Tag: Antonio González-Capitel Martínez

La Gran Vía de Madrid. Breve biografía crítica de una gran calle (VI) | Antón Capitel
02-09-2019 No Comments

La Gran Vía de Madrid. Breve biografía crítica de una gran calle (VI) | Antón Capitel

El edificio Madrid-París ocupa con especial atractivo una posición intermedia del tramo segundo y horizontal de la Gran Vía, en la acera Sur, o de los números pares. La singularidad del edificio procede sobre todo de haber sido primero un edificio más bajo (de 7 alturas más unos torreones en las esquinas) y de haber sido, más adelante, prácticamente duplicado, […]

The Gran Vía of Madrid. Brief critical biography of a great street (V) | Antón Capitel
26-08-2019 No Comments

The Gran Vía of Madrid. Brief critical biography of a great street (V) | Antón Capitel

The third section, descendant, as if referring to the most hurried new times, was made as we said from the thirties to the fifties; that is, leaving the terrible civil war behind. The Gran Vía, unfinished, contemplated and suffered the bombings of the Franco military from the Casa de Campo, and those of German aircraft, and the Telefonica building, still […]

The Gran Vía of Madrid. Brief critical biography of a great street (IV) | Antón Capitel
19-08-2019 No Comments

The Gran Vía of Madrid. Brief critical biography of a great street (IV) | Antón Capitel

At the end of the second section and beginning of the third there was a high-interest spatial and formal episode, the Plaza del Callao, which can also be considered as a “fourth act” of the total “theater” that Gran Vía supposes. Or if you prefer, and because of its uniqueness, a theater of your own. An intense and independent scene, […]

The Gran Vía of Madrid. Brief critical biography of a great street (III) | Antón Capitel
12-08-2019 No Comments

The Gran Vía of Madrid. Brief critical biography of a great street (III) | Antón Capitel

El segundo tramo (o segundo “acto” del “teatro”), de la red de San Luis a la Plaza del Callao, contaba con una notable ventaja, la condición horizontal y recta, lo que hizo que su imagen urbana sea la mejor, y en la que puede imponerse más el propio espacio urbano vacío como tal, sin que sea demasiado necesaria la relativa […]

The Gran Vía of Madrid. Brief critical biography of a great street (II) | Antón Capitel
05-08-2019 No Comments

The Gran Vía of Madrid. Brief critical biography of a great street (II) | Antón Capitel

El primer tramo de la Gran Vía, que asciende –dando con ello una cierta sensación de fatiga, como si se rememorara la dificultad que se tuvo para iniciarla-, comienza con el gran edificio singular que fue el de la Unión y El Fénix (Alcalá 39, arqtos. Jules y Raymond Fevrier, 1905-10, hoy “Metrópolis” y anterior, en realidad, a la avenida), […]

The Gran Vía of Madrid. Brief critical biography of a great street (I) | Antón Capitel
29-07-2019 No Comments

The Gran Vía of Madrid. Brief critical biography of a great street (I) | Antón Capitel

Madrid nació en el oeste de lo que hoy es el casco antiguo, justamente en el lugar del palacio, en el mismo borde de la cresta militar sobre el río Manzanares. Y se extendió hacia unos terrenos de accidentada topografía, lo que provocó desde el principio su irregularidad planimétrica, agravada también por la complicada configuración del trazado de los caminos y […]

Oíza
11-12-2018 No Comments

Oíza

Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oíza (1918-2000) was one of the most important Spanish architects of the second half of the 20th century. He built important works such as the Basilica of Aránzazu, the Madrid buildings of the Bank of Bilbao and Torres Blancas, and the Palace of Festivals of Santander. Despite the recognition he enjoyed during his life and his […]

Londres, the biggest capital of Europe | Antón Capitel
08-10-2018 No Comments

Londres, the biggest capital of Europe | Antón Capitel

London had a double birth. On the one hand, there was London proper, what is now known as the City, the city of the merchants and the bourgeoisie, and the city also of the Cathedral, of the bishop. This was the first and most important population, which was not the seat of government, but of commerce, and which had and […]

El mito de la Castellana, una utopía contemporánea | Antón Capitel
07-05-2018 No Comments

El mito de la Castellana, una utopía contemporánea | Antón Capitel

La Castellana es el gesto urbano más importante de Madrid, un poderosísimo rasgo metropolitano que pocas ciudades tienen. Afortunado fue el momento inicial en que se urbanizó la vaguada del Prado de San Jerónimo y se convirtió en un Paseo (finales del siglo XVIII), y afortunada también la decisión de que, acompañando la cuadrícula del ensanche y siguiendo la vaguada, […]

The eclecticism in the Spanish modern architecture. Years 20-30 and 50-60 | Antón Capitel
22-01-2018 No Comments

The eclecticism in the Spanish modern architecture. Years 20-30 and 50-60 | Antón Capitel

It can be said, without too many exaggeration, that any architecture is eclectic, and can be added also that so often reside in this condition the most important bases of his own quality. But has to be admitted equally that there are occasions, and periods, in that the above mentioned eclecticism is in the foundation itself of the architectural products […]

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 […]

The architecture of the form compacts
04-08-2016 No Comments

The architecture of the form compacts

The present book shapes, together with The architecture of the court (2005) and The architecture composed by parts (2009, one trilogy in which three big systems are analyzed of making architecture, in force for many centuries, included the XXth, and that sheltered different manners of understanding the architecture, though public inspectors always to certain beginning. Is said beginning those that […]

Decision 2nd AADIPA
13-06-2015 No Comments

Decision 2nd AADIPA

In the headquarters of the COAC of Barcelona, there has publicized the failure of the juror of 2 ª edition of the European Prize of Intervention in the Architectural Heritage AADIPA. Act celebrated in the frame of the Biennial show II International of Intervention in the Architectural Heritage AADIPA, and in that there have publicized the names of 14 projects […]

2nd AADIPA Show
11-06-2015 No Comments

2nd AADIPA Show

The second edition of the European Prize of Intervention in the Architectural Heritage AADIPA, biennial contest organized by the COAC (Architects’ Official College of Catalonia) and AADIPA (Architects’ Group for the Defense and the Intervention in the Architectural Heritage), closes his inscription with an international participation four times major that in his first summons. The number of inscribed projects, in […]

The public architecture in Madrid and in the beginning of the 21st century (IV) | Antón Capitel
23-02-2015 No Comments

The public architecture in Madrid and in the beginning of the 21st century (IV) | Antón Capitel

Inside the big works of new plant there are those who, probably for ambitious, have been interrupted for lack of financing because of the economic crisis. The principal one of them is so called “City of the Justice”, to constructing in a few very peripheral areas, contiguous to the last extension of the airport of Cards, the terminus “T-4”. The […]

The public architecture in Madrid and in the beginning of the 21st century (III) | Antón Capitel
23-01-2015 No Comments

The public architecture in Madrid and in the beginning of the 21st century (III) | Antón Capitel

Another public accomplishment, of the Town hall of Madrid, is not architectural but urban, and is the great linear park along the river Manzanares, called “Madrid río”, and projected and constructed by the architects Francisco Burgos, Ginés Garrido, Fernando Porras, and his equipments. It turns out impossible to forget the fact that this park is a dissimulation or alibi, a […]

2nd European Award Architectural Heritage Intervention AADIPA
13-01-2015 One Comment

2nd European Award Architectural Heritage Intervention AADIPA

The European Prize of Intervention in the Architectural Heritage AADIPA, biennial contest organized with the support of the COAC (Architects’ Official College of Catalonia) and AADIPA (Architects’ Group for the Defense and the Intervention in the Architectural Heritage) whose aim resides in distinguishing the good patrimonial practice and contributing to his spreading, opens the inscriptions of his 2 ª edition. […]

By Parts | Íñigo García Odiaga
12-01-2015 60 Comments

By Parts | Íñigo García Odiaga

The architecture unlike other artistic works, dragged by his own functional definition has presented  many times along the history like a sum of pieces, of stays or of parts. This system compositivo reappears in the architecture more vanguardista, that contradictoriamente does alarde to escape of the composition. That somehow the functionalism, that is to say the proyectación of architectures by […]

The public architecture in Madrid and in the beginning of the 21st century (I) | Antón Capitel
12-12-2014 No Comments

The public architecture in Madrid and in the beginning of the 21st century (I) | Antón Capitel

We can divide the public architecture of the metropolis of Madrid of last years in several evident paragraphs. Of a side, between architectures of new implantation and rehabilitations, since the above mentioned have been, logically and for fortune, so important, or more than the first ones. Of another side, between public buildings and housing, so, since it is known well, […]

MADRID RÍO: the dubious cost of an attractive park | Antón Capitel
11-08-2014 No Comments

MADRID RÍO: the dubious cost of an attractive park | Antón Capitel

1. The city of Madrid has very recently developed a big and magnificent new park that stretches for some miles along the Manzanares riverbank. Despite being an important alteration of the city center in its very essence, this change cannot be considered on its own; quite on the contrary, it is the result of a dubious engineering scheme, namely the […]

Bohigas's fantasies (or the advertising lies of the Catalans) | Antón Capitel
27-06-2014 3 Comments

Bohigas’s fantasies (or the advertising lies of the Catalans) | Antón Capitel

I believe honestly that Coderch is not the best architect of Spain in the 20th century, if any sense is that this definition made. Of looking for one, the best they would have been Alejandro de la Sota or Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oíza. None of the two was from Madrid, Jack of Pontevedra and Oíza of Navarre, but the […]

The disaster of the London City. Or, put his real one facing the financial business | Antón Capitel
05-05-2014 One Comment

The disaster of the London City. Or, put his real one facing the financial business | Antón Capitel

The principal characteristic of the city of London has been it of not having town planning. Or, at least, her of not having “tracing”, geometrically or compositivo. This idea turned into a real unvariant, almost an obsession, and came up to the end from that, after the frightening “Great Fire” of 1666, which destroyed the city practically completely, the Parliament […]

Spain: bad universities and good graduates? | Antón Capitel
24-03-2014 5 Comments

Spain: bad universities and good graduates? | Antón Capitel

Now, when so many university Spanish graduates they are going to work out because they do not have another remedy, abundant news comes to us from that are well, even very well, accepted, for his high formation and efficiency. These are, at least, my news, in general terms. The university Spanish licentiates are considered to be out a good prepared […]