The exhibition ‘Barcelona. Water, networks and architecture. Aigües de Barcelona’ was presented today at the Architects' Association of Catalonia (COAC). It is organised by the COAC with the support of the Agbar Foundation. The aim of the exhibition, which can be visited until 13 May, is to present water management in the city from the architectural, historic and technological points of view and the uses of public fountains.
The opening of the exhibition was attended by the dean of the COAC, Lluís Comerón, and Agbar’s Chairman and CEO, Angel Simón. ‘Water is a key element for explaining the history and growth of the city of Barcelona and is essential today in the exchange of knowledge and common services’, stated Lluís Comerón. For his part, Angel Simón noted that ‘Aigües de Barcelona is the present and future. We've been providing the service in the city for 150 years; the work of 6 generations and 100,000 people continues today, side by side with the public to build a better city. We will continue to make Barcelona a more sustainable city, developing the circular economy and cooperating with all kinds of institutions, such as the Architects' Association of Catalonia’.
The relationship between water and the city of Barcelona in depth
Supplying water to cities is a complex process that requires technology and innovation in all its phases. Architecture provides a point of contact between people and water, without which access to water and its consumption would be practically impossible. Thus, this exhibition reveals the relationship between water and Barcelona, a city that has undergone major demographic changes and faced intense productive and economic challenges throughout its history.
The exhibition also includes a new video mapping in the Barcelona Scale Model installation, focussing on changes in use in the city from the Roman period to the present and highlighting three aspects:
- Analysis of the origin and supply of water in Barcelona, taking into account the increase in water resources and transport mechanisms to guarantee supply to the public.
- A trip through the public use of water via the different fountains of Barcelona, thanks to the lens of Francesc Català-Roca.
- An analysis of the study Sewerage Project for the Barcelona Subsoil by Pere Garcia Fària, which clearly established the need to modernise the city’s sewerage system in 1893.