The Synthesis Session devoted to architects’ commitment of service to society, the cultural values provided by architecture and the quest for a more sustainable and equitable society, was held on Thursday 24th of November. During the day, there were three round tables: on Heritage; Dissemination and education; and Values.
The first panel of the morning was led by Antoni Vilanova, an architect specialised in Renovation and Intervention on Architectural Heritage, and chairman of AADIPA. Vilanova stressed the need to generate interdisciplinary collaborations in order to guarantee national heritage. The Deputy General Director of Archaeological and Paleontological Heritage within the Culture Department of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Elsa Ibar, spoke about the role of public administrations in the management, strategic planning and support in heritage preservation processes. Along the same lines, the architect and member of the AADIPA, the Group of Architects for the Defence and Intervention on Architectural Heritage, Gemma Serch, asked to “keep the fragile balance of cultural goods in the face of commodification”. Serch presented her experience in the renovation project of the house Puig i Cadafalch, in Argentona - jointly with Mercè Zazurca, head architect of the renovation. Zazurca asked to “build bridges and work together”, and explained the ecosystem of good practices in heritage interventions.
Jordi Portal, an architect and one of the directors of the European Award for Architectural Heritage Intervention AADIPA, explained the two previous editions of the award and reminded the attendees that the goal of said competition is contributing to the dissemination of good practice in the sector. Another member of AADIPA, Jordi Morros, talked about the prerequisites for heritage interventions, of cartography as an essential tool and highlighted the importance of the Cartographic Institute of Catalonia, since it offers free consultation and high-value tools, a singularity which is worth taking advantage of.
Jacqueline Pacheco presented the conclusions of the sessions ‘Architecture and memory’ and reviewed the strategies which must be adopted in research, documentation, intervention and management of archeological heritage from an architectural point of view. “Our job is none other than transmitting to future generations what previous generations left us”, Pacheco said.
The delegate of COAC’s District Work Groups, Sergi López Grado, presented the event organised by the Federation of Neighbour Associations of Barcelona on Public Facilities, and stressed the need to “rethink their distribution, their collective sense, design or management, to move forward in a city increasingly rooted in neighbours”. In turn, Esther Menduiña, member of the Research on European Urban Integration of Refugees, dedicated her speech to the need to integrate refugees in cities.
Architect Enric Mir, expert in renovation, presented the main ideas of the White Book of Renovation that the Architects’ Association is working on, and demanded that “the borders between renovation and restoration are broken”.
The chairman of the Catalan Association of Facility Management, Lluís Dalmau, presented a patrimonial vision of facility managers and asked for them to be integrated in every heritage preservation project. “All these organisations have a Human Resources and financial manager. To be efficient and sustainable, they also need a Facility Manager”. According to Dalmau, the architect is a key figure to overall and cross- management of built spaces.
The architect and expert in History of Architecture, Anna Rovira, denounced that “if the user is not aware of heritage, the latter disappears. Unless there is use, there is no identity”.