Category Archives: Issue No. 3: Visit to Alpujarra

A VISIT TO GRANADA AND ALPUJARRA:

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THE VALLEY OF THE ETERNAL FATHER, ÓRGIVA, ALPUJARRA, SPAIN

In April 2008, I met my daughter, Elizabeth Snowden, in Granada, Spain, where we stayed for several days and then drove to the valley, not far from Órgiva in Alpujarra—a region that extends along the south slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains—where she had been living since the fall of 2007. She ended up living there until November 2008, nearly two years. Although my stay was brief, I came away with an impression that has deepened over time as …

DIARY ENTRIES

    VIEW OF THE OLD TOWN FROM OUR WINDOW

VIEW OF THE OLD TOWN FROM OUR WINDOW

(Saturday, 26 April 2008) Granada is a bigger city than I imagined. The new part flows out of the old, which is well preserved. The topography is dramatic—the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the south, the Alhambra and the summer palace on the a tree-covered hillside, south of the old town, and a second hillside that’s filled with houses off of narrow, winding streets. We climbed …

POSTSCRIPT: CITIZENS OF THE COSMOS

THE DOOR TO LIZY’S ROOM IN THE VALLEY

THE DOOR TO LIZY’S ROOM IN THE VALLEY

While writing the essay “Urban Terroir” (see Common Place No. 2) I started reading David Cacey’s interviews with Ivan Illich, a Croatian who grew up in the “fat tail” of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. A J.M. Coetzee review of the work of Italo Svevo (in Coetzee’s Inner Workings (1)) describes how Svevo, a native of Trieste, benefited from the cosmopolitan nature of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. That rich culture of difference …

THERE IS NO CRITICISM, ONLY HISTORY

MANFREDO TAFURI INTERVIEWED BY RICHARD INGERSOLL

Manfredo Tafuri is a prolific author on a wide variety of subjects ranging from 16th-century Venice (L’armonia e I conflitti, coauthored with Antonio Foscari) to more alien topics such as The American City (coauthored with Giorgio Ciucci and Francesco Dal Co). Each of his works serves as a platform for questioning the methods of architectural history, which, as he so emphatically states below, is not to be distinguished from criticism. In Theories and History of Architecture, he identified a major problem of “operative criticism,” endemic to architects who write about architecture. His suggestion to counteract …