A green spot called Central Park

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Even I don’t really like big cities for living, there’s a place where I really feel comfortable and relieved. PARKS, I think I already said so on my early post of High line park and today I want to share with you the beginnings of THE PARK, Central Park of New York, the park which everybody thinks first when thinking about parks.

I was reading a book some days ago, that really caught me from the very beginning, it is Delirious New York by Rem Koolhaas, it shows you how Manhattan was created, architectural and urbanistically, how it was an investigation lab for architects to reach higher than ever.

So, it was surprising to find out how central park was created; it’s was a rush between the developing Manhattan and it’s land. Manhattan was growing so fast, that there was the possibility of occupy all the land without leaving any space. So on 1853 there where some people commissioned to make sure there was no building on the area delimited from 5th to 8th avenue and 59th and 104th street (later on would be 110th). And that’s how Central Park was born. It’s quite interesting how Koolhaas, describe the park as a fake nature, because nothing in there was actually in there, lakes are fake, trees are from other places… well, in fact, this is how almost all parks are constructed! Anyway, I quite think this is nerdy information, but some times, those things are the ones you remember the most, and you can blast it when someone is try to make the other people notice he knows more than everyone talking about central park (that’s a thing I really hate ;p)

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PS. Those pictures are from last year, the day IRENE arrived, the rain you see in some pictures is Irene saying hello!

Little money always count

Have you ever wonder where those cents goes? Whatever you buy they give you cents, you keep them and then, you never use them again, and they are gone! In my school they give you cents when you pay for printing and copying, and I print a lot, so, my trousers, wallets, and bags were full of them, and I started to keep them. Cent by cent, I  filled up piggy banks, then I put the money into tubes, and in a box.. And a year later, I had saved more than 200€! So, I did a trip, which costed half the price if you think those 200€ where like extra money  (it’s better thinking it that way)

So I just wanted to show you how easy is to save money, or teaching to save money to your children or if you wanna do a trip with your couple, you can play: who save more cents? (copyright by me if some day becomes a real game ;p) Which was how my saving started! And it was great, some times when I was bored, I used to count them, it made me happy :) crazzy I know it.

 

When you are looking for the perfect souvenir.

 

Some times when you travel, you wanna get the perfect thing to take home, a present to your relatives or friends, and you wanna find something funny and original, but most of the times you end up buying a key chain or a magnet with the name of the place or a picture on it. Isn’t that true? Well,  some times there’s something on the site you can profit, and you don’t realize it at the first sight.

So that happened to me when I went to Denmark, plus, everything was so expensive there, you couldn’t even by a thing. So I made myself a souvenir, which costed almost nothing, a bracelet with  1Krone ( which is 0.13€cts) When you buy souvenirs you expect them to be related to the palace ( it is) there must be the city or the country written on them ( it is) they must be nice ( it is), there are even hearts on it! what else? ;)

What do you think? Is it a great souvenir/present?

When HE build Oak Park

During my stay in Chicago, as an architecture student, I couldn’t miss the work of Frank LLoyd Wright. So I spend a day in Oak park, visiting his home and studio, and afterwards, walking its streets admiring and picturing his work. I was so jealous about all those people living in there, it has to be amazing, so much good architecture around! Oak Park has the most part of Wright prairie house, and queen’s anne style, which was the style of the time before he developed his own style. I know the most important and exquisite one it Robbie house, and although it deserves its own post, maybe you change your mind ( as I did) and discover Robbie house is not the best one. 

* FLLW house and studio.

* Queen Anne Style

* William Winslow House 1893, River Forest

* Hills DeCaro House ( this is my favorite, prairie and japanese style)

* Frank W. Thomas House

* Arthur Heurtley House

* Moore-Dugal Residence (Tudor influences)

* Laura Gale House

* Unity Temple

Each one is diferent on its way, but at the end of the trip, all looked the same, don’t you think?

Just landed

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This morning i’ve arrived in Santiago on 8:00am! I was so tired i’ve slept all the morning!
A great lunnch in Taverna do Bispo, and we started the tour..
I’ll try to post some more pictures tonight, this city has lots of secret places which I hope you like as much as I do :)

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Before Chicago became CHICAGO…

First of all I have to apologize to let the blog like that during so many days, but, I do have an excuse :p Since I came back from Chicago I’ve been unpacking and packing again all my stuff because today, my studies started again, so I had to move to Barcelona, we started a workshop today, which I’ll show you very soon ;) It’s really a cool thing :)

So now that I’m already installed…Let’s make a little bit of history before starting with the great Chicago everyone knows. Don’t worry you won’t fell asleep! ;) Back in october 1871 there was a fire which firefighters extinguish after hours of work, but suddenly, next day a new fire started, they were exhausted from the day before and they thought the smoke was from the day before, so when they realize it wasn’t, it was too late. They arrived at the place when the fire was too big and had not enough material to fight with, plus the hard wind which was blowing make the fire jump form one side of the river to the other, running to the city center, burning everything that could. And that’s how Chicago burned.

BUUUUT, fortunately, there were some buildings which survived the Great Fire. These were, among others (which in Chicago guides doesn’t say so, but I’ve found it doing a little bit of research, which you can find it in “History of Chicago” by AT Andreas) the water tower and the pumping station.

The Water tower and the Pump Station were constructed in 1869 using big limestone blocks by the architect William W. Boyington, both resemble more a tiny European castle than what they actually are. Since its survival of the Great Fire,they became one of the city’s most famous icons. It was threatened with demolition several times but it was saved each time thanks to a public outcry.

* Pumping Station