Riyadh

On Apr 11, 2015 in Blog, Travels | No Comments
Riyadh

The Kingdom of Saudia Arabia is is in the midst of one of the world’s largest construction booms, driven by large state-financed projects. An estimated $784 billion highest growth of any economic sector in the Kingdom outside oil.

Salvemos el Toblerone!

On Jul 24, 2013 in Almeria, Blog, Travels | No Comments
Salvemos el Toblerone!

Earlier this month the cavernous metal structure affectionately known as “The Toblerone,” in Almeria, Spain, was reduced to a pile of crumpled metal. The event inspired an unlikely wave of international support and creative activity. The building’s distinctive profile, mimicking the Swiss chocolates that are a standard fixture in Duty Free shops around the world, […]

Kazan: “Closed for Renovation”

On Jun 7, 2013 in Blog, Travels | No Comments
Kazan: “Closed for Renovation”

“Closed for Renovation” became a familiar refrain on my recent visit to Kazan, capitol of the Republic of Tatarstan in Russia. As host city for the 27th Universiade Summer Games, Kazan has been undergoing a makeover. Dozens of museums, hotels, and Orthodox churches and mosques (the city has plenty of both) are being cleaned up. […]

The Cliffs of Miraflores

On Oct 31, 2011 in Blog, Travels | No Comments
The Cliffs of Miraflores

In the district of Miraflores in Lima, Peru, new luxury condominium towers hug the edge of the cliffs. At the base of a dizzyingly steep drop, the coastal highway winds along beaches popular with surfers. Miraflores is a privileged neighborhood. It contains some of Lima’s best restaurants, upscale shopping, and well-maintained parks and gardens. The […]

New Kazan

On Oct 23, 2011 in Blog, Travels | No Comments
New Kazan

Kazan, located in the Republic of Tatarstan, is often referred to as the “Third Capital” of Russia. The city has grown dramatically in recent years as a scientific and cultural center. Kazan will host both the 2013 Summer Universiade and the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and dozens of sports stadiums and venues are already under […]

Caochangdi and 798

On Dec 23, 2010 in Blog, Travels | No Comments
Caochangdi and 798

On  recent trip to China, I visited two of Beijing’s arts districts. A good map and a working knowledge of Mandarin go a long ways in navigating these reclaimed industrial zones. I had neither. I showed the taxi driver a piece of paper with the words “798 arts district” written out in Chinese. After making […]

Miami Marine Stadium

On Nov 2, 2010 in Blog, Travels | No Comments
Miami Marine Stadium

The Miami Marine Stadium was built in 1964 at a cost of $2 million. Designed by Cuban-American architect Hilario Candela, the grandstand seats 6,566 under a “hyperbolic paraboloid roof structure” made entriely of poured concrete. It is a dramatic piece of architecture. The stadium was originally used for power boat and hydroplane races, but became […]

Buckner Building, Whittier, Alaska

On Oct 4, 2010 in Blog, Travels | No Comments
Buckner Building, Whittier, Alaska

  Following World War II, the town of Whittier, Alaska, became the site for a major military installation. The Buckner Building, an enormous complex built in 1953, housed most of the population and included, under one roof, a theater, industrial kitchens, and medical clinics and laboratories. The complex was isolated from the outside world, accessible […]

The Icon

On Jul 13, 2010 in Blog, Travels | No Comments
The Icon

      Less than two years ago, in December 2008, condo mogul Jorge Pérez unveiled his $1.3 billion self-proclaimed “legacy,” the ICON Brickell in downtown Miami. With 1650 residences and a 150 room boutique hotel in three 50-story towers, it is Florida’s largest condominium development. The complex features “signature designs” by Yoo and “inspired […]

Cárcel de Carabanchel

On Nov 19, 2008 in Blog, Travels | 2 Comments
Cárcel de Carabanchel

The Carabanchel prison in Madrid is one of the most infamous architectural landmarks from Spain’s decades of dictatorship. General Francisco Franco ordered construction of the prison in the 1940s to house the regime’s many political prisoners. The complex is designed on the panopticon model, with the cell blocks extending outwards from a round central tower. […]