Interview with Coque Claret and Dani Calatayud
Technology surrounds us. Literally. When you think about technology and construction, it is not so much about adding gadgets to buildings but rather about what has configured all the elements used in the construction of, or found inside, any of the spaces we inhabit, regardless of whether it uses electricity or electronics.
When I became managing director of GBCe, a journalist asked me what my goals were as the association's top manager. I had no doubts what to answer: to make GBCe one of the leading associations in the sustainable building industry, while at the same time providing a rallying point for all the players who, in their respective areas, are working towards the same goals.
"As soon as people stop inhabiting a space or having an affective relationship with it, it diminishes"
Interview with María Langarita, architect and co-founder of Langarita-Navarro.
It would not be difficult to provide a theorem to assert that the vast majority of important inventions in the history of mankind would end up, sooner or later, transformed into weapons with a thousand twisted, ingenious and unpleasant devices: fire, metals, radioactivity and drugs. What is not so common is that the person behind the discovery would end up realising this fact. And what almost never happens is that he makes a more or less questionable attempt, even in philosophic terms, at redemption. And that this is taken very, very seriously. This was the case of the creator of dynamite, that invention that revolutionised the mining industry(1), by Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel, who rapidly realised that the military uses of his invention would surpass civilian use in no time at all. The weight of dynamite, indeed, continues to be the measurement unit of all explosive power today, including nuclear.
Over one hundred companies met up between 28 and 30 June at the Mas Marroch Space of El Celler de Can Roca at a meeting organised by BB Construmat where the Roca brothers explained the principles behind their cutting-edge gourmet enterprise, which has managed to successfully overcome the crisis, as an inspirational formula. The relaxed and informal meeting served to give an initial idea of what the show will be like this year: a meeting place, somewhere to share knowledge and collaborate with the construction sector of today; an essential rendezvous for taking stock of the sector and celebrating its recovery.
Reflections on the boundary between the worlds of new-build and building renovation could help to change people's attitudes towards projects by tackling them with greater flexibility, regardless of their type.
Interview with José Ignacio Linazasoro, architect.
"We're artisans who use all the technology available to us, yet without losing touch with tradition"
Interview with Toni Cumella, Cerámica Cumella.
One of the corollaries of last month's article leads us to comment on the role that companies have played in innovation in every field of knowledge from past centuries through to the present day, particularly in the world of construction.