BOOK LAUNCH OF 'ARXIU HISTÒRIC COL·LEGI D’ARQUITECTES DE CATALUNYA. DIBUIXOS D’ARQUITECTURA. DIBUJOS DE ARQUITECTURA. ARCHITECTURAL DRAWINGS'
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To mark the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Historical Archive of the Architects’ Association of Catalonia we have published a book that contains a selection of the collection of nearly two million documents held in the Archive’s repositories.
The book contains 155 emblematic drawings from a broad historical period, ranging from an elevation of the Mountain of Montserrat—showing the location of its buildings in 1778—to a watercolour for a project in Bordeaux in 2018 by the RCR architectural practice. All the illustrations are accompanied by a brief technical description and the basic biographical details of the architect in question.
For the occasion, 39 people—mainly architects, but also professionals from other disciplines such as photography, art history and fine art, among others—were asked to write something about the chosen drawings. The works selected are thus further enhanced by a complementary point of view.
The purpose of the publication is to create a little treasure: an opulent book with outstanding print quality that will make the perfect gift for slow, leisurely perusal. The book will be available for purchase on the same day as the launch at an authorised stand, and from 18 December from the Jordi Capell Cooperative.
The book launch will take the form of a conversation between three of the authors of some of the texts: architects Irma Arribas and Carolina B. Garcia-Estévez and photographer ManoloLaguillo, and the joint publisher of the book, Josep Ferrando, also an architect and the member of the COAC's cultural programme.