The Ar­chi­tect’s Dilemma

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Gaudí was pro­lific dur­ing the city’s build­ing boom in the 1880s, and is there­fore re­spon­si­ble for some of its most en­dur­ing land­marks: the still-unfinished Sagrada Fa­milia cathe­dral, Casa Milà, and the must-visit Park Güell. But he merely set the tone. Barcelona is a city that em­braces the dra­matic, and for ar­chi­tec­ture buffs, there’s more than just Gaudi to be ex­cited about. For ex­am­ple, the Fon­datió Joan Miró is a trippy cu­bist cam­pus de­signed by the artist’s friend, Josep Lluís Sert, fa­mous for de­sign­ing the pavil­ion where Pi­casso’s “Guernica” was first dis­played. And just a short walk from there is the Barcelona Pavil­ion, Lud­wig Mies van der Rohe’s Ger­man en­try in the 1929 In­ter­na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion, which still stands as the de­fin­i­tive work of mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture (and is, in­ci­den­tally, the build­ing that gave its name to those fa­mous chairs). In Barcelona, you will come to know the name An­toni Gaudí. You should know oth­ers, too

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