The renovations of the facade on the Architects’ Association headquarters in Plaça Nova have begun. Given the significant heritage value of the Association’s headquarters, the intervention is very conscientious, substantially improving the building’s characteristics.
As of this March, the Architects’ Association represents 10,000 architect members, a number that was only reached for short periods in 2008 and 2011 when the momentum of the economic growth of the early 2000s was still carrying over.
On Tuesday, 28 March, the League of Professional Associations of Catalonia—of which the Architects’ Association is a member, along with 100 other professional associations—and Barcelona City Council signed an agreement to bring refugees and immigrants living in Barcelona into contact with the professional associations in their areas of professional activity, with the aim of improving those groups’ personal and professional integration in the city.
The dean of the Architects’ Association of Catalonia, Lluís Comerón, joined the Catalan delegation at MIPIM, the world’s leading property market, which took place from Tuesday, 14 March, to Friday, 17 March, in Cannes (France).
In its desire to further the visibility of architects' social function, the Architect’s Association of Catalonia is, for the sixth year running, opening the call for grants for local and international development cooperation projects related to architecture and urban planning. The awarding of these grants is in keeping with the Association’s commitment to allocating part of its budget to social pursuits.
On Wednesday, 1 March, the dean of the Architects’ Association of Catalonia, Lluís Comerón, appeared before the Regional Commission of the Catalan Parliament to put forward the COAC’s view of the content of the draft bill for the Architecture Act.
In 2016, the increase in the surface area of projects reaching the construction phase has continued, but that growth has been the result of a small number of projects with very large surface areas. Outside of Barcelona, the rest of Catalonia has remained stagnant, with negative growth in some cases. Urban renewal, an essential activity for the future, is not increasing, which is the main problem..
For the fourth year running, the COAC had its annual meeting with international correspondents, held on 23 December at the Plaça Nova headquarters. During the event, 5 new correspondents were introduced: Lluís Casadevall (Munich, Germany), Pau Iglesias (Passo Fundo, Brazil), Carles Arribas (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Bibiana Sciortino (Córdoba, Argentina), and Lea Eidler, who is taking over as correspondent in San Francisco, USA.
The architects Òscar Tusquets, Lluís Clotet and Ignacio Paricio have donated their documentary holdings to the Archive of the Architects’ Association of Catalonia.