José Luis Fernández del Amo, Vegaviana colonization village, Vegaviana, Spain, 1954-1957. Iconic image. © Kindel (Joaquín del Palacio), Heirs of Joaquín del Palacio. Mediateca. Secretaría General Técnica. Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente.
Vegaviana, a colonization village

the rural “naturalness and simplicity” of modern Spanish heritage

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https://doi.org/10.52200/65.A.0RYF58D6

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Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing, Post-war housing, Welfare architecture, Mass housing, Spanish modern architecture, Vegaviana colonization village, José Fernández del Amo, Vernacular modern architecture, Preservation of modern architecture

Abstract

The Instituto Nacional de Colonización built a series of villages all over Spain to support farmers who were working on the newly established irrigated lands. Vegaviana, which was projected by the architect José Luis Fernández del Amo, stands out among the almost 300 villages that were constructed, becoming a referent for INC colonization and also in modern Spanish architecture. Firstly, a brief contextual review is presented. Secondly, the emphasis is put on Vegaviana, and its presence in international contexts is analyzed, highlighting its outstanding low-cost design with local materials. This essay ends with a review from the current perspective.

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Bote Alonso, I., & Montalbán Pozas, B. (2021). Vegaviana, a colonization village: the rural “naturalness and simplicity” of modern Spanish heritage. Docomomo Journal, (65), 98–103. https://doi.org/10.52200/65.A.0RYF58D6

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2021-07-01

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Inmaculada Bote Alonso, University of Extremadura

(Spain, 1986). Architect graduated from the University of Seville and Master in Advanced Architecture and City Project from the University of Alcalá. Currently, she is Predoctoral Researcher at the University of Extremadura, Building Department. Her research focuses on rural architecture of the Modern Movement in Extremadura and its connection with sustainability.

Beatriz Montalbán Pozas, University of Extremadura

(Spain, 1969). Architect graduated from the University of Madrid and Building Engineer from the Extremadura University, where she also obtained her PhD. She is Professor and researcher at Extremadura University, Building Department. Her research focuses on technology in sustainable construction, energy efficiency and traditional architecture (research projects: INNOINVEST, EFIPUBLIC, EDEA RENOV).

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