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.

Protection and Intervention in Architectural Heritage in the United States

The 3rd edition of the International Biennial was held in 2017, with the United States as the guest country. The theme of the conference was “Protection and Interventions on Architectural Heritage in the U.S”.
Which specific criteria defined the paradigm of intervention in the United States. both in built heritage and in the urban sector? How do the geographic, cultural and economic differences that define the country affect intervention, management and use?
These hypotheses were the object of thought and analysis by the participants in the conference.

- The notion of Architectural Heritage in the United States, and its Intervention Criteria
Speaker: William Dupont, FAIA, architect and director of the Center for Cultural Sustainability and professor of architecture at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
- Case studies: Eero Saarinen’s MIT Preservation Project and the Richards Laboratories at the University of Pennsylvania by Louis Kahn
Speaker: David N. Fixler, architect co-founder and former chair of the Technical Committee on Modern Heritage, of the Association for Preservation Technology International (APT) and president of DOCOMOMO-US/New England
- AIA, European Chapter
Speaker: Carsten Hanssen, architect and vice-president of AIA Europe Chapter
- Josep Lluís Sert and the traces he left in the United States
Speaker: Jaume Freixa, architect and president of the Board of the Joan Miró Foundation of Barcelona