RHENDS

St. Clair to Spadina Walks, Part 1

In fact the intersection is a hub but a trying one or a half-failed one. I, surely not alone, find Yonge and St. Clair ugly, perturbing and insensible. But, why...

Grand Central Terminal: A “Fun Palace” of Musicians Part-II

Employing cybernetics, the project invites the public to participate in mediating the space-time-event dynamics in the imagined terminal helping it maintain its relevance and spontaneity...

Bernini’s Piazza di San Pietro, God’s Drama of Birth

Gian Lorenzo Bernini designed St Peter’s Piazza as the ultimate stage for the divine performance of worship, where he employed all the physical and metaphysical...

What happened to Shell Structures?

Shell structure was about reduction and construction in response to pure forces in the 60s but its practice today is merely of plastic architecture with no purpose of reduction or purity of structure. It is interesting to see how ...

Grand Central Terminal: A “Fun Palace” of Musicians Part-I

Transportation hubs are intriguing settings in which individuals willingly abandon their desire for control over their personal space to gain mobility...

The Remarkable French Formal Garden

Edmund Burke, author of “A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful”, believed that beauty is not a result of proportions and is about delicacy and in contrast, sublime is about awesome and terrifying. Archibald Alison author of “Essays on the Nature...

Our Buried Rivers; Montreal Abandoned Sewage Canals-Part II

Montreal empties huge volumes of untreated sewage into the river every time there is severe thunderstorm...

Birth of Steel; Punished For Being Poor

There is a new market for goods being produced in new colonial societies. New sciences of “Political Economy” and “Sociology” are introduced. Adam Smith talks about his ideology of “Free market”. Turn- parks (highways), canals and rail...

Lessons From China: Qing Hua Si Development

Yongan Construction Group Ltd. construction company with limited experience in mixed development, let alone a tier one project, was the client pursuing a prominent site across from Chengdu’s new Exhibition Center....

Urban Farm: a displaced program

The condition of displacement as Hilde Heynen describes, is a situation where a new or alien element is introduced into a more or less stable context...

What happened to Shell Structures?

Shell structure was about reduction and construction in response to pure forces in the 60s but its practice today is merely of plastic architecture with no purpose of reduction or purity of structure. It is interesting to see how ...

Displacement; “Terrain Vague as Instigator of Events”

Displacement is a situation where a "new or alien element is introduced into a more or less stable context either physically or metaphorically.” In that sense, it can be compared to  “ critical moments in an individual's life...

Dividing Architecture to Styles

Claude Perrault questions the authority of ancients, introduces functionalism in architecture, for the first time talks about Psychological architecture and does the first statistical research in architecture in order to...

Lessons From China: Qing Hua Si Development

Yongan Construction Group Ltd. construction company with limited experience in mixed development, let alone a tier one project, was the client pursuing a prominent site across from Chengdu’s new Exhibition Center....

Our Buried Rivers; Montreal Abandoned Sewage Canals-Part I

Tracing a brief history of the modern sewer system in Montreal and its European precedents, this paper recognizes some of the lost qualities of our hidden rivers that once gave its neighborhoods a unique sense of place and shaped our city's most  reliable flood discharge system...

Gothic Light

A giant semi-circular disk made up of hundreds of lamps radiating yellow light, as representation of the sun, was installed at far end of Turbine Hall, Tate Modern in London. While exploring the ideas of light...

Historic Characters; the Inventor Architect

Daedalus, an evil character in Greek mythology, possessed incredible creative abilities. He was an inventor and perhaps one of the earliest architects. He was born with metis (craftsmanship) and had the techne (technology) to introduce anima (animation) to objects...

Founding Contemporary Cities

Why can’t we be sentimental about our cities? What can be wrong with mythicizing?! Myth in a broader sense means it can’t be really understood but could be a greater truth. Myth gives us rituals, opportunities to play in the story. The artifacts we ...

Architecture Mythology,  Architecture Plasticity

The "straight architecture" goes back to pragmatic origins. It looks at the tools for making elaborate geometries mostly attempting to transform square to circle. Where in “straight architecture” geometries describe architecture, in Architectura Obliqua, ...

Questioning Ancient Authority

Antiquities and mythology were about truth; the era of no reasoning or the rationalized which is generally stretched to the seventeenth century and Rene Descartes presenting the idea of doubt. He argues that our senses are deceiving...

English Gardens and Sublime

Cage’s “4minutes 33 seconds of silence” was played; a piece in which instead of the performance audiences will listen to the sounds around them. The piece, a great experience of sublime, is...