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

– News –

Video on the 2022 Azores Traditional Architecture Summer School

A video has been published about the 2022 Azores Traditional Architecture Summer School, organized by INTBAU and the Rafael Manzano Prize in Lajes de Pico, in the Azores Islands. The video has been made by João Paulo Themudo Abreu.

For two weeks, local urbanism, architecture and traditional building details of the island of Pico were studied in order to create a catalog of traditional building patterns that could serve as a basis for both new traditional designs and the preservation of Pico’s built heritage. Based on this initial work, and responding to the needs presented by the municipality of Lajes do Pico, a town development proposal was designed with the collaboration of all participants.

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State subsidy for the future cultural center of Esteríbar, one of the projects selected in the 2020-2022 edition of the Richard H. Driehaus Architecture Competition

One of the projects selected in the 2020-2022 edition of the Richard H. Driehaus Architecture Competition, the construction of the future cultural center of Zubiri, in Esteríbar, Navarra, has received a subsidy of one million euros.

“The cultural center project that Esteríbar is working on to serve the entire valley is closer to becoming a reality. The initiative has won a state subsidy of slightly more than one million euros, through European funds, which will cover a large part of the work”.

This proposal was submitted to the Richard H. Driehaus Competition in the 2020-2022 edition of the competition. The winning proposal was “Kulturarako Zubi”, by architects Francisco Sánchez Salazar, Miguel Á. Antonio García and Jesús Llanos Jiménez.

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INTBAU has appointed three new trustees

Following a selection process organized by INTBAU’s College of Chapters, the Board has appointed Marianne Cusato, Dr. Akel Ismail Kahera and Tiffany Abernathy as new trustees of the organization.

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New educational program launched by the Michelangelo Foundation

The Michelangelo Foundation has launched a new educational program aimed at master artisans and young apprentices. It is intended to facilitate the transmission of craftsmanship and to enable those who are interested to take their first steps in their profession.

In the first edition of the Homo Faber Fellowship, 20 master artisan and apprentice duos will be selected to receive an initial one-month course followed by a six-month stay in the artisans’ workshops.

The deadline for applications is open until June 4, 2023.

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The campaign to save the Fajalauza factory has been concluded with success

Fajalauza will be saved. The historic factory in Granada has managed to raise the 20,000€ it needed to restore its ruined roof, thanks to the contributions of 200 donors.

That is the amount that the promoters of the micro-patronage campaign for the restoration of the roof of the workshop of the historic factory of Fajalauza, in Granada, have managed to raise. They had launched the campaign last March together with Hispania Nostra.

The restoration of the roof will be carried out with respect for traditional construction, using natural materials such as wood and lime and avoiding the use of cements or insulating materials that could damage the building structure.

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Publication of The Architecture of Sir Edwin Lutyens

Edwin Lutyens, one of the most important architects of the 20th century, died in 1944. In his memory Country Life published three large volumes of drawings and photographs which were found in his office after his death.

All three volumes are to be reissued in 2023. The first of these, which compiles the plans, photographs and abundant details of some of his best domestic buildings, can be purchased now.

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Publication of Arquitectura de la Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba. Las Cúpulas de la Macsura

Gabriel Ruiz Cabrero has coordinated this publication on the latest archaeological and constructive discoveries that shed light on the domes of al-Hakam.

“This book is an invitation to dive into the history and art of one of the most outstanding architectural jewels: the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba; a historical and cultural treasure that presents the oldest ribbed domes that have reached our days, the domes of the Macsura of Al-Hakam, and that lead us on an exciting journey to explore its constructive and historical complexity.”

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– Education –

Sherborne Urban Design Summer School

The Sherborne Urban Design Summer School, organized by the Create Streets Foundation, will take place from July 10 to 12. This is an introductory summer school to the design of places that follow the principles of traditional and classical architecture. There are 15 places available.

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Course on ornamental earthen finishes

This course, organized by Homo Faber, will take place from June 16 to 22 in Gordoncillo, León. It will be taught how to prepare walls from the beginning, and will delve into the techniques of finishes and plastering: reliefs, incisions, sgraffito, use of color…

In addition, the course offers an ECVET certificate.

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Introductory course on Mudejar ceramics

The course will be delivered next November by master ceramist Fernando Malo, winner of the Richard H. Driehaus Building Arts Award in 2022.

It is aimed at students with or without knowledge of ceramics.

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Cobblestone courses with Amara Carvajal

Amara Carvajal, a specialist in the conservation and restoration of historic cobblestone pavements and member of the Spanish Network of Traditional Building Crafts Masters, is offering a series of courses on cobblestones over the next few months:

  • June 17 and 18 in Ibort, Huesca. More information:
  • From June 30 to July 2 in Used, Zaragoza, organized by Asociación Fuset.
  • July 4 in Comillas, Cantabria.
  • From September 25 to 29 in Mansilla de las Mulas, León, organized by Homo Faber.

Hands-on tadelakt workshop

This hands-on workshop will take place on May 20 and 21 at the Museo de la Cal in Morón de la Frontera. It will be delivered by José Calvente and several application and formulation techniques will be taught.

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– Conferences, seminars and lectures –

Seminar “Which future for vernacular architecture & earthen architecture?”

On June 15 and 16, the international seminar “Which future for vernacular architecture & earthen architecture?” will take place at the aula magna of the Universidade Portucalense, in Porto.

During the seminar, organized by the Universidade Portucalense and Icomos Portugal, a series of lectures and panel discussions will take place.

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2nd International Meeting of Red Hórrea

From May 19 to 21, the “2nd International Meeting of Red Hórrea” will take place in Arcos de Valdevez, Portugal.

The meeting will include a series of lectures, working meetings and visits to hórreos in villages in Portugal and Galicia. A hands-on workshop on hórreos construction has also been organized.

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Lecture “Painting the light”

On April 24 an interview with the master stained glass artist Carlos Muñoz de Pablos, who was awarded in 2020 with the Richard H. Driehaus Building Arts Award, took place at the Museu Fundación Juan March in Palma.

Throughout his career Carlos Muñoz de Pablos has combined his work at his workshop with teaching at various Spanish universities. His work includes interventions in monuments of the Spanish artistic heritage, including the Alcázar of Segovia and the cathedrals of León, Cádiz, Burgos, Salamanca and Segovia.

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Lecture “The conservation of archaeological earthen sites in Peru”

The UNESCO Chair “Earthen architecture, construction cultures and sustainable development” has published a new lecture entitled “The Conservation of Archaeological Earthen Sites in Peru”, which was delivered by Maribel Beas.

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