Architects celebrate World Architecture Day
Today World Architecture Day is celebrated, and this year Spanish architects and architects have opted for the motto "Architecture ... housing for all". On this day they intend to share with society as a whole how they contribute every day to guarantee the quality of homes and the built environment so that they respond to the needs and well-being of all people.
Access to housing is a right contemplated in article 25.1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in article 47 of the Constitution, but it has become a problem on a global scale. In addition to the price increase, the need to adapt to new needs, such as energy savings to respond to the climatic emergency and to respond to existing requirements, such as accessibility and the construction of inclusive urban fabrics that promote rebalancing and energy social coexistence
In the case of Spain, in addition, there is a residential park of 25.5 million obsolete homes, with a very small percentage of social protection, lack of accessibility that prevent more than 100.00 people from leaving their homes, difficulties in promoting rentals affordable and high energy consumption. It generates about 39% of the pollutant emissions into the atmosphere and the rehabilitation rate does not conform to the road map set by international organizations to fight global warming, nor does it respond to new ways of life and the progressive aging of The population and their needs.
The licenses of great rehabilitation granted last year in our country were 10,105, according to the data published by the Housing and Land Observatory of the Ministry of Development, when the average in Europe is 2%, which would mean rehabilitating some 500,000 properties a year in Spain.
In this scenario, the Superior Council of the Architects' Associations of Spain (CSCAE) highlights, in the manifesto of the World Architecture Day 2019, the integral solutions provided by the architects. Faced with the high cost of housing, they offer efficient, innovative and transversal architectural responses and urban strategies capable of rebalancing the mismatch between supply and demand in the medium and long term. To combat depopulation, they provide urban planning and urban consolidation and renovation actions, and, to regenerate the residential park in Spain, a holistic, transversal and long-term view that aims to preserve the quality of housing and improve its capacity to response to current and future room needs.
Since access to housing is a collective challenge that we must face with multiple responses, on World Architecture Day, the president of the CSCAE, Lluís Comerón, also advocates medium and long-term, consensual and stable strategies: “There are short-term actions that serve as bandages, necessary, but that do not cure the disease. Resolving the current imbalance between supply and demand, with a housing stock that responds to it, requires a social pact that addresses access to housing, urban renewal and the quality of the built environment with the integral perspective and vision to Long term that guarantees the Architecture. Facing three problems with a global solution will always be much more efficient. ”
More than 300 activities throughout Spain to promote the quality of the built environment
With the aim of promoting and disseminating among the citizens the values of Architecture and the importance of preserving quality in the built environment, World Architecture Day is a party that mobilizes all Spanish architects and architects and more than fifty Colleges of Architects in our country in a way that is unparalleled in the rest of the world.
Conferences, workshops, exhibitions, tours and guided tours, concerts ... Since September 27 and throughout the month of October, more than three hundred activities are held. This broad cultural program, together with the events organized by the rest of the year and their respective archives and libraries, consolidates the Colleges of Architects as the largest and most complete network of architectural operator centers in Spain.