Ulm Models | Antonio S. Río Vázquez

Ulmer Hocker Stool (1954) and RZ-2 Pitcher (1967)

Today I have visited the exhibition Models of Ulm 1953-1968. The design of the new Germany in the room of exhibitions of the historical set of Sargadelos (Cervo, Lugo). The sample appeared as commemoration of fifty years of the foundation of the School of Design of Ulm (Hochschule für Gestaltung / Hfg Ulm), an institution dedicated to the education, the investigation and the development in all the scales of the design: from the design of the information to the architecture. This school would have ilsutres teachers like Otl Aicher, Tomás Maldonado or Max Bill, and would inherit in a way as direct as critique many of the academic beginning from the Bauhaus.

It turns out to be symbolic to enjoy this exhibition in a frame as significant as it is Sargadelos‘s former factory, in the place where during the 19th century there took place one of the most important moments in the history of the industrial design in Galicia: Antonio Raimundo Ibáñez‘s illustrated spirit managed, with his company of crockery, to satisfy a need of market linking her to the own resources of the zone. It will possess the first integral siderurgy of the peninsula and will turn into the first ceramic manufacture that introduced in Spain mechanical systems of production.

In the year 1968, and as part of a wide project initiated in the exile of the hand of Isaac Díaz Pardo and Luis Seoane López, the industrial activity is restored in Sargadelos. This project would incorporate investigation, creation, debate, spreading … from the publishing design up to the architecture of the new centers of production. As the models of Ulm in Germany, the model of Sargadelos would serve to lead Galicia towards the modernity of the way that his first driving Raimundo Ibáñez was defending:

«The population is the one that constitutes the wealth and the force of the States. It cannot support progress but by means of the industry, factories, trade and navigation, which branches are the powerful agent of the industry, who is the first one, the most essential and indispensable of the arts».

antonio s. río vázquez . architect

a coruña. augusto 2011

Antonio S. Río Vázquez

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.

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