Luis Barragan (1902-1988) was one of Mexico's most influential architects of the 20th Century. Educated as an engineer and self taught as an architect, Barragan was the perfect synthesis of his time. He gave the newly burgeoning International Style a uniquely Mexican perspective. His buildings are renowned for their mastery of space and light, but Barragan was equally influential as a landscape architect and urban planner. Cited as an inspiration by subsequent Pritzker winners such as Tadao Ando, Frank Gehry, and Rem Koolhaas.
In 1980 Luis Barragan was awarded the Pritzker Prize for Architecture. In his acceptance speech he said he found it "alarming" that publications devoted to architecture seemed to have banished the words, "Beauty, Inspiration, Magic, Spellbound, Enchantment, as well as the concepts of Serenity, Silence, Intimacy and Amazement." He apologized for perhaps not having done these concepts complete justice, but said "they have never ceased to be my guiding lights."
In his closing remarks, he spoke of "The Art of Seeing. It is essential to an architect to know how to see: I mean, to see in such a way that the vision is not overpowered by rational analysis."
I think this should apply to everyone, in everything they do - everything they are.
Barragan House, Calle Ramirez, Mexico City
Tuesday, 18 September 2007
Posted by HOBAC at 21:21