Arch. Myriam B. Mahiques Curriculum Vitae

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Strange landscapes. An exercise with morphology, colors and reflections

As the title says, I´m creating landscapes with mountains that I create taking the advantage of reflections with different sources of color on Aluminum foil.
The exercise, apart from having interesting artistic results, has moved me to simulate organic architectural structures -that are so well known today- which I will analyze under fractal concepts and will define which is the best way to measure them. This will be part of another post or publication.
I´ve selected Aluminum to achieve a comparison with metals, specially Titanium.
Please do not reproduce without permission.

Monday, January 18, 2016

AR (t) CHITECTURE. Call for papers

An International Conference at The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning 19-21 April 2016

Call for Papers 
 Good architecture brings forth a thick reality of experience. To create poetic local places (buildings, landscapes, and urban design projects), the architect has to embody the environment in which his architectural creation takes place. Meaningful architectural making always reflects and addresses the time, place, desires and needs of a shared context, but at the same time interprets, ponders, questions and manipulates it, while bringing forth the living subjectivity of the architect. Artistic creation, in its different forms, allows the artist to embody the world poetically. Through drawing, painting, sculpture, film, music, dance, etc., the artist addresses collective cultural topics in a personal manner, questions, criticizes, and illuminates them, and thus actively participates in the shared reality. It is not uncommon that architects immerse themselves in art making. Usually their artistic creation has been regarded as separated from their architectural work. The conference will investigate the intricate and fascinating ties between artistic and architectural making. It will aim to question, exemplify, and evaluate the connection between these two fields. Why do architects preoccupy themselves with art making? What are the relationships between their artistic works and their architectural design? Does their art making enrich their architectural designs? Papers may articulate theoretical relationships between art making and architectural making, approach the relationship between these two fields as modes of thinking in recent decades. Papers may also attest to the relationship between art and architecture through case studies of specific architects, or shed light on the ties between specific works of art and architectural projects. Collaborative, multidisciplinary and historiographical papers are welcome. Important Dates: We are inviting historians, theoreticians, researchers and scholars of various fields and backgrounds to submit a paper proposal for one of the below listed topics. Please email a 500 words abstract, describing the paper proposal to the following email address:
 by March 7, 2016. Accepted abstracts will be notified by March 14, 2016. All accepted papers (based on abstract acceptation) would be included in a publication in the form of proceedings. Guidelines: Please keep title short and appealing. Mention the topic (from list of topics to be discussed in the conference), which your paper addresses. Images (72 dpi) may be included as part of the abstract if they enhance the text and are an integral element of the abstract. 

Please include: Author's full name (surname first) Author's credentials (i.e.: Ph.D., Master Student, Professor, Architect, Artist etc.). Author's affiliation (i.e.: university, office or organization). Author's contact info: Full address, email, and phone number. More than one abstract may be submitted per author. Registration fees are 300 USD per academic professionals, and 250 USD per students. Registration deadline: April 10, 2016. 
 Venues: The conference will take place at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology between the 19th and the 21st of April, 2016. Israel's prominent technological institution, the Technion is located in Haifa on the Carmel Mountain. As the center of the northern Israeli metropolitan, Haifa offers a unique view on local region and culture. 


 Topic 1). Theoretical and philosophical aspects of art making as modes of poetic embodiment of the surroundings and interpretations of the relationship between artistic and architectural making. 
Topic 2). Historiographies of relationships between art and architectural making, with emphasis on their conditions and significance in the contemporary era of enhanced technology and globalization 
Topic 3). Case studies dealing with the artistic and architectural work of architects worldwide, and the ties between specific artistic and architectural projects, methodologies and products. 
 Topic 4). Case studies focusing on artistic and architectural work of Israeli, Palestinian and Mediterranean architects. 

Scientific Committee: Prof. David Leatherbarrow Prof. Architect Joerg Gleiter Architect Zvi Hecker Prof. Architect Iris Aravot - Chair Dr. Architect Dana Margalith Architect Anna Shapiro Architect Yoni Avidan Architect Maya Weissman-Ilan ** For more information please visit our website at: 

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Colorful welding and the aesthetics of ruins

¨In August 2013, the Newport Beach City Council authorized the City Arts Commission and City staff to implement a temporary sculpture exhibit in Civic Center Park. The City Council approved the installation of ten sculptures in Phase I of the project and additional ten sculptures in Phase 2. The sculptures installed in year one are on display for two years and will be removed and returned to the artists in 2016. Those installed in year two, or Phase 2, will be removed in 2017.¨

Here I´m showing some details from the sculpture ¨Pretty Boy¨ by David Buckingham.
And this is not that I´m delighted with the sculpture but with its details. I took a lot of pictures of the welding and colorful metal, while thinking how this sculpture will end up in more than one year. What the artist will do with the remnants.

Because if you look in detail, the sculpture has corrosion everywhere already, and maybe this is part of the artist´s intention, that the demon (it´s a demon) would honorably die when he has to be removed from the park.
It also reminded me Albert Speer´s ideal of ruins:

¨ Albert Speer, el arquitecto de Hitler, avanzó sobre el tema en la década del ´30, proponiendo la idea de valor de las ruinas, en su publicación ¨Die Ruinenwerttheorie¨ (La Teoría del Valor de las Ruinas), donde el edificio debía ser diseñado de tal manera que en caso de su eventual colapso, dejaría en pie ruinas estéticamente agradables que pudieran perdurar sin mantenimiento. Speer, no sólo construyó el modelo del Zeppelin en Nuremberg, sino que también mostró cómo aparecería en ruinas luego de cientos de años. Su expectactiva residía en que los restos torcidos de hierro despertaran el mismo heroico entusiasmo que los grandes edificios del pasado que habían conmovido a Hitler¨. 

From my article About the Aesthetics of Ruins, in Spanish, Albert Speer, who was Hitler´s archictect, advanced on the subject in the 30´s proposing the idea of a value for ruins, in his publication ¨Die Ruinenwerttheorie¨, where he stated that the building had to be designed in such a manner that its eventual collapse would leave aesthetically pleasing ruins that could endure without maintenance. He, not only built the model of the Zeppelin in Nuremberg, but also showed how it would look like in ruins, after hundreds of years. His expectation was on the twisted steel that would encourage the same heroic enthusiasm than the great buildings of the past that had moved Hitler.

After all, my pictures are showing ¨Pretty Boy¨ parts as abstract art. 
All pictures by Myriam B. Mahiques, please do not reproduce without my permission.

These are the legs of  ¨Pretty Boy¨ and the grass behind


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