How can architecture be promoted, protected and encouraged to its best? This is a question that has seen progress in Spain. The 18th of January saw the approval of the Draft Law on Quality in Architecture by the Council of Ministers, which was submitted to the Spanish Parliament. This began its parliamentary process.
This new legislation proposal is being promoted by Minister Raquel Sanchez Jimenez, Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda. It aims to promote and protect architectural quality as an asset of common interest, and encourage links that encourage the rapprochement of architects and society.
Inaqui Carnicero is the General Director of Urban Agenda and Architecture. She says that the law has “found its most favorable context at the moment, because it aligns with several recently promoted European and International initiatives such as the New European Bauhaus and the Urban Agendas, and the Davos Declaration and the Renovation Wave”.
This legislative instrument is necessary to consolidate a new economic, energetic, and ecological model that promotes greater inclusion as well as social cohesion.
Below are excerpts of the mitma statement. These include the creation of two basic bodies to guide action, and the enhancement of the role of public authorities.
- House of Architecture and Architecture Quality Council
This first attempt aims to promote cultural diplomacy and to make architecture more accessible to the public.
The second, on the other hand, would serve as a platform to exchange knowledge and participate, as well consult and give advice on matters related the contents of this Law. This includes promoting the adoption or general measures for improving the quality of Architecture or modifying existing ones. As well as creating and disseminating specifications and other documents that are guiding in nature.
- Regulatory Framework
It is a legislative tool that strengthens the role of public administration and boosts planning for the refurbishment. The draft bill also includes amendments to Law 9/2017 of the 8th November on Public Sector Contracts. These are intended to improve the quality of architecture that the Administration promotes.
- Next Generation Funds
It forms part of European legislative initiatives to promote energy efficient, renewable energies, and the fight against poverty.
- A law that was born from a public participation process
This future law was drafted with extensive public participation. In addition to the previous public consultation, six multidisciplinary tables were used for the process. These could be accessed telematically, openly and had a wide reach across networks, even international. You can still view the debates on the website that was created for this purpose. Roundtable discussions were held with representatives from the major sectors, including the academic and the social sector, the territorial administrations, professional and school communities, and other stakeholders.
The announcement stated that although the Law was created to respond to an extraordinary moment, it does so with the goal of creating a global framework that is long-lasting, dynamic, and adaptable to new challenges and goals.
It includes as one of its objectives, the creation of a National Architecture Strategy to serve as a governance tool for its implementation.