This archive is a documentary and coding project of the information generated from Lab·A’s research projects. We are developing a methodology for archiving and coding content and projects and creating a tool to visualise, evaluate and understand creative processes, which can be used for innovation, dissemination and education. To this end, since 2017, we have been archiving the projects with their related taxonomy. In this section you can consult the projects that are part of this archive, their connections and the research we are carrying out.
Open consultation of all RCR Workshop 2017-2018 projects.
Visualisation of the connections of the projects of the workshops in relation to the work of RCR Arquitectes and related references. It is a tool in process that is being designed so that through its internal connections, it can analyse the evolutionary processes, pool the projects in progress and show them in perspective with past experiences.
Research on other architects’ archives, ideas and tools that show the shared vision of this documentary project with other fields of knowledge and projects.
The purpose that gave rise to the DOCOMOMO archive was to study and document the architecture of the modern movement in order to achieve its recognition as part of our 20th century culture, its heritage protection and conservation.
The UPM Digital Archive houses in digital format the academic and scientific documentation (theses, cfp, articles, etc.) generated in the institution and makes it accessible through the Internet, within the framework of the Budapest Open Access Initiative and the Berlin Declaration, of which the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid is a signatory. The documents of the UPM Digital Archive are retrievable from reputable search engines such as Google, Google Academics, Yahoo, Scirus, … and from recognised OAI collectors such as E-science, DRRD, Recolecta(REBIUN-FECYT), Driver, Oaister, …
A digital space for the international dissemination of the works of great Spanish architects of the second half of the 20th century: a prolific and magical but almost unknown period.
The COAM’s historical service aims to contribute to the achievement of the aims of the COAM and the COAM Architecture Foundation, in terms of the custody, inventory, cataloguing, computerisation and dissemination of the COAM’s and the COAM Architecture Foundation’s historical documentary collections, both from donations from professional archives and from the work carried out by the service itself, aimed at gaining knowledge of Madrid’s architectural heritage.
Its objectives are to locate, organise, safeguard, study and protect a large but fragile documentary heritage of architectural and urban character, mainly focused on private archives of architects in the Basque Country.
The documentary facilities of the Architects’ Association of Catalonia, comprising the Library and the Historical Archive, hold an important collection of documents that make them a reference point for knowledge of the Catalan architectural heritage.
The AA Archives consists of more than 10,000 architectural drawings, student projects, paintings, and works on paper, along with more than 800 cubic feet of textual documents. The Archives serve to document the educational and administrative history of AA and preserve examples of the Association’s material culture and graphic production.
The Foundation holds and shares Le Corbusier’s diaries, projects, studio documents, lectures, letters, professional correspondence, editions, applications, exhibitions, furniture, personal objects, works of art, essays and articles, and travels in its archives.
The foundation has the task of preserving and making usable the heritage of drawings, sketches, documents and models that bear witness to more than fifty years of work by Renzo Piano and his staff.
The Marcel Breuer Digital Archive represents a collaborative effort headed by Syracuse University Libraries to digitize over 70,000 drawings, photographs, letters and other materials related to the career of Marcel Breuer, one of the most influential architects and furniture designers of the twentieth century. The first phase of this NEH-funded project culminated in the UNESCO headquarters designed by Breuer in the mid-1950s. The second phase of the project was committed to the digitization of materials related to the second half of his career (1953-1981). The Marcel Breuer Digital Archive is now providing access to over 120,000 digital images covering the whole of the life’s work of Marcel Breuer.
The Historical Archive of the Architects’ Association of Catalonia holds the professional collections of nearly one hundred architects whose work is fundamental to understanding the history of architecture in our country. The collection establishes a complete map that makes it possible to represent the contribution of master builders from the times of the Renaixença to the architecture of the present day.
The Peña Ganchegui Archive contains the architect’s entire professional and personal legacy, which includes documentation corresponding to more than two hundred architectural projects, unfinished works and urban plans. The material consists of original plans and sketches, photographs, slides, as well as administrative documents and correspondence.
WikiArquitectura celebrates the most relevant works of architecture of all times, studying, analysing and documenting them to create the world’s largest online encyclopaedia of architecture.
The avant garde in architecture has lost its way. There’s an absence of social significance, of moral and ethical meaning and not just in housing. But architecture is resilient, always on the edge, always in transition.
The NAi transferred the entire archive of Rem Koolhaas/OMA from the collection depot to the exhibition gallery. The exhibition showed archival material stretching for a length of 105 metres.
Conceived in the form of a micropaedia – that is, a condensed version of a classical encyclopaedia, like its larger progenitor, the structure of its content will be arranged alphabetically, as a dictionary of terms that collectively represent architecture’s Third Nature.
Available through an open database and accessible to researchers and students worldwide, it has been created following the guidelines of the OAI-PMH (Open Archives Initiative – Protocol for Metadata Harvesting).
Three institutions are working on a joint archiving and description process methodology to allow collective access to Siza’s important body of work. It currently includes textual documents, correspondence, photographs and slides, around 60,000 drawings, 500 models, 282 sketchbooks and the archive of born-digital material.
"Complexus means that which is woven together; indeed, there is complexity when the different elements that constitute a whole (such as the economic, political, sociological, psychological, affective or mythological) are inseparable and there is an interdependent, interactive and interretroactive fabric between the object of knowledge and its context, the parts and the whole, the whole and the parts or the parts among themselves. That is why complexity is the union between unity and multiplicity". >> Edgar Morin
From the perspective of complex thinking and closely related to the position defended within the Social Sciences by the so-called "systemic approach" - no object or event (to be analysed by science) is isolated or unconnected, but appears within a complex system, from which it enters into a range of relationships with other objects, whether "internal" (with other objects that are components of the system), or "external" (with elements of the environment, surroundings or context of that system). ">> Basic considerations of Edgar Morin's complex thinking, in education
"We legitimately ask thought to dispel the mists and obscurities, to bring order and clarity to the real, to reveal the laws that govern it. The term complexity can only express our turmoil, our confusion, our inability to define simply, to name clearly, to bring order to our ideas". >> Introduction to complex thinking. Edgar Morin
"Complexity is the union between unity and multiplicity. Complexity as a capital concept teaches us that immersed in the process of evolution of increasing complexity, we have to reach, within a global conception, the capacity to read in a multidimensional way, the complex and at the same time the context. We must not fall into simplifications, bearing in mind that this complex richness brings us constant uncertainty". >> RCR Arquitectes
"Complexity is the quality of that which is composed of various interrelated elements. On the one hand, in colloquial terms, the word complexity tends to be used to characterise an intricate and difficult to understand ("complicated") whole. On the other hand, it refers to a complex system, which is a system composed of interrelated parts that as a whole exhibit properties and behaviours not evident from the sum of the individual parts. A complex system is usually uncomplicated, which allows it to be studied and, once understood, very simple mechanisms are found that produce complexity." >> On complexity, on Wikipedia.
"From the perspective of complex thinking and closely related to the position defended within the Social Sciences by the so-called "systemic approach" - no object or event (to be analysed by science) is isolated or unconnected, but appears within a complex system, from which it enters into a range of relationships with other objects, whether "internal" (with other objects that are components of the system) or "external" (with elements of the environment, surroundings or context of that system). ">> Basic considerations of Edgar Morin's complex thinking, in education
"It is necessary to develop the natural ability of human intelligence to place all its information in a context and as a whole. It is necessary to teach the methods that make it possible to apprehend the mutual relations and reciprocal influences between the parts and the whole in a complex world". >> Edgar Morin
This project of documentation and archiving of the contents and creative processes of the international research network platform Barberí Laboratory is an activity subsidised by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport.