Plans for how to spend your quarantine: Take a stroll around New York or meet Frank Gehry without leaving the house lifestyle
It is time to stop. Time to take a break to enjoy the now and work on your creativity. These visual resources have made their way into homes to inspire professionals in architecture, interior design and design. Just the break you needed to fall in love, once more, with this profession.
Albert Einstein said that “in times of crisis imagination is more important than knowledge”. A phrase that today has become a prophecy as half of the population is in lockdown at home and ingenuity has been enhanced through social networks and online platforms.
Architects, interior designers, designers and creative artists from half the world have taken advantage of this impasse to reach out to their audiences through courses, literary recommendations or podcasts. They reveal their artistic influences and share their experiences and ideas with the community, transforming this isolation into period of collective creativity. Here are some things you can do from home to become an expert in design, art and architecture:
Places of the Heart by Colin Ellard.
Architecture from the point of view of psychology. In the book Places of the Heart, the cognitive neuroscientist Colin Ellard develops theories on how spaces -including buildings- directly affect people’s lifestyle.
He explains the primitive instinct of humans to search for open spaces and their modern adaptation into green areas in metropolitan areas. Ellard also explains the planned disorientation present in the distribution of shopping centres to influence consumer behaviour.
A literary tribute that explains in detail how architecture can affect mass psychology.
‘La historia secreta de los edificios’ by Ricardo Aroca.
A historical and architectural journey through some of the most emblematic buildings in the history of Spain. This book describes the social characteristics that influenced the creation of the monuments, the problems they suffered during their construction and the constructive solutions, both useful and creative, that were used to turn them into architectural icons.
In this book, Ricardo Aroca, dean of the Colegio de Arquitectos de Madrid, reveals some of the stories that remained hidden behind the walls of the Segovia Aqueduct, the Escorial Monastery, the Sagrada Familia and the Alhambra Palace in Granada, among other iconic buildings. A new literary perspective for rediscovering national architecture.
‘El futuro de la arquitectura’ by Wright.
Lose yourself in the legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright and learn about his transformative vision for adapting current architecture to the society of the future. Published in 1978, this book has become a must-read, as it delves deep into the epicentre of organic architecture and exposes the need to integrate buildings with their environment. Wright demonstrated this by his iconic and revolutionary Fallingwater house in 1939.
101 Rules of Thumb for Low Energy Architecture.
A transformative book by Huw Heywood, professor of sustainable architecture at the University of Portsmouth. Seen as the ten commandments of green architecture, this book analyses the sustainability of the materials used in façades and the use of natural light during the winter as a source of energy. A pleasant and practical read that explains “some rules of thumb that invite creativity when designing low-energy buildings and creating sensitive and pleasant cities,” argues the author.
‘La vida de los edificios’ (The Life of Buildings) Rafael Moneo.
The first winner of the Pritzker prize in Spain (awarded in 1996) reviews Spanish architecture from his own perspective. It is a retrospective study in which Rafael Moneo digs into the foundations of the Mosque of Cordoba, the Seville market and the Rodríguez Acosta Foundation villa and garden (or ‘carmen’) in Granada, giving them new meaning according to the role these constructions have played in our history. “The life of buildings is supported by their architecture, by the permanence of their most characteristic features and, although it seems a paradox, it is such permanence that allows us to appreciate the changes”, notes the architect in this work.
A humanist approach to how to look at and understand buildings based on universal knowledge and philosophy.
Architecture and design want to be heard
Podcast: 1 minuto en Nueva York
It is possible to visit the Big Apple without leaving the house. A complete immersion in the history of New York that unravels the past of neighbourhoods such as Seneca Village, a community of African Americans that disappeared in 1857 with the construction of Central Park. An architect based in the city that never sleeps tells the story of the birth of the Empire State Building, the Pier 55 floating park project or the vital importance of fire hydrants for this megacity.
Podcast: ‘99% invisible’
A radio show created by Roman Mars that has over 250 million downloads and that won a Webby prize in 2016 for Best Podcast.
99% Invisible empowers the function of design beyond the superfluous and mere visual aspect. Its intention is to discover the reasons for the designs of the objects around us and to explain to the user how they affect people’s lives. It debates topics such as “informal urbanism” or the symbol of the palm tree as a concept of luxury and leisure. Available on Spotify in English.
Podcast: ‘La Morsa era yo’
The easy language used to describe complicated architecture concepts has made it the Best History and Culture Podcast according to the Podcast Association Awards in 2014 and 2015. An enriching debate that deals with concepts such as the PassivHaus standard or minimum living space, among others.
Training with the best professionals
Interior design masterclass with Kelly Wearstler
The eclectic nature and personality of her designs has allowed Kelly Wearstler to seduce American interior design. A self-proclaimed unconditional admirer of colours, geometries and furniture with bronze tones, this interior designer, of Spanish descent, opens up her own online course to teach other professionals her particular know-how.
A future investment to learn (for a small monthly fee) about the materiality of design, the potential of natural light and other alternative methods to give life to spaces.
The Architectural Imagination Course at Harvard University
One of the most prestigious universities in the world has opened up this 10-week MOOC totally free. Learning about the effect of technology on architecture and delving into the analysis of exemplary constructions are some of the main topics.
An opportunity to look at basic architecture concepts alongside the best Harvard professors. A professional catalyst to give your CV a few extra points.
MasterClass by Frank Gehry
The winner of the Pritzker Prize in 1989 and creator of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Frank Gehry presents his vision of architecture in his online creative architecture course. A new vision of architecture presented by a scholar who invites his students to work alongside the customer, generate practical ideas and select the materials suitable for creating quality constructions. Seventeen chapters to explore creativity and apply it to modern architecture.
Contemporary art classes at the MoMA
The Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA) has launched a series of online courses for all professionals and lovers of contemporary art. Those interested can sign up on the Museum’s website to receive free classes on design, photography, interactive strategies, modern art or abstract painting.
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