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.


Valencia Historic Center. Eight centuries of residential architecture

Valencia Historic Center. Eight centuries of residential architecture

This 18-years-long research has analyzed the historical housing in Valencia, not necessarily monumental but also humbly ones, from 1240 to 1940, studying the built and material culture and technology that hides behind the residential architecture in this long period, from the rammed earth and brick walls to the renderings, windows, carpentry, balconies, grids, interiors, decoration, pavements, entrances, floors, roofs, etc. This study establishes indications, patterns and chronotypologies in order to identify the age and manufacture of a wall, a floor, a glass, a door, a hinge, etc. throughout these eight centuries. It is a sort of historic built grammar of Valencia, with its syntax and architectural vocabulary, as well as the traditional patterns of “writing” on the palimpsest of the city, with the final objective of acquiring the necessary knowledge in order to raise awareness and sensibility towards the conservation of the built tissue of the city.

Project name

Valencia Historic Center. Eight centuries of residential architecture






Camilla Mileto
Valentina Cristini
María Diodato
Federico Iborra
Vicenzina La Spina
Luca Maioli
Paolo Privitera
Fernando Vegas







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