The Prime Minister of the Generalitat, Carles Puigdemont, made the institutional closure speech of the 2016 Architecture Congress, which put an end to six months of open debate on the present and the future of architecture. “At this Congress, you resolved not to avoid problems, some of them deeply transcendent, but also did not avoid the challenges and opportunities approaching”, the PM pointed out, and “did it with courage and determination, which is what countries need in order to move forward, and what Catalonia needs to grow and progress as a country”.
In this respect, Puigdemont made a call to “reflecting and sharing where we need to move towards” as a country, taking into consideration every transformation occurred around us, which “compel us to project said projection towards the future in a different way”. “We know the crisis is not only financial: it is a crisis of the model, but we are still “groping” the way to the future”, he said. Technology has become “the fourth industrial revolution”, he explained, and made reference to digitalisation, robotisation, big data… In his speech, Puigdemont asserted that “the success of architecture is being able to relate to change in a positive way, and doing it without losing its vocation towards future and making it available to the whole of society”. “The gaze of architecture determines the collective gaze of the country”, Puigdemont pointed out, and drinks “from the natural, geographical, patrimonial and social past” at the same time as it is expressed in the present and aims at “projection into the future”.
Facing numerous representatives of the sector, who congregated at the Sant Antoni Market to listen to the conclusions of the participatory project opened by the Architects’ Association of Catalunya, the Head of the Executive also stressed that Catalonia has passed several laws “along the same lines” as what has been suggested during the Congress. Amongst these, he highlighted the law on climate change, which “not coincidentally, was the first law that the Government I preside over passed”.