Writing: "About Me"

With all the websites, blogs and social media profiles, you always need a short bio; may be more so than a resume. As an intern that doesn’t have much experience or things to brag about, I have struggled a lot of times writing my own bio. Writing it is not difficult, but making it short and simple is the hardest part.

I finally came across this very helpful article: The Reume is Dead, The Bio is King by Michael Margolis.

Porto Salvo / David Perri

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Architects: David Perri
Location: Porto Salvo 5, Messina, Sicily, Italy
Project Area: 180 sqm
Photographs: Peppe D’Urso

This renovation of a building from the 18th century  is one of the few examples of architecture survived at the 1908’s earthquake in Messina, Sicily. The new project  preserves all the existing elements from the past.

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The marble stairs, the handmade concrete floor tiles, the roof with its wood trusses, the structural braces that after the earthquake served to keep the building safe. Since the entrance is already clear how this house is linked to a traditional way of living from the past. In the 18th houses and shops were often in the same building.

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A long staircase indeed leads from the ground floor to the upper level where the family use to live. The main element of the interior space is certainly the tall roof with its wood trusses that floods the entire space with light through the 4 new skylights. The recovery of the roof was an opportunity to build new lofts thanks to the considerable height obtained. The main space has double height and contains several elements that interact smoothly. The entrance with its long staircase, the living area and TV, the dining area with its generous table, the linear kitchen partially hidden, the gallery studio overlooking the double height that can also be used as a guest room.  The main bedroom has two different levels and once again an exciting double height. The groundfloor is a non-conventional and relaxing open space.

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Conceived as a small SPA with a large walk-in closet and the Water area which includes two wash basin and a large shower open to the room. These elements come together in a unique space that becomes a real relaxation area where you can rest, read, think and take care of yourself. The upper part of the bedroom hosts the sleeping area overlooking the lower floor. Another large bedroom is on a loft above the kitchen. From the living area and the kitchen you can access to a large terrace of 60 sqm laid out on two different levels. Part  of the terrace is shaded by a metal trellis which also hosts a large counter, as a kitchen extension, that creates a continuous between interior and exterior spaces.

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Natural materials and soft colors have a perfect dialog with the history of the building. White walls, plywood furniture, hand planed parquet floors, white metal stairs and gray resin surfaces for bathrooms and kitchen create a relaxing atmosphere within the 180 square meters of the house.

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Porto Salvo / David Perri Plan 01 01
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Porto Salvo / David Perri originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 31 Aug 2012.

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LEGO® Architecture Landmark Series: Villa Savoye

LEGO® Architecture Series: Villa Savoye

LEGO® has just announced the newest classic building to join the collection of renowned architectural replicas in their Architecture series, the Villa Savoye, designed by Le Corbusier. Capturing the essence of the modernist villa, the small scale replica also makes sure to touch on Corbusier’s well-known ‘five points’. One of the most easily recognizable and renowned examples of the International style, the LEGO version will be available September 1 at a suggested price of $69.99.

Lying on the outskirts of Paris, France, Villa Savoye was designed as a private country house in 1931 and quickly became one of the most influential buildings and cemented Le Corbusier’s reputation as one of the most important architects of the 20th century. More images after the break.

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LEGO® Architecture Landmark Series: Villa Savoye originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 31 Aug 2012.

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Coffee C.A.F.E. / Drozdov and Partners

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Architects: Drozdov and Partners
Location: Kharkov, Ukraine
Design Team: Aleksandr Abrosimov, Sergey Vasov, Denis Davydov, Oleg Drozdov, Sergey Rusanov
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 760 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Drozdov and Partners

The plot is a relatively empty space located in the middle of the dense urban development. A small cafe was build on this place in the early 90-s. However, as time went by, there appeared a need for its renovation.

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Historically, this place has always represented a gap in the urban tissue, which makes it even more valuable. Our aim was to retain this presence of emptiness, but at the same time provide it with a new content, preserving the existing building and trees. To this end we made use of the typology of “urban rooms” or “inner courtyards” to create a variety of miscellaneous, though interconnected spaces. The whole space is divided into three major “rooms”: the main room with a wooden terrace and a bar, with movable canopies above; a middle room with a summer kitchen and a fixed canopy, and a small “room” on the upper open-air terrace, which adjoins the cafe itself.

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Light-weight perforated structures create cozy “urban rooms” without losing visual connection with the surrounding space. This duality is even more emphasized by a window in the perforated screen. A light modular frame invites a variety of scenarios that can take place within this space: such as fashion parades or a summer cinema. Besides, it identifies the space within the scale of the surrounding development by means of creating a unifying shell of a ghost-house.

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The indoor part of the complex preserves the atmosphere of the summer pavilion with a slight hint of intimacy. A clever play of light and shadows creates a feeling of sun rays piercing through the foliage. The perforated shell seems to be “hanging” in the air, revealing the scenery behind. The rest of the lighting is of theatrical nature, highlighting only the most important objects, sparing the intimacy of individual places. The furniture and lighting can be easily rearranged, allowing for fast transformations of the interior depending on the situation.

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Coffee C.A.F.E. / Drozdov and Partners originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 31 Aug 2012.

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a little labor day story…

what’s been danced around, mostly, as the great recession has lingered on is exactly what kinds of jobs have been lost and what kinds of jobs are coming back.

Venice Biennale 2012: The Piranesi Variations / Peter Eisenman

Field of Dreams / Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture © Nico Saieh

Inspired by the 13th International Architecture Exhibition‘s theme Common Ground, Peter Eisenman has formed a team to revisit, examine and reimagine Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s 1762 folio collection of etchings, Campo Marzio dell’antica Roma. Derived from years of fieldwork spent measuring the remains of ancient Roman buildings, these six etchings depict Piranesi’s fantastical vision of what ancient Rome might have looked like and represent a landmark in the shift from a traditionalist, antiquarian view of history to the scientific, archaeological view.

Eisenman’s team consists of Eisenman Architects, students from Yale University, Jeffrey Kipnis with his colleagues and students of the Ohio State University, and Belgian architecture practice, Dogma. Each group has contributed a response to Piranesi’s work through models and drawings that stimulate discourse on contemporary architecture. In particular, they explore architecture’s relationship to the ground and the political, social, and philosophical consequences that develop from that relationship.

The Project of Campo Marzio / Yale University School of Architecture © Nico Saieh

Described as “precise, specific, yet impossible”, Piranesi’s images have been a source of speculation, inspiration, research and contention for architects, urban designers and scholars since their publication 250 years ago. Continue after the break to learn more.

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Yale University’s The Project of Campo Marzio gives form to Piranesi’s original plans, treating them not as archaeological reconstruction’s of ancient Rome, but as an “architectural experiment”.

A Field of Diagrams / Eisenman Architects © Nico Saieh

Eisenman’s A Field of Diagrams transforms Piranesi’s compositional aesthetics into a palimpsest of the spatial and temporal qualities between Imperial Rome and today.

Field of Walls / Dogma © Nico Saieh

Dogma’s A Field of Walls explores how the politics embedded in the etchings are not a function of forms but of walls, and as such provides a guide for contemporary architect to reconsider the power of relations its deploys.

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A Field of Dreams, created by Kipnis’ Ohio State University team, reanimates the passions, perversions and spectacles of ancient Rome as a morality play for contemporary architecture.

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Piranesi and the Campo Marzio dell’antica Roma
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Engraver, mapmaker, and architect Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720–1778), a native of Venice, spent much of his adult life in Rome, a city that captured his imagination and contributed to his most influential work. The etchings in the Campo Marzio dell’antica Roma—a time-bending, imaginary rendition of the ancient city—along with his additional studies of Roman ruins and remains, represent a landmark in the shift during the Enlightenment from a traditional antiquarian view of history to a scientific, archaeological one.

Indeed, for Piranesi, archaeological ruins were not part of history, but of a present that he could recombine and reconfigure, thereby turning the “truth” of mapmaking on its head. In the Campo Marzio etchings, for example, only the Pantheon remains at its original site, with other Roman landmarks relocated.

Venice Biennale 2012: Peter Eisenman (19) Field of Dreams / Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture © Nico Saieh
Venice Biennale 2012: Peter Eisenman (18) A Field of Diagrams / Eisenman Architects © Nico Saieh
Venice Biennale 2012: Peter Eisenman (17) The Project of Campo Marzio / Yale University School of Architecture © Nico Saieh
Venice Biennale 2012: Peter Eisenman (16) The Project of Campo Marzio / Yale University School of Architecture © Nico Saieh
Venice Biennale 2012: Peter Eisenman (15) Field of Walls / Dogma © Nico Saieh
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Venice Biennale 2012: Peter Eisenman (12) A Field of Diagrams / Eisenman Architects © Nico Saieh
Venice Biennale 2012: Peter Eisenman (11) Field of Dreams / Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture © Nico Saieh
Venice Biennale 2012: Peter Eisenman (10) Field of Dreams / Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture © Nico Saieh
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Venice Biennale 2012: Peter Eisenman (8) Field of Dreams / Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture © Nico Saieh
Venice Biennale 2012: Peter Eisenman (7) The Project of Campo Marzio / Yale University School of Architecture © Nico Saieh
Venice Biennale 2012: Peter Eisenman (6) The Project of Campo Marzio / Yale University School of Architecture © Nico Saieh
Venice Biennale 2012: Peter Eisenman (5) Field of Walls / Dogma © Nico Saieh
Venice Biennale 2012: Peter Eisenman (4) Field of Walls / Dogma © Nico Saieh
Venice Biennale 2012: Peter Eisenman (3) Field of Walls / Dogma © Nico Saieh
Venice Biennale 2012: Peter Eisenman (2) A Field of Diagrams / Eisenman Architects © Nico Saieh
Venice Biennale 2012: Peter Eisenman (1) A Field of Diagrams / Eisenman Architects © Nico Saieh

Venice Biennale 2012: The Piranesi Variations / Peter Eisenman originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 31 Aug 2012.

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Video: 13th Venice Biennale / Venice Takeaway, the British

This year’s 13th Venice Architecture Biennale provided the backdrop to the British Pavilion’s Venice Takeaway exhibition. Commissioned by the British Council and curated by Vanessa Norwood and Vicky Richardson, Venice Takeaway responds to Biennale director David Chipperfield’s theme of Common Ground. The project began in April this year when ten teams went to ten countries to gather ideas to change British architecture. Crane.tv interviewed the ten teams, including Aberrant Architecture and Smout Allen, to hear about their findings and their proposals for the future of British architecture. The exhibition will run in Venice until 25 November 2013 before relocating to London where it will be housed at RIBA from 25 February-27 April 2012.

Video: 13th Venice Biennale / Venice Takeaway, the British originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 31 Aug 2012.

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Wazuma | Lazareth

Desde la concepción hasta la realización, los diseñadores de transporte en automóviles con sede en francia la empresa, han creado Wazuma! Este vehículo estilo Batman tiene un motor V12, con una potencia de 350 caballos! El Wazuma es como una motocicleta aplanada hacia abajo con dos ruedas adicionales, haciendo que el piloto conduzca en una posición horizontal. El vehículo es único en muchos sentidos, consta de 2 ruedas delanteras separadas y 2 ruedas traseras gemelas más cercanas. Otra cualidad única obvia de la  Wazuma es su alto precio $ 250.000.

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The Bachelor VS The Bachelorette Apartment [Infographic]

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Presenting useful tips on how to decorate a bachelor pad or how to add style to a bachelorette pad, this fun and informative infographic guides both men and women through the maze of DiY interior decorating. Bachelor “must-haves” include a well-stocked bar, comfortable couch and simple bed in neutral colors, but subtly spiced up with a bold accent. Bachelorettes, on the other hand, have their hands full when decorating. Ambient light coming from chic chandeliers, decorative flowering plants adorning just the right place, silk, cotton or wool handmade rugs at their feet or functional bookshelves help compose a personal, feminine space. Provided by ForRent.com, the fun chart summarizes helpful tips for a stylish single’s crib – just click on the photo below to take a closer look at every idea. Feel free to contribute your own tips, helping bachelors and bachelorettes improve their homes in both the functional and style directions.
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Biennale Bulletin: Ole Scheeren Debuts Archipelago Cinema + Documentary At Venice

Look up ‘architect’ in the glossary of images, and you’d see Ole Scheeren–or some form of him–who, with his movie-star looks (and movie-star partners), impressive portfolio of work, and enterprising manner, commands a cultural influence unmatched by any architect since the Metabolist Kisho Kurokawa, or, to a lesser extent, Philip Johnson. Best known for his involvement in the design of OMA’s CCTV Tower, Scheeren subsequently broke with his partner and mentor Rem Koolhaas to forge his own path. Since then, he’s lined up several large projects in Asia, but has built little, save for the “Archipelago Cinema“, a floating movie theater that Scheeren first premiered in a beatific bay in Thailand. He’s sailed the pontoon structure halfway across the world to Venice, where it was anchored outside the Arsenale, just a short way from the Biennale spectacle of this past week. Read more.

This second iteration of the cinema hosted the premiere of “Against All Rules”, a feature-length documentary by Horst Brandenburg about, who else, Ole Scheeren. Judging from the trailer (above), the film seems more hagiographic fluff than a critical appraisal of the work of an emerging young architect. Most off-putting is the narrator’s near comical tone, which channels British funny guy Matt Berry. The footage, with its mix of dull interviews and lifeless computer renderings, isn’t promising. Surely, a press release could have accomplished just as much?

The Archipelago Cinema in Venice, at sunset; Photo via @tomb79