Sunday, September 19, 2010

A modern building; absence of gardens in Santa Catarina

A modern building, oil on card, 13 x 9.8 cm

One of the UFSC research centres in Itacorubi.

Like many I don't much like modernist architecture, beacuse it seems rarely to integrate happily with nature- always giving that landed spaceship effect

This is one of the things I miss most about the UK: the gentle integration of architecture with the landscape, and the excellent quality of much architectural design, and the beautiful orchestrations of gardens and parks.

It is ironical that a country like Scotland, with its short growing season season, and difficult climate should boast so many beautiful gardens, and Brasil, which offers such abundant possibilities, should have so few. I suspect this is a miserable legacy of Italian- Portuguese colonisation.

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