Tag: teoría e historia

The purist space | Marcelo Gardinetti
30-09-2019 No Comments

The purist space | Marcelo Gardinetti

The atelier of the painter Amédée Ozenfant´s house is builted in 1922 embodies a synthesis of the purist space proclaimed by Le Corbusier during those years. This house is the first one in Paris and in it he puts into practice his ideas regarding the architecture of the new times. Ozenfant and Le Corbusier shared a plastic idea narrated between 1918 […]

Red and blue chair. Gerrit T. Rietveld | Borja López Cotelo
20-09-2019 No Comments

Red and blue chair. Gerrit T. Rietveld | Borja López Cotelo

In 1917 the cartography of the new Europe was drawn to the rhythm of the Allied cannons. Gerrit T. Rietveld, busy in the daily work of his furniture workshop in Utrech, remained oblivious to this reality. He preferred to draw the plans of a new chair. Gerrit T. Rietveld had worked in his father’s workshop since 1900. At twelve he […]

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 […]

Demonstrate for a new clinical reason in the architecture | Miquel Lacasta
05-07-2019 One Comment

Demonstrate for a new clinical reason in the architecture | Miquel Lacasta

Demonstrate for a new clinical reason in the architecture.1  We are installed in a time disgregado, opened to multiple interpretations of the reality. We advance helter-skelter between infinite clouds of information banalizada and by excess and exuberance, are unable to detect the limits, the solapamientos, the densities and the specific weights of the real. We live in an antiarchitectural world. […]

The attributes of La Tourette | Marcelo Gardinetti
17-06-2019 No Comments

The attributes of La Tourette | Marcelo Gardinetti

Two design circumstances were decisive to establish the character that typifies the architecture of the Convent of La Tourette. The first is embodied by defining the horizontal plane governing the highest point of the terrain, so that, from that horizontal, the building descends copying the irregular topography of the slope. The second is to mutate the concept of traditional cloister […]

Bunkerized architecture | Íñigo García Odiaga
31-05-2019 No Comments

Bunkerized architecture | Íñigo García Odiaga

Paul Virilio was born in 1932 and grew up in Nantes, where at the age of eight he witnessed the arrival of the Germans, and at eleven the destruction of the city under a shower of bombs from the allies. At the end of the war he discovered the sea at the same time as peace, since the coast due […]

Les Heures Claires. Josep Quetglas
28-05-2019 No Comments

Les Heures Claires. Josep Quetglas

Con la habitual agudeza crítica y rigor investigador de Josep Quetglas, el libro documenta exhaustivamente los antecedentes, el encargo, el desarrollo y modificaciones de los sucesivos proyectos, los presupuestos en los que Le Corbusier profundizaba en la definición material de la casa y la construcción. También se trata la azarosa vida de esta obra, que incluye la ocupación por las […]

Plato wins | José Ramón Hernández Correa
13-05-2019 One Comment

Plato wins | José Ramón Hernández Correa

We all know a couple of things on Platón, or maybe only one: “That said that the objects that we see and feel are scarcely a vague shade, a pale reflection of the ideal objects, which us turn out to be unattainable and are beyond our perception, as archetypes.” Each and every of the hammers of the world are concrete […]

Classes in one word | Miguel Ángel Díaz Camacho
15-04-2019 No Comments

Classes in one word | Miguel Ángel Díaz Camacho

We often remind our teachers both for their works and for their speeches, brief aphorisms in the form of compressed reasonings that so many turns reach over the years. Surely the most classic and well-known “citations” already clustered in the memory, some dogmatic as sentences probably out of focus. However, some of those concise phrases are ingenious and condensed with […]

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 […]

Modern Masters. Rafael de la Hoz Arderius
28-03-2019 No Comments

Modern Masters. Rafael de la Hoz Arderius

Conference dedicated to the Madrid architect Rafael de la Hoz Arderius (1924-2000) as part of the Modern Masters cycle of the COAM Architecture Foundation. With this cycle we want to highlight the importance that the contemporary architectural heritage has for the society of the 21st century, the need for its social recognition and its maintenance and conservation. Throughout his professional […]

Modern Masters. Luis Cubillo
07-03-2019 No Comments

Modern Masters. Luis Cubillo

Conference dedicated to the Madrid architect Luis Cubillo de Arteaga (1921-2000) as part of the Modern Masters cycle of the COAM Architecture Foundation. With this cycle we want to highlight the importance that the contemporary architectural heritage has for the society of the 21st century, the need for its social recognition and its maintenance and conservation. Luis Cubillo de Arteaga (Madrid, […]

Utopía/Nutopia | Miquel Lacasta
08-02-2019 No Comments

Utopía/Nutopia | Miquel Lacasta

The 60s were the age of the megastructures, the age of the Utopian dreams, the age of the revolts against the established. In turn they were the epoch of the construction of the imaginary common one. The age of a politicallly active, almost arrogant optimism; At the beginning of the 70, probably for pure law of the pendulum, it came […]

About the standardization of the wrong technology | Marc Chalamanch
01-02-2019 No Comments

About the standardization of the wrong technology | Marc Chalamanch

In recent decades the omnipresence of technology has accelerated our history as never before. Technological determinism tries to explain how technology by itself is capable of influencing and transforming in a positive way the socioeconomic context in which it develops. According to its followers, technology has become the central axis of the historical changes that determine development and social progress; […]

Modern Masters. Casto Fernández-Shaw
31-01-2019 No Comments

Modern Masters. Casto Fernández-Shaw

Conference dedicated to the Madrid architect Casto Fernández-Shaw Iturralde (1896-1978) as part of the Modern Masters cycle of the COAM Architecture Foundation. With this cycle we want to highlight the importance that the contemporary architectural heritage has for the society of the 21st century, the need for its social recognition and its maintenance and conservation. Son of the writer Carlos […]

What does not fit in time | Luis Gil
28-01-2019 No Comments

What does not fit in time | Luis Gil

The historical horizon that we have had to inhabit makes all Western citizens of today belong without exception to the established society of consumption and excess. A syndrome that advanced and denounced from its beginnings, in the middle of the XX century, different thinkers and sociologists. Since then, capitalism has flooded our lives with superfluous behavior and unnecessary objects. From […]

Modern Masters. Julio Cano Lasso
24-01-2019 No Comments

Modern Masters. Julio Cano Lasso

Conference dedicated to the Madrid architect Julio Cano Lasso (1920-1996), Gold Medal of architecture 1991, as part of the Modern Masters cycle of the COAM Architecture Foundation. With this cycle we want to highlight the importance that the contemporary architectural heritage has for the society of the 21st century, the need for its social recognition and its maintenance and conservation. […]

Does anyone know what criticism is? | José Ramón Hernández Correa
21-01-2019 No Comments

Does anyone know what criticism is? | José Ramón Hernández Correa

Lately, based on reading blogs and websites, I am reading more about architecture than in many years. I am almost returning to the reading level I had when I was a student. Between that era of the school of architecture and the current one there is a turbid (and lucrative) stage of successful professional who bought expensive magazines to see […]

Modern Masters. Francisco de Asís Cabrero
17-01-2019 No Comments

Modern Masters. Francisco de Asís Cabrero

The COAM Architecture Foundation continues this cycle with which it wants to highlight the importance that the contemporary architectural heritage has for the society of the 21st century, the need for its social recognition and its maintenance and conservation. This conference is dedicated to Francisco de Asís Cabrero Torres-Quevedo (1912-2005). He entered in 1932 in the Academy of Fine Arts […]

Autoorganization and Cybernetics | Miquel Lacasta
04-01-2019 No Comments

Autoorganization and Cybernetics | Miquel Lacasta

Lately the notion of self-organization has taken a certain protagonism in the conception of the city and the architecture, probably to political / social current recomic singer of the situation. In a sense it can sound to chimera the fact that so much, objects as persons, have a trend towards an organization not programmed in advance. It is more, I […]

Something that I do not want to be | José Ramón Hernández Correa
31-12-2018 No Comments

Something that I do not want to be | José Ramón Hernández Correa

In this blog I spread myself often against what I consider intolerable excesses of the architecture of flash, and criticize her without reservations (and I believe that deservedly). The own title of my blog, ¿Arquitectamos locos?, already I it have counted several times, it is necessary to to the indignation that I sit (or that was feeling, in full epoch […]

Yes needs more | Miguel Ángel Díaz Camacho
24-12-2018 No Comments

Yes needs more | Miguel Ángel Díaz Camacho

This is a strange entrance with respect to the habitual thing and perhaps for that reason it pleases us especially. It is a text that is not specifically dedicated to architecture, nor to its authors; Nor does it talk about urban strategies, energy management or resources and many other issues that have interested us for years. This time we wanted […]

Leonidov's tragedy | José Ramón Hernández Correa
21-12-2018 No Comments

Leonidov’s tragedy | José Ramón Hernández Correa

The student of architecture Ivan Ilich Leonidov did the most famous final project of career of the history. So much it is so it appears in any History of the Modern Architecture that boasts. The Institute Lenin shows how a boy who is finishing his studies is capable of solving with a blow of genius the eternal programmatical disagreements between […]

Modern Masters. Corrales and Molezún
13-12-2018 No Comments

Modern Masters. Corrales and Molezún

The COAM Architecture Foundation continues this cycle with which it wants to highlight the importance that the contemporary architectural heritage has for the society of the 21st century, the need for its social recognition and its maintenance and conservation. This conference is dedicated to José Antonio Corrales (1921-2010) and Ramón Vázquez Molezún (1922-1993), which constituted one of the reference studies […]