Luis M. Mansilla + Emilio Tuñón: From Rules to Constraint

From 2008 to 2010, Madrid based architects Luis M. Mansilla and Emilio Tuñón held the Jean Labatut Visiting Professorship at the Princeton School of Architecture. More than a collection of student work, From Rules to Constraints is a wide ranging reflection on teaching, design practice, history and the city. Focusing on three sites at three distinct scales, this book examines the constraints of the architectural project—social, political, historical, and environmental in order to create new rules for working. Examining both their teaching methods and Mansilla + Tuñón’s own design work, the book presents the design process as an ongoing conversation between the building and the environment, between freedom and limits, and between the decided and undecided.

Luis M. Mansilla and Emilio Tuñón are internationally recognized for their intellectual contributions and influential designs and buildings.  In 2007, they received the prestigious Mies van der Rohe Prize for their Museum of Contemporary Art in Castilla y León (MUSAC) in León, Spain, and in 2003, the Spanish Architecture Award. Their current work includes The Spanish Royal Collections Museum in Madrid, Lalín Town Hall, and the International Convention Center for the city of Madrid. In February of this year, as this book was nearing completion, Luis M. Mansilla passed away, making this one of the last records of his work and ideas.

With contributions by Stan Allen, Enrique Walker, Sarah Whiting and Augustin Perez Rubio, photographs by Dean Kaufmann, Luis Asín, and Luis Baylón.


006 Introduction / Giancarlo Valle 010 Conversation / Stan Allen, Luis M. Mansilla, Emilio Tuñón and Giancarlo Valle

026 History as Protagonist: Farnsworth House 030 Farnsworth 2011 / Dean Kaufman 074 Scaffoldings / Enrique Walker 080 Expiry & Expansion / Ilana Altman

088 Institution as Infrastructure: Royal Collection 092 Royal Collection 2010 / Luis Asín 124 Conversation / Giancarlo Valle and Agustín Pérez Rubio 136 Obstinately Optimistic / Sarah Whiting

142 Boulevard as Urban Fragment: La Gran Vía 146 La Gran Vía, 1980-2011 / Luis Baylón 184 Diverted Perspectives / Yasmin Vobis, Aaron Forrest

194 Mansilla + Tuñón: Discipline Play / Stan Allen 214 Mansilla + Tuñón: Three Projects 216 Museum of Zamora 224 Madrid Regional Archives and Library 232 Atrio Relais-Châteaux

242 Acknowledgments 243 Credits 244 Contributors

Publisher: Lars Müller Publishers Edited by: Giancarlo Valle Format: 6 ½ × 9 ½ inches, 16.5 × 24 cm Pages: 248 pages, 242 illustrations Language: English ISBN: 978-3-03778-281-1

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Cite: Diego Hernandez. "Luis M. Mansilla + Emilio Tuñón: From Rules to Constraint" 21 Sep 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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