Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Manuel de Solà-Morales, 1939 - 2012

The Barcelona-based architect and urban planner transformed the Moll de la Fusta in the old Barcelona port into a pedestrian-friendly boulevard for the 1992 Olympics, and developed, with Rafael Moneo, the L'Illa Diagonal mixed-use complex in the city center.  His death was announced in El País today by the architect Luis Domènech, who describes his distinguished career as a teacher, writer, and practitioner, and his roots in the teachings of José Luis Sert at Harvard and  Ludovico Quaroni in Rome.

Solà-Morales founded and directed the Laboratory of Urbanism at Barcelona's school of architecture, the ETSAB, and was one of the founders, with Domènech, Oriol Bohigas and others, of the historic magazine Arquitecturas bis. In addition to his work in Barcelona, he has executed urban projects throughout Europe.

He was the older brother of the late architect and critic Ignasi Solà-Morales (1942-2001), and father of the architect Clara Solà-Morales. He died of a heart attack in his sleep, Domènech reports.

 Photo from http://www.manueldesola.com.

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