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The unbuilt architecture of Félix Candela: evolution of the architecture of Félix Candela from his unbuilt projects 1939-1997. (2017)

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Title: The unbuilt architecture of Felix Candela: evolution of the architecture of Felix Candela from his unbuilt projects 1939-1997. (2017).

  • Author(s): Federico Luis del Blanco García.
  • Director(s): Ismael García Ríos and José Luis García Grinda.
  • Summary: This doctoral thesis focuses on the study of the unbuilt architecture of Félix Candela. Through this has established a line of evolution that completes the extensive work of the architect and allows to explain the changes that occurred in its architecture showing a global vision. Original unpublished documents and graphic reconstitutions are provided that expand the prior knowledge of the work of one of the icons of 20th century architecture. During the realization of the thesis more than 2000 drawings have been produced – including drawings, reconstitutions, infographics and schematics. In turn, more than a hundred unpublished original plans of Félix Candela's projects have been compiled. The thesis is divided into three parts: a first, where general and context aspects are addressed; a second, including the results of the investigation and the author's personal input; and a third in which they are added to the above conclusions and various annexes. The research has been divided into three phases. The first consisted of the study of published documentation about Felix Candela and his work, extending the study to the geometry of surfaces and the historical context of the architectural movements of the twentieth century. During the second phase, documents belonging to different funds and archives were collected, which allowed the research to be carried out and served as the basis for the project reconstitutions. In the third phase the hypotheses raised were developed, and the reconstitutions and analysis of the unbuilt architecture of Félix Candela were carried out. Graphical language accompanies writing during the development of the thesis complementing each other.
  • Abstract: The aim of this doctoral thesis is to do a research about the non-built architecture of Félix Candela. The work includes original and unpublished documents of Felix Candela as well as graphic reconstructions about his projects. They extend the knowledge about one of the most iconic architects of the 20th century. The thesis incorporates more than 2000 original drawings, including plans, reconstructions, sketches and infographics. In addition, more than one hundred unpublished plans of Felix Candela's projects have been compiled. The thesis is divided into three parts: the first one, which addresses general and context aspects; the second one, which includes the results of the research and the personal contribution of the author; the third one, in which conclusions and various annexes have been added. The research has been divided into three phases. The first consisted of the study of the extensive documentation published about Felix Candela and his projects, extending the study to the geometry of surfaces and the context of the architecture during the twentieth century. During the second phase, documents belonging to different registries were collected. They made possible to specify the research lines and were used for the reconstruction of the projects. In the third phase the hypotheses were developed, and the analysis of the non-built architecture of Felix Candela were elaborated.
  • Link: http://oa.upm.es/45621/

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