Exhibition Timeless Architecture
The exhibition Timeless Architecture was inaugurated on June 3rd. It can be visited on the third floor of the Centro Centro of Madrid, which houses the City Council of the capital, until October 3rd 2021.
This exhibition presents a selection of the building materials, techniques and trades, and the practice of architecture and urbanism which is allowing us to move steadily forward in that direction. The samples chosen are based on work carried out over the last years by INTBAU thanks to the generous support of the American philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus (1942-2021) who, through the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust and with the collaboration of many other national and international institutions, has made possible the creation and establishment in Spain and Portugal of a series of initiatives aimed at promoting traditional architecture and urbanism, the building trades and the conservation of cultural heritage.
Building traditions, which pursue a greater respect for the environment and its natural resources, respond to some of the main challenges we face in our time, such as the progressive disappearance of quality job opportunities, the growing generation of waste and toxic environments, the dissolution of the kind of public spaces which are designed to favour interchange and coexistence, the unbalance the rural areas are suffering, or the persistence of planning practices which lead to a serious dependence on private transport.
In order to recover the lost balance it is essential to keep this knowledge alive, to use it as a reference for the practice of 21st century building, architecture and urbanism, to adapt it to the needs of our time, and to learn the many lessons it keeps offering for the way we design and transform our environment.
This exhibition presents a selection of the building materials, techniques and trades, and the practice of architecture and urbanism which is allowing us to move steadily forward in that direction.