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:
In the first six months of 2017, the surface area of projects in execution increased compared to the last six months of 2016, but is still at a very low level with a very uneven regional distribution, the majority of projects being concentrated around the city of Barcelona. Comprehensive building renovation only accounts for 30% of the authorized surface area and there are no immediate signs of growth.
Catalonia’s Law on Architecture, the first such legislation in Spain and the second in Europe, establishes architecture as an activity of general interest and the foundation for wellbeing and social cohesion. Accordingly, the Government and public administrations of Catalonia shall establish actions to foster and encourage architectural and town planning quality and measures to promote the proper framework for action in public procurement and also as a benchmark for activities in the private sector.