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Ricardo Bofill: postmodern visionary

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More outsider than archistar, the Catalan architect Ricardo Bofill placed evolution and change at the centre of his activity. A rich monograph published by Gestalten presents his visionary projects.

“Architecture must be specific for each place. So what I try to do is to keep inventing myself”. With describes his work marked by a strong eclecticism that turned him into one of the most appreciated representatives of postmodern style.

Bofill started his activity in 1960s when he was only 23,  improving with time his ability to work with colors and materials (mainly steel and glass) and reviving languages and styles. The richness of Bofill’s design poetics and of his Taller de Arquitectura, eclectic team composed by architects but also economists, critics and poets, is enclosed in the fine book “Visions of Architecture” published by Gestalten, that besides presenting his visionary projects such as La Fábrica, Walden 7, La Muralla Roja or Abraxas, together with preparatory sketches and blueprints, offers a series of interesting critical essays signed by Nacho Alegre, Douglas Murphy and by Bofill himself. The images, many of which are new, are by Salva Lopez.