Today’s epoch insists on the thesis that the only legitimate values of architecture are spatial values. To take possession of a space is the first gesture of all living things, of plants, of clouds, and of men: it is a manifestation of duration, life and equilibrium. Forms may disappear, system and structures as well, new materials and new techniques appear everyday: those who think that modern architecture will resolve their problems with new techniques and new materials are completely mistaken: what is of value, and the only true new element in today’s architecture, is the real and conscious conditioning of space

– Carlos Raul Villanueva, “conference II,” Tendencies in Contemporary Architecture, Vilanueva Foundation, June 13, 1963

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