A little break

just came across koyaanisqatsis life out of balance from 1983 on youtube. It is a nice little (dramatic) break, if any of you should need such one.


Love David


Hans Munk Hansen @ Malta

In 1979 when the danish charter turism blossomed, the danish architect Hans Munk Hansen drew a vacation center for “Dansk folkeferie”

Dansk folkeferie was a newly started socialistic concept, servicing danish comrades who wanted a bit of tan when having time of at the factory.

It is a really nice project, drawing on themes as the mediterrainian family house, the climate, private vs. social(istic) etc.

I am planning a tour out one day, maybe to do a little surveying.

I put the file in archimedes/adf 2/valetta/Hans Munk Hansen



Malta links#2

Forwarded from malta, thanks to Elaine Bonavia architectstudent at malta>>

Some of the offices is pretty conventional but I found the http://www.ktpmalta.com/ very interesting>>

i know a couple of architects who are crazy about valletta that may be able to help you, for example one of them has done numerous projects of modern intervention in historic places in valletta – his name is chris briffa, and I can talk to him if you need. http://www.chrisbriffa.com/
I also know another architect who knows a lot about valletta’s history because he did a dissertation on the underground passages in valletta that the Knights built – subterranean valletta.. http://www.dinlarthelwa.org/content/view/595/68/
also check out http://www.ap.com.mt/ and http://www.demicoliandassociates.com/ .. they are also good architecture companies in malta and AP have done some great work in valletta.
traditional maltese housing can be found almost everywhere on the island at the core parts of every old village, so i think that it will not be a typical characteristic of valletta, Valletta is a planned city, purposely built for the use of the Knights and evrything is arranged in a grid-like fashion unlike the old villages which have winding roads and all streets are revolving around the parish church. compare – Mdina and Valletta. also, in valletta there is a place called Manderaggio which is like the slum place where a lot of old housing now stands. some places are still homes for people, but others are probably vacant.
Re. maps, i assume u need site maps.. in malta if anyone needs a printed site map they either go to the Planning Authority and buy it from there (you can look at the map server on the website http://www.mepa.org.mt/home?l=1 but its crappy ) or else you print it yourself from survey sheets owned by the architect you work with. the second choice is better because it takes less hassle and costs nothing.
other interesting things:
http://www.ktpmalta.com/ check out this website, and download The Architect magazines in pdf, there are probably some good projects based in malta that you can have a look at. it’s basically a mag issued from the Chamber of Architects & Civil Engineers in malta .. plenty of names of people that can be helpful too.

in valletta right now – Fort St. Elmo is a great site, all the Forts and Cavaliers are actually…
and then there’s the city gate project of Renzo Piano..

these are also websites worth checking: http://www.dinlarthelwa.org/
you might want to go here i dunno –  http://www.limestoneheritage.com/ (>>ohh yes.. WE ARE GOING!!)
//Big love

Mr. Jule Hygge and Sara W is inviting

Everyone is invited to jule hygge at Saras place sunday the 29th. from 13/1pm. People can pop by during the afternoon. There will be cookies and glögg (alcohol)

Bring a pair of scissors (one or as many as you can carry) and your jule-mood

The adress is

Prinsessegade 5b, 3th (3rd to the right)


Love, Sara (20210892)

Drømme i København / Dreams in Copenhagen

In this week there is Copenhagen Dox. One of the worlds largest documentary film festivals. The festival started last friday by showing a film by Max Kestner of Copenhagen, its citizens and its physical environment, which is to shaping our lives. A poetic film about the city, its life and its architecture.

I saw it friday and can warmly recommend it. It is showing at DAC (danish architecture center), the 22th. 10.00-11.30


It is 40 kr. and you have to submit at the homepage above, under “tilmelding”



Urban gardening in wartime Sarajevo

BAM! breaking the silence…

Pernille brought it up on tuesdays crit; Urban gardening. A quite contradictory phenomenon. But nonetheless quite interesting, especially in Sarajevo (In my oppinion) Going to the city museum I fell over these few pictures showing how they used urban areas for farming.

After a little reading in to the subject, I came across this short post about gardeing in wartime http://pruned.blogspot.com/2007/05/defiant-gardens.html I find especially the bombcrater garden quite nice.

Meanwhile nowadays the urban gardening is becoming quite big especially in the states, where churches amongst many are starting to make small gardens in urban areas, even in Brooklyn (according to Antonio aka Señor Salvador) See fx. http://landscapeandurbanism.blogspot.com/2008/05/agro-urbanism.html or my personal favorite a rural rethinking of Philadelphia http://bldgblog.blogspot.com/2007/11/farmadelphia.html

A ruralising of the urban.

Back to Sarajevo. In the time after the siege there has been a discussion about how Sarajevo had been ruralized. Here is a translation of Håkons text about the subject

“An anthropological study of Sarajevo and its urban development describes the city’s development in relation to relocation and new arrival from the surrounding villages.
According to the article 240,000 people fled during the war, after which 100000-150000 people from the country side migrated to the city. The study describes an evolution from urban city to a deurbanized city, a sort of large village. It also describes how an earlier parallel case, from Tito’s times where you wanted a “Europazation” of the city and thus forced crowds to migrate to cities, but with a “ruralisering of cities” as a result.”

So I find that the idea to (re-)introduce the urban farming/gardening as a subject in Sarajevo has many interesting sides to it.



post scriptum

If you guys are interested search for urban gardening or vertical farming. Good bloggs in that genre is http://pruned.blogspot.com and http://landscapeandurbanism.blogspot.com

I have the article about the anthropological study in danish if anyone is interested

i guess that the “In my oppinion” comment is quite irrellevant since it is a blogg and everything written is of ones own oppinion.