Archive for the ‘structures’ Category



An open space enables an architecture of attention. Individual objects all have their own identity but they come together to produce a new powerful whole. Organizations should experiment with the synthesis of the experiences of a single, seamlessly unified entity to identify triggers that guard the human choices for automnomy, privacy and identity.

curves of flow


flow: complexity & skill. You grow into flow by mastering challenges, or in the words of the big guru on flow: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi a single-minded immersion in performing and learning. You need a combination of progressive complexity and skill to reach the ‘flow-state-of-mind’.  In fact flow is already there when the challenges we encounter match our ability. […]

Antifragile coined by N.M.Taleb (also author of black swans) describes things that benefit from shocks, grow when exposed to randomness and that are beyond resilience or robustness. Allowing us to do things without understanding them. It’s a mechanism by which the system regenerates itself continuously by using (rather than suffering from) random events. If you […]

Dan Ariely wrote a book about the honest truth about dishonesty. On his blog he comments “The irony of illegally downloading a book on dishonesty is painfully obvious”. He argues that “once we start thinking of ourselves as polluted, there is not much incentive to behave well, and the trip down the slippery slope is likely. […]

Basic functional forms combined with sheer handicraft seem to be the top runner, not only for architects, but also fashion, retail and other designed items. Back to basics is something the modernist painters also had in mind when they tried to capture the bare essence of art (a madonna with child could be stripped to […]

The difference between graffiti and urban art is a thin line. The mayor of Amsterdam wants to fight “this pollution of public spaces” by banning graffiti. At the same time there is a movement that asks for more freedom to use the public space as “free-art podia”. Both sides appeal to the quality of life […]

Frederic Chaubin has recorded bizarre constructions that do not fit in standard construction categories. These humongous artefacts of sovjet architecture were build between 1970-1990. He was swayed by their austere and absorbing appeal. Their futuristic design and intriguing names (like: Ministry of Expressways, or Igor Vasilevsky‘s sanatorium at Jalta beach) made him think of spaceships waiting to […]