AHI Architectural Heritage Intervention

“Contributing to enhancing our heritage, as the way forward for 21 st Century architecture is our raison d’être; to emphasize a diverse, rich vision that necessarily complements the intervention is our mission, and achieving it with reflexive and purposeful efforts is the challenge”.

This project, founded in, and directed since, 2011 by Ramon Calonge, Oriol Cusidó, Marc Manzano and Jordi Portal, architects and members of the Group of Architects for the Defence and Intervention in Architectural Heritage (AADIPA), has, through the years become a platform that includes four actions that are both independent and transversal.
The European Award, a biennial event that brings together and showcases the multiple approaches of intervention in Europe.

The International Biennial, a framework that serves to compare and gain closer insight of quality interventions in architectural heritage in non-European countries.

The digital Archive, a live and open window that provides a panoramic view of interventions in the history of our surroundings.

The Forum, a meeting place where you can participate in on-going debates about the main preoccupations and lines of thought about interventions in architectural heritage in Europe.


Rec Comtal master plan

Rec Comtal master plan

The Master Plan highlights one of the most important hydraulic infrastructures in Barcelona, the Rec Comtal, which supplied water to the city and irrigated its agricultural territory. The purpose of the document is to ensure the conservation of the Rec by means of heritage protection and to generate guidelines for the recovery of its playful and productive nature. The Plan is the structure to define a public space system based on a metropolitan path and also a microscale action tool, with small interventions in points currently degraded. To encourage collective memory and link the history of the city with leisure, we propose a renaturation, promoting natural and agricultural nature. We propose to enhance the productive activity functioning as a meeting place. These operations will be accompanied by archaeological interventions to recover some of the most significant points of the canal. The Master Plan ends up proposing 25 locations where to apply the above criteria to generate a discontinuous urban landscape linked by the historical path.

Project name

Rec Comtal master plan






Carles Enrich Studio
Carles Enrich Giménez








Team: Anna de Castro, Alberto Espinosa, Valeria Lovato, César Jiménez
Archaeological research: ATICS (Marta Fàbregas)
Bioarchaeological studies: Santi Riera
Legal regulations: LegalBARCELONA (Almudena García)
Sustainability: Cíclica (Elena Albareda), Aiguasòl (Alex Ivancic)
Audiovisual Producer: Wasabi produccions

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