Mexico's Master of Serenity

Luis Barragán wins his profession's richest prize

The most vivid childhood memory of Architect Luis Barragán is of a water system in a village set in the red hills near the Mexican city of Guadalajara. "Great gutted logs, in the form of troughs," he remembers, "ran on a support system of tree forks, five meters high, above the roofs. This aqueduct crossed over the town, reaching the patios, where there were great stone fountains to receive the water. The channeled logs, covered with moss, dripped water all over...

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