& SOME MORE PHOTOGRAPHS OF ARCHITECTURE

   Crate 
Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura, Serpentine Pavilion 2005.

Crate
Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura, Serpentine Pavilion 2005.

Steel vectors
Toyo Ito, Serpentine Gallery summer pavilion 2002.

   Eden 
Rain covered ETFE bubbles on the Eden Project, in Cornwall. 
Here in Berlin the weather is wet and it looks like we have to get used to it for the next week.

Eden
Rain covered ETFE bubbles on the Eden Project, in Cornwall.
Here in Berlin the weather is wet and it looks like we have to get used to it for the next week.

   Ashmolean 
The Chantrey Wall, located on the stair that connects the Asian galleries on the 1st floor with the Roman and Greek Galleries on the ground floor. All busts by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey. The wall as a whole, with the bust layout in a symmetric arrangement along diagonal lines is stunning although it could be argued that in practical terms is not the best way to exhibit these pieces, because some are really difficult to see without binoculars. 
Some years ago when the museum was in planning I analysed the natural daylight for this space using an Ecotect model.

Ashmolean
The Chantrey Wall, located on the stair that connects the Asian galleries on the 1st floor with the Roman and Greek Galleries on the ground floor. All busts by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey. The wall as a whole, with the bust layout in a symmetric arrangement along diagonal lines is stunning although it could be argued that in practical terms is not the best way to exhibit these pieces, because some are really difficult to see without binoculars.
Some years ago when the museum was in planning I analysed the natural daylight for this space using an Ecotect model.

   Retaining Wall 
I was sorting through old photographs when my eye was caught by this one. It reminds me of the work of one of my favourite photographers  Ben Jones “Ben Patio”  who is also an architect. This image was taken on a large car dealership in London designed by Wilkinson Eyre when the building was still under construction.

Retaining Wall
I was sorting through old photographs when my eye was caught by this one. It reminds me of the work of one of my favourite photographers Ben Jones “Ben Patio” who is also an architect. This image was taken on a large car dealership in London designed by Wilkinson Eyre when the building was still under construction.

   Isokon 
Incredible to  imagine any of Marcel Breuer, Agatha Christie, Walter Gropius, Arthur Korn, László Moholy-Nagy, Jack and Molly Pritchard, Egon Riss, James Stirling or Adrian Stokes going up and down these stairs as they all lived in this building at one time or another. 
The Isokon is a Grade I listed building, in London, UK.

Isokon
Incredible to imagine any of Marcel Breuer, Agatha Christie, Walter Gropius, Arthur Korn, László Moholy-Nagy, Jack and Molly Pritchard, Egon Riss, James Stirling or Adrian Stokes going up and down these stairs as they all lived in this building at one time or another.
The Isokon is a Grade I listed building, in London, UK.

   All Art has been contemporary.  
Neon work by Maurizio Nannucci. 

Staatliches Museum Ägyptischer Kunst München (State Museum of Egyptian Art in Munich)

All Art has been contemporary.
Neon work by Maurizio Nannucci.
Staatliches Museum Ägyptischer Kunst München (State Museum of Egyptian Art in Munich)

Diversity Destroyed / Berlin 1933-1938-1945

In the Lustgarten between the Berlin Cathedral, Schinkel’s Alte Museum and the building site for the reconstruction of the Stadschloss (former site for the DDR’s Palast der Republik) I found another of the open air exhibitions belonging to the ‘Diversity Destroyed’ Umbrella of exhibits which mark the anniversaries of the Nazi regime’s accession to power in 1933 and the pogroms of 1938 and describe the brutal establishment of the Nazi dictatorship and the persecution of the city’s Jewish population.

This particular exhibit consists of an urban memorial called “Resistance and the Public Sphere” and a “Portraits exhibition”. The theme Resistance and the Public Sphere highlights the Lustgarten’s important role in the socio political process which portrayed the destruction of diversity as a triumph for the Nazi policy of assimilation and control, and a victory for the ‘national revolution’.

The portraits exhibition consists of 37 advertisement columns (Litfaßsäule) each with 6 portraits which tell the story of well-known personalities such as Albert Einstein alongside lesser known musicians, photographers, artists, writers, architects, actors and more.


Top left: Walter Gropius / 1883-1969. Architect.
Bottom left: Fritzi Massary / 1882-1969. Opereta singer.
Bottom right: Max Pallenberg / 1877–1934. Actor.



Top left: Erich Maria Remarque / 1898–1970. Author.
Bottom left: Leo Blech / 1871–1958. Composer and conductor.
Top right: Maria Leo / 1873-1942. women’s rights activist, pianist and music teacher.
Bottom right: Victor Hollaender / 1866–1940. Composer and theater director.



Top left: Fritz Lang / 1890–1976. Director.
Bottom left: Lotte Lenya / 1898–1981. Actress and singer.
Top right: Max Reinhardt / 1873–1943. Stage director, actor and theatre director.
Bottom right: Hans Otto / 1900–1933. Actor.



Top left: Julius Bab / 1880–1955. Theatre critic and author.
Bottom left: Alexander Kipnis / 1891–1978. Opera singer.
Top right: Hugo Simon / 1880–1950. Banker and patron of the arts.
Bottom right: Alfred Flechtheim / 1878–1937. Art dealer and publisher.
Centre Top: Bertolt Brecht / 1898–1956. Playwright.
Centre bottom: Erich Mendelsohn / 1887–1953. Architect.



Top left: Dajos Béla / 1897–1978. Violonist and band-leader.
Bottom left: Rose Pauly / 1894–1975. Soprano.
Top right: Gertrude Sandmann / 1893–1981. Painter and graphic artist.
Bottom right: Robert Musil / 1880–1942. Author.
Centre Top: Alfred Polgar / 1873–1955. Cultural critic and journalist.
Centre bottom: Alfred Kantorowicz / 1899–1979. Writer and publicist.



Top left: Lotte Jacobi / 1896–1990. Photographer.
Bottom left: Sebastian Haffner / 1907–1999. Lawyer and journalist.
Top right: Willy Rosen / 1894–1944. Musician.
Bottom right: Hans Poelzig / 1869–1936. Architect, set designer for theatre and film.


   Skyline of Berlin from Kite Hill. Der Drachenberg 
Berlin seen from its western man made hills (World War II rubble dumps)

Skyline of Berlin from Kite Hill. Der Drachenberg
Berlin seen from its western man made hills (World War II rubble dumps)

   Star trail 
Summer night. The Alex Tv tower, Berlin.

Star trail
Summer night. The Alex Tv tower, Berlin.

Los fotógrafos son hoy los críticos de arquitectura más influyentes, tanto por su selección de las obras que eligen documentar como por su modo de representarlas, de suerte que son su agenda y su pupila las que establecen las coordenadas de la conversación arquitectónica global.

photographers today are the most influential architecture critics, both for the works they choose to document and for the way in which they depict them, so it is their agenda and their gaze that establish the guidelines of the global architectural conversation.
— Luis Fernández-Galiano.
From an issue of one of my favourite publications, Arquitectura Viva 153. 6/13