Dialogue 06 Intentions revisited

How are intentions influenced by/through time and context? How do the original intentions change*, when they come in contact with the real context, and how does a plan change over time? Changes in society (values, meaning, growth, etc.) might ask for a revision on what was initially intended. Changes in a specific context had their influence on how something that was intended in one way, ended up completely different, or never became what the initiators/creators had in mind.  Current situations change how we see a building, area, or city, do things have to be adapted and how do these transformations affect the original intentions?  


At the margins of the old city center in Palermo many of these walled up closures in the facades of old houses can be found. In these for a long time disadvantaged areas, now even more suffering from the economic crisis, many premises are vacant because former residents emigrated to the mainland or countries in […]

by Hannes Rutenfranz

When the intention fails: the permanence of the temporary

How to relate the inherent optimism of the intention with the sometimes cruel reality of the context? Is the intention strong enough to overcome the resilience of the context? What remains to be seen during the process of confrontation between intention and context? When the intention fails: the permance of the temporary Milano, Via Andrea […]

by Elettra Carnelli

The Success of Failure

A fine line isolates success from failure or, perhaps, the other way around. Intention cannot survive without redefinition as control cannot exist without a hacker. The fragile certainty of intentions is always confronted by the ruthless volatility of context. Simultaneous intersections of behaviors interact to reconsider spaces. Our image: A depiction of erosion and diversity […]

by Rosa Maria de los Heros + Manuel Julià

Pop-up Monument for Mobility

Daily seen at the speed of public transport in Zurich, no remnants of any temple – of course -, no ruin to feed any soul keen to romanticism. Rather a manifestation of the postindustrial condition, showcasing the still ongoing transition from the industry- to the information-based economy and society. The plot, a former parking lot […]

by Maro Tsagka

Thoughts on site

I am in Taipei at the moment and visited the building site of the Taipei Performing Art Centre, a design made by OMA and building started around five years ago. According to my brief research the design is of course much older than that and they have had massive problems with the construction and the […]

by Ravian van den Hil

A podium to nowhere

The initial intention to make the Barbican a council estate for the well-off drew references of isolation as a key aspect of a successful design that were invested in the use of the podium to, in effect, create an additional privileged ground level. The aspiration was that, while servicing complementary access to the towers and […]

by Ioanna Piniara


The picture I took shows the building that was home to the bar called «Bundeshaus» in Zurich till November 28th, 2017. A space that has been a spot for happenings such as contemporary music series, game nights and of course the regular drinking. Contracts drained. Then, interim use which ended along with a music festival […]

by Ramon Landolt

The problem of duration: Archeology of everything

We could make a conceptual remark, arguing that all is built on top of a previous state of space- whether it be the cityscape or a landscape. If we adopt this notion of relative newness, where context is always a given, obligatory attribute, all frustration of duration, structure and solidity of an object of architecture […]

by Pavle Stamenovic