35 años construyendo en democracia
Spanish Architecture (1975 - 2010)
35 Years of Building in Democracy
La Arquería, Madrid
Through May 7
Whew. 230 projects by 130 studios in chronological order. Miles of panels with projects crammed together, under-presented and under explained, together with 65 models of different scales and quality, lined up in a long double row like so-much used furniture at an auction.
Like so many shows on Spanish architecture, it's the usual general round-up of likely suspects.
Criteria of selection?
There's not even a single essay in the catalog.
Although a reporter from El País (Feb 2, 2012) interviewed one of the organizers, and it turns out they do have a vision for the show.
Who would have guessed?
- Antonio Ruiz Barbarin + Héctor Barrio, Curators
- Organized by the Ministry of Development's Department of Architecture and Housing Policy (which offers a list of participating architects here).
- Financed by Repsol (whose new Madrid headquarters by Rafael de La-Hoz ends the show) and the ACS Foundation, a construction firm headed by Florentino Perez, President of the Real Madrid soccer team.
Only an extraordinarily focused show with original research and documents, such as models, mock-ups, building details and beautiful drawings, seems worth the trouble. The models here were the only material that offered something original and unique.
Skyline Housing Cooperative, Madrid
Aranguren + Gallegos and Maiz + Herrada.
Source: El País