As if architects in Spain weren’t struggling enough – what with the Crisis closing half the country’s studios and putting over 25% of Spanish architects out of work - a new law could now render Spanish architects effectively unnecessary.
A preliminary document reveals that, if passed, The Law of Professional Services (LSP) will modify labor regulations in order to allow engineers, or really any one “competent” in construction, to take on the work of architects:
“Exclusivity is eliminated. Architects or engineers with competency in construction will be able to design and direct projects, including residential, cultural, academic or religious buildings. [...] If a professional is competent enough to execute one building’s construction, it is understood that he/she will also be capable of executing other kinds of buildings, regardless of its intended use.”
Unsurprisingly, Spanish architects have risen up against the law, mobilizing both physical protests as well as social media campaigns. Even Pritzker-Prize winner Rafael Moneo has offered his opinion on the matter…Hear what Moneo has to say, after the break…
Architects: Cobaleda & García Arquitectos
Location: Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid, Spain
Architect In Charge: Luciano Cobaleda Hernández y Raúl García García
Structures: José Miguel Melo
Technical Architect: Ramón Chivite García
Area: 400 sqm
Photography: Courtesy of Cobaleda & García Arquitectos
Traditional histories of Urbanism have seen the city as something separate from nature, organized according to its own rules and conventions. Given the current emphasis on environment and sustainability, and recent experiments in the sustainable urbanism, it makes sense to revisit the history of the city from a new perspective. This seminar will look briefly at the history of the city from the 19th century to the present through the lens of landscape and nature. Beginning with Haussmann and Cerda, we will look at Fredrick Law Olmsted and the City Beautiful Movement, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Broadacre City proposal and post-war suburban development in the US, ending with the emergence of Landscape Urbanism in the late 1990’s.
The IE Master in Architectural Design as part of the Lecture Series 2013 in conjunction with the Círculo de Bellas Artes presents “Lugar, tiempo y materia. Obra reciente, 2010 – 2013″, by Josep Lluís Mateo.
In this lecture he will manifest his continuing interest in demonstrating the links between construction, research, intellectual development and the pragmatism required to make architecture a reality, as expressed in his recent work.
Josep Lluís Mateo is currently Professor of Architecture and Projects, ETH-Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule/ Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (2002-present). Academic Advisor, IE Master in Architectural Design, IE School of Architecture and Design (2012-present). Vice President of Arquiberia (International Association of Spanish Architects) (2011-present). Founder member of the Cercle de Cultura (Culture Circle) in Barcelona (2010). Visiting lecturer, Princeton, Columbia University, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, ABKStuttgart, UP8 Paris, OAF, Oslo and ITESMMexico.