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.


The secrets of the Abastos Market

The secrets of the Abastos Market

In a scenario of ecosocial crisis, it is necessary to rethink our relationship with architectural heritage. Protect and value not only the buildings, but also the people and ways of life that give it significance; the humanity of heritage. This is our mission in the documentary about the Santiago food market. The Abastos Market is a masterpiece of 20th century European architecture by the Spanish architect Joaquín Vaquero Palacios (1900-1998). The pressures of globalisation and touristification are endangering the values of this endearing market. A symbol of food sovereignty which was conceived with a visionary idea: to integrate the village and the countryside into the city. An idea born from a deep knowledge of the territory and culture of this UNESCO World Heritage City. This documentary aims to be a lesson in architecture, a glowing tribute to this local market and a dignification of local food producers and vendors. Involving them in a necessary exercise of both heritage valorisation and citizen science applied to architecture.


Ruth Varela


Original idea, script and scientific advice: Ruth Varela
Direction: Pablo Goluboff, Ruth Varela
Cinematography: Marcos Cenamor
Editing and pos-production: Pablo Goluboff
Recording: Pablo Goluboff, Marcos Cenamor, Marta de la Torre
Drone: Aeromedia, Patrik Foltyn
Sound: Alberto Blanco
Production: Ruth Varela, Pablo Carreño
Experts: Joaquín Vaquero Ibáñez, Enrique Seoane, Ángeles Santos, David Soengas, Fernando Agrasar, Sonia Vázquez Díaz






Santiago de Compostela






Mixed programmes

© Photographer

Pablo Carreño Jiménez