todo estaba nublado, pero en minutos se despejó,
y aparecieron unas vistas fabulosas. La ciudad lucía
hermosa." (Tomas J. Sanabria rememorando la primera
visita al solar del Hotel Humboldt)

Amb afecte
R

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

385. Firenze (Campi Bisenzio) Chiesa di S. Giovanni dell'Autostrada del Sole


Dear Bill,

"This is what counts in my opinion, that the
architecture take you by the hand and
accompany you in discovering something
of yourself with all the uncertainties, the
incongruities, the failings of which we are
compounded and that it bring us to judge
the substance of our spirituality...or our
humanity" (Giovanni Michelucci)

Regards
R

Sunday, April 4, 2010

384. Vietnam Veterans Memorial


Dear Joel,

"Sometimes you have to stop thinking.
Sometimes you shut down completely.
I think that's true in any creative field."
(Maya Lin)

My best.
R

Thursday, April 1, 2010

383. Cervinia. Breuil m. 2050



Dear Lisa,

Franco Albini is considered one of the most important italian
designers of the neo-rationalism. In 1948-52 he designed
and built a lodge for boys in Cervinia where he undertook a
serious environmental research within the context of the Alps
mountain range whereas reinterpreting traditional construction
techniques into a modern expression.

Best.
R