#Notopia is the loss of identity and cultural vibrancy – a global pandemic of generic buildings. Let’s design with care to human scale and understanding of spaces between buildings. Let’s make places at street level, places of exchange, dialogue, and delight!
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Aldo van Eyck and the idea of filling up the city with playgrounds!
In 1947, the architect Aldo van Eyck built his first playground in Amsterdam, on the Bertelmanplein. Many hundreds more followed, in a spatial experiment that has (positively) marked the childhood of an entire generation. Though largely disappeared, defunct and forgotten today, these playgrounds represent one of the most emblematic of architectural interventions in a pivotal time: the shift from the top down organization of space by modernist functionalist architects, towards a bottom up architecture that literally aimed to give space to the imagination.
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Two of my drawings have been published on The Architectural Review Folio!
Following are the links to the publication:
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The role of utopian thinking in architectural and urban design has always been fundamental. Utopian thinking is about breaking the limits and constraints and building a new visionary based on desirable values, this is when the thinker engages the most challenging issues the human society faces. Suggesting solutions for human terrestrial salvation, not necessarily feasible ones, but imaginable ones. Paolo Soleri is one of those influential figures, a polymath who dedicated his life to architecture, art, crafting and philosophy. He finished his education in fascist Italy in Politecnico di Torino and then immigrated to America and worked for Wright in Taliesin West for a while. He then established his own “urban laboratory” called Arcosanti in the high Arizona desert, where he experimented and examined the ideal models for a frugal, liveable, comfort, vibrant community based on the idea of Arcology (Architecture+Ecology). His life and career are outstanding and full of inspirations for those who are keen to know how he bridged the gap between utopian theory and actual practice.
The Urban Ideal consists of seven conversations with Soleri conducted between 1973 and 2000. These conversations depict not only his approach in architectural design and construction but also his ideas about religion, art, society, politics, environment and technology.
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Noticeable article, part of 2013 Fry Drew Conference in Liverpool
“Building a New Middle East – Israeli architect in Iran”
Models of the neighborhoods in Bushehr (left) and Bandar Abbas (right)
In the spring of 1972 representatives of the Iranian Navy arrived in Israel in search of an architect. The Navy was building bases on the shores of the Persian Gulf and when the facilities were almost completed, it was realized that no accommodation had been provided for the troops and their families. The Israeli construction firm assigned to the project suggested employing an Israeli architect known for speedy planning and implementation skills acquired during nation-building.
The Israeli-Iranian relations (1950-1979) opened up a new market for Israeli architects and construction companies for whom work in Iran was a chance to extend professional enterprise in the Middle East. Iran was in the midst of modernization, and was looking for foreign professionals with high levels of expertise. Israelis were looking for…
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If you are interested in knowing fundamentals of architectural terminology this book is highly recommended! Understanding Architecture helps people make sense of architecture and the built environment by introducing some of the complexities of the subject.
From the back side of the book:
“Understanding Architecture is a comprehensive introduction to architecture and architectural history and exceptional in its approach, this book explores architecture as a current practice in relation to history and in relation to the wider context of cultures, conservation and the environment. This new edition brings in the new emphasis on sustainability, urbanism, urban regeneration and cultural identity, in order to take a holistic approach to the subject of architecture.”
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