The first World Congress on Gaudí is underway. International renowned scholars and experts from around the world have already confirmed their attendance. Jan Molema, from Holland, one of the promoters of central-European research on Gaudí; Carlos Flores, the great Spanish expert on the work of the architect, Christiane Crasemann Collins,historian and modern architecture and urban planning, widow of Dr. George Roseborough Collins, who was the great promoter of Gaudí’s work in the U.S. , the widow of George Collins, who was the great promoter of Gaudí’s work in the U.S.; Alejandro Aguilera González, the great Mexican expert; or the architect Arata Isozaki, very knowledgeable about Gaudi’s architecture, key for the dissemination of this knowledge in Japan and who will be giving the closing keynote lecture during the Congress. (Full list of speakers)
This Congress gives finally an answer to the historical demand raised by the international scientific community, to have a research centre of Gaudi’s work. Organized by The Gaudí Research Institute (TGRI) and the University of Barcelona (UB), the event will be held in Barcelona, 6-10 October 2014 , in the historic building of the University. It will be focused, though not exclusive, on the Church of the Colònia Güell (Santa Coloma de Cervelló).
The Congress is intended to give a new approach to the figure of the versatile artist, as well as proposing new ways of research on technologies, creativity and business. Therefore, it is directed to individuals, companies, universities and research centres. Specifically, researchers and social historians of art and culture; Professionals of architecture, urban planning and industrial and creative design; Professionals and suppliers; Engineers and fitters; Technical in energy and sustainability; Light structures creators; Scholars math and computer applications in 3D. Gaudí ‘s works are a clear example of the genius that meant breaking the formal boundaries known far and be advanced to approaches of modernity.
The Congress will present solutions and methods from the artist, applied today to countless disciplines. For five days, there will be presented unpublished documents, as well as lots of objects, models and tools that belonged to the artist, most of them recovered from the Church of the Colònia Güell , the laboratory which became the genesis of the revolutionary method of work of the architect.
Scholars and experts from several universities and international institutions will gather for the first time to share with the world their knowledge and theories of Gaudí. They will unveil and share their findings on the unpublished and unknown Gaudí, his decisive influence on the architecture of the twentieth century and in full force and future development in areas as diverse as acoustics, architecture, chemistry, cinema, health areas, music, sports, sustainability and urban planning, among many others.