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Uncube Interviews ‘India’s Greatest Architect’: Charles Correa

I think I became an architect because of toy trains. As a child, I had a Hornby tinplate track and a couple of locomotives and wagons. Nothing very ambitious, really just enough to run the trains around your room, and the following day, perhaps change the layout so that they could run into the next room, under a table and back again. That was the marvelous thing about those old tinplate rails. They had flexibility. Every time one finished playing, back they went into their wooden box – to be Read more [...]

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Mario, it’s so stupid. I dislike architects because their crimes last longer than their own lives.

Politicians caught on camera say the darndest things. Like – if you’re Esperanza Aguirre, President of Madrid – that architects “should be killed.” The Politician was unknowingly recorded while speaking with the Mayor of Valdemaqueda, a municipality of Madrid, about their town hall. The building, known as Casa Consistorial de Valdemaqueda (1998), designed by Paredes Pedrosa, was an award-winner at the Spanish Biennale of 1999. Their conversation (translated by yours truly) Read more [...]

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Revolution of Forms, Exclusive Interview with John Loomis

Revolution of Forms, Cuba’s Forgotten Art Schools (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011) tells the story of the most outstanding architectural achievement of the Cuban Revolution, which for many years stood neglected in the western suburbs of Havana. The Escuelas Nacionales de Arte (National Art Schools) were conceived and initiated by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara soon after the Revolution’s victory, in a burst of utopian optimism. The schools represent an attempt on the part of their three Read more [...]

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Matali Crasset on Design Stories

Born July 28th 1965 in Châlons-en-Champagne (France), Matali Crasset trained as an industrial designer. In the spirit of one of her best-known objects, the roll-up guest bed Quand Jim monte à Paris (When Jim comes to Paris), she uses her own methodology, questioning the things we take for granted in our everyday life in order to break free and experiment.In this way she develops new typologies based on principles such as multiple modularity, suitability, flexibility and network. Her work, which Read more [...]

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Neil Denari’s Conversation with Design Stories

You have a career as a teacher , a lecturer, you are a writer, a designer and you are also practicing architecture as well. Do you feel that you miss something in between practice and theory?   The question seems to ask if there is possibility that one might lose focus on a particular area of research or expertise if one is working in a variety of media. The simple answer is that I am an architect who is interested in culture beyond building and the various media and activities that I Read more [...]

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