In 2017, the area of authorised building projects in Catalonia grew by 9%, representing a slowdown in the growth experienced in the last two years. The drop of 17% in the largest projects was offset by a very positive increase in small and medium-sized ones. The regions of Barcelona and Girona showed the most consistent growth, which, however, is still not being reflected in the other regions. Building renovation continues to be at a standstill, which is a very worrying factor..
The Dean of the Architects’ Association of Catalonia (COAC), Lluís Comerón, was appointed on Thursday, 16 November, as the new president of the Higher Council of Architects’ Associations of Spain (CSCAE). The dean takes over for Jordi Ludevid Anglada, who was dean of the COAC between 2006 and 2010. Lluís Comerón will assume his new position in January 2018 with a four-year mandate.
The Architects’ Association of Catalonia presented on 16 October the COAC Medals to Ministers Josep Rull and Santi Vila and President of the Catalan Parliament Carme Forcadell in recognition of their contribution to drawing up and passing the Law on Architecture.
The Architects’ Association of Catalonia adheres to the document 'Professional Associations of Catalonia and the Referendum', whereby the signatory institutions call for the citizens of Catalonia to be able to exercise all their democratic rights, including the right to vote and free speech, in freedom and without restrictions.
The Minister for Governance, Public Administrations and Housing, Meritxell Borràs; the Minister for Territory and Sustainability, Josep Rull; and the Dean of the Architects’ Association of Catalonia, Lluís Comerón, presented on 5 September at the COAC the launch of the future Catalan Agreement on Urban Renewal (PNRU).
This donation further consolidates the collaboration between the Jujol Archive and the Historical Archive of the COAC, which began almost 20 years ago. At that time, the architect’s heirs loaned more than 100 of the projects that Jujol had undertaken in the province of Barcelona to the COAC.
Barcelona City Council has announced the award of the international tender to define the transformation of the Rambla. The winning team is Km-ZERO, made up of 15 professionals from different disciplines, who will take on the challenge of the comprehensive physical and social revitalization, improvement and transformation of Barcelona’s Rambla and its immediate catchment area.
The Generalitat government agreed, last 1st August, the impulse to the creation of the National Agreement for the Urban Renovation of Catalonia.
The Architects’ Association of Catalonia awards local and international development cooperation grants for architecture and urban planning, which this year are being awarded for the sixth time. Of the ten projects submitted, an evaluation was made of their compliance with the basic rules, the architectural proposition, the use of local materials and their level of social participation.The grants, which amount to a total of €48,000, were awarded to the following organizations: