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Lino Camprubí

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027175

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027175.001.0001

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The Concrete Dodecahedron: The Political Economy of Coal, Design, and the Landscape

The Concrete Dodecahedron: The Political Economy of Coal, Design, and the Landscape

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(p.15) 2 The Concrete Dodecahedron: The Political Economy of Coal, Design, and the Landscape
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Engineers and the Making of the Francoist Regime
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Lino Camprubí

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027175.003.0002

The chapter revolves around a silo destined for coal storage, made of concrete and shaped as a dodecahedron. Eduardo Torroja designed it for the entrance to the new structural and engineering laboratory, which was built in Madrid between 1952 and 1954 for the Technical Institute for Construction and Cement, which he directed.The chapter explores the economic and aesthetic values behind the silo's striking shape. In doing so, it discovers a project for transforming the Spanish political economy – a project around which much of the scientific and technical research in early Franco's Spain revolved. The chapter utilizes this to delve into the political economy of national raw materials and industrialization. This illuminates the role of the laboratory in retooling the Spanish landscape through water reservoirs and cheap houses.

Keywords:   Autarky, Resources, Cement, Coal, Eduardo Torroja, Juan Antonio Suanzes, Industrialization, Madrid, Structural engineering

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