November 13, 2013
This video is an architectural study by me that investigates the work of renowned Spanish/Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava’s in Valencia, Spain through film, timelapse and hyperlapse photography.
October 5, 2013
I share two checklists that summarize my experience of learning Spanish in Spain over one month – without ever speaking a word in English.
September 24, 2013
Walter Francl is a renowned Vancouver architect who designs many different types of commercial buildings, park structures and train stations. He has also previously collaborated with Norman Foster for a large commercial project in Vancouver, Canada. Collaborating with one of the top architects in the world is not an easy thing to do. So, how did he do it? Watch this video to find out.
September 8, 2013
Read this post to learn about an event called burning man. Held annually in the deserts of Nevada, USA- this festival hosts one the world’s most fascinating experiments in architecture, city planning, culture and art.
September 3, 2013
For the next one year, I will be traveling to four different countries (Spain, Brazil, Taiwan and South Korea) to learn Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese and Korean. I will spend 3 months in each country and try to learn their language with cultural immersion.
July 8, 2013
Philip Johnson was an American architect capable of designing all types of buildings. And each one of them are radically different in aesthetics and function. How can one have so many faces? Read this post to find out.
June 30, 2013
Antoni Gaudi is known for creating architecture that is truly unique and strange. Read this article where I discuss what his motivations are for doing such works and how he was able to accomplish it.
June 29, 2013
Louis Sullivan has been considered the father of modernism and the father of skyscrapers. Read this post where I discuss what made his buildings better than others when it came to high rise construction.
June 19, 2013
Designing a church is about creating a spiritual experience. A world within a world. It is both challenging and rewarding. To see how one would go about designing such a space, read this article where I list the most important design consideration using Balthasar Neumann’s church architecture as an example.
June 18, 2013
Architects are not just good designers, they are also good artists, thinkers, planners, managers, engineers, dreamers etc. This means you may enter the profession being an expert in something else other than designing buildings. Read this article where I use Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s career as example to discuss how a sculptor became one of the greatest architects who ever lived.
June 2, 2013
A summary of De Re Aedificatoria by Leon Battista Alberti inspired by Vitruvius’ Ten book on architecture.
June 1, 2013
Can architectural renderings enhance the appearance of bad architecture? What makes a rendering good? Read this post where I compare Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s amazing renderings to contemporary renderings to pick out the similarities.
May 13, 2013
Art of sketching is fading away with computer softwares. Watch this video to hear Cedric Burgers discuss why sketching is the most efficient communication tool for any architect.
May 10, 2013
Are door handles, faucets and lampshades as much part of good architecture as designing the buildings themselves? Read this post to see how Walter Gropius led one of the most famous design schools (Bauhaus) where he combined ceramics, weaving, painting, typography, sculpture, industrial design, interior design and architecture.
May 2, 2013
The ‘experience’ of being in a space is far more important than how it looks. Especially an experience designed to portray a certain mood and rhythm. Read this article to see how Tadao Ando designs to surprise you as you turn the corner in his buildings.
April 30, 2013
It is unfortunate to see Victor Horta champion and lead Art nouveau movement in architecture, only to realize that modernism will fundamentally reject and replace it in a decade. Read this post to see how to avoid the stylistic dilemma and quicksand that Horta got trapped in.
April 20, 2013
Palladian architecture was the most influential classical architecture style since the renaissance period. Although this design style can still be seen in municipal and institutional buildings, why are the architects no longer making use of the classical principles of geometry, proportion and symmetry? Read about Andrea Palladio to discover how he made use of classical design principles of design to inspire architects for four centuries.
April 16, 2013
Can defining your design style in a manifesto help your architectural career? Is writing a manifesto arrogant? Read more to see how one of the world’s best architects ‘Corbu’ used his manifesto to expand his theoretical knowledge, define himself and to get recognition from his peers.
April 6, 2013
Norman Foster is arguably the most competent and most successful architect of his generation. Growing his firm from a sole-proprietorship to 1200 employee office, he has shown ‘by example’ what architecture is when practiced correctly. Read this article to take inspiration from unstoppable Mr. Foster.
March 21, 2013
Is there a philosophical justification of why architects desire to create beautiful structures? Are architects reflecting on themselves to bring more meaning to their work? Read to see how Kenzo Tange creates simple, truthful and meaningful architecture by simply questioning himself.
March 21, 2013
Can an architect innovate or do you have to be some kind of a genius engineer? Read and take inspiration from Filippo Brunelleschi who single handedly solved a problem of constructing the largest gothic dome in the world without a keystone or centering.
March 13, 2013
Can an artist be a good architect? Does sculpture and drawing help in artistic reasoning in architecture? Yes! Read to see how Michelangelo (never trained as an architect) used his artistic abilities to complete one of the greatest buildings in the world – St. Peter’s Basilica.
March 7, 2013
With the buzz word being ‘image branding’, can an architect change their design style mid-career? Will it favor or hurt one’s career? Read on to see how Otto Wagner became a better architect by always evolving how he designs.