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An elegy to architect Oriol Bohigas

An elegy to architect Oriol Bohigas | IE School of Architecture & Design

IE School of Architecture and Design Dean Martha Thorne commented on the death of Spanish architect Oriol Bohigas in an article about his legacy in The New York Times, noting that he “was fundamental not only in the transformation of Barcelona but in our understanding of cities.”

“His ideas of urban acupuncture — small actions over time that could be understood as part of a whole, including new squares and small green spaces — were embraced by the residents and made a positive impact on neighborhoods.”

Oriol Bohigas enrolled at Barcelona’s school of architecture in 1943, just as General Francisco Franco was consolidating his dictatorship after winning the Spanish Civil War. Mr. Bohigas was eventually appointed director of the architecture school in 1977, shortly after Franco’s death. He considered it part of his life’s mission to free architecture and urban planning from the conservative rigidity of Franco’s dictatorship, and to return Barcelona to the kind of innovative thinking associated with the main cultural movements that reshaped the city in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Read the full article here.

Author: Raphael Minder / Publication: The New York Times