Seeing is believing

The process of writing How to steal like an architect last year, a series of 10 articles based on Austin Kleon's How to steal like an artist, made me consider other lessons learned over the years. What further lessons would I teach my younger self, given the opportunity? 13. Seeing is believing Architecture, of all the arts, is... Continue Reading →

Geography is no longer our master

This post is part 7 of an adaptation of How to Steal Like an Artist (and 9 Other Things Nobody Told Me), this engaging and instructive essay by Austin Kleon, a Texan artist and writer. Kleon states that "when people give you advice, they’re really just talking to themselves in the past." What follows here is me talking to a... Continue Reading →

The burden of Italian cities

What do we think? Having now spent a considerable time living in and travelling around Italy, we have been able to observe an unsettling pattern amongst Italian cities. Their centres are, without doubt, amongst the most beautiful and humane in the world. Even Milan, normally understood to be the ugly cousin of knockout cities like... Continue Reading →

Vetrine di Natale

La Rinascente, the famous Italian department store in Milan, has taken a different approach to its Christmas window display this year and has asked 8 international artists to each create a unique installation for the 8 shop windows that face onto the Piazza del Duomo. The artists are Kirsten Hassenfeld (New York), Gyongy Laky (San Francisco), Lava/Chris... Continue Reading →

Mies van der Rohe Award 2009

Where is it? La Triennale di Milano, Design Museum. Viale Alemagna 6, 20121 Milano. What is it? An exhibition of around 30 buildings shortlisted for the 2009 Mies van der Rohe Award, including 5 finalists and 1 winner. Each project comprises an A1 board with text, plans and photos, and a physical model. What do we... Continue Reading →

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