’60s Barcelona. New Brutalism
In the nineteen-fifties, local architecture was marked by the presence of the second-generation modern movement...
NATURE & PROJECT. Chronicle of a Teaching Experience, by Josep Lluís Mateo
During the 2019 fall semester, Josep Lluís Mateo led the Visiting Studio organized for the final year at the ETSAB...
Coming soon: Footprints. Josep Lluís Mateo. Writings 2005 – 2020
Book launch: December 2020
El temblor de la arquitectura
Todos los seres humanos sentimos la arquitectura. Este sentimiento –que es una auténtica pulsión– forma parte de nuestra naturaleza.
Reflexionar sobre el futuro, desde una situación tan dura como la que vivimos, se presta a transitar por todo tipo de caminos no atractivos.
Josep Lluís Mateo reflects on the darkness in Toni Catany’s images
That theme is light. And, in the hands of the artist, its opposite, darkness, as the ultimate expression, by contrast, with lightness...
Building something represents an effort in relation to a project, to an idea.
ETSAB VISITING STUDIO (WINTER SEMESTER)
This semester, near the end of the course of study at the ETSAB, brings to bear a multiple vision of the design process...
BOOK REVIEW: CRÍTICA DE CHOQUE (SHOCK CRITICISM)
The book describes the contemporary cultural landscape, a time when communication and criticism come face to face with new issues such as fake news...
Unpublished text by Marcel Meili about Quaderns in the 80s
There are several texts by Josep Lluís Mateo, which have aroused our special interest in Quaderns. Texts about technology, reality and periphery...
Marcel Meili, 1953 – 2019. In memoriam
The dream of the Metropolis is constructed in the subsoil
Text by Josep Lluís Mateo, for Marcel Meili, Markus Peter 1987 – 2008. Zurich, 2008
In the vertical plane, lines draw animals, friendly presences. In the horizontal plane, straight lines mark the layout of the new city...
The blue house on the sea, by Ignasi Solà-Morales
On a cold and blustery Saturday in February 2001 Ignasi Solà-Morales and I went to visit this house in Mallorca...
Self, Shell, Shelter
To speak of the shelter is to recall an archaic, primitive argument of our work. The condition of protection from a hostile exterior...
5 books recommended by Josep Lluís Mateo
Josep Lluís Mateo recommends the five most significant books about architecture produced over the last 35 years for him.
Island, desert, mountain: architecture degree zero
Architecture – that prosthesis sometimes necessary for survival – is presented in its initial condition. As degree zero.
The relationship between architecture and landscape in environments of extreme topography.
Establishing links between the desert and architecture entails imagining an object facing its antagonist...
Take two of my projects 30 years apart, one recent work and one early scheme; despite the lapse in time and their very different contexts, they reveal much in common.
Le Bon Sauvage. A Contemporary Architect’s Status
The imaginary of the profession of architect has historically seen the emergence of various paradigms...
THE VALUES OF ARCHITECTURE – Josep Lluís Mateo
Preparatory notes for an oral intervention in the closing session of the Architects’ Congress of Catalonia...
Islands, finite, enclosed spaces: the limit as condition and presence, as unifying moment.
TRANSFER: a new Global Architecture Platform
Transfer is a new independent digital editorial project based on the production and transmission of architectural knowledge...
References = Books
“People ask me what my references are ...”
A look at Object Studio, Harvard GSD
We have the pleasure to present a short video about Object Studio...
The earth is our support, our base, the root that will, eventually, allow us to fly. To speak of the earth requires us...