Radiant city. Attacked Le Corbusier | Pedro Hernández

Maqueta de madera de la Ciudad radiante de Le Corbusier (E 1.500) 30x30x40 cm
Model of wood of the radiant City by Le Corbusier (E 1.500), 30x30x40 cm

Any model is an exploration to future, a promise, a desire, the ideal image of a thought of what will have to be the architecture. Architecture before the architecture or architecture without a place or architecture in any place.

Constructing a model is to anticipate this future; it is to establish in advance (and without risk of being wrong) a certain conception of the world or of a territorio; a representation to scale of an idea that will develop tangible, royal, inhabitable space. Since there appears the writer and journalist Juan José Millas:

“In the models there are neither strikers, nor demonstrators, nor poor, there are no shits of dog, there is no wind, it never rains, does neither cold nor heat. From the model there do not come shouts of indignant contributors asking the authorities wherefrom they are going to extract the money for the pharaonic work that they propose to perpetrate. In the models, the lavatories are always clean and the trees are of everlasting leaf and the water of the reservoir is crystalline.”

Because of it the model is the favorite tool of politicians and architects who, that since they cannot control the world that they makes a detour, prefer imagining it in miniature, answering to what Bachelard was saying:

“(We) [possess] the world so much more all the major skill has [have] to miniaturize it”.

The (partial) destruction of the model not only would answer to the idea established by Miles, but it tries to be positioned in the will of which the architecture cannot harden ideal, clean and tidy models.

If a model is, since already a look has been said, to the future, the burnt model represents then the own notion of failure: A frustrated promise, an imperfect future, a Utopia without Utopia.

Maqueta de madera de la Ciudad radiante de Le Corbusier (E 1.500), 30x30x40 cm
Model of wood of the radiant City by Le Corbusier

Pedro Hernández · arquitecto
Ciudad de México. Mayo 2014

Soy arquitecto por la Universidad de Alicante, pero mi interés sobre esta disciplina se encuentra alejado de su papel tradicional de diseño de espacios. Más bien, me interesa entender cómo las representaciones de la arquitectura, el paisaje, el diseño o el territorio construyen y materializan determinados discursos ideológicos, imponiendo posturas, subjetividades y formas de acción sobre los cuerpos que la habitan.

En mi trabajo edito estos discursos –sus imágenes, sus historias o sus restos materiales– y reelaboro comentarios críticos que ponen en evidencia sus controversias y contradicciones, formalizándolos en diversos formatos como textos, fotografías, vídeos, objetos o instalaciones, muchas veces entrecruzados entre sí.

He publicado artículos y ensayos en diversos medios de Estados Unidos, Italia, Croacia, España, Chile y México. Desde enero de 2013-2018 residí en la Ciudad de México donde trabajaba como coordinador de contenidos en Arquine. Actualmente resido en Madrid.

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