The trip of an idea | Michael Ángel Díaz Camacho

Pinto college access, Michael Ángel Díaz Camacho’s sketch

The architect sat before his board and clutching soft pencil, he was thinking before his silent notebook it brings over of the project and his circumstances. It was looking for an idea from it was doing weeks and today the paper in blank would be finally grafiado across the ‘spark’ that crosses the way that goes of the cortex1 to the rounded top of the graphite. EUREKA!, it exclaimed. In this precise instant it was leaving his conceptual nihilism and was managing to visualize, though it was in his head and for an instant, that one that already was looking like to him only an entelequia. Now the important thing was to achieve that his idea was not disappearing, to form her as soon as possible in his notebook without spot.

But that one him was not going to turn out to be so easy. Soon it discovered that the operating system of his own brain was not compatible with the software of his notebook, public inspector up to the date according to him always had believed. It acted with rapidity and resolved to connect to Internet to unload an update of his system and of step, the hard disk to be defragmented. The unload was slow. Only a few bits were transferred to his brain for second. The wait made him understand the inevitable thing: the trip of his idea towards the paper would come too much late but it was putting on remedy at once to this unfortunate misadventure. For if this was small, the notebook was relying on antiquated connections – type USB – that they would delay furthermore his intentions, so with firm step, it prepared to update the software and to install a new chip Bluetooth2, rapidly and without cables as he had read. Filled with enthusiasm and eager to discover the result of his near dip in the oceans of the technology, “it” ‘seized’ the umbrella and the gabardine and navigated a couple of apples up to reaching the lands of such an awaited IT revolution.

Of return everything was prepared, updated and installed. It began the transmission of information, he was with the heart in a fist: 10 % completed … 15 % completed … the idea was appearing slowly in the notebook, the tension was the logic and habitually in these and other moments of real illumination. The progression was constant, the total compatibility, the brilliant speed, already at all nobody him could detain … or he thought it.

The storm that already almost he had forgotten, interrupted the electrical supply during a few seconds. To the return the notebook was again in white and his operating system began the gait for the fields of the unusual thing. His recalcitrant obstinacy got involved in the rescue and putting to except of the file with his idea, but it was useless: he remained rendered useless and sank to the depths of his memory I broke. They were difficult moments, but it managed to revive since it was making ‘Ave Phoenix ‘ and take to good port the arduous task of recovery of always slippery copy of safety.

The following day, spent the temporary one, started again the engines of his powerful technological infrastructure and the idea completed his trip establishing itself definitively in the immaculate notebook. “The truth is that do not be how it would do without the multiple resources that the technology offers to us today”, he thought about an assault of effervescent happiness.

Miguel Ángel Díaz Camacho. Doctor Architect

Madrid. 2004


1 According to the teacher of neurology Semir Zeki, the concepts related to the beauty are formed in the frontal lobes of the cortex.

2 Wireless technology that allows to communicate two devices with a maximum bandwidth of 1 megabit per second (mbps) to a distance of ten meters.

It is published originally in Formas de Arquitectura y Arte, nº 9, 2004, pág. 48, Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Castilla la Mancha.

Miguel Ángel Díaz Camacho

Doctor en Arquitectura, Decano de la Facultad de Tecnología y Ciencia UCJC. Presidente de la Asociación Sostenibilidad y Arquitectura,  perteneciente al Consejo Superior de los Colegios de Arquitectos de España. Director de MADC Arquitectos, estudio profesional con premios en concursos nacionales e internacionales, en la actualidad desarrolla proyectos en España y Noruega. Escritor y crítico de arquitectura, es autor de los libros “Párrafos de Arquitectura. Core(oh)grafías” (2016) y “Arquitectura y Cambio Climático” (2018).

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