architecture

The whole world is like a nowhere land called Alicante – Miguel Amorós

A brief, and idiosyncratic, social and economic history of the medium-sized Valencian city of Alicante since the Spanish Civil War, denouncing the negative impact of chaotic development, venal and corrupt politicians, unbridled consumerism, the role played by the automobile in social atomization, the destruction of old working class neighborhoods, real estate speculation, the cynical exploitation of local cultural traditions, the noxious effects of an economy based on tourism, the ruin of traditional agriculture, and the proliferation of hideous skyscrapers in a nauseating panorama of trivialization and degradation that is typical of so many other cities all over the world.

All That Is Solid Melts Into Air: The Experience of Modernity - Marshall Berman

Widely acclaimed as one of the greatest books on modernity. A kaleidoscopic journey into the experience of modernization, it captures the dizzying social changes that swept up and transformed the lives of millions of people. Berman delves into the aesthetic and intellectual controversies of art, literature, and architecture: from the writing of Goethe, Marx and Dostoevsky to the Paris of Baudelaire and Haussmann, the Petersburg of the Tsarist builders and Pushkin, and the New York of devastated wastelands and creative artists.

Notes of a layman - Iuda Grossman-Roshchin

Гроссман-Рощин

Letter to the editorial staff of Modern Architecture. Source: Sovremennaya arkhitektura. 1926, nr. 3, p. 77 and cover.

Talking to architects - Colin Ward

Talking to architects - Colin Ward

Ten lectures delivered to professional audiences by Colin Ward gathered over a period of 20 years. The talks explore trends and concepts within the architectural world and discuss attempts by both non-professionals and those within the architectural industries to challenge dominant narratives of the built environment.