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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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.
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Public monument with a T-shaped floor pedestal. There is a central Ionic column crowned with the "Triumph of Beauty". It is a sculptural group formed by a winged angel, made of marble, holding a palm in one hand and a Venus de Milo on a globe in the other, made of bronze. In the lower part there is a marble bust of Milà i Fontanals, and on both sides there are bronze allegories of Catalan popular poetry and Castilian epic poetry.
The first stone of the monument was laid in 1908, according to Enric Monserdà's project. Manuel Fuxà and Eusebi Arnau participated in the sculptural work. The inauguration took place in 1912 and was presided over by Dr. Torres i Bages.
Outstanding monument consisting of a cross-section pedestal, with molded base, ornamentation and shield. In the central part an Ionic column crowned with the Angel of Fame rises, carrying a palm in one hand, and in the other a Venus de Milo on a globe.
On the sides of the pedestal, there are full-length sculptures of a bullock carrying a lute and a warrior with a harp, holding a harp between both. On the front there is the bust of Manuel Milà i Fontanals.
The monument rests on a circular base of three steps.
There is an inscription on the stone support of the bust of Milà i Fontanals which reads: "A M. MILÀ I FONTANALS, IV OF MAY OF MDCCCXVIII" and "JULY MDCCCLXXXIV". There is also a bronze plaque on the back of the column with the inscription: " Aesthetics - Heroic-popular poetry - Catalan Romancerillo - Troubadours in Spain - Lo Pros Bernat". Fragment of "The song of Pros Bernat".
A commission together with the architect Josep Pijoan i Soteras studied a place to locate a monument dedicated to Milà I Fontanals. The foundation stone was laid in May 1908. The weekly Cu-cut published a model of a project by Josep Pijoan, which was not carried out. In November, a public competition was called to choose the best project. The winners were the decorator Enric Monserdà i Vidal and the sculptors Manuel Fuxà i Leal and Eusebi Arnau i Mascort. It was officially inaugurated in 1912.