Category Archives: Aesthetics

Legacy at the Chicago Architecture Biennial


Chicago has a long history of reinvention. After the Great Fire of 1871, the city has had to think big, dream boldly and push the boundaries of what is possible in the urban landscape. From the world’s first modern skyscraper to the iconic bungalow, Chicago has always used architecture and design to continually transform itself and its identity. This past weekend, marked another milestone for the city with the opening of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the first and largest exhibition in North America dedicated to contemporary architecture. Continue reading

Hotel Cumbres


The Lastarria neighborhood is in the heart of Santiago’s city centre. It originally started with a church surrounded by houses and winding streets. Yet, the Plaza Mulato Gil de Castro was only built in 1981 in order to preserve a series of facades beginning with the historic house of Gil de Castro. Continue reading

Painted Stories: A tour through the street art of Bogotá


“There’s more to Colombia than cocaine and coffee.”

Rey Garcia is a tour guide on a mission. In his eyes, street art is not only a legitimate art form worthy of a wider audience, but a valuable means of self-expression.

Street art is not illegal in Bogotá. The maximum penalty is akin to a parking ticket. And since relaxing restrictions in 2011, the city has seen its walls explode with color and creativity. Artists come from around the world to participate; an estimated 5,000 murals now cover the city, and new ones go up every week. Continue reading

People For Smarter Cities

You may know that IBM is committed to creating solutions that help cities all over the world get smarter, in order to make life in those cities better. That’s why IBM and Ogilvy joined forces to spark positive change with the “People for Smarter Cities” project, that unites city leaders and forward-thinking citizens. To spread the word, Ogilvy created outdoor advertising with a purpose: a bench, a shelter and a ramp that are not only designed to be beautiful, but to be useful to city dwellers as well. Watch the interaction unfold.