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PRESENTATION OF THE BOOK 'Enric Miralles, 1972-2000' - Tuesday, 21 February at 7.30 p.m.


The architecture of Miralles has an unmistakable undercurrent: measure discipline with transformation. It is therefore not surprising that the reflection on time is the leitmotif of his work. An implicit and provocative time when Blanchot announced that the past is released in the memory. Thus Miralles, when asked by a student to clarify what he means by time, responds: "[...] I understand physical time that is obtained in a certain place...When you start working, the first question to ask is what is the nature of the moment in which you are starting? That does not imply continuity with the past. If you think the past is an aspect of the future, then you would be surprised at what you can do"

This presence of time in the work of the architect developed by Miralles has a predictable end: "A project does not close dialogues: it always leaves things unfinished, because it is impossible to resolve them and also because it is better that way. The dialogue can be summarised in the next project, recovering lost ends and working with them over time. The project duration is transferred from one to the other, with invisible relationships and secret reasons that continue to exist." Miralles wanted to represent that transformation in his projects and he spelled it out unambiguously: "In the Edinburgh parliament, we are interested in maintaining that kind of trembling".

With a preface by Josep M. Rovira, this book has contributions from Oriol Bohigas, Ramón Faura, Carolina B. García, Enric Granell, Peter Blundell Jones, Ricardo Lampreave, Rafael Moneo, Carmen Pinós, Antonio Pizza, Josep M. Rovira, Carles Serra, Paolo Sustersic and Benedetta Tagliabue



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