A creative waterfront: the district of La Daurade in Toulouse
This paper analyses the development and transformation of the district of La Daurade in Toulouse (France) which has an urban perimeter delimited by monumental landmarks that define the profile of the city and its waterfront. Due to its strategic location it has all the key elements that define a cultural district. The quai de La Daurade is the epicentre of this artistic neighbourhood that, over time, has undergone different transformations shaping the character of the area. Around these banks of the Garonne river orbits the activity of this dynamic neighbourhood, which was once the link with this important waterway. La Daurade’s commercial past, very active since the 18th century, had its epicentre in these streets. This circumstance has brought important cultural improvements with the incorporation during the last decades of artistic institutions, which have contributed to the revitalization of the urban fabric. All this has favoured the citizen involvement in certain activities and social events in the neighbourhood. This district is an important artistic and social regenerator, basing in the arts the cultural motor for the development of this part of the city.
Architecture and Documents. Documentary Map for the study of Carlos Arniches Modernist Architecture and Works
In the last fifteen years new documentary research on the buildings of the earliest stage of Carlos Arniches and Martín Domínguez – members of the Madrilean “Generation of 1925” key to the introduction and development of the Modern Movement in Spain –, reveals the convenience of a revision of the historic tale as related to the authorship of several of the buildings by these architects, including partnered and sole works. The contradictions and few coincidences between primary and secondary sources, solved in great extent by a new documentary and archival research, fret the role played by those sources as far as the historic tale of the facts is concerned. Previous research on those two architects revealed the importance of architectural authorship when it came to analyse works of architecture, suggesting the need to further explore that line of research – which finally almost included their whole production. Despite those architects having worked occasionally as partners before 1936, evidences and archival documents prove that only a few works were partnered – of which some were even misattributed. The context – one of the keys to understanding documentary and archival material – and an exhaustive evaluation process – including historic and cultural points of view – reveal the true authroship, and lead to settling events as they happened, thus preserving their historic testimony and values.