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Friday, November 27, 2020

A Chronicle of Architecture

The Age of Spectacle

Luis Fernández-Galiano presents a selection of articles that he wrote between 1993 and 2006 for El País, whose weekly architecture page he was in charge of during those years. Titled Alexandrine Years, evoking both its chronological scope and its chronicle nature, the book comprises two volumes that portray the vicissitudes of architecture in the course of the transition from the 20th century to the 21st. The first tome, The Age of Spectacle, covers the final years of ‘yestercentury,’ a period of optimistic prosperity best expressed in the much publicized Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao, and is followed by Time of Uncertainty, a second part that brings us to 2006. The compilation of texts, where architecture is intertwined with art, philosophy, economics, or politics, is illustrated with over 2,500 images, and includes close to 2,000 references to protagonists of projects and debates of the period in question. Rafael Moneo called the essays “small masterworks,” describing them as “well constructed, brilliant in their choice of metaphors, informed, subtle,” and stating that “whoever in the future studies what has been the history of architecture these past years will have to go through this wealth of writings.”

La edad del espectáculo (España, península y Baleares, Portugal)
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La edad del espectáculo (Canarias, Ceuta y Melilla)
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La edad del espectáculo (Europa)
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La edad del espectáculo (Suiza y resto de mundo)
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