UPF's Central Library is awarded the Dècada prize

The architectural restoration work carried out on the former Water Tower to convert it into the site of UPF\'s Central Library has been awarded the Dècada prize for architecture by the Fundació Òscar Tusquets Blanca, which has singled it out as the best work to be developed in Barcelona in the last ten years. The project was completed in 1999 by architects Lluís Clotet and Ignacio Paricio, who received the award during a ceremony which took place on 30 th April at the Col·legi d\'Arquitectes in Barcelona.

The Italian designer and architect Alessandro Mendini, the sole member of the jury responsible for this prize, described the work of Clotet and Paricio as \"a round, silent place which inspires concentration and thought\", and which \"takes its place in history and in the utopias of the most beautiful and intense public reading rooms of the last century\". The architect, who selected this project from a total of fifteen finalists (among them the Auditorium, by Rafael Moneo and the Botanical Gardens, by Carles Ferrater), was fascinated by \"the delicate philological work of the restoration, which has made this space a magic place which inspires concentration and study\".

A resource centre available to IDEC participants

All IDEC-Universtiat Pompeu Fabra participants who are registered on masters, diploma and postgraduate programmes can access the library with the card provided by IDEC. In addition to this, all its services are available at IDEC\'s Documentation Centre, where you can consult the basic bibliography of all the programmes taught here.