"It is very difficult to find a critic with the formation of Luis", commented Rafael Moneo before a room filled to the brim. The Navarrese architect referred to Luis Fernández-Galiano, who was sitting to his left and who is the author of the book The Alexandrian years, presented on Tuesday afternoon at the headquarters of Ivorypress publishing house, in Madrid. Together with Fernández-Galiano another Pritzker Prize was sitting, the British Norman Foster, who announced with satisfaction that her daughter Paola, 18, born of her relationship with Elena Ochoa, had decided to study architecture and that he had recommended her as a compulsory reading the work of the critic from Calatayud who collects, in a bilingual version (Spanish and English) ), their articles published in EL PAÍS between 1993 and 2006.
"It has been, of course, a detail, the best introduction," he said. Fernández-Galiano at the end of the presentation, while signing copies of his book, divided into two volumes The age of the show Y Time of uncertainty. The first contains the texts of the last seven years of the last century and the second, the next seven, already in the twenty-first century, a provision reminiscent of the Alexandrian verse of 14 syllables, composed of two hemistichs.
"We have lived an optimistic period, of attic classicism, cultured, with a refined experience as in ancient Greece, with the end of the Cold War, and finally we have passed to a twilight stage, of uncertainty," said Fernández-Galiano. In his work he offers an analysis of the world from architecture, which includes different disciplines, from history to politics, through economics and sociology. "It's not just architecture, of course, it's everything that happens around, the different prisms that confirm reality, in which a social and political look rests. The 11-S is a political and also architectural fact. The book is like a pixelated mosaic, with a very visual thought, "he explained. From 1993 to 2008, the year of the demolition of Lehman Brothers, the GDP of Spain does not stop growing and that is noticeable, he added.
The collection of texts is illustrated with more than 2,500 images and includes nearly 2,000 references to the protagonists of the realizations and debates of that time. Calatrava, Herzog and De Meuron, Gaudí, Miralles or the Foster or Moneo themselves are some of the many architects analyzed in the book, which contains a practical onomastic index. The reinvention of New York, the museum of the cave of Altamira, the rehabilitation of the Roman Theater of Sagunto or the decline of the KIO Towers, with which the book is started, are objects of the attention of Fernández-Galiano's articles, considered "Little masterpieces" by Moneo.
Consequently with its purpose, the cover of the first volume is illustrated with the image of the Guggenheim of Bilbao and in the case of the second, with the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers.