Peripheral panoramas | Antonio S. Río Vázquez

When, in the year 1971, the Hogar y Arquitectura magazine dedicates a number to a peripheral territory, with the title ” Panorama of the current architecture in Galicia “, it offers the process of recovery of the Galician modernity as an already concluded fact, with a region replete with examples. Nevertheless, the analysis of the diffusion on the paper of the previous works turns into a history of notable absences.

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Galerías de la Marina (A Coruña). Photography published in the magazine Arquitectura 117 (1968)

This week celebrated in the School of Architecture of the University of Navarre the Congreso Internacional de Historia de la Arquitectura Moderna Española that, in his eighth edition, took for title Las revistas de arquitectura (1900-1975): crónicas, manifiestos, propaganda.

With the work «Galicia, peripheral panorama. The recovery of the modernity like presence and absence in the magazines of architecture» – realized in collaboration with Jose Ramon Alonso – I have had the opportunity to contribute part of the investigation realized for my Doctoral Thesis, analyzing the difficult relations between the second Galician modernity and the magazines of architecture.

When, in the year 1971, the Hogar y Arquitectura magazine dedicates a number to a peripheral territory, with the title «Panorama of the current architecture in Galicia», it offers the process of recovery of the Galician modernity as an already concluded fact, with a region replete with examples. Nevertheless, the analysis of the diffusion on the paper of the previous works turns into a history of notable absences.

Still without being supported from magazines own or followed pormenorizadamente for the national publications, since it happens in other peninsular territories, the recovery of the modernity in Galicia is a rich process in authors and works, which his peripheral condition comes out and acquires an own and typical value.

It will be precisely when Galicia has completed the process of recovery of the modernity when he protests for yes an own magazine, as a vehicle of diffusion that he accompanies on the creation of his Architects’ regional College, paper that will relapse into the Obradoiro publication, from the decade of the seventies.

To this first Galician magazine there will add some years later the Boletín Académico, generated from the School of Architecture of To Corunna. This publication has initiated recently the second epoch as digital magazine, keeping the idea alive of that the absences do to themselves continued, rigorous and effective presences in the task of constructing and spreading the modernity in Galicia and from Galicia.

antonio s. río vázquez . architect
a coruña. may 2012

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Update 9/5/2012: Enlace al documento completo

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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