When they ask me it brings over of the more valuable thing that I have found throughout these years of studies on the second modernity, always I answer: ” the persons “. Thanks to my investigation I have had the opportunity to converse with notable architects, historians, draughtsmen, archivists … that have contributed his direct vision especially the process. Often it is the own family of the author who offers his complementary testimony, enriching even more the findings.
I knew Gerardo Salvador Molezún it does little more than one year. Before they had spoken to me very much on him: Pilar Rivas in the Historical Service of the COAM; companions and his friends like Rafael Baltar or Estrella Medina. But it was not up to the summer of 2010 when we met in Oleiros to converse on the work of his uncle, Ramon Vázquez Molezún and on his joint works.
I remember in detail that evening: The meeting in Bastiagueiro, the walk up to Santa Cruz of Mere, the precision and the fondness with the one that reminded his projects while native of Corunna was falling the Sun on the port. We end up by speaking about his family, of the great thing that he had learned of his uncle and about how his daughter had continued with the familiar tradition of devoting itself to the architecture.
A few days ago, Madal – daughter of the painter who shared with him that one pensioned doubly Galician in the Academy of Spain in Rome – informed me about his death. It coincided with the reading of an article about the draft of necrological, where the author was defending that ” for his own essence, they must be written in warmly, which is done despues they are studies, tests, honorings, something in any case differently and that corresponds to other kinds “.
I decided to transform immediately his recollection into words, leaving witness of his valuable contribution in my investigation. A contribution that adds to that of other many names, to which I would like to honour with the conclusion of the work. After everything, the works can survive, to transform or to be eliminated, but the persons are irreplaceable.
antonio s. río vázquez . architect
a coruña. october 2011
Antonio S. Río Vázquez (A Coruña, 1981) es arquitecto por la E.T.S.A. de A Coruña, master en Urbanismo y doctor por la Universidade da Coruña. Especializado en teoría y diseño, su línea de trabajo se ha centrado en la investigación y divulgación del patrimonio arquitectónico moderno. Ha desarrollado proyectos de modo independiente y ha colaborado con varios estudios de arquitectura. Es socio fundador de Aroe Arquitectura. Es profesor en el Departamento de Proyectos Arquitectónicos, Urbanismo y Composición de la Universidade da Coruña, y ha sido profesor invitado en la Robert Gordon University de Aberdeen (Reino Unido), en la Universidade do Minho (Portugal) y en la Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza (Italia). Es miembro de la red UEDXX Urbanism of European Dictatorships during the XXth Century, del Grupo de Investigación en Historia de la Arquitectura IALA y del Grupo de Innovación Educativa en Historia de la Arquitectura. Ha formado parte del proyecto de investigación FAME Fotografía y Arquitectura Moderna en España, 1925-1965. Los resultados de sus investigaciones, tanto personales como conjuntas, han servido como aportación a eventos de debate y difusión científica y han sido publicados en libros y revistas.