Friday, January 28, 2011

482. Panorama over Stockholmsutstallningen


Dear David,

"Asplund's architecture explodes all the boundaries.
The purpose is a celebration with no preconceived
notions as to whether it should be achieved with
architectural or other means. It is not a composition in
stone, glass, and steel, as the functionalist-hating
exhibition visitor might imagine, but rather a composition
in houses, flags, searchlights, flowers, fireworks, happy
people and clean tablecloths" (Alvar Aalto on the 1930
Stockholm Exhibition)

Best.
R

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

481. Moscow. Planetarium



Dear Jennifer,

"Each form is the frozen temporary image of a process.
Thus, any work merely represents a way station in the
process of becoming, and not a frozen goal"
(El Lissitzky. 1924)

Best
R

Saturday, January 22, 2011

480. Ljubljana. Narodna in univerzitetna knjiznica


Querido Jose,

"Ambos, el olvido y la memoria, son por
consiguiente, el sueño de una totalidad
que encierra en si, en la sombra o en la
luz, el pasado. Pero este sueño es
inalcanzable, en la medida en que el
pasado parece concedernos unicamente
una vision gris y continua y sin relieve, o
bien como escapados de sus mallas, unos
pocos fragmentos fugaces, sin relacion
entre si, que, sin embargo, parecen, por
la misma fuerza con que se nos presentan,
contener una vida secreta, el enigma de
una posible felicidad" ("Metamorfosis.
Imagenes del pensamiento" Franco Rella)

Saludos.
R

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

479. Paul Sauer Bridge across Storms River


Dear Sean,

Completed in 1956, the Ricardo Morandi designed bridge
across Storms River is peculiar for having inclined spandrel
supports that radiate out from the main arch rib. The use of
these inclined supports is a Morandi trait seeable on almost
all of his bridges.

Regards.
R

Sunday, January 16, 2011

478. Edificio Sede do Ministerio da Educacao e Saude


Dear Lucio,

The Ministerio da Educacao e Saude
building in Sao Paulo was the first
government modernist building in the
Americas, and the largest one that Le
Corbusier had built until then.

Respectfully.
R

Thursday, January 13, 2011

477. Liceo Andres Bello. Caracas 1948



Querido Carlos,

El primer edificio del Instituto Pedagogico de Caracas
es el Liceo Caracas luego renombrado Liceo Andres
Bello que data de 1936 y que representa la asunción del
movimiento racionalista en la arquitectura moderna
venezolana. Su arquitecto fue Cipriano Domínguez,
formado como tal en Francia en el taller de Le Corbusier.
En el año en que esta elegantisima construccion es
terminada el maestro suizo esta en Brasil trabajando con
Costa, Niemeyer, Reidy y Moreira en la Ciudad
Universitaria y en el Ministerio de Educacion. Es en este
momento cuando empieza la epoca dorada de la
arquitectura moderna en Sudamerica.

Saludos cordiales.
R

Monday, January 10, 2011

476. Londrina. Est.do Parana. Vista Parcial


Dear Paulo,

"The level of happiness in a particular community usually
can be seen in the degree of beauty of the city where this
community lives in" (Vilanova Artigas)
Showed in the picture, to the left of the big building and
characterized by a graceful series of arches the 1950
Londrina Bus Station by Vilanova Artigas.

Respectfully.
R

Friday, January 7, 2011

475. Dhaka, Bangladesh


Dear Eliel,

"Architecture is the reaching out for the truth"
(Louis I. Kahn)

Best
R

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

474. Sevilla. Estadio Olimpico de la Cartuja


Querida Olga

"Nos interesa que la arquitectura siga teniendo misterio,
que haya expectación ante lo que va a ocurrir y que
entrar por una puerta lleve tiempo"
(Antonio Cruz & Antonio Ortiz)

Feliz Año Nuevo!

R

Saturday, January 1, 2011

473. Above San Francisco


Dear Aston,

"There are no perfect answers. The earnest search is all
we can expect.” (Pietro Belluschi)

Best Wishes for the New Year.
R