Architect Eva Jimenez was awarded on the 23rd September the Special Doctoral Award UPC 2014 for her PhD thesis "The column in Mies van der Rohe. The lexicon of steel". The Special Prizes UPC are awarded every year to the most outstanding of the PhD theses that were awarded a cum laude distinction. The board assesses the scientific contribution of these theses over the course of two academic years from their defence, and chooses the best of them.
In recent times of ecological reviews of our territories, of reviewing the means for proposing new landscape structures, of discipline reinvention, with more and more intensity is recognized in the contemporary landscape projects, as an essential factor, the contribution of society to the genesis of it and the intense use of the outcomes.
Object of the competitionThe object of the competition, presented at the Association headquarters on January 14th, is to select the best tender for the facade renovation, which must follow certain criteria when reinterpreting the look and materials used in the original 1962 project by Xavier Busquets, while simultaneously improving on building performance in terms of environmental and energy efficiency, insulation, noise control and ease of maintenance.
On Tuesday 3 December, the Executive Council approved the report prior to processing the draft law for the new Architecture Act, with the aim of getting the new legal text passed by the end of 2014.The overall objective is to highlight public interest in architecture, ensuring its preservation as a cultural and social asset, and distinguishing it as an essential means of guaranteeing social cohesion and people’s wellbeing by setting quality objectives for all kinds of projects.
The award was given in recognition of the COAC’s efforts to internationalize Catalan architects. The awards ceremony was held on Tuesday 3 December in the Plenary Room of the Senate in Madrid and was attended by HRH Felipe, Prince of Asturias, the Minister for Public Works, Ana Pastor, the President of the Senate, Pío García Escudero, and the President of the CSCAE, Jordi Ludevid.
The website of the Architects’ Association has been given a total makeover. Obviously, architects and architecture are the protagonists. The new website aims to provide an essential tool to help reposition the role of architects within our society, while at the same time promoting the social and cultural values of architecture.
In the context of the preparation of the LCSP (Law on Professional Associations and Services), the Architects' Association of Catalonia has been working in order to support architecture and reveal the social role of architects. To this end, the COAC has made two videos, for which we are asking your help to disseminate.
Today, Friday 5 September, marks the opening of the thirty-first edition of Catalan Book Week on the avenue in front of the Cathedral of Barcelona. Up until Sunday 15 September, a total of 75 exhibitors will be gathering to form part of a programme that includes almost 250 activities, some of which are taking place in Plaça Nova and at the COAC headquarters, where the mezzanine level has been set up as the ‘Agora Venue’.
The Barcelona City Council and the Architects’ Association of Catalonia have developed the BCN Arquitectura app, which features a guide to more than 100 iconic buildings in the city, most of which can be found along the most popular tourist routes.