We climbed a flight of stairs to a room on the second floor with glass doors opening onto little balconies perched over the street. The walls were decorated with the occasional spare, almost folk-art-like tracing of various flora and fauna, along with a vivid tapestry of lizards, and a wide mirror. This decor, together with the wooden floors, high ceiling, and antique furniture, contributed to a somewhat formal but quirky old-world atmosphere, a backdrop that complemented the evening’s discussion, which would range from the country’s pre-colonial days to the distant future.Read More
Mexico City is a place of contraries and constant motion. It is vast and full: physically, historically, and culturally. The city has experienced, and continues to experience, rampant and rapid urbanization that has implications on both built and social infrastructure, which naturally takes place at a massive scale, given its population size of over 20 million inhabitants. Since Mexico itself is classified as a ‘newly industrialized country’ by the World Bank et al., it is a significant example for other so-called ‘under-developed’ countries with cities that are expected to follow a similar trajectory in the future – and to the rest of the world, since we are all in it together when it comes to global development.
AUTHOR | Jayne MilesRead More
New York, by almost any measure, is the city of all cities. The allure of its density, diversity, bustling street life and 24-hour pulse has drawn and continues to draw people from all corners of the globe. With as many as 800 languages spoken, New York is the most linguistically diverse city in the world and over 3 million of its 8.5 million residents are foreign-born. In 2013, New York welcomed a record 54 million tourists. It is also a global hub of international business and commerce and has more than 2,000 arts and cultural organizations, as well as more than 500 art galleries of all sizes. In short, New York is the world.
AUTHOR | Johanna HurmeRead More
We arrived with the sunset. A short ride south from the airport to this beautiful port city gave me the overwhelming feeling of being on the other side of the world. As a kid, I remember twirling the globe and observing that from Finland, Australia and New Zealand seemed to be the furthest place on earth I could go. That magical thought could feed my imagination for hours at a time. Now, spotting the Harbour Bridge for the first time in over a decade still gave me that same exhilarating sense of curiosity.
AUTHOR | Johanna Hurme
The Tokyo Airport is a two hour drive away from our hotel at the Shibuya Station, which is considered to be one of the centres (or downtowns) of the city. Japan is an urban nation, which becomes obvious as we experience endless suburbs on the ride to our destination. When we finally arrive, we realize that we are very lucky to have taken a direct shuttle to the hotel, as we would never have been able to find either of the entrances – a double glass door at street level without a sign, or a vehicular ramp that spirals up to the fourth floor entrance lobby.
AUTHOR | Sasa RadulovicRead More
We stepped through the doorway into Post--Office and finally out of the rain – it had been raining cats and dogs since we arrived three hours earlier via Schiphol, or as I heard the Dutch say, steel poles. I was still trying to get my bearings after an eleven hour flight, followed by a speedy intercity ride on the Fyra, then a cab ride and finally a brisk walk to Post--Office. It looked just as we had expected from the images we had seen on the web: raw, somber and worn. The decor was a study in contrasts, with peeling paint countered by delicate fresh cut flowers on a recently pressed white cloth, illuminated by a handful of lonely, single bulb ceiling pendants.
AUTHOR | Sean RadfordRead More
Flying into Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport in the early morning, we hop the Fyra express train to Rotterdam Centraal and arrive in less time than it takes to drive halfway across our home city, Winnipeg. We’re immediately immersed in the continuous nation-city that is The Netherlands – a striking contrast to the vast emptiness of the Canadian prairies where our nearest comparable city is almost 800km away in the United States.
AUTHOR | Ken BortonRead More
The first installment of the “Table” in our year-long research project was held in Portugal during the opening week of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale. The dinner proved to be an amazing and somewhat surreal evening that delivered many memorable moments and fruitful conversations shared by Portuguese architects, journalists, members of the Triennale, Canadian architecture students and ourselves.
AUTHOR | Colin Neufeld + Shannon WiebeRead More
We meet Luís Santiago Baptista beside the statue of King John I in Praça da Figueira, the hub for outdoor Triennale activities during opening week. In less than an hour, a group will gather for the start of Radical Pedagogies, an Associated Project by the Princeton University School of Architecture. Luís is the editor of Arqa magazine, as well as a prolific curator, writer and promoter of Portuguese architecture who seems to have been involved to some capacity with every architect we’ve interviewed so far. He was also one of the curators of the 2010 Lisbon Architecture Triennale.
AUTHOR | Shannon WiebeRead More
We almost don’t find the BAIXA Atelier office, unmarked doors becoming one of the themes of our Lisbon trip. Walking up and down Rua das Chagas in the Bairro Alto, we happen to meet someone entering the building who is able to lead us to Pedro Belo Ravara’s studio on the third floor.
AUTHOR | Shannon WiebeRead More