Architecture without architects | José Ramón Hernández Correa

Housing in Carril, Pontevedra [Galicia] | Photography: José Ramón Hernández Correa

Go ahead that any building, of any epoch and place, has been always well-considered and directed for one o more “architects”, dealing for fell whom they have foreseen, before constructing it, if it was going to fit in the lot, how his dependences were going to be distributed, how it was going to be constructed and how much might cost; and during his construction they have been verifying if he was adapting to the forecasts or if it was necessary to change something.

Therefore, the title of this article is contradicted from the beginning: Any architecture has architect. Traditionally the architects were the owner of the building and the main bricklayer. The architecture was realized improvising very much and, with only a light intuition, marking the plant of the building in the area. There were planned the walls of load (“you” “plan”) and of there it was throwing itself for above.

I will not fall in the typical vice of this world post-post-moderno of ensalzar with nostalgia the spontaneous, uncultivated and primitive things to the detriment of lit by the technology, the calculation, the science and the culture. I when I have problems of health go to the doctor, not to the quack.

Because of it same, I understand that our career (demanding and exciting) will have served for something, and that the qualified architects we will be able to make better than the amateurs.

It seems that this is indisputable in buildings with certain technical complexity, but also it seems to be evident that the current architects we have lost the spontaneity, the naiveté and the direct action of the construction teachers of once.

Our methods are very different. The traditional houses of the peoples are labyrinthine. His tracing is, mostly, a fruit of the improvisation and of the juxtaposition, and his rooms adapt one to one to the topography. The current ones, those of ” qualified architect ” are in the habit of being more foreseen, better solved in many aspects, but also they are always similar, and more rigid enough and monotonous.

In the photo that I show one sees a delicious house. Surely it is inconvinient and cold, and maybe his distribution is the consequence of credit been adding bodies on the march. It is possible that to go on to a room be necessary to cross other one, and even that someone is blind. These things have happened always. But, regardless, we like it for this romantic, evocative and a bit ludicrous point that it exhibits, and make us see magic where only there is improvidence and disorder.

On the contrary, to the bottom to the right one sees a building of floors in construction, with a series of balconies all the equal ones, the rectangular plant and the rosy-cheeked fronts of granite. This building will be much better isolated, equipped, illuminated, etc, but it has neither grace, nor emotion. It has lost the naiveté of the uncalculated, the surprise, the adventure of living the original cave (if the cursilada is allowed me).

In the same way, the urban development arrangement that we do the technical personnel has wide streets, bands of parking, green spaces and efficient facilities, but already it has neither these chance placitas that are formed either by the mere irregular ensanchamiento of a street, or these corners, nor these urban residual so agreeable spaces, where the conviviality and the surprise arise.

The qualified architects we have a great competition to do many things, and to do them with logic, calculation (and an exhaustive and ungood for smoking regulation), but it would be good that occasionally we could clean little our minds and our spiderwebs, to renew our look and to think otherwise. Or to think less.

José Ramón Hernández Correa · Doctor Architect

Toledo · march 2013

José Ramón Hernández Correa

Nací en 1960. Arquitecto por la ETSAM, 1985. Doctor Arquitecto por la Universidad Politécnica, 1992. Soy, en el buen sentido de la palabra, bueno. Ahora estoy algo cansado, pero sigo atento y curioso.

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