Wherever it is that things go well for you, that’s your country. Building outside Spain has for Spanish architects been both a challenge and a recognition traditionally within the reach of few prestigious names, such as Rafael Moneo, Santiago Calatra
With or without optimism, the panorama that the Spanish architect has to face continues to be discouraging. Protracted and profound, both economic and ideological, perhaps systemic, the crisis, which came suddenly and devastatingly, has taken on near
It should come as no surprise that as the ‘crisis’ reveals itself to be less cyclical and rather endemic, the demand for architecture declines. Spain, one of the hardest hit since 2008, in particular because of the exponential growth of its construct
If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. Deep in a systemic crisis that is far from over, Lenin’s old quote maintains its abrasive force. Business schools use it to boost positive thinking and choral responsibility in compani
The crisis aside, the success of Spanish architects in other countries can be attributed to a versatile university program and market regulations which, however, are now under duress.
Es cierto: no hay que hacer mudanzas en tiempos de tribulación. Al menos no hay que hacerlas en aquello que funciona, o incluso funciona bien. Tal puede aplicarse en la enseñanza de la arquitectura en España y, en particular, en su escuela más antigu
Spanish architecture abroad knows a sweet moment. From large-scale works to ephemeral pavilions, and from Ivy League universities to major exhibitions, talent bred in Spain fertilizes a truly kaleidoscopic cultural scene. Certainly, this phenomenon i
At his investiture as Doctor Honoris Causa at the University of Alcalá, Kenneth Frampton spoke of the virtues that have made Spanish architecture so admired abroad.
When he woke up, the crisis was still there. Paraphrasing Augusto Monterroso’s micro story, we seek shelter in the fertile territory of projects and dreams to avoid having to face the desolate state of a professional and personal landscape that has s
Necessity is forcing young architects to work on the small scale, but not at the expense of the rigor, research, commitment, and responsibility that come with building.
Spain exports architects, but also architecture. In the crisis, the media have turned the spotlight on the youth exodus: thousands of architects with a good polytechnical training who have sought in other European countries, in Latin America, the Gul