This collection of articles rescues flashes of the trajectories of two dozen figures who made the 20th century a labyrinth of forking paths. Besides architects, the list includes engineers, urban planners, theorists, and visionaries, in a gallery of personalities whom the century’s storms sometimes blew towards communism or fascism. Spain is present through the republican Secundino Zuazo, the Francoist Eduardo Torroja, or the exiled Josep Lluís Sert; an ideological diversity that also puts on opposite poles the two longest-living members of the series, the Naziphile Philip Johnson and the communist Oscar Niemeyer. The random roster of names chronologically starts with Adolf Loos and stretches up to Minoru Yamasaki, the 2001 destruction of whose Twin Towers marked a historic watershed.
Collection ‘Maestros’, 2021
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