EXPO Milano 2015, part 1

On the 1st of May the EXPO 2015 in Milan opened its gates to visitors after the seven-year period of planning and construction. In a comprehensive three-part feature, we will present the architecturally, structurally and thematically fascinating pavilions of this quad-annual Universal Exposition with an on-going history of 160 years.  

EXPO Milano 2015, part 2

January 03, 2023

With the theme ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’ the EXPO 2015 Milan focuses on sustainable agriculture. In a three-part series, we present a selection of the most remarkable self-built national pavilions, the clusters and thematic areas, and of the non-official participants, corporate and partner pavilions. 

EXPO Milano 2015, part 3

February 23, 2023

This is the 3rd part of our feature on the EXPO 2015 in Milan; the six-months global showcase of more than 140 participating countries that is estimated to attract 20 million visitors to its 1.1 million sq.m. of exhibition areas and 7,000 events. 

Contemporary Doha

January 01, 2020

Doha, the capital of Qatar, is the home to more than 90% of the country’s 1.7 million people, with over 80% professional expatriates. Historically it was a fishing and pearl diving town and up to the mid 1960s, the majority of the buildings were individual traditional houses. The modernization of the city occurred during the 1970s but during the 80s and early 90s the process was slowed down. In recent years Qatar has become one of the fastest growing economies in the world and as such the city is acquiring a geo-strategic importance. At the heart of the vision for the country’s development is a decreased dependence on natural resources and an increased reliance on a knowledge economy such as international universities and businesses, high tech and IT, and generally advanced producer services. 

Zen and Photography

January 01, 2020

“In a society that assures us that more is better, it’s not always easy to trust that we have enough, that we are enough. We have to cut through the illusion that abundance is security, and trust that we don’t have to buffer ourselves against reality. If we have learned to trust abundance, we can learn to trust simplicity.”- John Daido Loori, ‘The Zen of creativity’  

Integral photography

January 01, 2020

Integral theory is an emerging interdisciplinary field of discourse developed by philosopher Ken Wilber and together with numerous scholars and experts have formed the Integral Institute applying this methodology in all major domains (Art, Ecology, Economics, Politics, Psychology, Education, Health, Business and others). Cinematographers Andy and Lana Wachowski, painter Alex Grey, Philip Rubinov Jacobson, musician Kenji Williams, Stuart Davis, Matthew Dallman, are some examples of integrally informed artists. 

Integral art

January 01, 2020

Part 2 – Art in the four quadrants 

In his book ‘The Eye of the Spirit’ Ken Wilber takes us through a brief history of art and its meaning. 

 

“An integral theory of art and literary interpretation is thus the multidimensional analysis of the various contexts in which – and by which – art exists and speaks to us: in the artist, the artwork, the viewer, and the world at large. Privileging no single context, it invites us to be unendingly open to ever-new horizons, which broaden our own horizons in the process, liberating us from the narrow straits of our favorite idealogy and prison of our isolated selves” – Ken Wilber, ‘The Eye of Spirit’

IPA 2014 Competition

January 01, 2020

The International Photography Awards conducts an annual competition for professional, non-professional, and student photographers on a global scale, creating one of the most ambitious and comprehensive competitions in the photography world today. There are 11 categories: advertising, architecture, book (self-published), deeper perspective, editorial, event, fine art, moving images, nature, people, special. In the category of Architecture there are 7 subcategories: bridges, buildings, cityscapes, historic, industrial, interior, other.

The Space Between Us

January 01, 2020

The interaction between people and their environment is a key aspect in architects’ work, albeit varied. It is also the main subject matter of various genres of photography from photoreportage to street photography and other artistic currents. 

Atriums - contemplations on light and form

January 01, 2020

In architecture, an atrium is a large open space located within a building. Atria were a common feature in ancient dwellings, providing light and ventilation to the interior. Modern atria, as developed in the late 19th and 20th century (brought by industrial revolution’s great advances in iron and glass manufacturing techiques), are often several stories high and having a glazed roof and/or large windows. They are a popular design feature because they create a dynamic and stimulating interior, provide shelter while maintaining a visual link with the environment, and bring a feeling of space and light. 

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