27 March, 2008

Travelin and Spendin

Well we recently came back to Barcelona after 10 days or so roaming around Europe on an independent study trip. Saw lots of good stuff, spent plenty of good money, had a pretty good time. Architecturally, I was most intrigued by the projects in Berlin. The obvious answer is Libeskind's Jewish Museum, which was impressive, especially the museum exhibits themselves. Probably my favorite project for the whole trip, however, was Berlin's Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cutlures). This one was particularly interesting for its entire composition, landscape work, siting, and the actual structure. Walking through the project seemed an experience just as designed and thought through as the structure itself, and you know it works well when you feel the need to take pictures of every single detail (I'm not usually ever one to take many pictures). That's it for now, had a great trip, just might not include any of the top 5 most expensive cities in the world next time...

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