El caso CALATRAVA
The new ‘Retratos’ series presents various texts that Luis Fernández-Galiano has written on the life and work of a select group of contemporary architects. El caso Calatrava is the eighth title out, barring a special edition honoring Enric Miralles 20 years after his death. Illustrated with the architects’ own drawings and enriched with in-depth interviews, biographical profiles, and analyses of building works, these small books wish to paint a pixelated portrait of current masters, informative and critical at the same time.
The book El caso Calatrava, containing 72 pages in paperback, features thirteen articles that journey through the thought and the work of the Valencian author. A controversial figure like few are, he has combined his three-way expertise as architect, engineer, and sculptor to produce an oeuvre of extraordinary ambition and recognizable singularity. The collection of texts begins with his first Spanish work, the Bac de Roda Bridge, and the rest of the pieces look at his projects in places like Seville, Tenerife, or Valencia, such as the colossal City of Arts and Sciences, which inspires a Cervantine dialogue between dogs. But the essays also offer commentary on many of the titanic constructions he has built all over the world, engage his projects with those of architects like Gehry or Nouvel, and try to unravel what makes him both a much discussed figure and a sign of our times. The publication ends with a personal register of concurrences and discords with the architect, who is as unpopular among his colleagues as he is admired by the public, but without a doubt one of the leading players on the contemporary stage.
Collection 'Retratos', 2021
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