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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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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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About us

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

Collaborating Entities:

ArquinFAD

 

Fundació Mies van der Rohe

 

Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

Design & Development:

Nubilum Edittio

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Memory

Can Ginestar és una antiga masia, ara al centre de S. Just Desvern, que des de fa anys funciona com a centre cívic. Si la masia és una peça a conservar i valorar, el jardí que l'envolta també és un referent per a Sant Just i els anys acumulats sobre la seva vegetació li han donat al seu arbrat un valor singular. La biblioteca, que podia situar-se en qualsevol part del jardí nord (i que l'ordenació urbanística proposava com a peça aïllada), formaria part dels equipaments d'aquest centre cívic. Aquesta part nord del jardí s'utilitza molt menys que la resta, per la seva pendent, orientació i poca accessibilitat, però està significada per la presència d'arbres de gran port. El projecte pretén respectar els esmentats arbres i en conseqüència la topografia del terreny, de manera que la façana al jardí s'avança o s'endarrereix per establir distàncies i relacions amb els arbres. Al contrari, la façana posterior utilitza el límit respecte al carrer com esquena de la biblioteca i es proposa en continuïtat amb el bell i ondulat mur existent, que es remata amb un espai obert al territori natural. La biblioteca (a la façana al jardí) es tracta com una galeria vidrada que busca el contacte visual en extensió amb els grans arbres. La galeria es resol amb elements lleugers que es distancien de la imatge massissa del mas i poden ser entesos com el seu contrapunt formal.

Author: Josep Llinàs Carmona

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