During the congress, different applications of Gaudíʼs revolutionary method of work and his extraordinary creative inspiration in many fields —architecture, engineering, design, arts, and even business management, gastronomy, sport and health— will be analysed.
The Aula Magna of the Historic Building of UB hosts congress' sessions, but opening and closing ceremonies take place at the Paranymph Hall of the University.
The Colonia Güell, Gaudíʼs lab
The conference is focused mainly, though not exclusively, on the Colonia Güell, an atypical industrial colony, particular for its time, which remains intact. Considering some original documents preserved by TGRI, many data concerning the design and construction of the industrial colony will be revealed. Gaudí and the group of professionals and artisans who collaborated with him turned the colony into a worldwide model.
The crypt of the Colonia Güell is the work that served Gaudí as practice for several innovative techniques and architectural materials that he used later in buildings like the Sagrada Familia. More than one hundred years ago, Gaudí placed there the workshop where his creativity exploded and he developed his amazing invent: the polyfunicular model.
Data provided by people who worked or lived together with the architect will be also presented on the congress. It helps to understand Gaudíʼs revolutionary working methods. Experts will bring us into the most intimate part of the architectʼs mind, so we will get closer to his system of geodesic design, know the topics that centred the conversations he hold with his friends and workers, and discover the secrets of the colours he created and how to preserve his legacy.
Moreover, the congress also shows how Gaudí was pioneer in using innovative techniques from different fields, for instance: acoustics, chromatology, logistics, cooperativism, ecology and recycling, etc. All these techniques, used in the construction of the crypt of the Colonia Güell, constitute the main topic of some speeches to be pronounced on the congress.
Besides academic and scientific sessions, the congress also includes the Gaudí Dinners at La Pedrera, a guided visit of the Colonia Güell, the opening of TGRIʼs headquarters and a gala dinner with Eugeni de Diego at the theatre Fontova of the Colonia Güell.
Nowadays, the Güell Pavilions are part of the heritage of the University of Barcelona. They were selected to be included in the programme Watch 2014 of the World Monuments Fund (WMF). The personalities from UB who compose the Organizing Committee are Lourdes Cirlot, vice-rector for Institutional Relations and Culture and professor of History of Art, and Joan Ramon Triadó and Rosa Maria Subirana, professors of History of Art. It is also composed by some members of The Gaudí Research Institute: Manuel Medarde, secretary of the Colonia Guell International Committee, Pere Jordi Figuerola, curator at the Diocesan Museum of Barcelona, and Marià Marín, university lecturer of advanced studies in art, heritage and culture industries.