Architecture as revolution : episodes in the history of by Luis E. Carranza

By Luis E. Carranza

The interval following the Mexican Revolution used to be characterised through exceptional creative experimentation. trying to exhibit the revolution's heterogeneous social and political goals, that have been in a continual nation of redefinition, architects, artists, writers, and intellectuals created particular, occasionally idiosyncratic theories and works.

Luis E. Carranza examines the interdependence of recent structure in Mexico and the urgent sociopolitical and ideological problems with this era, in addition to the interchanges among post-revolutionary architects and the literary, philosophical, and inventive avant-gardes. Organizing his publication round chronological case experiences that convey how architectural concept and creation mirrored a variety of understandings of the revolution's importance, Carranza makes a speciality of structure and its dating to the philosophical and pedagogic standards of the muralist circulation, the advance of the avant-garde in Mexico and its notions of the Mexican urban, using pre-Hispanic architectural types to handle indigenous peoples, the improvement of a socially orientated architectural functionalism, and the monumentalization of the revolution itself. furthermore, the ebook additionally covers vital architects and artists who've been marginally mentioned inside architectural and paintings historiography.

Richly illustrated, Architecture as Revolution is likely one of the first books in English to give a social and cultural historical past of early twentieth-century Mexican architecture.

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Finally, at the center of the courtyard, a monument should have been raised that, in some way, symbolized the law of the three states [of energy]: the material, the intellectual, and the aesthetic. ”74 building for the secretaría de educación pública In 1923, shortly after being appointed minister of education, Vasconcelos conceived and initiated an ambitious construction plan for the sep: We want to point out to everyone the need to comprehensively develop this program of construction because, without being materially completed, any educational reforms will be completely sterile if they remain on paper.

It represented the “internationalism” of the Díaz regime, through its foreign philosophical underpinnings, and it directly referenced the Spanish tradition in Mexico, expressed most prominently in the colonial courtyard building typology. Vasconcelos’ philosophical and educational ideas, vis-à-vis a marked nationalist interest, also developed from this mediation. Ultimately, this middle ground became a way for him to use each position against the other. For example, his rejection and critique of European positivism was partly substantiated by the European philosopher Oswald Spengler’s indictment against Western rationality and the resulting decline of Western civilization.

The basis of white civilization is fuel. First it served as a protection in the long winters; later, it was seen to have a force capable of being utilized not only in sheltering cover but also in work; then, the motor was created, and from that fate—from the hearth and the stove—the machines that would transform the world came. . 56 The machines and derivative civilization did not equal or rival, in Vasconcelos’ schema, the ancient cultures. Mere technical advances, in other words, do not represent the height of a culture.

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