XI Congreso Internacional - Historia de la Arquitectura Moderna Espaņola [XI International Congress - History of Modern Spanish Architecture]
26th - 28th April 2018, Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain
DATE: 26/4/2018
"There are many accounts of the genesis of the Modern Movement that establish their origins in the technological and functional action of engineers, aesthetically carefree; Technology often appears as a causal argument for novelties in the design of its built spaces. This has often led to seeing the aesthetic progress of modernity as something found and subordinated, forced by the new materials, as an inevitable result.

Perhaps it is worth the vice versa and it may be thought that these technological advances are just a response to the new spatial and functional needs. In any case, they have accompanied throughout the 20th century the aesthetic, spatial and even functional characterization of architecture.

Its evolution is known inseparable from the possibilities deductible from the appearance of reinforced concrete and prestressing, steel and aluminum, laminated glass, electric light, elevators, air conditioning; perhaps modern architecture is not understood, even, but in the light of utopian expectations linked to them.

Whatever role we should recognize the industry in its definition, in short, modern architecture can not be understood without these advances. The spectacular developments of architecture in terms of expressiveness and language depend on them, however much they have not achieved the fanciful results dreamed by some in the happy twenties.

The expiration of technical solutions has weighed some of the plastic achievements of modern architecture. Not a few of its most striking fruits are damaged in its recognition and esteem for the defects derived from the use of bold or not very mature advances at the time. However, this is undoubtedly something to understand that something to magnify as part of the īmustī of modern architecture."

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