Graphic representation of architecture as a support for the parameterization of habitable spaces within heritage contexts: The Convent of Santa Clara de la Columna in Belalcázar (Córdoba)

Year of publication: 2022

Publication / Magazine title: Architectural Graphics. EGA 2022. Springer Series in Design and Innovation, vol. 21

Type of publication: Chapter of book

Article author/s: Pablo M. Millán Millán; Celia Chacón Carretón

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Editorial: Springer

Language/s: English

ISBN: 978-3-031-04631-5

ISSN: 2661-8184

Excessive zeal in the protection of certain buildings has brought with it a significant dehumanisation of relevant heritage architecture. The non-coexistence between protection and occupation has reached the point of making them practically antagonistic. The need to find a tool which allows convergences to be determined between both realities has been the objective of this work. The research was carried out at the Convent of Santa Clara de la Columna (Belalcázar), where, after diligently documenting all the existing heritage architecture, graphically and analytically, this important dichotomy could be observed. The most comfortable areas were assessed for visits and exhibitions, leaving the less habitable parts to be reserved for the daily life of the religious community. From there, and with the help of the BIM methodology, it was possible to determine and measure the spaces in which protection was compatible with the development of daily activities. The result has been the parameterization of certain states, both heritage and habitability, and their common points, thus generating a specific measure for protected and inhabited spaces collected together in a graphic model.