Ruins and Walls
For the most part published in El País, and the most recent ones in Arquitectura Viva, these thirty texts focus on the relationship between architecture and politics during the three decades that elapsed between the fall of the Berlin Wall and the outbreak of war in Ukraine, two markers in the history of Europe and the world. After an essay that presents architecture as ‘crystallized politics,’ the first section runs up to 2001 and documents some years of dramatic mutations during which European integration came under the shadow of the Balkan war; the second examines the consequences of 9/11, with the West’s invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq while a vigorous China rose; and the third starts with the financial crisis of 2007, which stirred up protests by indignant young and the less fortunate, raising expectations of change that were ultimately dampened by political convulsions evoking the darkest decades of yestercentury.
Collection ‘Debates’, 2022
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