Sorry to begin halfway through.
I spent the first six weeks of the summer in Italy, in Rome, drawing on a Yale program, and then moving through the north to see work by Moretti, Rossi, Terragni and others. In a sense it was a foundation, in something much more familiar to me as a student at Yale, for what I'm doing now.
Now I am ten days into the second half. Eight weeks in Spain, moving around the country and looking at architecture of the Francoist period. I began in Barcelona, where I will return in a couple of weeks, and am now in Madrid. Afterwards there will be a succession of smaller cities and towns.
I'm working on converting my digital photos to a size suitable to the blog, and then there will be photos and much more frequent posts. I'm also shooting with a film camera and hope to get that stuff online somewhere when I get it developed and scanned in the fall.
There is everything related directly to the project at hand, but there is also a growing backlog of obsevations and memories of cities. I imagine I'll shift back and forth. I'm circling a little bit, chronologically, geographically, and in my conception of my research, and I'd like to use this format to test ideas that may appear in the final product. So please comment, irrespective of if you are familiar with the work I'm looking at.
His research is focused on the diverse and shifting positions of architecture within Francoist Spain (1939-1975). It pursues a number of related questions, examining the relations between institutions of architecture and the regime, the function of architecture at the intersection of totalitarianism and an increasingly free market, and the evolution of architecture in Spain in the void left by the post-Civil War rejection of international modernism.