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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

Àrea de Cultura

Directors:

2019-2022 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2022 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:

2019-2022 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero

With the support of:

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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The Arxiu Històric del Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya is one of the most important documentation centers in Europe, which houses the professional collections of more than 180 architects whose work is fundamental to understanding the history of Catalan architecture. By filling this form, you can request digital copies of the documents for which the Arxiu Històric del Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya manages the exploitation of the author's rights, as well as those in the public domain. Once the application has been made, the Arxiu Històric del Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya will send you an approximate budget, which varies in terms of each use and purpose.

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La construcción de la Central Térmica de Sant Adrià por parte de FECSA tiene lugar en pleno desarrollo industrial de la economía española: desde la década de 1960, la creciente demanda de mano de obra en el Área Metropolitana de Barcelona había propiciado una inmigración sin precedentes a esta zona desde otros puntos de la geografía peninsular. El propio municipio de Sant Adrià de Besòs experimentó un incremento de aproximadamente 20.000 habitantes en este período, pasando de 15.000 habitantes en 1960 a cerca de 36.000 en 1981. En consecuencia, la demanda de energía eléctrica se disparó durante estos años, dando lugar a proyectos como la propia Central de Sant Adrià, o las plantas ubicadas en Ascó, Serchs o Vandellós. En un principio, el proyecto de la Central suscitó una gran controversia en el municipio, dando lugar a un movimiento de oposición capitaneado por el presidente de la Asociación de vecinos de la barriada de La Catalana. El motivo principal de esta polémica fue la preocupación por el incremento de la contaminación atmosférica en la zona, pero también sirvieron como detonante las noticias de algunos periódicos, que insinuaban que la Central estaba siendo construida sin licencia de obras. Ya durante la construcción, en abril de 1973, un obrero murió en el transcurso de un duro enfrentamiento entre trabajadores y fuerzas del orden. Sin embargo, en la actualidad las tres chimeneas de la Central se han convertido en un símbolo de Sant Adrià. Así lo certifica la creación, en 2007, de la Plataforma para la Conservación de las tres chimeneas de Sant Adrià. Un año después, en 2008, los ciudadanos del municipio aprobaron por referéndum mantener las chimeneas en pie, con un resultado del 82% a favor.

Author: Alberto Sancho Montagut, Cristina Arribas

Source: DOCOMOMO Ibérico

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