Tag Archives: Marcel Breuer

The Parador Ariston, an Abandoned & Deteriorating Latin American Architectural Classic…

In 1948, Hungarian architect Marcel Breuer designed and built — along with fellow architects Carlos Coire and Eduardo Catalano — the Parador Ariston in the La Serena neighborhood of Mar de Plata, Argentina.  Formerly remembered as the well-known Ariston Restaurant, the building’s overall shape and form — designed to hold social gatherings, dances and cocktail parties — is inspired by a four-leafed clover to provide maximum glazing and natural sunlight, with its main space elevated a single level with curved walls. However, sadly the building today stands abandoned, deteriorated in ruins, neglected, and covered in graffiti. Continue reading The Parador Ariston, an Abandoned & Deteriorating Latin American Architectural Classic…

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Got 15 Minutes? Use It To Learn The History Of Western Architecture!

Have you ever felt the need to brush up on your architectural history, you know, so it sounds like you actually know what you’re talking about at the dinner table, at the bar with some friends, or at a symposium when the debate starts on the current state of art and architecture?  If you answered “yes” — because that’s totally not weird –, don’t have the time to get a minor in art & architectural history like I did, AND you have a spare fifteen minutes on you, then the UK-based distance-learning website The Open University (OU) is just for you.  The OU has available a series of helpful online videos simply titled “Design in a Nutshell.” All you have to do is lie back (or sit back if you’re in a chair, or….something), click on the play icon, and let young Ben “Obi-Wan” Kenobi himself Ewan McGregor narrate this pleasant series of minimally-animated, quick-paced, diagrammatic, and hilarious cartoons. At the end, you’ll have a general idea on all things design-related from the Gothic Revival era to Postmodernism you can prime yourself with some cursory lessons on all things design from Gothic Revival to Postmodernism in under a quarter of an hour. Continue reading Got 15 Minutes? Use It To Learn The History Of Western Architecture!