A few weeks ago I left Malta to try my luck somewhere else. I would have loved to organize the event I intended to hold, a conference regarding Maltese contemporary architecture (or rather lack thereof), however circumstances do not allow me to pursue such an interesting but unprofitable venture. I would like to thank the people who offered their help with organizing it: Norbert Attard, Narcy Calamatta and Eduard Duca. Their support gave me really warm feelings towards Malta.
In order to repay the favour I’ll share with you some observations regarding the problems of Maltese developments and offer suggestions for change.
Several months ago I came across a product called aircrete or foamcrete. It has been around for a few decades but as of today has mostly been used as an insulation material, while its potential for construction has yet to be fully appreciated.
Aircrete is basically mortar filled with air; sand, cement and a foaming agent ~ a type of soap. Special mixing equipment is required to make it but the process is not high-tech, just different from mixing concrete or mortar the conventional way.
Thus far I have designed and built three buildings, which are, for reasons of budget constraints and inexperience, not as spectacular as I would have liked them to be. Nevertheless I am very proud of how my hotel turned out to be, and I know I am capable of designing buildings that are truly special. Continue reading “Architectural influences”→
Last month I was in Dubai promoting an app called “Designated Driver”. A longtime friend and business associate needed help marketing an app he’d been working on for the past year, which was about to go live. Continue reading “Designated Driver (Dubai)”→
A friend of mine who owns a sizeable coffee plantation located at some of the highest areas of Central Panama asked me: “On my land I have several creeks and lots of water, I was wondering if we could make a lake there?” My usual reply to such questions is: “Let’s find out, when do we start?”
Here are some of the more interesting bugs I come across in my daily activities. Of some I know names, for others I invented them. Since not every critter was willing to pose, the quality of the pictures varies. Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy them!