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.

Architectural Heritage on the two shores of the Mediterranean: Catalonia and Algeria

The 1 st International Biennial AHI was held in 2013 under the title “Architectural Heritage on the two shores of the Mediterranean: Catalonia and Algeria”, with Algeria being the guest country. The lectures were organised in themes, “Algiers, the safeguard and the future of a World Heritage City” and “Catalonia: analysis of two world heritage sites”, comparing two different heritage realities.

- The historic construction and the Kasbah of Algiers today
Speaker: Mourad Bouteflika. Director of Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, Ministry of Culture of Algeria.
- Algeria. The Kasbah of Algiers. Permanent plan for safeguarding and valorisation of the protected sector of the Kasbah in Algiers
Speakers: Mr. Abdelwahab Zekagh. General Director of the Bureau of Management and Exploitation of Cultural Assets of the government of Algeria. Mr. Lazhar Bounaffa. Director of the National Agency of Protected Sectors.
- Poblet, Enhancing our heritage and balancing monastic life
Speakers: Father Prior Lluc Torcal. Mr. Jordi Pardo. Archaeologist and Cultural Projects Manager.
- The former hospital of Santa Creu and Sant Pau in Barcelona, restoration and creation of new uses
Speakers: Mr. Frederic Crespo. Architect in charge of managing the interventions.