Normal blocks


2011 EN BLANCO 6_Bloques normales

The hollow concrete block was born around the middle of the nineteenth century as a cheap alternative to natural stone blocks. From this relatively humble origin, the block gradually grew in reputation at the hands of celebrated architects such as, fi rstly, Frank Lloyd Wright, and later by Louis I. Kahn, Aldo van Eyck and Herman Hertzberger. The present paper follows the concrete block’s path to respectability, from its beginnings as a modest imitation until its universal acceptance by the building industry. Finally, reduced to its essential form, it is seen to fulfil important and even symbolic roles.

“Bloques normales / Normal blocks,” with Débora Domingo Calabuig. En Blanco 6 (2011): 6-11.

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