One of the world’s most legendary architects, Zaha Hadid, has passed away today. Her influence on aspiring architects and the architecture discipline is unparalleled. Here’s a small tribute to her work, you can view more of her projects that were featured on designismymuse: here.
Nice to have you back, Archy! :) While I was commuting the other day, I was daydreaming of how to structure the "perfect" city. What I came up with was a concentric layout, with bureaucratic buildings in the center, residential & commercial areas in the middle, and agricultural zones on the outskirts. Trains would run along the boundaries between zones and also towards/away from the center of the circle. Maybe this isn't exactly an architectural question, but what would be your "perfect" city?
You might have imagined something similar to what has been one of the Utopian models of city planing: the concentric circles city. You can read more about this model and some later adaptations here.
What are your thoughts on the house style of Madeira, Portugal?
Its tough to group all the houses of Madeira in one opinion. So, I don’t have a formed opinion of Madeira but like other cities in the Iberian Peninsula it reminds me of the city where I grew up.
The old part of town closer to the sea with tight 3-4 stories tall rowhouses lining up narrow cobblestone streets peppered with small plazas and pedestrian alleyways. The 20th century city expansion full of 1-2 story houses with painted stucco walls and tile roofs. The contemporary buildings shinny with stucco, glass and metal rising above the old buildings to catch the views. I could be describing San Juan, so I would probably feel right at home there!
I honestly don’t know what
happened to the costumes, I tried to imagine each of them in the perfect
costume. Originially Pietro was going to be a clown but I wanted him to be sexy
and I wanted to bring a small agrument between Sam and Bucky. This is an
Avengers / The Magicians cross-over. I’m not really proud of the end because I
had trouble writing it and the writing became worse as I wrote.
Trees, trees and still trees. The
team has been wandering in the woods
during a good hour now and they lost track of Y/N. Actually it’s a funny story,
she left the tower with a big backpack and with the excuse of having a really
important meeting to intend. But none of
the Avengers believed it; it was Halloween, she loved Halloween and she was the
one who brought up the idea of the horror movie night. With only one look to
one another, they all bolted up and ran up to the elevator. Something was up and they needed to know
what is was. They all entered the
elevator, even through they were packed like sardines; that’s how the Avengers’
Halloween night started. When they reached the lobby of the tower and hurried
toward the door they got stopped.
-“ Mr Stark!”
Tony stopped while some continued
on their way out and some others stopped to wait for him.
-“ Excuse me, to interrupt
your night activities but Mrs Y/L/N let something for you.” said the
receptionist while fiddling with something under her desk.
Tony and the remaining of the team
approached her and she finally pull out the backpack that Y/N had when she
left. Tony took it and open it.
-“ What’s inside?”
Natasha asked looking over Tony’s shoulder
Tony took hold of the content of
the bag and took it out. It was a dress; a typically witch dress. The bag was
full of costumes.
-“ She left us costumes, why
is she doing? If she wanted to dress up she could have just asked!” Sam
Someone cleared their throat.
-“ She said that you had to
look at the bottom of the bag” the receptionist add.
-“ Move, we don’t have any
time to waste if we want to know what Lady Y/N want us to know” Thor said
pushing Tony out of the way. He grabbed the back and turned it upside down,
it’s content hit the floor and a paper fell among all the costumes.
Bruce, took it from the floor and
adjust his glasses before reading what was written on the piece of paper.
-“ She want us to put the
costumes on and to find her”
They all groaned at Bruce
statement and looked over at the pile on the floor.
-“ Okay, but I certainly
won’t be the one wearing this buny
costume!” Tony said
-“ Well, she also made a
list of wich costumes we should wear.” Bruce continued “ And you’re
The billionaire let his head fall
back and let out a dramatic sigh.
-” Which one is mine ?“
Natasha asked, walking to Bruce to have a look at the note.
-” Sexy Spider" Bruce
said blushing a little.
The red head smiled
-“ At least I’m not a
bunny” she smirked at Tony before going back to the pile to pick her
-“ Oh which is mine? Which
is mine?” Thor aksed cheerily bouncing slightly in excitement.
-“ Hmm you’re the bear”
-“ I will have to thank Lady
Y/N. A bear is a very good choice, symbol of strength and fearlessness; just
The little group start to rummage
through the pile to find their dedicated costumes when the sliding glass door
of the tower opened, revealing the rest of the team.
-“What the fuck are you
doing !?” Clint screamed panting .
The others entered the lobby just
behind him and looked at the five avengers bend over a pile of clothes.
-“ Guys, we lost Y/N”
-“ No shit, sherlock, she
want us to find her, so she obviously won’t stand in front of us, where’s the
fun in that!” he scoffed
-“ What’s going on
here?” Wanda ask going out of behind the Captain and walking toward
Natasha who held her costume proudly.
-“ Y/N let us costume to
wear” she said.
-“ And she choosed to make
me wear a fucking bunny costume!”
-“ Come on guys, let’s put
on these and find Y/N”
Once all of the Avengers were
dressed in their costumes they all head out of the tower, earning giggles from
the receptionist on their way.
-“ We look ridiculous”
He has been one of the unlucky of
the team to have a lame costume.
-“ Let’s be real, you’re
nothing but a clown, she made a good choice, in my opinion” Bucky said,
obviously mocking the poor falcon.
-“ Well, nobody asked for
your opinion. And she choose to make you a ghost, it’s not better. At least we
don’t have to see your ugly face”
-“ If you don’t shut up I
will make you eat your fake nose, idiot!”
-“ Will you guys stop. We
really need to find Y/N. I honestly don’t understand why she wanted us to wear
costumes.” Wanda interrupted.
She, on the other side was
wearing a beautiful witch dress with a hat to match. Natasha was also under Y/N
good grace because her sexy spider outfit was fitting her perfectly.
Steve was a werewolf, he had a
tored off shirt stained wit hfake blood, fake werewolf hands and a mask. Pietro
was a devil, he had a jacket and pants in red leather and black shirt and black
shoes; he was also wearing red devil
horns on top of his head. Thor was rather happy with his bear onesie, hiding
him completely except for his face and some of his golden which escaped all
round his face. Bruce was a doctor, nothing too different from his usual
outfit, his had a white blouse and a stetoscope, Y/N knew he wasn’t the type to
show off and he was grateful for her choice. Clint was wearing a bird onesie,
with a beak and eyes on the hood and little wings on the back, his grumpy face
described perfectly what he thought about this costume. Tony was cursing and
grumbling since he put his costume on. And finally, Peter was wearing a unicorn
onesie, the girls had assured him that he was super cute but he was walking
with his head down with the hood falling over his face showing the unicorn face
that was on the hood and he already tripped over his tail multiple times and
decided to put it in the pocket of the costume.
As they walked through the city
to find their teammate they got looks and even compliments on their costumes,
some of them were sarcastic but the heroes ignored it.
They walked for a good quarter of
an hour before they reached a small park with almost dead trees and flowers
everywhere. They entered and as they went deeper into the park they found out
that it turned into woods.
-“ Hey look!” Pietro
exclaimed before zooming over the entrance of the woods and coming back in less
than a second. He was holding a piece of paper, similar to the one Y/N placed
in the backpack.
-“ Give me that!” Tony
snatched the paper out of Pietro’s hand
-“ I’ve had enough of that.
My reputation will be tarnished forever because of this thing” he said
gesturing to his costume before resuming to reading the paper.
-“ Go in the woods and count
fifty steps. Don’t give up yet, we’ll have fun soon XX” Tony read.
A collective sigh was heard
before they all start walking again, making the dead leaves and sticks , that
covered the ground, crack in their trail. The woods became darker as the time
passed and as they reached the deeper side of the forest.
-“ Fifty” Bucky said
They all around, but there was
nothing but trees, trees and still trees. Did Y/N made them go all the way
through the city in those garments just to make fun of them?
-“ It’s a trick, I should
have know it ” Tony screamed and yanked his hood down.
-“ Let’s go home” Steve
said and they turned back to where they went.
-“ Hey guys!!!” a voice
from nowhere said
The team all jumped and turned
back again to see where the voice came from.
Then they saw it.
On the background of trees,
suspended in the air, white glowing
lines and geometrical figures appeared and the trees became blurry and
finally a totally different place. And in the middle of the new background was
Y/N, she was wearing a Harry Potter’s wizard gown and was waving at her friends.
-“ Y/N?!” they called
-“ Come on guys” she
said and gestured with her hand for them to join her.
They all looked to the trees
around them and to the place Y/N was in and carefully step the magic line that
separated the both different places. When the last of them passed on the other
side the dark forest disappeared .
They were left to admire the new
background. A grassy court was extending before them, leading to a cluster of late Gothic buildings with
contemporary architecture elements. The one in front of them was made in redish
brown bricks with a clock at the top. Near this building was a stone panel
which in majuscule letters was carved “ Brakebills”. Trees were
scattered in the court as well as many people dressed in costumes, drinking,
chatting and laughing.
Y/N walked to her friends with a
big smile on her face.
-“ Welcome to Brakebills,
You extended your arms, like you
were showing what was around you.
-“ What the hell is this
place?” Sam asked
-“ It’s my university ”
-“ An hidden unversity? In
the middle of the forest and invisible to outsiders? What kind of school it
is?” Natasha asked
- You know, if it wasn’t hidden
we would have been discovered and probably arrested or something"
-“ You didn’t answer our
questions, Lady Y/N” said Thor.
Your smile got wider
-“ Come on, I’m gonna show
you” you said, gesturing for them to follow you.
You start walking in the opposite
direction of the building that was facing your little group, in the same
direction as the other people were going.
The Avengers walked behind you,
still on their defensive mode in case something weird would come out.
-“ Here at Brakebills, we
learn how to become magicians, so we learn magic, pretty logical. But not the
magicians that you can see at kids birthday’s parties; the kind who can do real
-“ Like in Hogwarts?”
Peter asked in an excited tone with a big smile.
-“ Hum…yeah technically
it’s like Hogwarts, we just don’t have wands.”
You continue to lead your
teammates to god knows where when out of the crowd of people someone called out
-“ Y/N! I’ve been looking
for you, the ceremony is about to start!”
A young woman with tanned skin,
brown hair and equally brown eyes was walking toward you. She was dressed as a
witch, a kind of sexy witch; her cleavage was showing off her boobs and the
dress was short, but it suited her very well.
When she stopped next to you, she
put her hand on her hips, waiting impatiently for your excuse.
-“ I’m sorry Margo, but my
guests were a bit late” you said pointing to the team.
Margo turned briefly to your
friends and then back to you.
-“ Well, that’s interesting
but we have a ceremony to attend; so let’s go!” she said clapping at the
end and starting to walk back to where she came from.
You rolled your eyes but still
obliged and followed her.
-“ Let’s go guys” you
said to the team.
Margo led you further from the
building where all the student walked earlier. They were forming a circle
around something that the avengers couldn’t see yet.
-“ Come on, they’re waiting
for us” Margo said and grabbed your hand to lead you through the crowd.
You gave an apologetic smile to
-“ Don’t miss the show guys!” you screamed
to them before disappearing between all the other students.
-“This is becoming too
weird, even for me” Tony said.
The group walked to the circle to
see what was happening in the middle and when they reached the front row of the
crowd, they were meet by another circle. You, Margo and some other students
formed a circle while holding each other’s hands. Around the heroes the
laughter, chatting, and drinking stopped to let a complete silence take over.
The inner circle’s students
separated their hands from each other’s
and placed them in front of them. They started moving their fingers, forming
shapes in the air and approximatives
movements. A small light was emitting from the tip of their fingers and the more they were moving, the more the
light was becoming brighter. Then, they all stopped and raised their hands
above their heads; the crowd mirrored their actions.
All the light from every fingers
started elevating in the air and joining each other to form balls of light that
floated above the inner circle’s students head. The balls flew high, so high
that they became small points, ressembling stars and when they threatened to
disappear, they blew up.
The dark, night sky was now
illuminated by fireworks, thousands of colorful fireworks. Everyone was
watching, their eyes reflecting the lights as they started cheering. When the
fireworks had died down, bringing the obscurity back to the place, fairy lights
that were previously placed in the trees, magically lighten the place as the
crowd cheered again.
Then music started blasting from
nowhere and the students started dancing as the avengers looked around with
similar smiles as the other people there.
-“ This is beautiful”
Wanda said and the other agreed.
They all started to laugh and
enjoy the moment along with the students around them.
-“ Did you enjoy the
They all turn to the voice and
saw you, standing there.
- “ So…all those magical
things were true?” Pietro asked
-“ I’m surprised that you
doubted it. Our team has an asgardian god, an android and people with
superpowers. ; me being a magician is pretty average.” you said, letting
out a laugh.
-“ Now come on, the night is
still young and the party’s waiting for us.” you add
Your teammates and yourself
joined the other students to drink, dance and chat, for your friends it was
mostly asking questions about how the kind of magic we learned at Brakebills
worked. This Halloween was special, very special but who would complain,
everybody needs a little magic in their life.