Whitman, Koolhaas and Siza – The Beauty in Contradiction

“Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself. I am large, I contain multitudes”* It's 4:04PM and I just got inside a library designed by architect Álvaro Siza Vieira. It's my first time in this city, just one hour away from Porto (Portugal). “You should try the berliners at Natário's; there's a hot … Continue reading Whitman, Koolhaas and Siza – The Beauty in Contradiction

Space Democratization: from the Oval Office to your garage

Last Friday (June, 19) comedian Marc Maron interviewed President Barack Obama. "I will be talking with the President of the United States, in my garage! It's crazy! It's crazy..." said Maron, just a few seconds before the President arrived. This event was something that Maron questioned if it was really going to happen. After understanding that in fact … Continue reading Space Democratization: from the Oval Office to your garage

Copy Oscar

In the documentary "Visual Acoustics" about photographer Julius Schulman's work, one of the buildings presented is externally inspired on Oscar Niemeyer's Alovarada Palace. Although very easy to criticize this building when compared to the original, the Coachella Valley Bank building, in Palm Springs - and all other copycats that came after, as the result of the work developed by … Continue reading Copy Oscar

Why IKEA’s Cafeteria Can Be Your Next Office

"I'm at IKEA.... Yeah.... I'm working...." says a Megan-Fox-lookalike on the phone, with a somewhat blase voice. She's in a table next to mine, swiping and typing on her iPad. Her office-like black belted-pencil-skirt and white fitted-shirt contrasts with the relaxed look of the lime-green plastic chair she is seated on. She is part of one of … Continue reading Why IKEA’s Cafeteria Can Be Your Next Office