Santa María Micaela Housing Cooperative in Valencia: a Critical Assimilation of the Modern Legacy

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https://doi.org/10.52200/51.A.WI5ONXXG

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Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing

Abstract

The history of Valencian architecture reached one of its highest points with a project for the Cooperativa de Agentes Comerciales, consisting of a group of 138 dwellings (1958–1961) on the corner between Pérez Galdós Avenue and Santa María Micaela Street, after which this complex is named. It is a residential complex unique for its early and conscious association with a distinct modernity that would not be limited only to the national setting, as we shall see. We only have to consider some of the leading works of that period, which revived the contributions of the grand masters, Le Corbusier being the main focus, but not forgetting Mies van der Rohe. Indeed, the critical analyses undertaken by the Team X group, as well as the interpretations of the modern legacy that the Latin American architects undertook, are well known.

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Jordá, C., & Palomares, M. (2014). Santa María Micaela Housing Cooperative in Valencia: a Critical Assimilation of the Modern Legacy. Docomomo Journal, (51), 34–39. https://doi.org/10.52200/51.A.WI5ONXXG

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2014-11-01

Author Biographies

Carmen Jordá, Universitat Politècnica de València

PhD architect and chair of the Department of Architectural Composition of the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain. Carmen Jordá has been granted the Award Premio de Arquitectura del Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de la Comunidad Valenciana and, since 1996, she has been a member of the Registers Committee of docomomo Iberia. She is the author of several texts on the Comunitat Valenciana, in the Guía de Arquitectura de España. Siglo XX (Sevilla, Tanais, Madrid, Ministerio de Fomento, 1998) and is the author of the book Eduardo Torroja, la Vigencia de un Legado (Valencia, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia,Vicarrectorado de cultura, 2002). She has curated the exhibitions De Stijl, 20×20 Siglo XX, Veinte Obras de Arquitectura Moderna and Young Architects.

Maite Palomares, Universitat Politècnica de València

PhD architect, assistant professor at the Department of Architectural Composition of the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain. Maite Palomares has undertaken research studies on modern heritage and construction history. She participates in docomomo activities both in Chile and Mexico.