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Divide and win | Íñigo García Odiaga
16-09-2019 No Comments

Divide and win | Íñigo García Odiaga

5.0 01 There is a Latin maxim “Divide et impera”, which gave good results to the great strategists of history such as Julius Caesar or Napoleon. But this military logic is also one of the foundations of computer science and algorithmic design. A calculation methodology that faces the resolution of a complex problem by cutting it into simpler parts of the […]

Clouds | Sergio de Miguel
09-09-2019 No Comments

Clouds | Sergio de Miguel

5.0 01 “There will not be a single thing that is not a cloud. They are the cathedrals of vast stone and biblical crystals that time will pave. It is the Odyssey, which changes like the sea. There is something different every time we open it”. Clouds (I). Jorge Luis Borges Human thought is a mystery. It supports a variety […]

La Gran Vía de Madrid. Breve biografía crítica de una gran calle (VI) | Antón Capitel
02-09-2019 No Comments

La Gran Vía de Madrid. Breve biografía crítica de una gran calle (VI) | Antón Capitel

5.0 01 El edificio Madrid-París ocupa con especial atractivo una posición intermedia del tramo segundo y horizontal de la Gran Vía, en la acera Sur, o de los números pares. La singularidad del edificio procede sobre todo de haber sido primero un edificio más bajo (de 7 alturas más unos torreones en las esquinas) y de haber sido, más adelante, […]

The Gran Vía of Madrid. Brief critical biography of a great street (V) | Antón Capitel
26-08-2019 No Comments

The Gran Vía of Madrid. Brief critical biography of a great street (V) | Antón Capitel

5.0 03 The third section, descendant, as if referring to the most hurried new times, was made as we said from the thirties to the fifties; that is, leaving the terrible civil war behind. The Gran Vía, unfinished, contemplated and suffered the bombings of the Franco military from the Casa de Campo, and those of German aircraft, and the Telefonica […]

The Gran Vía of Madrid. Brief critical biography of a great street (IV) | Antón Capitel
19-08-2019 No Comments

The Gran Vía of Madrid. Brief critical biography of a great street (IV) | Antón Capitel

5.0 01 At the end of the second section and beginning of the third there was a high-interest spatial and formal episode, the Plaza del Callao, which can also be considered as a “fourth act” of the total “theater” that Gran Vía supposes. Or if you prefer, and because of its uniqueness, a theater of your own. An intense and […]

The Gran Vía of Madrid. Brief critical biography of a great street (III) | Antón Capitel
12-08-2019 No Comments

The Gran Vía of Madrid. Brief critical biography of a great street (III) | Antón Capitel

5.0 01 El segundo tramo (o segundo “acto” del “teatro”), de la red de San Luis a la Plaza del Callao, contaba con una notable ventaja, la condición horizontal y recta, lo que hizo que su imagen urbana sea la mejor, y en la que puede imponerse más el propio espacio urbano vacío como tal, sin que sea demasiado necesaria […]

The Gran Vía of Madrid. Brief critical biography of a great street (II) | Antón Capitel
05-08-2019 No Comments

The Gran Vía of Madrid. Brief critical biography of a great street (II) | Antón Capitel

5.0 02 El primer tramo de la Gran Vía, que asciende –dando con ello una cierta sensación de fatiga, como si se rememorara la dificultad que se tuvo para iniciarla-, comienza con el gran edificio singular que fue el de la Unión y El Fénix (Alcalá 39, arqtos. Jules y Raymond Fevrier, 1905-10, hoy “Metrópolis” y anterior, en realidad, a […]

The Gran Vía of Madrid. Brief critical biography of a great street (I) | Antón Capitel
29-07-2019 No Comments

The Gran Vía of Madrid. Brief critical biography of a great street (I) | Antón Capitel

5.0 04 Madrid nació en el oeste de lo que hoy es el casco antiguo, justamente en el lugar del palacio, en el mismo borde de la cresta militar sobre el río Manzanares. Y se extendió hacia unos terrenos de accidentada topografía, lo que provocó desde el principio su irregularidad planimétrica, agravada también por la complicada configuración del trazado de los […]

The distinctive modernity of Norman Foster | Marcelo Gardinetti
22-07-2019 No Comments

The distinctive modernity of Norman Foster | Marcelo Gardinetti

5.0 05 Far from the process of ambiguous and controversial representation promoted by the postmodern convulsion that dominated the architectural scene of the early 80s, the work of Norman Foster, aligned with the thought of Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano, was promulgated in favor of a technological update of the modernity. His work ponders the mechanical analogies of the modern […]

Everything reaches the sea | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz
15-07-2019 No Comments

Everything reaches the sea | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

5.0 03 “Nothing is transmissible but Thought” is the title of the last text written by Le Corbusier before his death in 1965. A phrase that explains in a very complete way the reason why the legacy of this man has had irreplaceable character for the development of architecture. Because it was not only through the orderly dissemination of his […]

The bollards, my father and the Norwegians | José Ramón Hernández Correa
08-07-2019 One Comment

The bollards, my father and the Norwegians | José Ramón Hernández Correa

5.0 04 A few years ago my father was walking along his neighborhood. It had rained and the soil was wet. One slipped and fell with so bad luck that his chest found in the fall a metallic bollard that broke a rib and bruised him a lung. The rib knit soon and the pulmonary injury was not very serious, […]

Worker holidays. Tourism infrastructure in socialist countries | Jelena Prokopljević
01-07-2019 No Comments

Worker holidays. Tourism infrastructure in socialist countries | Jelena Prokopljević

5.0 04 Like the right to work, the 8-hour day and two days of weekly rest, the socialist working class had a number of days off for annual rest. The number of days depended on the type of work they performed, their difficulty or danger to health, the level of responsibility of the worker within their unit of work or […]

The car house | Íñigo García Odiaga
24-06-2019 No Comments

The car house | Íñigo García Odiaga

5.0 01 Between 1934 and 1935 Mies van der Rohe developed the study of patio houses. Houses that are reduced to a minimum domestic program, which are isolated from the city, without a concrete context beyond their own inhabitant, a hypothetical Mies.1 But among all these houses there is a unique proposal, the so-called Patio House “with garage”. The orthogonality […]

The attributes of La Tourette | Marcelo Gardinetti
17-06-2019 No Comments

The attributes of La Tourette | Marcelo Gardinetti

5.0 01 Two design circumstances were decisive to establish the character that typifies the architecture of the Convent of La Tourette. The first is embodied by defining the horizontal plane governing the highest point of the terrain, so that, from that horizontal, the building descends copying the irregular topography of the slope. The second is to mutate the concept of […]

Los procesos Re- como expiación | Javier Mozas
10-06-2019 No Comments

Los procesos Re- como expiación | Javier Mozas

5.0 02 La Humanidad ha consolidado, a lo largo del tiempo, una morbosa relación de amor y odio con la Naturaleza. Admiración y contemplación, o dominio y sometimiento. En la conferencia que pronuncia Rem Koolhaas en Harvard el 3 de abril de 2009 bajo el título Sustainability: advancement versus apocalypse,1 mostró en las primeras imágenes, una pintura de Caspar David […]

Learn from what has been | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz
03-06-2019 No Comments

Learn from what has been | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

5.0 01 Architects can not form without knowing, and learning to love, what preceded us. A young woman who recently wrote that she cared little about Ronchamp and that she preferred the most current, will be able to become a draftsman, a CAD technician, a construction assistant, but to be an architect she will have to adopt a higher level […]

The challenge of the significance | Miquel Lacasta
27-05-2019 One Comment

The challenge of the significance | Miquel Lacasta

5.0 01 This suggestive title Joaquim Español gives it in the chapter 13 of Forma y consistencia.1 The book thinks brings over of a double distortion. On the one hand in many contemporary architectures still late the old phrase of Mies Van der Rohe we reject to recognize problems of form. That is to say, the architecture must be understood like […]

The same and the different | Sergio de Miguel
20-05-2019 No Comments

The same and the different | Sergio de Miguel

5.0 02 “Nadie come naranjas bajo la luna llena”. Federico García Lorca When we have to proceed, in any area, we do so through distinctions, through disjunctive elections. Then we try to discern broad categories. Often involuntary. But what we always distinguish, by pure instinct, is everything that relates and unites in front of what separates and separates. What is […]

Plato wins | José Ramón Hernández Correa
13-05-2019 One Comment

Plato wins | José Ramón Hernández Correa

5.0 03 We all know a couple of things on Platón, or maybe only one: “That said that the objects that we see and feel are scarcely a vague shade, a pale reflection of the ideal objects, which us turn out to be unattainable and are beyond our perception, as archetypes.” Each and every of the hammers of the world […]

A universe, a house | Marcelo Gardinetti
29-04-2019 No Comments

A universe, a house | Marcelo Gardinetti

5.0 01 How should a house on the mountainside be for a family with a person confined to a wheelchair? The client himself had the answer: “Contrary to what you would expect, I do not want a simple house. I want a complex house because the house will define my world”.1 The land where the house is located is located […]

Theories of opened end | Miquel Lacasta
22-04-2019 No Comments

Theories of opened end | Miquel Lacasta

5.0 01 The will of the blog, axonométrica, and of the weekly exercise of reflection brings over of the architecture in his theoretical dimension, is based between other references and inspirations, in what Peter Eisenman develops in his doctoral thesis as Theories debaters of opened end. That is to say, so much the will of the blog, that of the architectural […]

Classes in one word | Miguel Ángel Díaz Camacho
15-04-2019 No Comments

Classes in one word | Miguel Ángel Díaz Camacho

5.0 01 We often remind our teachers both for their works and for their speeches, brief aphorisms in the form of compressed reasonings that so many turns reach over the years. Surely the most classic and well-known “citations” already clustered in the memory, some dogmatic as sentences probably out of focus. However, some of those concise phrases are ingenious and […]

Another essential Brazilian | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz
08-04-2019 No Comments

Another essential Brazilian | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

5.0 01 This wandering through the legacy of Oscar Niemeyer takes one to the Brazilian culture. And within it architecture as an accepted expression, promoted and integrated into a kind of national “being”. Because that journey of centennial and exceptional man is also the path of a culture. To verify what has been said, it is enough to refer to […]

La grapa de ABC | Alberto Ruiz
01-04-2019 No Comments

La grapa de ABC | Alberto Ruiz

5.0 02 José entró a la cocina con el ejemplar de ABC debajo del brazo. Se sentó en su butaca preferida, junto a la ventana mientras Trini le ponía un café. En tazón grande, con la leche muy caliente, como lo tomaba desde que era un crío. Abrió el periódico. Le encantaba el olor de la tinta y, sobre todo, […]

Conversation | Sergio de Miguel
18-03-2019 No Comments

Conversation | Sergio de Miguel

5.0 01 We could think that when we use the term conversation we approach to describe what we understand for dialog, and for extension for monologue, but actually they are distant expressions. To have a conversation remains removed of giving or imposing logics or dual or individual challenges. Emparenta of more precise form in spite of gathering in crowds meaningfully […]

Lubetkin: Whipsnade's manifest | José Ramón Hernández Correa
11-03-2019 One Comment

Lubetkin: Whipsnade’s manifest | José Ramón Hernández Correa

4.7 04 On November 7, 2003 my friend Ángel Sanguino gave me a book published by the Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya titled Aprendiendo de todas sus casas. It gave it to me during a food that a group of friends architects we were doing in Toledo on the first Fridays of every month, and to whose desserts we were reading […]

Nikolai Ladovsky: the house-commune and the psychoanalytic method of teaching architecture | Jelena Prokopljević
04-03-2019 No Comments

Nikolai Ladovsky: the house-commune and the psychoanalytic method of teaching architecture | Jelena Prokopljević

5.0 01 Housing was one of the great themes of architectural research since the early post-revolutionary years in the Soviet Union. The house commune was being drawn as one of the best solutions and developed in two directions: the reorganization of existing homes and building new ones. The first option comprehended the subdivision of expropriated houses and the new division […]

The architects and their private devil | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz
25-02-2019 No Comments

The architects and their private devil | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

5.0 01 Two things were recorded to me from a teenage reading of El Diablo, by Giovanni Papini (1881-1956), which gave the author some difficulties with the ecclesiastical world. The first, that the greatest success of the evil spirit is to make us believe that it does not exist; the second the cover of that edition, the face of the […]