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In this first stage, the catalogue focuses on the modern and contemporary architecture designed and built between 1832 –year of construction of the first industrial chimney in Barcelona that we establish as the beginning of modernity– until today.

The project is born to make the architecture more accessible both to professionals and to the citizens through a website that is going to be updated and extended. Contemporary works of greater general interest will be incorporated, always with a necessary historical perspective, while gradually adding works from our past, with the ambitious objective of understanding a greater documented period.

The collection feeds from multiple sources, mainly from the generosity of architectural and photographic studios, as well as the large amount of excellent historical and reference editorial projects, such as architectural guides, magazines, monographs and other publications. It also takes into consideration all the reference sources from the various branches and associated entities with the COAC and other collaborating entities related to the architectural and design fields, in its maximum spectrum.

Special mention should be made of the incorporation of vast documentation from the COAC Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.

The rigour and criteria for selection of the works has been stablished by a Documental Commission, formed by the COAC’s Culture Spokesperson, the director of the COAC Historical Archive, the directors of the COAC Digital Archive, and professionals and other external experts from all the territorial sections that look after to offer a transversal view of the current and past architectural landscape around the territory.

The determination of this project is to become the largest digital collection about Catalan architecture; a key tool of exemplar information and documentation about architecture, which turns into a local and international referent, for the way to explain and show the architectural heritage of a territory.

Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque
Directors of the COAC Digital Archive

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Architects' Association of Catalonia:

Àrea de Cultura

Directors:

2019-2020 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2020 Ramon Faura Carolina B. Garcia Francesc Rafat Antoni López Daufí Joan Falgueras Anton Pàmies Mercè Bosch Josep Ferrando Fernando Marzá Aureli Mora Omar Ornaque

External Collaborators:

2019-2020 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero

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Generalitat de Catalunya Departament de Cultura

Collaborating Entities:

ArquinFAD

 

Fundació Mies van der Rohe

 

Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

Design & Development:

Nubilum Edittio
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In Pictures

  • Bar and Annexes of the Sant Raimon de Penyafort i Nostra Senyora de Montserrat Student Residence

  • Bar and Annexes of the Sant Raimon de Penyafort i Nostra Senyora de Montserrat Student Residence

  • Bar and Annexes of the Sant Raimon de Penyafort i Nostra Senyora de Montserrat Student Residence

  • Bar and Annexes of the Sant Raimon de Penyafort i Nostra Senyora de Montserrat Student Residence

  • Bar and Annexes of the Sant Raimon de Penyafort i Nostra Senyora de Montserrat Student Residence

Memory

Una espai de sostres alts, dimensions generoses i presidida per una sèrie ordenada de pilars, jàsseres i grans finestrals es va fragmentar i va organitzar per donar lloc a ambients diversos. L'element protagonista de la intervenció era un envà d'alçades diferents que buscava en la seva geometria trencada la màxima estabilitat en planta. Tot a la manera d'un biombo complex que contenia finestres, cortines corredisses, aplics, bandes de plàstic rentables, cantoneres, sòcols i tapajunts. Ja s'observa en aquest exercici inicial una manera de fer que estarà present en moltes de les obres posteriors. La preocupació pel confort, la cura per la construcció per senzilla que sigui i la valoració del lloc on s'intervé van ser les guies que van acompanyar el projecte en el seu camí per arribar a una forma, que ja aquí es volia més com una conseqüència que com un apriorisme. Amb la perspectiva que dóna mirar aquest treball al cap de cinquanta anys és fàcil detectar el món cultural del que va rebre tantes i fonamentals influències. Els admirats arquitectes italians del moment estaven llavors dedicats a recuperar aspectes oblidats per les primeres avantguardes, a ampliar conseqüentment el vocabulari utilitzat per elles, a rescatar l'ornamentació com a expressió del procés constructiu, a tenir en compte l'envelliment de les coses, a considerar l'entorn com un tema prioritari... i tot això interessava moltíssim i les seves obres estaven a pocs quilòmetres.

Author: Lluís Clotet i Ballús

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