In the nineties for mayor at the time of Madrid, Agustín Rodríguez Sahagún, it had an idea that seemed to me to be very beautiful: To every child who was born in Madrid a tree would be assigned. To the feet of this one a plate would be placed by the name and the date of birth of the baby, and there would be given to the neonato the precise information about his tree.
This way, citizen and tree would grow together. From his first days of life, the human creature would be going with his parents to see to the arboreal creature and fondness would take it, even, somehow, corresponsabilizarse of her and, for extension, to love to each of the trees (so necessary) of his contaminated city.
But here the normal thing is that the ideas are born and die with a person or with an equipment, and that nobody continues. That one remained in nothing, and only a few thousands of persons from Madrid, born for some years, they have his tree. But it is that, in addition, almost all the plates of blue roller have resigned.
Well, so to me, which I applauded and I continue applauding that idea, and that I celebrate that thousands of twentyish have “his” tree and continue visiting it and attending, it of which the plates resign it seems to me very likely.
It of going out of Fernandez de la Hoz’s portal, 28 (it is one to put) and to meet the blue roller of ” Paola Gonzalez Almendros, 9-1-91 ” (it is other one to put) seems to me to be worrying. (To seeing if I explain: it seems to me to be marvellous that Paola knows that this it is his tree, and even that there is a relation public and published of correspondences between trees and citizens, but do not be if it is nice that the tree exhibits the label).
I thought this another day walking along the Street of the Basilica, in Madrid. Aside it had the temple “of Oíza”, and to other one the housings “of Cano Lasso”. And I saw one of these trees with the erased blue roller.
Then I thought that this temple only was “of Oíza” and these houses ” of Cano Lasso” for the architects. For “the normal people” they are ” a ” and church ” a few houses “. And probably – the surest thing – they like up to them and seem to them well-considered well and constructed well.
In the same way, the tree this is a banana, or a chestnut-tree, or what is, and gives good shade, and the walk makes happy; but that belongs to Juan Antonio Múgica Rodríguez or of Alicia Huidobro Gómez only they are interested to the mentioned ones and to his more direct relatives.
We admire the authors of the buildings, and follow them, and learn of them. It are it very nice. But the buildings have to be anonymous. The buildings must dissolve as a candy-floss in the city. They form her and shape it, but because of it same they must fade away into the building of face, in the apple of beyond, in this wooded walk, since it is done, wisely, by both buildings that I have mentioned. Since the tree does it with the erased blue roller.
I have the privilege of enjoying habitually as anonymous user of a building that I projected and directed. It is not not bad at all. It is not at all, but it works well. It will have approximately ten or twelve years and they have done some small reforms to him, not so much of works, but of uses. I like some more and others less; but who am I I? I foresaw a principal entry that I continue thinking that it is designed well, and that has up to a pergola that he emphasizes softly. But it is entered on the other hand. So because it needs, or because it is parked better in the lateral street, or for what is. I do not like it, but I delight that the people use this building that there has not done anybody, who has not designed anybody, who has become alone and continues working. Everything else they are desire of annoying and of the life getting bitter.
José Ramón Hernández Correa · Doctor Architect
Toledo · juny 2013
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.