Monthly Archives: June 2009

Aprender com a Pastelaria Semi-Industrial Portuguesa*

*ou Porque é que só há uma Receita no Livro Fabrico Próprio O nosso artigo “Pirâmide, the cakes of cakes. No, really.” foi publicado na revista italiana Sugo em Dezembro de 2005. Foi a partir deste texto – e das

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Aprender com a Pastelaria Semi-Industrial Portuguesa*

*ou Porque é que só há uma Receita no Livro Fabrico Próprio O nosso artigo “Pirâmide, the cakes of cakes. No, really.” foi publicado na revista italiana Sugo em Dezembro de 2005. Foi a partir deste texto – e das

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A Bad Type Idea is a Worse Architecture Ideal

Ramses the Great, the Republic of Venice, Napoleon III, John D. Rockefeller Jr, the University of Harvard. The history of architecture can also be read as the history of its commissioners – from small renovations of private buildings to the

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A Bad Type Idea is a Worse Architecture Ideal

Ramses the Great, the Republic of Venice, Napoleon III, John D. Rockefeller Jr, the University of Harvard. The history of architecture can also be read as the history of its commissioners – from small renovations of private buildings to the

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Antibodies

I won’t make it to Weil-am-Rhein for the Fernando and Humberto Campana 20-year retrospective, but its rich catalogue is already on its way to Lisbon. Looking forward to reading the essays from curator Mathias Schwartz-Clauss, Maria Helena Estrada, Massimo Morozzi,

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Antibodies

I won’t make it to Weil-am-Rhein for the Fernando and Humberto Campana 20-year retrospective, but its rich catalogue is already on its way to Lisbon. Looking forward to reading the essays from curator Mathias Schwartz-Clauss, Maria Helena Estrada, Massimo Morozzi,

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Brazil com S

O Ricardo Hartmann mandou-me ontem a letra deste dueto entre a Rita Lee e o João Gilberto, para inspiração. Entretanto encontrei a música. Beleza. Valeu Ricardo! Quando Cabral descobriu no Brasil o caminho das índias Falou ao Pero Vaz para

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Brazil com S

O Ricardo Hartmann mandou-me ontem a letra deste dueto entre a Rita Lee e o João Gilberto, para inspiração. Entretanto encontrei a música. Beleza. Valeu Ricardo! Quando Cabral descobriu no Brasil o caminho das índias Falou ao Pero Vaz para

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Playing Japanese

  Kawaee!! That’s what Japanese schoolgirls shriek when they see something irresistibly cute. They make “funny face”, squirm their eyes and hide their giggles behind their hands. Their mothers and fathers find a lot of things kawaii, too. They may

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Playing Japanese

  Kawaee!! That’s what Japanese schoolgirls shriek when they see something irresistibly cute. They make “funny face”, squirm their eyes and hide their giggles behind their hands. Their mothers and fathers find a lot of things kawaii, too. They may

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Best Intentions Cast Adrift

While delving through the turbulent history of Brooklyn Bridge Park, I found inspiration in the words of Frederick Law Olmsted, the godfather of park building in America: “There is one large American town, in which it may happen that a

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Best Intentions Cast Adrift

While delving through the turbulent history of Brooklyn Bridge Park, I found inspiration in the words of Frederick Law Olmsted, the godfather of park building in America: “There is one large American town, in which it may happen that a

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Humility and Authority

After a reading of Armin Vit’s “Speak Up: Now What?” blogpost (and all its comments), Rick Poynor’s “Easy Writer” text, M. Kingsley’s “Rick Poynor: Ipse Dixit” response to that (plus an even louder cacophony of complaints and pats on the

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Humility and Authority

After a reading of Armin Vit’s “Speak Up: Now What?” blogpost (and all its comments), Rick Poynor’s “Easy Writer” text, M. Kingsley’s “Rick Poynor: Ipse Dixit” response to that (plus an even louder cacophony of complaints and pats on the

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Wake Up Call

I’ve been living in New York since the end of August of 2008, and ever since I got here, people have heard me complaining (we Portuguese like to complain) about paying for incoming calls and text messages on my mobile

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Wake Up Call

I’ve been living in New York since the end of August of 2008, and ever since I got here, people have heard me complaining (we Portuguese like to complain) about paying for incoming calls and text messages on my mobile

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R.I.P. Tropicana?

The Orange-and-straw Tropicana juice carton left us in the last days of 2008. Another memorable American consumer product icon is gone, another brand metonym is dead. Writing an obituary about a particular iteration of a brand is like mourning the

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R.I.P. Tropicana?

The Orange-and-straw Tropicana juice carton left us in the last days of 2008. Another memorable American consumer product icon is gone, another brand metonym is dead. Writing an obituary about a particular iteration of a brand is like mourning the

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Look Around You

A friend reminded me today about the brilliant BBC series Look Around You. Neither of us saw it on TV, but on Youtube, where most of the episodes from its two seasons seasons can be found. Every episode seems like

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Look Around You

A friend reminded me today about the brilliant BBC series Look Around You. Neither of us saw it on TV, but on Youtube, where most of the episodes from its two seasons seasons can be found. Every episode seems like

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Trigger Happy

If looking at friends of friends’ Facebook photo albums or reading TMI Twitter updates is not enough of a time waster for you, try netdisasters.com. It’s as moronic and pointless as throwing water balloons at passersby, but if you liked

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Trigger Happy

If looking at friends of friends’ Facebook photo albums or reading TMI Twitter updates is not enough of a time waster for you, try netdisasters.com. It’s as moronic and pointless as throwing water balloons at passersby, but if you liked

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There’s Always a Silver Lining

A magazine art director friend of mine recently posted on his Facebook profile a great article by Gabriel Sherman. Sherman is a contributing editor at New York magazine and a special correspondent to the New Republic, and in Slate‘s The

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There’s Always a Silver Lining

A magazine art director friend of mine recently posted on his Facebook profile a great article by Gabriel Sherman. Sherman is a contributing editor at New York magazine and a special correspondent to the New Republic, and in Slate‘s The

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The Long Now

  One of my favorite presentations at the Design and Film symposium last Saturday was Stuart Kendall‘s talk on the film Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time. The documentary, directed by German filmmaker Thomas Riedelsheimer, focuses on Goldsworthy’s

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The Long Now

  One of my favorite presentations at the Design and Film symposium last Saturday was Stuart Kendall‘s talk on the film Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time. The documentary, directed by German filmmaker Thomas Riedelsheimer, focuses on Goldsworthy’s

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The Unpredictable Fashions of Hugo Chávez

Hugo Chávez, the president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, is one of the most charismatic leaders of our time. He lead a failed coup in 1992, got elected in a 1998 landslide, was forced out of office for 48

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The Unpredictable Fashions of Hugo Chávez

Hugo Chávez, the president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, is one of the most charismatic leaders of our time. He lead a failed coup in 1992, got elected in a 1998 landslide, was forced out of office for 48

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(Rejected, Denied or Refused)

Abubakar Akintola couldn’t believe his eyes as he opened the COSCO shipping container that had just arrived to the Apapa container terminal. Akintola had seen the strangest imports arrive at Nigeria’s main commercial port during his 30 years as a

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(Rejected, Denied or Refused)

Abubakar Akintola couldn’t believe his eyes as he opened the COSCO shipping container that had just arrived to the Apapa container terminal. Akintola had seen the strangest imports arrive at Nigeria’s main commercial port during his 30 years as a

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That’s what it’s all about

When we met a few weeks ago, Susan Yelavich suggested I read Cornel West’s essay “The New Cultural Politics of Difference” (October, Vol. 53, Summer 1990, pp. 93-109), as part of the research for my Master Thesis on contemporary Brazilian

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That’s what it’s all about

When we met a few weeks ago, Susan Yelavich suggested I read Cornel West’s essay “The New Cultural Politics of Difference” (October, Vol. 53, Summer 1990, pp. 93-109), as part of the research for my Master Thesis on contemporary Brazilian

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The Tower That Makes No Excuses

The Trump World Tower possesses all the virtues and vices of the buildings that made New York the greatest metropolis of the twentieth century. Like many of the city’s great skyscrapers—such as the Woolworth or the Chrysler building—it’s more than

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The Tower That Makes No Excuses

The Trump World Tower possesses all the virtues and vices of the buildings that made New York the greatest metropolis of the twentieth century. Like many of the city’s great skyscrapers—such as the Woolworth or the Chrysler building—it’s more than

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Tactics of Change

  True change is coming to New York’s streetscape. Not rhetorical speech change, but the kind of change that inspires real political citizenship, participation and a new belief in the street as the ultimate stage for public life. Over the

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Tactics of Change

  True change is coming to New York’s streetscape. Not rhetorical speech change, but the kind of change that inspires real political citizenship, participation and a new belief in the street as the ultimate stage for public life. Over the

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Desktop World Map

I can’t really remember when I got my first desktop map of the world. I know that Germany was already unified, but I’m not sure if Yugoslavia still existed – both on my desk and on Earth. Knowing that I

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Desktop World Map

I can’t really remember when I got my first desktop map of the world. I know that Germany was already unified, but I’m not sure if Yugoslavia still existed – both on my desk and on Earth. Knowing that I

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Reflections of Truth

The central gallery of the Palace of Versailles is no ordinary room. It was designed, furnished and decorated to become a luxurious, excessive statement of Louis XIV’s unmatched political supremacy, the salle des visites of the world’s most powerful leader.

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Reflections of Truth

The central gallery of the Palace of Versailles is no ordinary room. It was designed, furnished and decorated to become a luxurious, excessive statement of Louis XIV’s unmatched political supremacy, the salle des visites of the world’s most powerful leader.

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Vision Building

In 1928, Joseph Urban created an architectural vision for William Randolph Hearst’s headquarters in New York. A building that would house, in his words, “the industries whose purpose is to exert influence on the thought and education of the reading

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Vision Building

In 1928, Joseph Urban created an architectural vision for William Randolph Hearst’s headquarters in New York. A building that would house, in his words, “the industries whose purpose is to exert influence on the thought and education of the reading

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Looking for romance on the Roosevelt Island Tramway

I overslept again this morning. I showered, dressed, had breakfast, put on scarf, hat, gloves, left home. I walked to the bus stop, where the 26 stopped only a few minutes later. I got off at Fulton and Flushing Avenues,

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Looking for romance on the Roosevelt Island Tramway

I overslept again this morning. I showered, dressed, had breakfast, put on scarf, hat, gloves, left home. I walked to the bus stop, where the 26 stopped only a few minutes later. I got off at Fulton and Flushing Avenues,

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Catálogo MUDE

Coincidindo com a mudança do MUDE – Museu do Design e da Moda de Lisboa para o seu local definitivo – a antiga sede do banco BNU na Rua Augusta, em Lisboa – e com a exposição “Ante-Estreia”, foi lançado

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Catálogo MUDE

Coincidindo com a mudança do MUDE – Museu do Design e da Moda de Lisboa para o seu local definitivo – a antiga sede do banco BNU na Rua Augusta, em Lisboa – e com a exposição “Ante-Estreia”, foi lançado

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Copenhaga – Manual de mudança

  Um dia destes mudo-me para Copenhaga. Razões não me faltam: depois de ter sabido que, há poucos meses, a re­vista Monocle colocou a capital dinamarquesa no topo da sua lista das 25 melhores cidades do mundo para se viver

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Copenhaga – Manual de mudança

  Um dia destes mudo-me para Copenhaga. Razões não me faltam: depois de ter sabido que, há poucos meses, a re­vista Monocle colocou a capital dinamarquesa no topo da sua lista das 25 melhores cidades do mundo para se viver

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Coming Together: 48 hours of European Creativity

Creativity, innovation, regions, clusters, mobility, funding, education, risk, opportunity, competitiveness, sustainability, networks, integration, culture, fertile grounds, Europe, America. This simultaneously-translated, multilingual bureaucratic litany, this Powerpoint-generated “tag cloud” of policy buzzwords shaped my two-day visit to Brussels last month. But I

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Coming Together: 48 hours of European Creativity

Creativity, innovation, regions, clusters, mobility, funding, education, risk, opportunity, competitiveness, sustainability, networks, integration, culture, fertile grounds, Europe, America. This simultaneously-translated, multilingual bureaucratic litany, this Powerpoint-generated “tag cloud” of policy buzzwords shaped my two-day visit to Brussels last month. But I

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