Within the scope of Fernando Tavóra Prize, I will give the lecture "America Deserta: Paisagem, Arte e Arquitectura do Sudoeste America" next Monday, October 2nd 2017, at Matosinhos City Hall.
This is the second essay of a series of five that I will be published at Jornal Público during this summer. It is based on the Travel Diary of my journey in the American Southwest. You can read it here.
The bright lights are the boiler towers of Ivanpah Solar Electric, they concentrate the energy of thousands of mirrors. In the 1980s, Reyner Banham described Solar One, also in the Mojave, as 'the most beautiful powerplant in the world'.At the time, Banham envisioned the structure as an aesthetic object to be visited as another artwork in the American desert.