Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

¿Enseñar arquitectura? | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz
18-11-2019 No Comments

¿Enseñar arquitectura? | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

Pasaron muchos años después de mi entrada como profesor interino en la Facultad de Arquitectura de la UCV antes de que pudiera encontrarme cómodo con el rol de profesor. Conociendo mis carencias, mis dudas, no creía estar en capacidad de orientar a los más jóvenes, de apuntar con cierta claridad en una disciplina que todavía no me abría del todo […]

In search of coherence | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz
23-09-2019 No Comments

In search of coherence | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

It is not because the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2009 had dedicated lectures and analytical studies, the reason we are interested in the Le Corbusier holiday shelter built in Roquebrune-Cap Martin on the shores of the French Mediterranean. It has always captured our attention because it represents what seems to be scarce at the present time in the […]

Everything reaches the sea | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz
15-07-2019 No Comments

Everything reaches the sea | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

“Nothing is transmissible but Thought” is the title of the last text written by Le Corbusier before his death in 1965. A phrase that explains in a very complete way the reason why the legacy of this man has had irreplaceable character for the development of architecture. Because it was not only through the orderly dissemination of his work, carried […]

Learn from what has been | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz
03-06-2019 No Comments

Learn from what has been | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

Architects can not form without knowing, and learning to love, what preceded us. A young woman who recently wrote that she cared little about Ronchamp and that she preferred the most current, will be able to become a draftsman, a CAD technician, a construction assistant, but to be an architect she will have to adopt a higher level of reflection. […]

Another essential Brazilian | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz
08-04-2019 No Comments

Another essential Brazilian | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

This wandering through the legacy of Oscar Niemeyer takes one to the Brazilian culture. And within it architecture as an accepted expression, promoted and integrated into a kind of national “being”. Because that journey of centennial and exceptional man is also the path of a culture. To verify what has been said, it is enough to refer to Lucio Costa […]

The architects and their private devil | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz
25-02-2019 No Comments

The architects and their private devil | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

Two things were recorded to me from a teenage reading of El Diablo, by Giovanni Papini (1881-1956), which gave the author some difficulties with the ecclesiastical world. The first, that the greatest success of the evil spirit is to make us believe that it does not exist; the second the cover of that edition, the face of the Devil painted […]

A model that opened roads | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz
14-12-2018 No Comments

A model that opened roads | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

I spoke here the last time of the Marseille Unit, completed in 1953, as an emblematic building of the twentieth century. It can be useful to talk about this building and what originated it. The European political-social explosion of the first decades of the twentieth century, produced, had to produce it, a radical change of perspective in terms of the […]

Make the policy tool to build | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz
05-10-2018 No Comments

Make the policy tool to build | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

I have mentioned Eugène Claudius Petit (1907-1989) several times in this space. I have to talk more about him. To say first of all that Claudius, a name he adopted in the underground of the anti-Nazi resistance, was first and foremost a politician. Of modest origin, worker, he became a cabinetmaker as part of one of the learning associations (the […]

City and architecture: a dyad | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz
06-08-2018 No Comments

City and architecture: a dyad | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

Making architecture a fundamental instrument in the construction of the city has been the most significant of the evolution of urban thought of the last two decades. But getting to that point was not easy. While it is true that in the debate on the city of the early twentieth century that notion seemed to be a priority argument of […]

Populism is defeated in the city | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz
06-07-2018 No Comments

Populism is defeated in the city | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

It is true that the urban environment, we said last week, influences the citizen in a way that creates differences between individuals, differences that can separate, exclude, be a factor of unrest and tension. The education of the urban man, and as a consequence of it the improvement of the quality of his family life, has to have like objective […]

For what better quality of urban life? | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz
01-06-2018 No Comments

For what better quality of urban life? | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

We tend not to think about the city, or in other words, not to think about the city, but in terms of gratification or conflict. The city pleases us, welcomes us, stimulates us, or the city rejects us, is negative, closes our sensibility. That is why we are able to see in it, on the one hand the bright or […]

The red Vienna | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz
19-01-2018 35 Comments

The red Vienna | Óscar Tenreiro Degwitz

I have insisted very much on this space on what it can be looked in the Power if it has come near to him after a personal process in which a vision of a more just world, a perspective that we might call humanitarian associated ideal politicians and a philosophical “figure” of the reality, has taken place. It is this […]

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

Vengo ocupándome desde hace cierto tiempo del tema del populismo. Otras veces lo he tocado, aclarando que no me refiero sólo al populismo político1 sino al populismo en general. A los arquitectos el tema nos concierne porque si hay algo que daña la visión general que se tiene de la arquitectura es el populismo. Esto no parece tan a la mano […]

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 […]