Archinect - News 2014-08-31T02:29:16-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/54445103/the-architecture-of-photography-conversation-with-simona-rota The Architecture of Photography - Conversation with Simona Rota croixe 2012-07-30T15:04:00-04:00 >2012-07-31T10:19:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ui/uiuc6tyi52zhiw89.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>From the eroded optimism of the heroic building-monuments in east-Europe, to the monochromatic banality of housing developments in the Canary Islands, the photographs of Simona Rota appear to be talking to us about the aspirations and shortcomings of architecture in both its megalomaniac and its quotidian streams.<br> Often lacking human presence, the photographs tell a tale of evaporated intentions, and failed dreams, making through the images a visual statement about the power of humanity to create, alter, and transform our environment.</strong></p> <p> <strong>Images of architecture about topics that transcend architecture, projects like Ostalgia, Instant Village, and Placelessness take us to a personal journey through some of the faces of modernity in Europe, while revealing simultaneously the seducing beauty of its ugliness, and the vulnerability of its invincible architectures.<br> We are drawn towards the fantastic journey of an upcoming visual story teller that equally dazzles us with an image of the ...</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/29024088/post-card-ideological-icons Post(card) Ideological Icons croixe 2011-11-28T05:14:00-05:00 >2012-12-02T13:09:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xl/xlsf4xutzryv0io3.jpg" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>What about revisiting the hardcore shapes of the avant-garde?</strong></p> <p> It has been almost a century since the air was heavily saturated with the combustible gas of ideology. Almost a hundred years have passed since everything from film, through art and architecture, to urbanism was susceptible to the slightest friction in the atmosphere sparking endless manifestoes and multiple visions of the perennial &ldquo;new beginning&rdquo;. But what happens when the ideological fire that fuels urbanism is extinguished, and in its place just smoke remains? What is left after the idealistic energy of the avant-garde has vanished and we are left with necrophilic icons of dead ideologies? Why aren&rsquo;t we able to see the striking similarities and contrasting disparities between the avatars of yesterday&rsquo;s ideological urbanism and today&rsquo;s pop-architectural icons?<br><br> In the twenties imaginary taut wires, steel trusses, and structural concrete gave form to the muscular monuments of a <em>Potemkinesque</em> avant-garde.&nbsp; Utopia had...</p>