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 values of Modernity; Barragan & Sostres

The IV International Biennial AHI was held in 2019 and featured Mexico as the guest country. The theme of the debate was “The values of Modernity; Barragan & Sostres. Intervention in Architectural Heritage in Mexico”. Experts from different fields participated in the event that was organised around two important themes and proposals: on one hand, offer a rationalised, critical approach to several interventions in heritage

in Mexico; and on the other, focus on proposing an analysis of the value of local architecture in the Modern Movement, with Luis Barragan as a staunch example of this architecture, versus Joep Maria Sostres, a Catalan architect whose works are ideal to establish a one-on-one dialogue with Barragan.

- Analysis of the Interventions on Architectural Heritage in Southeast Mexico
Speaker: Armando Montejano. Architect, founder and director of Taller Fulano studio and professor at La Salle University and Creative Studio of Cancun.
- A Global Vision of the Management System of Cultural Heritage in Mexico
Speaker: Valeria Valero. Architect and National Coordinator of Historical Monuments of the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico.
- Time and Tradition: The Domestic Value of the Architecture of Luis Barragán
Speaker: Mara Partida. Architect, associate professor of projects at ETSAB UPC and co-director of Mendoza Partida Architectural Studio.
- Catalan Cultural Heritage: Management, Protection, Conservation of Architectural Heritage
Speaker: Elena Belart. Architect and Head of the Architectural Heritage service of the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage.
- The Domestic Modernity of Sostres, the Moratiel House
Speaker: Enric Batlle. Architect and co-founder of the architecture studio batlleiroig.