By Los Andes

Charlando con mis hijos surgieron preguntas, a veces repetidas, en el relato de las trayectorias profesionales, pero que me hicieron reflexionar acerca de esto que es mi pasión, la arquitectura.

¿Qué es?, ¿por dónde empezás y cómo se llega a concretar una obra?, ¿cuál fue tu obra favorita, papá?. Una de mis obras preferidas y uno de mis proyectos más logrados fue “NQN, Viñedos de las Patagonia”. Mi arquitectura, entiendo, tiene una fuerte imagen constructiva y muy aferrada a los procesos industriales. Son obras muy racionales, no son especialmente orgánicas, pero están teñidas de una fuerte incidencia del paisajismo. Esta es, al menos, mi búsqueda.

Las bodegas son obras industriales que tiene una gran escala, generalmente son enormes naves que tienen un impacto ambiental agresivo en el lugar, si uno no controla su escala y su incidencia. Pretendo, por ello, que las bodegas no se levanten como elefantes blancos en el pecho de los paisajes. Por lo mismo, trabajo especialmente en la incorporación de elementos naturales y del paisaje para tratar de bajar la escala y minimizar el impacto ambiental: la bodega, en tanto espacio, debe adecuarse al sitio donde será erigida. Y no al revés.

De este modo, construyo a partir de elementos que permiten... (Read More)

By Star 2

“Salmon, no? Pescado. Tres.”

The waiter stared, wide-eyed, as if I had just ordered an exotic meal. Or my feeble attempt at Spanish had rendered him speechless.

He was probably aghast that we were in Buenos Aires, Argentina – the beef capital of the world – and three out of our party of four had wanted pescado or fish. Salmon wasn’t on the menu but that didn’t stop me from asking – if no salmon, then any pescado will do.

The desperation stemmed from nearly a week-long carnivore diet of grilled, stewed and stuffed meat. The kids had even started comparing pasta to char koay teow. Alas, Asian restaurants were few and far between, and nowhere close to where we were putting up for the week. The day before, we walked half a kilometre to a Chinese restaurant, only to fork out the equivalent of RM100 for unpalatable fried rice and noodles. I kept reminding myself that we certainly didn’t travel 42 hours here from Penang for Asian cuisine, but for a slice of Argentine culture, nature and adventure. Thankfully, we found that aplenty, with Buenos Aires setting the stage for our three-week vacation in Argentina.

In step to the seductive beat of the tango, Buenos Aires lulled us with its vibe and allure. The cosmopolitan city has no shortage of art, antiques and architecture of European and Latin American influence. In fact, the locals who call themselves Portenos (people from the port) consider Buenos Aires as the most European capital in the world – and their people the most beautiful.

Upon arrival, we encountered well-groomed immigration officers who looked like they had stepped out of movie sets. Even police constables on the streets could... (Read More)

By The Squeeze Magazine

There are wineries that look great, and others that function well. Sadly it feels like somewhat of a rarity when they achieve both. But Zuccardi winery, the Great Wine Capitals’ global architecture winner last year, is a rare gem that really does achieve both, and will please the most exacting oenophile as well as the most passionate architect.

I wrote this article for Great Wine Capitals’ wine blog, however as it is about a new winery in Mendoza – I thought readers of the Squeeze might enjoy reading it too. Please check out the original version on GWC website too, where you will find other blogs on last year’s winners from around the globe.

Zuccardi & the Piedra Infinita winery

The new Zuccardi Piedra Infinita winery in the Uco Valley was born out of desire, rather than necessity. The Zuccardi family have a large, functional and busy winery to the east of Mendoza, in Maipu. With each new generation of the family, the winery has expanded and the horizons lifted. It homes the winemaking facilities for several... (Read More)

By Global Voices

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Argentina's Declaration of Independence, released the powerful video “100 Years of Beauty: Argentina” (100 años de belleza: Argentina), the 24th video in the 100 Years of Beauty series.

Uploaded to YouTube on 26 October, this tribute to Argentina takes scarcely more than a minute to use the changing trends in feminine beauty to summarise the significant historical events and cultural icons that have marked every decade of Argentinian history since 1910. It is the story of an entire century told in images and symbols.

Revisiting the last century of Argentina's turbulent history, with its times of struggle, hope, numerous recessions, wars and six coup d'états, and then condensing it into such a short video, required a great deal of research by the production team. They had to choose hairstyles, make-up, accessories and appropriate gestures with great care, to demonstrate both the changes in fashion and in the personality and the history of the Argentinian people.

This mini documentary begins with the Modernism era of the early 20th century, bringing out icons like the beloved former first lady Eva Perón, a big symbol in the country's history, and the actress and glamour model Isabel “Coca” Sarli, considered the quintessential sex symbol of Argentina. It then moves to the dark times of... (Read More)

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