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Enric Miralles from Left to Right (and without Glasses)

A thoroughly unconventional monograph on the work of contemporary architect Enric Miralles, this book by acclaimed artist David Bestué combines the forms of essay, diary, notebook, and more to create a book that is simultaneously an analysis of artistic work and a work of art itself.

Asking what “spending time” in and around the works of Miralles means, Bestué coaxes unlikely meanings and emotions from them, capturing the buildings and spaces in a series of photographs that illustrate a living architecture, removed from the preciousness to which architecture can so frequently succumb. Applying the mind of an artist to the work of another creator, Bestué tries to unravel Miralles’s creative process, to understand how his ideas were formed, refined, and made into physical objects that survive and thrive in a seemingly unsympathetic world.

384 pages | 405 color plates | 6 x 8 | © 2010

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Reviews

“This book is as generous as it is unconventional. Bestué watching Miralles calls to mind Chekhov, as, like him, instead of capturing the outstanding moments of life, he prefers to capture the moment where life struggles without heroism to achieve normality.”

Andrea Valdés | Culturas

Table of Contents

Introduction
Juan José Lahuerta
 
Preliminary note
David Bestué
 
Projects
 
La Llauna Secondary School
 
Pergolas in the Plaça de la Vila
 
Igualada Cemetery
 
Civic Centre of the district of La Mina
 
Civic Centre of Hostalets de Balenyà
 
Paseo Prim
 
Morella Home-School
 
Archery facilities in the Olympic Park of Vall d’Hebron
 
Pergolas in la Avenida Icaria
 
Head Offices of the Círculo de Lectores
 
Access to the Takaoka Station
 
Sports Palace
 
Industrial Bridge, Camy-Nestlé plant
 
National Technical Centre for Rhythmic and Sports Gymnastics
 
Meditation Pavilion of Unazuki
 
Refurbishing of a flat in Mercaders street
 
Parque de los Colores
 
Diagonal Mar Park
 
Public Library Enric Miralles
 
Hamburg School of Music
 
City Hall of Ultrech
 
Market of Santa Caterina
 
Lecture rooms of the University of Vigo
 
Natural Gas Building
 
Breakages
 
In the end it is about living
 
Epilogue
Martí Manen

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