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Recovery and diffusion of modern architecture photographic archives for developing a visual heritage working

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Competitive project
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Funding entity code
41.140,00 €
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Arquitecuta moderna, educación visual, europa, europe, fotografía, heritage, latin america, latinoamérica, modern architecture, patrimonio, photography, visual education
The research group Forma Moderna (Modern Form) was set up in 2003 through the concatenation of several research projects. Being recognized as
Consolidated Research Group by the Generalitat of Catalunya since the 3rd of July of 2009 (2009 SGR 1481), and is also registered as a Singular
Research Group since 22nd of July of 2004 (2005 SGR 0014), Forma Moderna has an extensive database on modern architectural production during the
5th and 6th decades of the twentieth century. Relevant graphic documents have been obtained originally from the personal archives of those architects
who were the authors of the projects under study, in Latin America and Europe. However, the authorship of these photographic records are in
possession of few authors, who played a fundamental role in the diffusion of the works in the past, and nowadays are an essential source of information
for those who want to know these projects.
Thus, the photographers have played a dual role that has been crucial to the registration of the architectural heritage, and have contributed decisively to
form a visual universe. This universe was reference for some architects that had a strong influence over a whole generation of architects and their
The project aims to locate and evaluate the photographic archives specialized on modern architecture in Latin-American and Europe, in order to take
stock of the relationship between the buildings and the images that spread this architecture. This process permits to demarcate the values of these two
aspects: crediting and identifying its specific way of looking, detecting ignored pieces of architecture and observing the impact of the photographic
image's dissemination of the architectural production. It is important to research deeply on the impact that these two professional worlds have exerted
over each other, trying to establish the level of incidence of the visual aspects onto the technical, constructive and social aspects of the architectural
Forma Moderna has established itself as the focal point of an extensive and solid international network based on cooperation with doctoral students, their
home universities and the UPC, which enables the research group to undertake the following proposal. Surely, the conclusions of the research will be
relevant for all the PhD thesis and Master dissertations generated and supervised by the research team.
Finally, the future results will be spread through an annual forum on the subject, the edition of a digital book containing videos, images and essays, and
an exhibition for the general public, not only academics or professionals.
Adm. Estat
Plan Estatal de Investigación Científica y Técnica y de Innovación 2013-2016
Call year
Funcding program
Programa Estatal de I+D+i Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad
Funding call
Retos de Investigación: Proyectos de I+D+i
Grant institution
Gobierno De España. Ministerio De Economía Y Competitividad, Mineco