Carmen Rodriguez Pedret
Since the 19th century the built heritage has been a part of an industry of desire, images, products and consumer goods. The transformation of history into merchandise has implied a loss of its original meaning to become a spectacular image that seduces those who contemplate it. We seek the experience of the authentic in times and places far from our daily life, although the remains of the past we admire are not always the originals. In a world dazzled by the dream of authenticity, the built heritage is just an atmosphere whose spatial dimension is adapted to the values of each community. The example of Barcelona is especially suitable to review these values and think about the fragility of the built heritage and about the thin line that distinguishes it from the theme park.
Carmen Rodríguez Pedret is an art historian, researcher, and associate professor in the Department of Theory and History of Architecture and Communication Techniques of the at Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona (Barcelona School of Architecture) at Universidad Politècnica de Catalunya. Her research focuses on 19th and 20th century architecture, the history of photography, and exhibitions and study of modern urban culture in the mass media. She is a prolific author and coauthor of more than 150 publications and presentations, including volumes on urban Barcelona, tourism and its history in Barcelona, and imagery and art in the Catalan urban context, among many others. She is member of the research group “Arquitectura, ciudad y cultura. Una perspectiva antropológica del espacio habitado y construido” (Architecture, city, and culture- An anthropological perspective on the habitation and construction of space). Most recently, Prof. Rodríguez was named a feature lecturer for the Fundació Mies van der Rohe in Barcelona for the 30th anniversary celebration of the Barcelona Pavilion.