Saturday, June 30, 2007
Modern Architecture Circa 1200
We just got back from a hotel shoot in Xcaret, Mexico in the area known as "Riviera Maya" (about an hour south of Cancun). Lot's of Mayan ruins scattered around, especially in the former port city of Tulum. I was struck by the minimalist architecture of these 800-year-old buildings. The Mayans obviously understood the power of good design. Today, we design to win awards, get magazine covers, impress our neighbors and make a profit but the Mayans were designing to impress a higher authority.