London

London's Pragmatic Construction
2017

Londres

London's Pragmatic Construction
2017

London has been chronicled countless times. As an ancient, sprawling and heavily populated city, every part of its geography and every one of its grandees has been observed, analysed and described from a host of perspectives in thousands of books.

Sydney

The construction of Sydney's landscape
2016

Sydney

The construction of Sydney's landscape
2016

Everything is far away from Sydney, plumped in the centre of an empty immensity. Little do we know about this remote city. We may have forgotten that the country was discovered by the renowned Captain Cook in 1770 or that the first voyagers who arrived there in 1788 were not colonists but convicts carrying a death sentence as their sole baggage...

Berlin

The Repeated Construction of Berlin.
2015

Berlin

The Repeated Construction of Berlin.
2015

No city is a uniform whole. Berlin, the name, embraces rafts of fragments scarred by reminders of destruction. After lengthy debate, modernity was rejected as an approach to reconstruction in favour of restitution of the city's essential features. The city would assume its historic personality, not mimetically, an impossible endeavour, but rather by recovering a historic physiognomy based on remembered images reinserted in their specific natural surrounds. The outcome is that memory and event make their presence felt in Berlin's repeated construction.

New York

The Construction of Modern New York.
2014

New York

The Construction of Modern New York.
2014

In light of the scale and complexity of New York City, good ideas alone do not suffice. It takes verve and persistence to defend them and acumen and strength to see them through. In New York nothing happens unless it is discussed, negotiated and driven. The city is consequently analysed through a series of individuals able to mobilise power around, raise money and garner support for their ideas. With perseverance and skill these genuine city-forming catalysts managed to consummate, or conversely, to halt or even derail, complex processes.

Madrid

Building of Present Day Madrid.
2013

Madrid

Building of Present Day Madrid.
2013

CBuilding, that urge hard-wired into the human genome, exemplifies how we conceive our presence in the world. And the built landscape exists in or is conditioned by the city. People delimit, occupy and parcel out spaces, which they interconnect with streets and squares, providing accesses, developing cities and organising their surrounds for harmonious life in community.