The Gávea Tourist Hotel also known locally as Hotel Esqueleto (Skeleton Hotel) is located in the heights of Rio de Janeiro, between the districts of Gávea and São Conrado. It is a ruined hotel, abandoned and never completed, located near the Casa das Canoas de Niemeyer, almost lost in the forest between the mountains.
The Oosterscheldekering is the largest of the Delta Works dams and sturge barriers. This 9km long barrier was built between 1976 and 1986 to limit marine flooding following the North Sea Flood of 1953. It is the most famous work of the Delta Works because of its monumental size but also its innovative hydraulic technology and its complex and unique construction.
For the 1964 Olympic Games, Japan invested huge amounts of capital in the construction of sports infrastructures. The architecture of the sports buildings gave the image of a modern nation, developed and more powerful than ever. The gymnasium architecture of Kenzo Tange can be considered as a manifesto of the modern Japanese architecture that revealed itself to the world during the Olympic Games.
Gustav Klimt was an Austrian painter, representative of the Vienna Secession and iconic decorator of Viennese Art Nouveau. He’s known for his way of reinventing allegorical and symbolist imagery, but also painted a certain amount of forest landscapes. His tree paintings were mainly done at the beginning of the 20th century, when his career marked a turning point.
Water management in the Netherlands has always been a major issue for the survival of the country. As more than half of the country’s land is below sea level, the majority of the territory is vulnerable to flooding or submergence. This has also influenced the land use and demography of the country. Some regions, highly exposed to natural hazards, have remained sparsely populated for several centuries.
The Fujian Tulou are rural dwellings in the Fujian region of China. The earthen buildings were built by the Hakka people from the 12th century to the 20th century. Their architecture is recognizable for its size, shape, construction technique and above all for its unique function both defensive and organized for the community.
Tomás Sánchez is a Cuban artist renowned for his landscape paintings. He developed a contemporary interpretation of landscape painting, inviting to meditation, absorbing the viewer confronted with his loneliness in an almost spiritual process. These forests, where there is almost no living soul, are havens of peace allowing one to take refuge under the foliage of the trees.
Carl Chun was a German zoologist who led the Valdivia Expedition. The purpose of this scientific expedition was to deepen the discoveries previously made by the Challenger Expedition. The marine biologist was an expert in octopus and squid and took advantage of the expedition to perfect his knowledge of the great depths.
Otto Neurath was an Austrian philosopher, sociologist and political economist. He is mainly known to be the inventor of the Isotype, a system of pictograms. He created this method in order to organize, analyze and graphically represent complex data and statistics to visually educate the population.
The study Parliament explores through 5 typologies the relation between architecture and politics. These typologies are often inspired by ancient influences and most of them have not changed since the 19th century. But the question remaining is how could architecture shape political culture ?