The Catalan Minister of Culture, Santi Vila, closed the Architecture Congress’ Synthesis Session on 24th November. It was devoted to architects’ commitment to serve society, the cultural values architecture provides, and the quest for a more sustainable and equitable civilisation.
Vila, who is Minister of Land and Sustainability, stressed the dual agenda Catalonia has towards architecture. The first one is the preservation of our architectural heritage, in order to certify its vast and long tradition (through models, plans, files…). “We can only look ahead if we have previously looked back”, Vila said. This is why he highlighted the importance of research: “we must affix memory and recognise tradition”.
The second priority is claiming the social, cultural and political dimension of architecture. Vila stressed “radical non-conformity and the need to influence it” society and architecture are experiencing along the current changing reality. At this point he congratulated the Minister of Architecture: “you are drawing up the record of an era which is finishing, and another one which is just beginning”. Vila encouraged architects to lead and take sides in specific and transcendent decisions posed by the new times, which “will affect our ways of life such as housing or the fight against climate change”.