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Idea! Zarvos – Architecture Illustratios by Henrique Folster

Henrique Folster has created these illustrations for the Brazilian architecture firm Idea! Zarvos. Straight lines and the pure colours translate the main idea of each building. “Building with character” is how they define their architectural work, and Folster has found a way to define the authorial work.

 

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Arbitrariness in Architecture

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Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao – Frank Gehry

Architecture has always been surrounded by arbitrariness. The corinthian capital is the first step towards chance in western architecture. Thanks to the good eye of Callimachus, a completely arbitrary form has become an accepted norm. Moneo insists that a good part of the history of architecture can be understood as architects’ efforts to forget that original sin.

Even Gaudí makes an effort in order to distance his forms from chance. Form is dictated and explained from the structure. All suspicion of chance is dissolved by the logic of the structure. But maybe le Corbusier’s 5 principles of modern architecture is the clearest manifest against arbitrariness. Before composition there is the function.

Frank Gehry’s first projects are also faithful to modern architecture. But there is no doubt that his latest work is widely known by its arbitrary form.

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Frank Gehry’s own House

When remodelling his own house, the architect starts from an irrelevant preexistence and composes volumes oblivious to their geometry. The freshness of this mechanism and the lack of prejudices towards materials is the first step towards a complete acceptance of the arbitrary form.

The link between the artist Hans Hollein and Frank Gehry’s work is almost obvious. Everything is Architecture. But Gehry makes one step forward. liberating himself even from the forms unrelated to architecture. The form comes from the architect’s drive and has no structural nor typological motive.

It would be unfair to say that architecture today is arbitrary. Most architects are not like Gehry, and he makes it clear: “Let me tell you one thing. In the world we live in, 98 percent of what gets built and designed today is pure shit,” responded Gehry after raising his middle finger to a question about his architecture and spectacle “There’s no sense of design nor respect for humanity or anything. They’re bad buildings and that’s it.”

Nevertheless, the vast majority of architects today do not believe that form should arbitrary. To quote the Spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza: “The oblivion of reason, the lack of reasons and a coherent idea, capable of generating and sustaining, makes Architecture be, sometimes, many times, monstrous. Intuition as an instrument of a creator is not something blind, mystical or vague. It is an accurate distillation of profound knowledge. 

An architect’s intuition must not be that of a sorcerer who makes decisions with arbitrariness wrapped with magic. It must that of the old physician who, combining knowledge and experience, succeeds in his diagnosis.”

Even 25 centuries after Callimachus’ first step towards arbitrariness, architecture can still be understood as an effort for the original sin to be forgotten.

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Rafael Moneo’s speech in the Academy of Fine Arts in San Fernando on January the 16th 2005.

Frank Gehry gives journalist the finger. – Article published on TheGuardian.com on the 24th of October of 2014. 

La Idea Construida, la Arquitectura a la luz de las palabras – Alberto Campo Baeza

ClassyAds – How a WordPress directory theme should be

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Directory themes are meant to showcase local businesses, events, etc. There are several on the market but today we will review ClassyAds, a quite new theme with a clean and modern design and a hell lot of functionalities. We wouldn’t like this to become the theme’s documentation so we will mainly focus on the following points:

  • Is it high quality?
  • Is it easy to use?
  • To whom is it geared?
  • Have others had a good experience with it?
  • PROS and CONS of the theme.
  • Is it worth the money?

ClassyAds is a new Directory / Listing WordPress theme which is available on ThemeForest.

Design and Functionalities

This theme presents your listings with personality, boldness, and a well-defined user experience.

Multiple Category Layouts

From the Theme Setting, you can choose to display a detailed category layout or a simple and minimal one.
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Customization

This is true effortless customization. Control the colour of your site without touching a single line of code.

This system allows you to create a userbase where people are able to upload their listings through frontend without the need to visit the WordPress dashboard.

The theme is also compatible with predefined regions that can be filtered.

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Filterable Listings

Filters will make it simple for people to find what they are looking for, so showcase as many listings as you like.

Backend Theme Options

Use the settings to get your site up and running within minutes and a few clicks of the mouse.

The Audience

The theme is designed for both people who want to display the products of their store and for those who want to create a community of users.
Its intuitive design allows users to quickly create their own account and start sharing.

The theme is available for sale at the ThemeForest.com. It has had a positive first reaction with dozens of sales and a brilliant rating within the first days.

Pros and Cons

Pros: Clean and intuitive designed, user-friendly and easy to customize.
Cons: It relies on paid plugins in order to extend the theme functionalities.

Is it worth the money?

Even though it is easy to customize without much knowledge of WordPress, ThemesDojo has a support theme that will help you with any doubts you may have.
You can purchase ClassyAds for $59 on ThemeForest. Considering that it is a stock theme, it is still cheaper than most of the alternatives that rely on the same functionalities.

 

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