In March, the time of pre-enrolment for primary and secondary schools, the schools with which the COAC works to introduce architecture into the classroom made a point of highlighting this important and differentiating factor on their syllabuses.
The number of female architects has grown exponentially over the last few decades, but it is still a long way from reaching parity with men: at present, just 32% of all COAC members are women, some ways below the European average of 39%. The number of new memberships show that women are carving out a bigger and bigger niche in architecture, historically a profession dominated by men.
The COAC has signed an agreement with the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, MNCARS) to establish joint actions to promote, plan and execute cultural projects that contribute to increasing knowledge of contemporary art in general and architecture and urbanism in particular.
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 Clos Pachem winery in Gratallops (Tarragona), the work of the architectural design studio Harquitectes, was given a special mention by the jury of the Architecture & Urban Planning Awards presented every year by the Higher Council of Architects' Associations in Spain (CSCAE).
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.