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Catalan Modernisme: In Search of a National Architecture


“The straight line belongs to man, the curved line belongs to God” -Antoni Gaudí Since the very beginning, even before the actual word was coined, architecture has been influenced by nature. Whether leveraging existing resources like caves to protect ourselves from the elements, to using the universal laws of physics that govern everything in this…

To Philadelphia with Love


“Let every man or woman here, if you never hear me again, remember this,that if you wish to be great at all, you must begin where you are and with what you are. He who would be great anywhere must first be great in his own Philadelphia.” -Russel H. Conwell 1843-1925 Many years ago I…

Gyeong-bokgung, Reminder of a Great Heritage


The wonderful thing about Korean Architecture is that without obliterating its own principles of geomancy – the art of placing or arranging buildings or other sites auspiciously, based on geomagnetism- it reflects the strong influence of the cultures, religions and nations that once controlled the region. On my previous post, we saw how Koreans adapted…

Seoul, what a Great Surprise!


“One who lives in accordance with nature does not go against the way of things. He moves in harmony with the present moment always knowing the truth of just what to do” -From the Tao Te Ching (the Book of the Way) by Lao Tzu 600-531 B.C. This trip to Seoul, South Korea, was particularly…

In Harmony with Nature


“There are ancient secrets and lessons hidden in nature. If you seek for guidance, you will discover the truth” –Bobby Lake-Thom Every time I hear someone complain or bash the National Museum of the American Indian I get upset, and frankly it makes me sad. Some of the reasons I’ve heard for the dislike are:…

Preserving the Unpreserved


“I am I, plus my surroundings, and if I do not preserve the latter, I do not preserve myself.” –José Ortega y Gasset, 1883-1955, Meditaciones del Quijote (1914)           I have always viewed photography as a way to preserve or immortalize moments, gestures, people, situations, buildings, our way of living and…