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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

  • Gil Sala House

  • Gil Sala House

  • Gil Sala House

  • Gil Sala House

  • Gil Sala House

Memory

El carrer recte i d'una amplada constant quedava definit per uns plans de façana continus i paral·lels a les voreres. Algunes construccions es retranquejaven formant patis oberts entre elles, però la planta baixa mantenia sempre l'alineació per no debilitar el traçat del carrer. Les lleis de formació de l'estricte buit urbà, poques i clares, permetien una gran llibertat de mides i llenguatges de les arquitectures que l'abraçaven i el resultat de les llargues façanes contínues prenia l'aspecte d'enormes i complexos collage. La proposta va utilitzar aquesta manera de relacionar fragments tan present al barri i a la ciutat, com a mecanisme per resoldre el propi edifici. L'addició es va posar suaument sobre la planta baixa igual que les diferents cases ho feien les unes amb les altres. El projecte no va pretendre tractar l'edifici com una unitat estilística i per això el llenguatge de la novetat es va buscar tan diferent al d'allò conservat. Tampoc el projecte va modificar ni endreçar l'antic, no va esborrar pistes, el va deixar intacte com a testimoni d'altres històries, el va acceptar en el joc i el va tractar com un component més del trencaclosques urbà.

Author: Lluís Clotet i Ballús

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