Pedro Ignacio Alonso and Hugo Palmarola - Panel


Although largely marginal within official accounts of modern architecture, during the second half of the

20th century the development of large concrete panel systems was central to debates about architecture’s modernisation and industrialisation. Through this development, not only was construction transferred from the building site to the factory floor – and manual labour succeeded by automated mass production – but political, aesthetic and ideological debates began to inscribe themselves onto the panel itself. This book focuses on a particular aspect of this history, namely those systems exported from Soviet Russia into Cuba and then on to Chile in the 1960s and 1970s. Written from the point of view of the worker as much as the architect, Panel contains an incredible visual panoply of archival photographs, stills, cartoons, sketches and drawings. Thanks again to the brilliant AA London (London).

300 pages, 26 x 20 cm, paperback, AA London (London).