Numerus Klausus #13: Mars Attracts! (AKA: Mars One… and two, and three…)

Click to enlarge “More than 100,000 people have applied to be a part of the Mars One project, which aims to colonize the red planet starting in 2022. Out of the thousands, 40 people will be selected. Of the 40, just four will participate in the first passage to Mars, which is scheduled to leave inContinue reading “Numerus Klausus #13: Mars Attracts! (AKA: Mars One… and two, and three…)”

2013 recap: Numerus Klausus

So, before January is over, I’d like to post the first one in a series of posts that look back at some of the stuff that happened in 2013 but which, due to the hectic-ness of these last months, had to wait till now. So, as a starting point, I thought it would be niceContinue reading “2013 recap: Numerus Klausus”

Numerus Klausus #08: One of My Turns [An Homage to Mark Fisher]

Click to enlarge “He flew Tina Turner over her audience on a huge mechanical arm, drove U2 through their arena inside a mirror-studded lemon, and thrust the Rolling Stones between stages on a 45m-long telescopic bridge, complete with helicopter searchlights. The architect and set designer Mark Fisher, who has died aged 66 after a longContinue reading “Numerus Klausus #08: One of My Turns [An Homage to Mark Fisher]”

Metabunker’s in Da Haus (Haas) – Illustration for Clog: SCI-FI

Click to enlarge (Scroll down for full panorama) “Everything is becoming science fiction. From the margins of an almost invisible literature has sprung the intact reality of the 20th century.” J. G. Ballard: “Fictions of Every Kind” (Books and Bookmen -February 1971) Koolhaas read The Cast of the Metabarons. Or maybe not. Certainly, much asContinue reading “Metabunker’s in Da Haus (Haas) – Illustration for Clog: SCI-FI”

Tell me more! (Article for Conditions magazine #10: Gossip)

click to enlarge (…) Digging into the dirty laundry of the architectural star-system is, in any case, neither a recent phenomenon nor a curiosity exclusively circumscribed to today’s divas. The mouth-to-ear airing of our architectural heroes’ private sins has been an inevitable aside of their rise as idols. Small talk on the lower passions ofContinue reading “Tell me more! (Article for Conditions magazine #10: Gossip)”

Koolhaas at the GSD: Current Preoccupations

Click to enlarge Earlier this month Rem Koolhaas returned to the Harvard GSD in order to give one of his infrequent and multitudinous conferences. Filed under the motto “current preoccupations”, the talk, which replayed Koolhaas’s October lecture at the Barbican, showcased a bunch of different issues taking place on and around OMA’s office. And so,Continue reading “Koolhaas at the GSD: Current Preoccupations”

Hypertourism. Illustration for (in)forma 06

Click to enlarge At some point at the beginning of the Summer, Darwin Marrero, Assistant Dean at the School of Architecture of the University of Puerto Rico contacted me in order to contribute something to the upcoming sixth issue of (in)forma, which he was editing. The topic for the issue, “Hiperturismo” (Hypertourism) sounded really engaging,Continue reading “Hypertourism. Illustration for (in)forma 06”

From NY to Portimão: Photographic Marathon

Kunst-Haas in the streets of Portimão Last night, at a conference-dialogue at ISMAT, we launched a Photographic Marathon to go along with the Exhibition Klaus.Toon: From NY to Portimão, organised in collaboration with the Delegação do algarve da Ordem dos Arquitectos. The call for submissions will be open till January 10, 2011. The terms areContinue reading “From NY to Portimão: Photographic Marathon”