Parking Avenida Libertad / Clavel Arquitectos

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Architects: Clavel Arquitectos
Location: Avenida de la Libertad, , Spain
Design Team: Manuel Clavel Rojo
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: David Frutos

Kid’s University in Gandía / Paredes Pedrosa

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Architects: Paredes Pedrosa
Location: Valencia,
Design Team: Ángela García de Paredes, Ignacio Pedrosa
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Roland Halbe, Luis Asín

In Progress: Vallecas Housing / CRAB Studio

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Architects: CRAB Studio
Location: Vallecas, Madrid,
Design Team: Peter Cook, Gavin Robotham, Salvador Perez Arroyo
Photographs: Courtesy of CRAB Studio

Car Vela / Mestura Arquitectes

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Architects: Mestura Arquitectes
Location: Barcelona,
Architects In Charge: Humbert Costas, Manuel Gómez, Jaime Blanco, Carlos Durán, Josep M. Estapè
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute

The Recessionary Interviews: Spain’s Manuel Ocaña

Manuel Ocaña. Photo © Piedad Sancristóval

has provoked a variety of responses – disillusionment, frustration, woe. For those not inclined to wallow, however, it has also provided ample time to reflect on (and, if you’re Manuel Ocaña, rip apart) pre-Recession society.

In our Recessionary Interviews, we talk to architects living and working where the Crisis has hit hardest. Last week, we spoke with architect Luis Pedra Silva, who offered us a realistic, and yet optimistic, take on the state of architecture in Portugal.

This week, on the other hand, we bring you an outlook more incendiary than optimistic. Manuel Ocaña, the controversial Spanish architect behind the Manuel Ocaña Architecture and Thought Production Office, is far from impressed with how his home country has handled its economic boom and bust. “,” he says, “used to be a sexy, fit and energetic country. Envy, inferiority complexes, greed, arrogance and pride soaked it in fat. It is currently suffering from moral obesity.”

More on Manuel Ocaña’s take on Spain, including why Spanish architects are no better off than Vampires (or, worse still, MacDonalds employees), after the break…

Roca Barcelona Gallery / OAB

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Architects: OAB
Location: ,
Design Team: Borja Ferrater, Lucia Ferrater, Carlos Ferrater
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Alejo Bagué

Headquarters of the Local Police of Adeje / Estudio Lavín

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Architects: Estudio Lavín S.L.
Location: Adeje, Tenerife Island,
Design Team: Alejandro Lavín Della Ventura, Francisco Miguel Lavín Della Ventura
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Estudio Lavín S.L.

House in the valley of Atzaró / de Blacam and Meaguer architects

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Architects: de Blacam and Meaguer architects
Location: Atzaró, ,
Design Team: John Meagher, Juan Echeverría
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Peter Cook

PMT / Mestura Arquitectes

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Architects: Mestura Arquitectes
Location: Barcelona,
Architect In Charge: Humbert Costas, Manuel Gómez, Jaime Blanco, Carlos Durán, Josep M. Estapè
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute

Escaravox / Andres Jaque Architects

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Architects: Andres Jaque Architects
Location: ,
Project Team: Ruggero Agnolutto, Fernando Arocha, Ángela Bailén, Almudena Basabe, Elisa Bua, Álvaro Carrillo, Catalina Corredor, Roberto González García, Michal Just, Jorge López Conde, Marco Marcelletti, Paola Pardo, Khristian Serena, Patrycja Stal, Dagmar Stéeova, Silvie Talackova
Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán

Azahar Headquarters / OAB

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Architects: OAB
Location: Castellón,
Design Team: Carlos Ferrater, Núria Ayala
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Alejo Bagué

Social Health Centre / Estudio Lavín

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Architects: Estudio Lavín S.L.
Location: Isora,
Design Team: Alejandro Lavín Della Ventura, Francisco Miguel Lavín Della Ventura
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Estudio Lavín S.L.

President of Madrid Puts Foot In Mouth, Offends Architects Everywhere

Photo via La Paseata.

Politicians caught on camera say the darndest things. Like – if you’re Esperanza Aguirre, President of – that architects “should be killed.”

The Politician was unknowingly recorded while speaking with the Mayor of Valdemaqueda, a municipality of Madrid, about their town hall. The building, known as Casa Consistorial de Valdemaqueda (1998), designed by , was an award-winner at the Spanish Biennale of 1999. Their conversation (translated by yours truly) went as follows:

Mayor: The town hall? Oh, that thing. Well, it’s gotten prizes, president. Architecture prizes.

Esperanza Aguirre: That’s the only positive thing that’s come from the Crisis, that that’s all over. [...] I have never seen anything uglier.

Mayor: You don’t like it?

Esperanza Aguirre: How could I like it, hidden at the end of a plaza like this!

Mayor: Well, because they’re the architects of the Community.

Esperanza Aguirre: Well, they should be killed.

Mayor: They’ve gotten awards.

Esperanza Aguirre: Mario, it’s so stupid (addressing a person next to her). Do you know why we should have the death penalty? I dislike architects because their crimes last longer than their own own lives. They die and leave us with this.

Find out what Ms. Aguirre has had to say for herself since, and take a peek at the original video footage after the break …

Polideportivo in Sa Indiotería / Jordi Herrero + Sebastián Escanellas

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Architects: Jordi Herrero + Sebastián Escanellas
Location: Palma de Mallorca,
Project Architects: Jordi Herrero Campo, Genovard
Project Area: 2,607 sqm
Photographs: Jaime Sicilia

Tourism Office in Arteixo / Alejandro García y Arquitectos

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Architects: Alejandro García y Arquitectos
Location: A Coruña,
Design Team: Alejandro García Rodríguez
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Alejandro García y Arquitectos

Visitors Center, Atapuerca / a3gm + Mata y asociados

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Architects: a3gm + Mata y asociados
Location: , Burgos, Spain
Architect In Charge: Salvador Mata Pérez
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Mata y asociados

Primary School In O Revel / Cendón – Vázquez Arquitectos

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Architects: Cendón – Vázquez Arquitectos
Location: Pontevedra,
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Manuel G. Vicente

Cultural Center in Son Ferriol / Jordi Herrero + Sebastián Escanellas

© Jaime Sicilia

Architects: Jordi Herrero + Sebastián Escanellas
Location: Calle Sant Joan de la Creu s/n, Palma de Mallorca
Architects: Campo, Genovard
Project Year: 2006
Project Area: 750 sqm
Photographs: Jaime Sicilia