Saturday, 18 June 2011
Thursday, 16 June 2011
This week my old friends from Doran Construction have been taking a building apart (demolition is so last century) to clear a site for a new condominium building. They have been fastidiously separating metal from concrete which takes some time, so luckily for me, I have been able to return a few times to see the progress...or is it un-progress? I've been fascinated by this building anatomy lesson , as it makes a lot more sense to me than disecting frogs did in grade 9. My collegue Scott sees it as a terrible waste as, "the greenest building is an existing building", but I'm afraid I think it is more interesting in it's deconstruction than it has been in its life as a revenue producing structure.
Saturday, 11 June 2011
Tuesday, 7 June 2011
The contractors brought out the heavy equipment this week and they are digging way down deep. Word is, the job's going well, but we all know how schedules can change. There was discussion about keeping a lane of traffic open, but now that they are into the job it's apparent that would be impractial. Best get out of the way and let them get er done.
Thursday, 2 June 2011
We were impressed Minneapolis for both it's heritage and contemporary urban character.
From an urban design design perspective Barcelona is all about public open space. With it's mild Mediterranean climate and the ubiquitous 8 storey density, residents spend thier evennings in restaurants, urban parks and plazas. It's a city of notable modern architecture including some show-off, gymnastic buildings - dramatic cantalevers, random structure and other dubious expentitures, but what resonates is the public spaces in it's streets and plazas as defined by the 19 th century fabric buidings and famous Antonio Gaudi structures.