Below you can find a selection of news related to traditional building, architecture and urban planning:

– News –

The next meeting of the Savoir-faire traditionnels de la construction dans le sud de la Méditerranée program will take place in Tunisia

The Traditional Building Cultures Foundation has collaborated with the Union for the Mediterranean and UNESCO in organizing a series of meetings as part of the Savoir-faire traditionnels de la construction dans le sud de la Méditerranée program.

The second of these meetings, after the one held last July in Barcelona, will take place on December 5, 6 and 7 in Tunisia, one of the countries that are part of the program. It will be organized in collaboration with the Ministère de l’Équipement et de l’Habitat.

Passing of Rob Krier

Luxembourg architect and urban planner Rob Krier, one of the most internationally recognized and prestigious figures in the fields of traditional architecture and urban planning, has passed away. Rob Krier was awarded the Richard H. Driehaus Prize in 2022.

We would like to send our condolences to all his family and friends.

European Cultural Center Awards in Architecture

Salvado Gomis, a master mason specialized in the construction of vaults, has been awarded the European Cultural Center Awards in Architecture thanks to the augmented reality solution he has developed in collaboration with Wesam Al Asali. This devise makes it possible to replace the guide cords used in the layout of vaults with a virtual wire structure that greatly facilitates the work of the mason when laying the bricks or elements that make up a structure.

Barcelona esgrafiada

The book Barcelona esgrafiada, written in Catalan by Lluís Durán, has been published.

“The physiognomy of Barcelona is diverse, as are its people. The sgraffito – a decorative technique applied to wall coverings from the 17th century to the present – embellishes urban constructions and gives a unique personality to each building.

Barcelona esgrafiada invites us to take a stroll to discover the skin of the architecture and enjoy this rich heritage of borders, figures, floral motifs, garlands, and even advertisements which evoke the uniqueness and elegance of all the buildings in the city.”

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Bocetos de viaje (Travel sketches)

The book Bocetos de viaje, by architect Antonio Gámiz-Gordo, has been published by the research group “HUM976 Expregrafica: Lugar, Arquitectura y Dibujo” at the University of Seville.

The publication, which includes an introduction by architect Rafael Manzano, presents a hundred travel sketches made with colored pencils in Europe and Spain over several decades, between 1991 and 2023.

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– Education –

New Terrachidia workshop in Morocco

The next “Oasis Campus” workshop will take place from February 10 to 17, 2024 at the Oasis of M’hamid in Morocco. It is a hands-on workshop for the restoration and documentation of the architectural heritage of the site, with the participation of the Instituto de Arqueología de Mérida. During the workshop, participants will work with local masters of rammed earth, adobe, earthen finishes and tadelakt techniques.

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Blue stone workshop

La Table Ronde de l’Architecture has organized a hands-on stonemasonry workshop, which will take place from January 15 to 19, 2024 in Soignies, Belgium.

The deadline for registration is January 1, 2024 and 10 places are available.

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Hands-on lime workshop on real building sites

This workshop on Roman mortars and concretes will be delivered free of charge at the Museo de la Cal de Morón by master mason Jesús Adeva, recipient of the Richard H. Driehaus Award for the Building Arts in 2022.

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