[May 22 2017] : Travel

Exploring the mid-century architecture, palm trees and power lines of Casablanca
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Exploring the mid-century architecture, palm trees and power lines of Casablanca

You drive your car in Casablanca. Shortly after French protectorat was signed in 1912, the first large constructions were built outside of the old Medina. In order to regulate the real estate boom, a masterplan – much inspired by German and American experiences – propelled Casablanca in the history of modern cities : zoning, alignement, template, consolidation and car culture. New rules that France will not experience before the late 1940s.

As it became a new rendez-vous for modern living – both for Moroccans and foreigners – the city attracted urbanists, architects and landscapers inspired by the Art deco and Bauhaus movements. These buildings remain mostly untouched and can be seen Downtown, in Anfa... Read More

Text and Photo Olivier Bec

[March 22 2017] : Travel

A visit to architect Erwin Broner’s home and workshop “Casa Broner” built in 1960, Ibiza
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A visit to architect Erwin Broner’s home and workshop “Casa Broner” built in 1960, Ibiza

Casa Broner was built in 1960 as a home and studio of German architect and painter Erwin Broner (1898- 1971). Declared of Cultural Interest in 2000, is a key piece of modern architecture in the Balearic Islands.

Photo Olivier Bec

[March 12 2017] : Travel

A stay at “Casa Schillinger” built in 1971 by architect Erwin Broner, Ibiza
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A stay at “Casa Schillinger” built in 1971 by architect Erwin Broner, Ibiza

Casa Schillinger was commissioned by Emilio Schillinger – the owner of El Corsario Art Gallery – after refitting rural nearby houses with architect Erwin Broner (1898-1971) in 1962. Available for weekly rentals, the house is located on a hill 2km north of Ibiza town, its compositions of openings project the house outside with views on Dalt Vila, the old town.

Erwin Broner had developed an interest for art from a young age and by the 1920s he was a student of the German artist Karl Albiker. As the Nazi regime grew to power, Broner – who was of Jewish descent – fled the country in the early 1930s. After settling in Ibiza in 1934 the artist emigrated... Read More

Text and Photo Olivier Bec

[March 9 2017] : Travel

A visit to Josep Lluís Sert’s abandoned Hotel built in 1969 in Cala d’en Serra, Ibiza
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A visit to Josep Lluís Sert’s abandoned Hotel built in 1969 in Cala d’en Serra, Ibiza

In the north of Ibiza lies an abandoned hotel resort complex designed by the acclaimed Catalan Architect Josep Lluís Sert (1902-1983), who was exiled in the United States at the time. The building project was started in 1969, but by the middle of the 1970s, after much of work which had been completed, the project was put on hold since Spain’s fascist government prevented Sert from being accredited as an architect in the Catalonia & Balearic islands region. The project itself was abandoned completely after Sert died of lung cancer in 1983.

After his one one-year Visiting Professorship at Yale University in 1952, he became Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design (1953–1969). There, he initiated the world’s first degree program in urban... Read More

Text and photo Olivier Bec

[March 6 2017] : Travel

Watts Tower by Simon Rodia, a collection of 17 interconnected sculptural structures made of society’s leftovers, Los Angeles
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Watts Tower by Simon Rodia, a collection of 17 interconnected sculptural structures made of society’s leftovers, Los Angeles

In the deep undocumented past, sea-shelled-creatures fell into the mud surrounding them, and then, squeezed slowly by natural earthly forces, they rose up as rock strata, those white lines visible in the mountain ranges of many a land. Accretion, order, process, flow. Humankind are much fiercer in shaping the face of their surrounds. It is not the Earth’s infinitesimally slow processes, but the the fast-snapping teeth of insidious social pressures that drive our urban structures to rise and fall. Capital and corruption ensure that our streets are caught in a permanent overhaul of construction and demolition, ribbons cut on one corner at the same time as dynamite blasts on another.

Watts in South Central Los Angeles is a deeply layered locale; with... Read More

Text and photo Hannah Bhuiya

[February 17 2017] : Travel

Work in the gardens of the Tokyo Imperial Palace, Tokyo.

Work in the gardens of the Tokyo Imperial Palace, Tokyo.

Photo Chikashi Suzuki

[February 6 2017] : Travel

A photo of lonely bird in Tokyo

A photo of lonely bird in Tokyo.

Photo Chikashi Suzuki

[January 16 2017] : Travel

The Thingyan Water Festival to celebrate the new year in Yangon, Myanmar
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The Thingyan Water Festival to celebrate the new year in Yangon, Myanmar

Thingyan is the Burmese way to ring in the New Year. A country troubled with drought and poisonous water, celebrates by spraying an enormous amount of water each April. Smoking, meat-consuming, and drinking monks are not a rare sight. Who says that buddhists can’t lose control sometimes. 

Without knowing it would be this intense I stayed in Yangon where the festival started. I found the most unlikely group of people to have a good time with – engineers from Nigeria. A few beers, roasted crickets, and getting kicked out of the restaurant for causing a riot were documented with my friends in the streets of Yangon. 19th street aka Chinatown is the perfect place to be when... Read More

Text and photo Stefan Dotter

[January 11 2017] : Travel

A climb to the mount Zeus (ZAS), the highest peak in the Cyclades in Naxos, Greece
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A climb to the mount Zeus (ZAS), the highest peak in the Cyclades in Naxos, Greece

Sophocles said that “…Zeus who oversees and directs all things is still mighty in heaven” When visiting the island Naxos in Greece again this year I went on yet another religious trip onto the peak that marks the birthplace of Zeus, the God in the sky. Every time I come back to the island I make my way up to the peak for a crystal clear view from the heart of the cyclades – Paros, Ios, Donousa, Koufonisia, Schoinousa, Keros and even Amorgos just a glimpse away.

Filoti marks the starting point in your journey to heaven. As the sun was slowly ascending I made my way up a stone-path passing the only locals that I could... Read More

Photo Stefan Dotter

[December 22 2016] : Travel

A weekend in Zurich at the Marktgasse Hotel
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A weekend in Zurich at the Marktgasse Hotel

Anyone who had spent a bit of time in Zurich last summer scoping out Manifesta, will recognise that there’s a lot more to the city than cheese and chocolate. It’s the city that gave birth to the Dada movement, for one. Two: it’s home to a stunning pavilion by Le Corbusier. And, as Switzerland’s largest city, and one of the world’s wealthiest, it’s a haven for art collectors and for galleries that jostle for their attention.

Conveniently, most of which—Hauser & Wirth, Eva Presenhuber and Francesca Pia—to name but a few; not-for-profit institutes like the influential Kunsthalle, Maja Hoffmann’s LUMA Westbau; and the Read More

Text and photo Xerxes Cook

[December 14 2016] : Travel

The special ward of Meguro, Tokyo

The special ward of Meguro, Tokyo.

Photo Chikashi Suzuki

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