The Cátedra Blanca de Barcelona (White Chair or Professorship) came into being in 1999 with the aim of generating a suitable academic framework for the teaching of a university architectural culture of quality. If, according to Richard Sennett, “Making is thinking,” the idea is to reconcile experience and the intellectual formation of the students. Housed in the Barcelona School of Architecture in the UPC, the chair is sponsored by Cémex España, and has a triple objective: to bring the University and society closer together; to grant it independence in terms of the public authorities; and to provide funding, something that is essential today.
The Cátedra Blanca de Barcelona is the first in a network of interuniversity chairs, with headquarters in Madrid, Valencia, Seville, Mexico City and Monterrey. Its activities are undertaken in various fields, covered in this webpage, from the teaching of graduate, postgraduate and masters courses to scientific activities and publishing or the dissemination of architectural culture. It is directed by Carlos Ferrater and Alberto Peñín.
Founded in March 2011, the magazine Palimpsesto is an initiative of the UPC’s Cátedra Blanca de Barcelona. The magazine is about contemporary architecture with the emphasis placed on learning, on the material and technique of project design, and on reflection as the three basic pillars of the profession of architect.
Its contents are organized around a series of open-ended sections, which lend it a flexible and dynamic structure yet one which also guarantees coherence. The magazine is aimed at architects, students, researchers and professionals engaged in the planning and realization of the work of architecture.
Published three times a year, the magazine appears in a paper and a digital version and contains original articles, interviews and projects. The articles to be published are selected by an editorial board consisting of two external reviewers, who keep to the standard protocols for serial scientific publications. The titles, résumés and key words are also published in English.