The biggest following thing | Miguel Ángel Díaz Camacho

Mario de Biasi, Milano, Piazza Duomo, 1951
Mario de Biasi, Milano, Piazza Duomo, 1951

It suits to support the opened well ears. César Pelli should have thought something like that during his stay about Eero Saarinen’s study to the suburbs of Detroit, one of the more fertile offices of architecture about the architects’ training and for that there happened figures as notable as Robert Venturi or Kevin Roche. Counts Pelli that the own Eliel Saarinen was spending occasionally there to visit Eero, and though of the conversations between both architects little it is known, Caesar remembers an advice that Eliel was repeating often, a watched warning that seemed to be reflected from a beginning of the time and the space:

He thinks always about the biggest following thing1.

Some time ago that we observe the need to come out the scale of the architecture and to think beyond our own context. Probably always it has been like that, probably in the past the need of defense or basic resources they were needing of the interconnection between the architecture and the most wide territory understood with geographical, climatic terms or ecosistémicos. In this respect, they would interest the architectures that improve the public space of the city, they connect the existing infrastructures or take advantage of the abundant and suitable thing for the natural and human way in which they are.

He thinks always about the biggest following thing“.

But for an architect, the biggest following thing can be a tree, a square, a city, a landscape or a peninsula. The biggest following thing can be the silence, the subsoil or the horizon. Always there will be something bigger behind the last border.

It suits to take again here the question that Corbusier was doing to himself to yes same almost as a renovation of his votes:

“For whom is it necessary to construct? For the man, it does not fit the minor doubt” 2.

But the man in cursive by Le Corbusier represents a universal figure, the sum of all the men: the Humanity. From this perspective, following more big good might represent not a physical place every time of major extension, not a recovery of local or regional solutions more or less related to the current and limited concept of the sustainable thing. In Antonio Miranda’s words:

“The genuine architecture attends more to the only and certain international Civilization and less to the innumerable and authoritarian cultural mythologies” 3.

As if the enormous and only foreigner was the common destination of all the men; a brotherly biosphere and civilizadora; a last stadium panhumano. The biggest following thing.

Miguel Ángel Díaz Camacho. PhD Architect
Madrid. January 2015.
Author of the Parráfos de arquitectura. #arquiParrafos


1. César Pelli, Observaciones sobre la Arquitectura, Buenos Aires, Infinito, 2009, page 97.

2. Le Corbusier, La Maison des hommes, avec François de Pierrefeu, Plon, Paris, 1942. Consulted edition: La Casa del Hombre, Barcelona, Apóstrofe, 1999, page. 24.

3. Antonio Miranda, Arquitectura y Verdad. Un curso de crítica, Madrid, Cátedra, 2013, page 12.

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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