Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

Populism (III) Portela dixit | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz
06-10-2017 No Comments

Populism (III) Portela dixit | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

The Mission Housing is a program with so many omissions and improvisations as the enormous investments that it has demanded. It was conceived and he manages the affairs privately, between political and professional relatives subject to confidentiality, and progresses with the economic, juridical and professional irrationality that has done to itself characteristic of the Venezuelan petroestado. There do not exist […]

Populism (II) | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz
29-09-2017 No Comments

Populism (II) | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

When I was studying architecture we had a Cuban teacher called Ricardo Porro Hudalgo (1925-2014), who should construct in the pro-Castro Cuba a few years later one of few works of worthy architecture of mention in the half century of Cuban revolution, a school of art with vaults of brick that has been very praised. Lazy, Marxist militant in this […]

Populism (I) | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz
22-09-2017 One Comment

Populism (I) | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

I come dealing for certain time of the topic of the populism. Other times I have touched it, clarifying that I do not refer only to the political populism but to the populism in general. The architects the topic us concerns because if there is something that damages the general vision that is had of the architecture it is the […]

The victory of the cynicism | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz
14-08-2017 No Comments

The victory of the cynicism | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

The advertising success was perfectly predictabl1, one would speak about the matter, the book would be bought, but León of Gold? Yes, in effect they received a major prize. That definitively stops very well proven get out of focus joined the superficialness of those who direct the creation of prestiges in the world of the architecture. And also in the world […]

Conrad and Venezuela | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz
02-06-2017 No Comments

Conrad and Venezuela | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

A few weeks ago I wrote on the Arq. Martín Vegas Pacheco, who was my teacher. I referred then to the time in which I did of his teacher assistant in the “Workshop Fertile plaines” of the Faculty (It was traversing then 1962-63) together with other colleagues that my memory makes me difficult to enumerate. The certain thing is that […]

Think the architecture (III) | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz
10-03-2017 73 Comments

Think the architecture (III) | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

Article continuation of “Thinking the architecture (II)”. The notes that have written on this subject have to see with my participation in Valencia, Spain, in the Seminar Thought and Architecture organised amongst other by the colleague José María Lozano of the School of Architecture of the Polytechnical University. It realised  between the 11 and on 15 November 2011. The document […]

Thinking the architecture (II) | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz
03-03-2017 34 Comments

Thinking the architecture (II) | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

Article continuation of “Thinking the architecture (I)”. It is necessary to clear what can understand by ideology, a word that is used to  apply only to the politics and produces doubts applied to other human activities. I take this definition: “An ideology is the group of ideas that inciden in elder or lower degree in the characteristics of the practice […]

Thinking the architecture (I) | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz
24-02-2017 No Comments

Thinking the architecture (I) | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

The desire to confirm points of view on what it is necessary to to do has been done loudly between architects in the last three decades. In some academic means this desire turned as for study, is named (incorrectly) A Theory of the Architecture. That would be a body of ideas, concepts, points of view, which seek to explain the […]

Equipped housings? | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz
23-12-2016 One Comment

Equipped housings? | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

Introduction. One of the most persistent obstacles in companies like ours is the subordination to the points of view of the central countries with regard to what it must be done. It is the old history of the peripheries that so well he analyzed in his moment, giving him a draft of a lot of interest Jose Ortega y Gasset […]

Charles Ventrillon | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz
17-10-2016 138 Comments

Charles Ventrillon | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

Fifty years ago we had a teacher in the Faculty of Architecture that it was teaching to draw. His education nothing had to see with tricks or formulae but with foundations, with what it precedes the act itself of drawing, it might be said. He was saying to us for example that it was important to observe in general, which […]

Critique of architecture? | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz
19-09-2016 2 Comments

Critique of architecture? | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

A few days ago I stopped reading the book My Life of the German critic of Polish, Jewish origin, Marcel Reich-Ranicki, a well-known man in Germany, where it lives his ninety two years. I make consist his Jewish condition because MRR suffered very much as a result of it in his adoptive country during the times in which the Nazism […]

New York Times | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz
15-08-2016 36 Comments

New York Times | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

In spite of that his production suffers from the excess and it him had come well to have only 10 % of the works that it accumulates in his career, I believe that Renzo Piano (1937) is an architect who has produced some of the best buildings of these times in which so many wrong things are asked him to […]

Another education of Vienna | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz
18-07-2016 30 Comments

Another education of Vienna | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

It is possible to be interesting after that an international meeting was celebrated last week in our Faculty of Architecture of the Investigation in Architecture to speak about the House Wittgenstein, which there constructed in 1929, together with his great friend and architect Paul Engelmann (1891-1965), in Vienna, Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), one of the most relevant philosophers of the century […]

Again the education | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz
20-06-2016 No Comments

Again the education | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

Jesús Tenreiro (1936-2007), dijo una vez en mi presencia (y si mal no recuerdo en la del colega profesor Américo Faillace) que una de las cosas que más importaba en la docencia de nuestra disciplina era crear un ambiente donde la preocupación por la arquitectura, su presencia en ejemplos concretos, el debate sobre ella y sobre muchos otros aspectos de […]

Academic blindness | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz
20-05-2016 No Comments

Academic blindness | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

It does already a good number of years, attracted by some readings that were mentioning it (Lezama Lima, the Cuban, for example) I approached the work of Gianbattista Vico (1668-1744) Italian philosopher who for many was the founder of the philosophy of the History. I had opportunity to read “The New Science”, his more important work, and a bit later […]

About the last teacher | Oscar Tenreiro Degwitz
11-04-2016 No Comments

About the last teacher | Oscar Tenreiro Degwitz

After my comments of the previous weeks I clarify that I am not in any way establishing direct kinships between architects as Louis I. Kahn (1901-1974) and Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012), who, being contemporary, followed antagonistic courses. What yes I have said is that both, together with others, and each one with his specificity, are examples of the effort for extending […]

Óscar Niemeyer | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz
14-03-2016 No Comments

Óscar Niemeyer | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

I overcome the fence that the political reality us stretches every day to all and decide to speak1 of Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012) whose longevity stopped in December, 2012. Already once I wrote that it had had the privilege of conversing with him in his study of the Atlantic Avenue opposite to Copacabana in 1994. We speak about his Brief of […]

Do you know Louis Kahn's work? | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz
08-02-2016 One Comment

Do you know Louis Kahn’s work? | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

I know that the facts will be revealing the immense lie through that we live here. And without stopping being alert I insist on going beyond her. I take so again, the topic of my visit to the Bauhaus Universität in Weimar, Germany, remembering on what already I commented it brings over of my desire to explain of what way […]

Kahn in Exeter | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz
11-01-2016 31 Comments

Kahn in Exeter | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

When Luis Kahn (1901-1974) made to himself present in the world of the architecture, from his offers for Philadelphia and the construction of the Medical Towers of the University of Pennsylvania (1957-65), the impact of his work, and especially of his speech, it was extraordinary. To his death it might be said that they did not remain followers but adorers, […]

Louis Kahn's words | Oscar Tenreiro Degwitz
07-12-2015 2 Comments

Louis Kahn’s words | Oscar Tenreiro Degwitz

I remember a conversation with Louis I. Kahn (1902-1974) in his office, 45 years ago. I took notes in a notebook that I preserve and in which the teacher planned a few minuscule sketches that I hoard. Did I mention that Kahn had a way of expressing very particularly? It was doing in certain way linguistic philosophy, was exploring the […]

Albi's lasting testimony | Oscar Tenreiro Degwitz
02-11-2015 No Comments

Albi’s lasting testimony | Oscar Tenreiro Degwitz

Whenever it saw the drawings of Louis I. Kahn (1901-1974) the great architect Estonian – American, were called me always the attention those of Albi’s Cathedral, with his buttresses planned with ascending spirals. They were indicating all the interest it put Kahn in this building of the 13th century, interest that I see now expressed in words, on me having […]

Architecture-Art (III) | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz
25-09-2015 No Comments

Architecture-Art (III) | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

Any work of art, it does not import his major or minor relative value, aspires to be kept intact across the time in wait to be a sight, reading, executed, represented. And precisely because of it, to preserve them and to protect them from the step of the years is for what the Museums and the Libraries exist. But with […]

Architecture-Art (II) | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz
28-08-2015 No Comments

Architecture-Art (II) | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

He was saying last week that the architecture rides between the utilitarian thing and the poetical thing and that this condition that could call hybrid does that to qualify of artist an architect for the fact of it being turns out to be strange, in spite of that to any writer, poet, musician or painter, bad or mediocre, gives himself […]

Architecture-Art (I) | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz
31-07-2015 No Comments

Architecture-Art (I) | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

It seems to be completely unnecessary to wonder today if the Architecture is or not an Art, question that was very present in the sixties immediately after the effort of the Marxist sectors to insist on his utilitarian condition qualifying the “artistic” vision as a nineteenth-century diversion. Because already today all the big museums of contemporary art have very active […]

The vacuity of the critique | Oscar Tenreiro Degwitz
08-06-2015 No Comments

The vacuity of the critique | Oscar Tenreiro Degwitz

All the architects that I named last week and that it was necessary to me to name for reasons of space are children of the Modern Movement in spite of that his individual developments, his personal distances, could be included in created categories ad-hoc by some respected historian by the idea of emphasizing the specificity of his work. Categories certainly […]

Critique and ideology | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz
04-05-2015 No Comments

Critique and ideology | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

I do efforts for following the intention of moving away rather what happens in my country to finish a series of comments that it had come doing on the critique. And I speak about effort because the last things that have gone out to the light, which the Venezuelans already we knew and they expose in a more direct way […]

Again the critique | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz
06-04-2015 No Comments

Again the critique | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

Other times I have written on my first impression of the Gothic architecture, in Chartres, during a juvenile trip. One summer evening I entered to the cathedral his principal portal. To live through the immense space bathed by the light of the west one leaked through the vitrales of the front, at this hour shining in all his brilliance, there […]