The COVID-19 pandemic has made it necessary to turn Architecture Week into an online event. Aprendre des de casa (Learning from home), the online version of our traditional architecture workshops, made it possible for many children to learn about architecture from their homes through activities organised by architects.
The city of Barcelona hopes to be the World Capital of Architecture in 2026 and host the World Congress and General Assembly of the International Union of Architects (IUA). With this goal in mind, the Municipal Plenary approved an Institutional Declaration in 2019 to work closely with the COAC and the CSCAE to present the city's candidacy.
The Secretary for Urban Habitat and Territory, Agustí Serra, and the Dean of the COAC, Assumpció Puig, today chaired the meeting of the Strategic Council of the National Urban Renewal Programme (PNRU) at which the Catalan Government and the 14 technical and municipal bodies involved in the programme signed the Declaration for a PNRU.
A total of seven projects associated with architecture and urban planning have won COAC cooperation grants for 2020. These are both local and international projects which were particularly highly rated for their architectural quality, use of local materials and social participation. It was decided that grants, totalling 47,000 euros, would be awarded to the following entities:LOCAL:Conviure net
A new issue of the COAC's magazine Quaderns d'Arquitectura i Urbanisme has been published and is now available to members at the various Association offices. Issue number 272 is entitled Cosmetic Techniques. Edited by architects Nuria Casais and Ferran Grau, the new issue of Quaderns explores the cosmetic management of architectural language in a European context, comparing the concepts of order and ornament.
The Barcelona branch of the Architects’ Association of Catalonia opened the exhibition entitled "Per Durar" (Built to Last) on 16 January, which consists of a collection of photographs showing the role played by women in the project to restore the village of Tangassogo in Burkina Faso. The project was partially funded by COAC cooperation grants, which have been awarded for the last 20 years.A community project
The weak growth of approved building space is very far from the figures of the immediately preceding years. The main reason for this is the decline in building projects in the metropolitan area of Barcelona, which has been the driving force behind the timid recovery of the last four years.
The Architects’ Association has added its signature to the climate and environment emergency declaration of the 2030 Observatory of the CSCAE on the occasion of the Climate Summit (COP25). With its allegiance to the declaration, the COAC pledges to establish and strengthen the necessary measures within its sphere of action to help slow down the global warming of the planet.
Once again this year, the Architects’ Association of Catalonia is opening its doors during the festive season and organising a series of activities to bring architecture closer to the general public, especially children. The Christmas activities will kick off on 21 December with the Christmas Carols Workshop. This fun activity is coordinated by the Choir of Catalan Architects!