El Paísreports that the Colón Towers, two high-rise buildings in the vicinity of Madrid’s Plaza de Colón and Biblioteca Nacional, may soon become listed. Designed by Antonio Lamela (December 1, 1926–April 1, 2017), the towers’ suspended structure was innovative at the time of their construction, between 1967 and 1976. In the 1990s new fire regulations resulted in the construction of an art nouveau roof, known as ‘el enchufe’ (‘the plug’), which links the towers and provides access to an emergency staircase.
According to the Asociación para la Protección de las Torres Colón, which is campaigning for the recognition of the towers’ architectural importance, ‘su valor arquitectónico, del que su sistema estructural es parte indiscutible y esencial, además de su proyección nacional e internacional, merece ser reconocido como parte del patrimonio arquitectónico madrileño.’
The DOCOGOTHIC Network, together with the CATS research group and the IRH-2014 SGR 110 Project, call on the national and International scientific community to participate in the symposium ‘Obra Congrua’ to commemorate 600 years of the famous consultation on the construction of Girona Cathedral, in which it was debated whether the Cathedral should be built with three naves instead of only one, the widest nave of the Gothic period. This will be an International symposium of multidisciplinary character open to historians, architects, and engineers in which Spanish and European Gothic buildings will be analysed, taking as a reference the Girona Cathedral master builders’ consultation held in 1416. Papers will be evaluated by a scientific committee following peer review. It is our intention to publish both guest papers and accepted papers.
The exhibit in the Spitzer School’s Atrium Gallery includes photographs, architectural models and casts used in construction. It also showcases the 3D computer imaging software used to analyze and draw precise tridimensional geometry. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Viewing hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.