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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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

Memory

La compra italiana d’una empresa local d’àcid tartàric (1918-90), mundialment rellevant, en comportà el tancament i negociacions subsegüents sobre densitat, qualitat i autoria d’un nou ús residencial. Per camins mig casuals, l’encàrrec recaigué en Aldo Rossi. Ja d’antuvi, i també en el resultat final, aquesta operació té un cert to autàrquic, de falansteri, respecte al continu urbà, ja sigui per l’antecedent fabril o per la topografia. El planteig de Rossi abraçava la xemeneia amb l’edificació i cloïa una gran plaça «major» tancada, desplegant-hi uns braços monacals cap al sud que produïen altres places i jardins més oberts, sempre sobre un sòcol sacralitzant; el nou projecte aïlla la icona industrial, fent-la pivot d’un gran espai urbà obert al nord, confirma les places enjardinades i domèstiques a la cara sud i es relaciona més flexiblement amb els espais circumdants. El pas a la promoció comercial (Immobiliària Colonial) i una visió operativa dels conceptes de «tipus» i forma de ciutat, en mans dels hereus intel·lectuals de Rossi, encaren més obertament les invariants del projecte, componen unes façanes rigoroses però ja més ricament allunyades de la severitat rossiana, i estudien i ventilen els 291 habitatges per si mateixos i no com un simple motlle de l’espai exterior.

Author: Josep Maria Birulés i Bertran

Source: Guia d'arquitectura de Girona, àrea urbana : Girona, Salt, Sarrià de Ter, Vilablareix / Josep Maria Birulés ; fotografies de Joan del Pozo.

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