Theoretical researcher working in the fields of Scenography, Theatre, Architecture and the City and involved at the ETSAB Barcelona School of Architecture
Ph.D. architect from the ETSAB Barcelona School of Architecture where he is a full Professor. From 2012 to 2017, Director of the Department of Theory and History of Architecture. Coordinator of the SGR Research Group, ACM Critical Analysis of Modernity, Architecture and City. His areas of expertise are the Theory of Architecture and Theatrical Architecture. Precisely in relation to this last domain, he directs the Observatory of Scenic Spaces – Observatory of Theaters in Risk.
Abstract title: INTERACTIVE MAPPING OF THEATRICAL SPACES PROJECT
This paper will explain the research and the knowledge in mapping theatrical spaces in the contemporary city. The main result of this work has been the development of an interactive Theatre Atlas of Spain. The conceptual contribution of the Research consists of approaching the subject at different scales, introducing a zoom in the corpus of the atlas that embraces the Territorial, Urban, Architectural and Scenic dimensions of each theatrical place. Visually, the design of this digital atlas describes a sequence that begins with placing the theatre in an urban plan; continues by showing its architecture and ends displaying the scenography. City, Architecture and Scenography are in relation to the interdisciplinary research involved. In a territorial and urban scale, the cartography consists of a collection of historical and contemporary maps, interpreting the relationship of Theatre and the City, building an urban theatre system that structures the role of theatre within an urban evolution. In an architectural scale, mapping provides a set of architectures of stage spaces, whether theatres or other buildings recycled to host this activity. In a theatrical scale, mapping provides the inside to some of the buildings to show some of the plays that are staged or have been staged. The project draws a nonexistent interactive cartography, which is located on the website of the Observatory of Scenic Spaces and has links to other websites, providing an archive suitable for multiple analysis and research. The stated objective aims to provide guidelines to government agencies. In this sense, the project results will help in the protection and preservation of culture and heritage. The documentary content provided by the research will be a basic material in the production of catalogues of architectural heritage, the drafting of urban plans and cultural policies. And beyond public administration, the challenge ahead is of special interest for cultural industries. The research results will combine to make theaters and performance spaces visible and will help to build spaces of confluence for architects, researchers, cultural managers, artists and spectators. They will be useful, therefore, for academic research, public administration, companies in the cultural industry, artists and society.