The theme of the course is related to the heritage of the ports and their surroundings, under the title PORT HERITAGE: Neighbourhoods with port / Ports with town.

The history of many towns and countries is linked to the sea. Two thousand years ago the early Greek expanded maritime routes establishing new locations. Today some remains of the old pier of the Emporion’s port are still preserved. An after the Hellenistic period the Romans took their place. This civilization, which also arrived by sea, developed the maritime trade in the Mediterranean, and they created what nowadays is one of the main economic and cultural issues of the European continent.

In the Middle Age the port activity development begins in a large scale, especially due to the territorial expansion and commercial of the Mediterranean nations. In that period, important infrastructure such as shipyards, trade centres and other buildings are placed in ports.

In the Modern Age, the sea trade relations (goods, slaves, passengers) will increase considerably with the overseas colonies, and new areas and facilities are completely linked to the sea.

DRASSANES - Gabriele Pettinau

At the end of the XIX and the begin of the XX century will appear most of the architectural heritage of the port, that in our land is reflected through works such as the building of the General Store of Commerce (now is the History Museum of Catalonia) started in 1885. From this period is also outstanding the building of the Customs (Aduanas), an administrative building for the control of goods and passengers, designed by the architect Enric Sagnier. We should also mention the building of the Nautical School, at Pla de Palau, and the buildings of the Captaincy General of the Army and Naval Sector of Catalonia, both linked to the sea.

After the second half of the last century begins the ports modernization and the cargo ships. The mechanization of loading and unloading, the large areas of land required and the deposits for the storage of goods, along with an increased depth of the vessel, require the relocation of the port facilities outside the urban zones. This will result in a detachment of what had been one of its original reasons, and this change will let these areas unused and abandoned.

Since the last two decades we are discussing what to do with all that legacy (architectural, urban, archaeological) which does not have any functional logic, that is to say, all the cultural heritage that the sea has given us the last 2000 years and that has lasted until today in abundance. This course aims to analyse this process of study and transformation.


Escola Sert
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Generalitat de Catalunya
Diputació de Barcelona
Ajuntament de Barcelona
Ajuntament de Sant Feliu de Guixols
Diputació de Girona
Ajuntament de Palamós
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Cooperativa Jordi Capell
RèCOP Restauracions arquitectòniques
sapic - sociedad anónima de proyectos de ingeniería y construcciones
BASF The Chemical Company
museu marítim de barcelona
URCOTEX - Empresa constructora
Caixa d'Arquitectes
CLOSA Construcció

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XXXV Architectural Heritage Curs AADIPA COAC 2012
XXXV Architectural Heritage Curs AADIPA COAC 2012
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