Walking in the hilly maze of streets between Istiklal Cadessi and Cihangir in Istanbul in July 2009, Itai and I came across a small shop crammed full of boxes of old photographs, and assorted personal objects, like jewelry, used perfume bottles, souvenirs from trips to other places. It was as if the contents of innumerable… Read More found archive
Over 10 days in Tokyo, Alexander Novikov, Silvia Franceschini, Carlos Medellin and I got into the city, its history, its tastes, its metabolism. It was a joy to work with two architects and a curator. Here is what we learned. Special Thanks to Juan Pablo Gomez for your patience and expertise in editing!
Here is Pradeep Jeganathan’s proposal for a giant model, dedicated to remembering all who died in Sri Lanka’s long civil war. Imagine what it would be have a model like this made for your own city. It is an amazing idea: Let us layout a large map made of concrete or granite somewhere in the… Read More model memorial
Then a miracle occurred. One of the last angels lingered, turned, and quietly approached me. I caught sight of his cavernous, staring, diamond eyes under the imposing arches of his brows. On the ribs of his outspread wings glistened what seemed like frost. The wings themselves were gray, an ineffable tint of gray, and each… Read More city of angels
Cities (I) The official acropolis beggars the most colossal conceptions of modern barbarity. Impossible to express the dull light produced by the perpetually gray sky, the imperial glint of the barracklike buildings, the eternal snow on the ground. With a singular taste for enormity, they have reproduced all the classical marvels of architecture. I attend… Read More orientation is impossible