The Funambulist
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On March 29, 2013, Stéphane Raffalli, the mayor of Ris-Orangis, a 25,000-inhabitant town of the South suburbs of Paris, issued a municipal order to evict and destroy a shantytown where more than...

When I first went to Chandigarh in 2009, I reasonably visited the main buildings designed by Le Corbusier, troubling the urban grid only by the rather conventional tour of Nek Chand’s...

Last week, an interesting architectural debate occurred on Ethel Baraona Pohl‘s facebook about an award-winning project that proposed a hypothetical architectural project to relocate the population of the largest slum in...

Photograph extracted from the book City of Darkness: Life in Kowloon Walled City by Greg Girard and Iam Lambot, Watermark, 1999. Thanks to Ethel and César, I got to re-read the...

It is not the first time -nor it will be the last probably- that I evoke the Kowloon Walled City (see this past article for example) as a Proletarian Fortress which...

Rufina Wu and Stefan Canham. Portraits from Above: Hong Kong’s Informal Rooftop Communities. Berlin: Peperoni, 2008. Those of you who know a bit about the Canadian Center for Architecture in Montreal...

Excerpt from Safe Area Goražde by Joe Sacco (2000) During the Bosnian war (1992-1995), the small city of Goražde was surrounded by territories under the Serbian army’s control and had to...

Extracted from Pennsylvania Coal Mine Tipples by Bernd & Hilla Becher. Dia Center for the Arts, 1991. The world photographed by Bernd and Hilla Becher  is fascinating as it often introduces...

Lebbeus Woods: Early Drawings at the Friedman Benda Gallery (2012) There is an on-going exhibition at the Friedman Benda Gallery (New York) presenting some of Lebbeus Woods’ early drawings. This show...

I have been recently commissioned to write a short article for the first issue of Studio Magazine entitled [from] CRISIS [to] and I was happy to write the text that follows...

photograph by Julia King In last February, the NY Times wrote a (bad) article about a very interesting skyscraper in Caracas, the Torre de David,  that seems to carry a good...

There is always something highly disturbing in the dehumanized interest architects can have in elements of tragedies when the latter does not concern their world. However, what happened to those trees...

Arne Quinze continues his obsessive beautiful work on the tracks of Tadashi Kawamata and Yona Friedman. This new installation will be soon visible at the Lousiana Museum of Modern Art in...

Kowloon Walled City can obviously not be literally considered as self-constructed. However, this Hong Kong district acquired a kind of autonomy for years and could not stop densifying itself until it...

Amazing video of an huge real ants’ (this time) farm, cast and then disintered.  

At the end of september will be celebrated as every year, Durga Puja all over India. This festival celebrating the goddess Durga is particularly important in West Bengal and more specifically...

Our friend Daniel Fernandez Pascual from Deconcrete recently published two very interesting articles involving very cheap processes of construction. The first one introduces La Havana’s Barbacoas (unformal mezzanine added illegally to...

Lots of things have been already posted online about the Metropolitan Museum’s current terrace exhibition, Big Bambú by Starn Studio; nevertheless I decided to publish some of the photographs I took...

From April 27th to October 31st, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Arts will host a giant work in progress on its roof. The installation called Big Bambú is designed by...

French artist Romain Pellas created several platforms installations that uses a very cheap and rough looking architectural vocabulary. With Ceiling (Paris 2006) (photograph above + last one & video), this vocabulary...

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