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Artificial Days

Year 1780: Aimé Argand invents the oil lamp. Year 1800: Humpry Davy discovers the carbon arc in his electrolysis experiments. This effect exceeds 10,000 lumens – 1,000 times more light than a candle-. Year 1807: Gas is used for the first time as public lighting in London’s Pall Mall street. […]


When Hell Is Still Your Home: Re-inhabiting Syria

Over the past seven years, news about Syria and the conflict since the so-called “Arab Spring” has filled the front pages and timelines. Since 2011, all of us have witnessed in real time the evolution of a civil war of complex and murky factions whose tentacles undoubtedly escape the borders of […]

Castles in the Air

“N’attends pas des châteaux en Espagne Car le temps passe trop vite.” Do not be busy making castles in the air, for time flies. With this funny French saying we begin our reflection this week. If we study it carefully we can see that “Castles in the Air” translates as “Châteaux […]

Interview: Langarita and Navarro

As you know, in Patio de Sombras we took advantage of the visit of María and Víctor to the school of architecture in Granada to ask them the recurring question in our Patios (+) Personales section. However, this time this connection would not stop there, and they were kind enough […]

The reconquest of silence: The Pritzker Prize

“It is alarming that publications devoted to architecture have banished from their pages the words Beauty, Inspiration, Magic, Spellbound, Enchantment, as well as the concepts of Serenity, Silence, Intimacy and Amazement All these have nestled in my soul, and though I am fully aware that I have not done them […]

“The Grand Finale”: Views at Inert Nature

Just over a week ago, on September 15, 2017 at 13:55 Spanish time, the last sigh of information was received from an artificial object that had been in constant fall for almost 20 years. The last whereabouts of this object is at an average distance of 9.58 astronomical units, that […]

The Unowned City: Kowloon’s Legal Limbo

Today, continuing on the path of previous publications – and as a suggestion from our users – we decided to return to the Asian world; specifically to the city of Kowloon, in Hong Kong. To look at this geographical point means to understand a place of multiple changes, propitiated by […]