The architecture of the trip | Michael Ángel Díaz Camacho

Drawing front page MADC, “Right Wing”, Stavanger – Oslo, on July 1, 2014

There does not exist for the architects a condition of major excitation that that one who promotes the anteroom of the trip: the best text to learn architecture is the own architecture. As addicts submitted to a powerful influence, we read and document carefully those places and spaces that us wait in a real exercise of (re)discovery. Nevertheless, the trip supposes a valuable tool of knowledge which stadiums go beyond the surprise before the finding, the revelation, or the conquest.

The trip of architecture a (re) supposes always construction, an alliance of ideas and intuitions that we produce to complete the knowledge accumulated with precedence2. Between the planes, photographies and memories (extracted often from specialized publications), and the royal later experience, there generates an interior space, a sufficient margin for the (re) construction: drawings, explorations and own interpretations on the work that in occasions, is approached only a few hours before the meeting, from the train or plane2. After to roll of suitcases, the light nights and the cruel mirrors of the lodgings, we reach finally the work that we were sensing beforehand to three or four languages of distance. It is at the time when the (re) construction transforms in (re) knowledge and the architecture stays awake across certain signs that till now had remained secret: the atmosphere of the light and the semidarkness, the shades of the sheens and reflections, the scale and relation of the space with our body, the tact of (oh!) the details or the sound after the doors that receive us. The architecture is an experience and we know the emotion that produces because this way we her have experimented on the first person:

“travelling one not hastía; one aristocrat turns only a bit in his loves”3.

The first time never forgets. The emotion of the architecture produces an intense pleasure and, nevertheless, a last stadium becomes necessary in the way towards the knowledge, the distance that separates the fact of (re) knowing and (re)thinking, that is to say, to consider in the return all the experience from his origin: the trip of architecture expands beyond any return. The trip of architecture, to the margin of the northern or Mediterranean light, (re) forms our look on the World and the Man, the landscape and we: the trip of architecture is a trip towards one itself. Since he would write Him Corbusier in the last fragment of his Trip to East: transmissible Rien n’est that I thought. Only the thought is transmissible. The architecture late (and how!) in the architecture of the trip.

Miguel Ángel Díaz Camacho. Doctor Architect
Madrid. july 2014. Author of Parráfos de arquitectura. #arquiParrafos

1 We recommend “El proyecto como (re)construcción”, by Helio Piñón, Barcelona, Ediciones UPC, 2005, It not for his direct relation with the trip, but for the importance of the reconstruction in the learning process of the project of architecture.
2 The documentation of any work in a publication is submitted both to the implacable filter of the author and to the selective laws of the publisher, that is to say, his compression always will be partial, directed and incomplete.
3 Le Corbusier, El Viaje de Oriente, Colegio Oficial de Aparejadores y Arquitectos Técnicos, Librería Yerba, Murcia, 1993, pag. 25.

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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