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Alan Colquhoun, 1921-2012

Critique and Commitment

Rafael Moneo 
31/01/2013


What will those coming after us, the generations of the future, make of Alan Colquhoun’s contribution to architecture in the course of the second half of the 20th century? In this sad task of writing a note on Alan Colquhoun, I think the first thing to do is to answer this question. Will they see Alan Colquhoun as the scholar who reflected on the architecture of his time with sharpness and precision, having closely witnessed everything that took place in architecture in the course of the period of history it chanced upon him to live? Will his writings arouse in them an interest in exploring his reduced but intense work as an architect? Will they be lured by the legend woven around his thirty-year teaching life at Princeton?...

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