Canal March

The Peine del Viento. A period of transition

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Architecture in Spain. From the Transition to Uncertainty

Taking the Peine del Viento (The Comb of the Wind) by Eduardo Chillida and Luis Peña Ganchegui as a symbol of the architecture of the Spanish transition to democracy, the analysis of this period of “long-delayed modernity”–in the words of the architect and university professor Luis Fernández-Galiano– explores the abstract antecedents of the 1950s based on examples of religious commissions such as the Sanctuary of Arantzazu designed by Sáenz de Oiza, new rural models and the popular suburbs of the urban peripheries. He then goes on to address the early constructions of young architects such as Ricardo Bofill, Rafael Moneo and Cruz y Ortiz. This choral journey is used to illustrate the changeover from the dictatorship to democracy in parallel with the cultural, artistic and architectural portrait of the country.

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