Sir Peter Cook -the man, the myth, the ringmaster- points at Peter Cook, the comic book character during a dinner in Porto.
Anyone who’s thrown even a casual glance at this blog (or at my twitter feed) knows I have a thing both for science fiction and for the visionary architectural scene of the 1960s-70s -which, of course, have multiple overlaps. And, of course again, it is not particularly (as in ‘at all’) surprising that Archigram are a favorite (see below), which at some point even prompted me to go in a demented search through tens of thousands of comics from the 1940s to 1964, in order to find the sources of Warren Chalk’s ‘Space Probe!’, published in Archigram 4, May 1964 [INSERT: a couple of them can be seen here; some others are featured in this article; if you’re a curator and need help with this, send me a note. END OF INSERT].
My hand and my comic book, but not my copy of Archigram 4, unfortunately…
Thus, when last year Alejandro Hernández and Pedro Hernández (not related) contacted me to give them a hand with a -then- upcoming issue of Arquine under the topic ‘Futures’, I couldn’t let that great opportunity slip away, and used my Arquinoir section (published in almost every issue since 2014 or so) to finally draw a story that had been waiting in my sketchbook for a while. In it, Peter Cook and the late but great Ron Herron met inside the Walking city and… well, you can read it below (if you’re not proficient in Spanish, Google Translate has improved quite a bit through the years).
Two Archigrammers walk into a
bar Walking City and…
And, of course again (again), when I learnt that we would be having dinner at the same table, I couldn’t help but give him a copy, which he read with a great dose of sense of humor. I’m not sure Yael Reisner found it that funny, but she smiled politely, and was kind enough to grant me with a great conversation about beauty and architecture on the way back to the hotel. A big thank you to Carlos Machado e Moura, Noémia Herdade Gomes, and Rui Neto, and the School of Architecture of the University of Porto for the invitation to lecture and for their kindness.
Glimpses of the future(s)
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Old visitors of this blog (are there any?) will remember that at some point before we changed the layout, there used to be a header image with the name of the site. Truth is, that image was a crude collage using a (very crude) 3×3 ink sketch done on one of my notebooks while listening to a lecture by Giuliana Bruno at the Carpenter Center. So, almost ten years later, and impulsed by an upcoming event organized in Mexico by Arquine magazine, I finally felt obliged to make an upgrade. Creative bankruptcy, I know.
New version vs. old logo side-by-side comparison , because what the heck.
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Thank you all for coming yesterday to the Chicago Design Museum, and attend the event ‘Envisioning New Spatial Organizations’, organized by Iker Gil, editor in Chief of Chicago Architecture & Culture Journal MAS Context, within the 2018 Spring Talk Series. It was great to speak side by side with Stewart Hicks, from Design With Company, and game developer William Chyr, whose work (both of them’s) I’ve been a big fan for a long time. Thanks also to the Chicago Design Museum for kindly hosting us. A transcription of the talks is coming soon, so keep an eye on MAS context’s website for this and future events.
Ok, leaving for Ann Arbor now. I’ll keep informing.
Update: MAS Context uploaded a transcription of the whole event (with images!) Click the image below to get there.
Le Voyageur Luggage Trolley Bags (Not real merchandise, sorry)
So, after two short visits to Newcastle (thanks, Steve!), and Glasgow (Thanks, Jonathan!), tomorrow I start the US leg of my 2017-18 Tour, while I still ponder what I’ll do next year for Klaustoon’s 10th anniversary (where did all those years go?!).
For those interested, on February 14th, I’ll be in the Chicago Design Museum, together with Stewart Hicks, from Design With Company, and game developer William Chyr, in the event ‘Envisioning New Spatial Organizations’, organized by editor Iker Hill for his MAS Context 2018 Spring Talk Series.
On February 15th and February 19th, I’ll be (in disguise) at Taubman College, in Michigan. And, finally, on the 21st, I’ll be lecturing in the School of Architecture of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, closing the Hyde Lecture Series 2017-18.
So, don’t take it personally if I’m a little unresponsive these upcoming weeks.
Next stop: Mexico! (Coming soon).
Hmm… I need to get a cell phone with a better camera. Very cool, in any case. A big thanks to Kerry McCullough from the School of Architecture of the University of Nebraska Lincoln for sending these my way. A better look at the poster here.
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We’re rapidly approaching that time of the year, so before it’s too late, let’s dust off some stuff. A couple years ago, Paula Melâneo, editor of Arq’a, emailed me asking if I’d be interested in including a some of my work in the ‘dossier’ section of their magazine. And I was. Here are some med-res images of it. BTW: Thanks to Luís Santiago Baptista for his interest in my work, after being featured together in this issue of STUDIO magazine.
Soon, I’ll include a downloadable .pdf file somewhere on this site.
Amazingly, it’s been almost 4 years since we put together our special issue of MAS Context: Narrative, mostly thanks to chief editor Iker Gil’s help and persistence. In it, we included a short interview with comic-book icon Joost Swarte, who kindly answered our questions about his Toneelschuur Theatre, built in collaboration with Mecanoo Architects. Paradoxically, I had never been to the building. A little detour to Haarlem in a recent trip to Delft helped me solve that. It didn’t disappoint.
Full text of “Swarte’s Mystery Theater” here.