The international heritage
of the water industry

Historic values of supply and treatment networks

TICCIH Thematic Conference
Museu Agbar de les Aigües | Barcelona, Spain
13 - 14 April, 2018

Welcome

The modern infrastructure to supply water and to remove and treat waste was retro-fitted to towns and cities across the world, pulling them back from a sanitary crisis which was threatening to make life intolerable. Faced with industrialisation, miserable living conditions and repeated epidemics, water supply systems and drainage networks were devised and incorporated into urban landscapes. The impressive quality of their engineering and architectural design shows how important they were for the societies of the time, and many continue to make a vital contribution to living conditions today.

Presentations by international experts will examine how this historic infrastructure should be valued, and consider what is most significant about the heritage of the water industry. The conference is the concluding part of a thematic comparative study undertaken by TICCIH for ICOMOS to define the criteria which could be used to assess the heritage of the water industry and to identify its outstanding sites - dams, reservoirs and water towers, aqueducts, waterworks and pumping stations, filter and treatment works, and the networks of pipes and mains which connect them all together - including those which might be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

The TICCIH thematic conference on the heritage of the water industry will put the water industry infrastructure into its historic technological and social context, examine the origins of the technical solutions that were developed, and compare how they were applied in different industrial cities around the world.

Programme

Friday, 13 april Saturday, 14 april
8:00 h
program.title
Coffee
8:30 h - 9:00 h
Registration and distribution of material
9:00 h
Welcome
Sònia Hernández, Director of the Museu Agbar de les Aigües
9:30 h
Inaugural presentation: The water industry and the urban sanitary crisis
Professor Martin Melosi, Director of the Center for Public History, University of Houston, USA
10:15 h
What is significant about the water heritage? The TICCIH comparative study of the water industry
James Douet, TICCIH
10:45 h
Water supply in early-modern cities
Rolf Höhmann, Büro für Industriearchäologie, Germany
11:30 h
program.title
Coffee break
12:00 h
Supply, storage and access to water in pre-industrial cities: Istanbul
Professor Noyan Dinçkal, University of Siegen, Germany
12:45 h
Water infrastructure in the industrial city: Barcelona
Dr Manel Martin, Catedràtic Departament d'Educació, Spain
13:30 h
program.title
Lunch
Buffet lunch in the museum restaurant
15:00 h
Technology transfer and water architecture: Buenos Aires
Dr Jorge Tartarini, Director of the Museo del Agua, Palacio de las Aguas Corrientes, Argentina
15:45 h
The heritage of water treatment: Prague
Dr Šárka Jiroušková, Administrator of the Old Wastewater Treatment Plant, Bubenec, Czech Republic
16:30 h
Round table: questions and discussion
Stephen Hughes, TICCIH Secretary, and speakers
18:00 h - 19:00 h
Guided tour of the Museu Agbar de les Aigües and the Cornellá pumping station.
Museum staff
19:00 h - 20:00 h
program.title
Refreshments
9:00 h
Guided tour
Torreó del Tibidabo water tower
11:00 h
Guided tour
Casa de les Aigües steam engine and pumping station, Montcada
13:00 h
Guided tour
Torre de les Aigües del Besòs, Poble Nou
17:45 h - 18:00 h
Closure
James Douet, TICCIH

The program may be subject to changes. Download the program

Speakers

Professor Martin Melosi, University of Houston, USA

Professor Martin Melosi, University of Houston, USA

Keynote presentation: The water industry and the urban sanitary crisis

Professor Martin Melosi, University of Houston, USA

Keynote presentation: The water industry and the urban sanitary crisis

Professor Martin Melosi is internationally known in the areas of environmental, energy, and urban history. Director of the Center for Public History at the University of Houston, USA, his many publications include the multiple-award-winning The Sanitary City which traces the development of water supply, wastewater, and waste treatment systems, and to which the forthcoming The Networked City, a study of energy, transportation, and communication systems in the United States, will be a companion volume.

James Douet, TICCIH, Spain

James Douet, TICCIH, Spain

What is significant about the heritage of the water industry?

James Douet, TICCIH, Spain

What is significant about the heritage of the water industry?

James Douet is an industrial heritage consultant and exhibition curator in Barcelona, and editor of Industrial Heritage Re-tooled, the TICCIH guide to industrial heritage conservation. His publications include Temples of Steam, Waterworks Architecture in the Steam Age, and he coordinated the TICCIH comparative thematic study of the heritage of the water industry.

Dr Rolf Höhmann, Büro für Industriearchäologie, Germany

Dr Rolf Höhmann, Büro für Industriearchäologie, Germany

Water supply in early-modern cities

Dr Rolf Höhmann, Büro für Industriearchäologie, Germany

Water supply in early-modern cities

Rolf Höhmann runs the Büro für Industriearchäologie in Darmstadt, Germany, documenting and evaluating historic technical monuments and industrial sites and landscapes. He is a specialist in large sites of the iron and steel and the coal industry, and has coordinated the nomination of the Augsburg water supply system for the World Heritage List.

Professor Noyan Dinçkal, University of Paderborn, Germany

Professor Noyan Dinçkal, University of Paderborn, Germany

Supply and access to water in preindustrial cities: Istanbul

Professor Noyan Dinçkal, University of Paderborn, Germany

Supply and access to water in preindustrial cities: Istanbul

Professor Noyan Dinçkal teaches modern and contemporary history at the University of Paderborn and is associate professor at Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany. He researched the development of the water supply infrastructure of Istanbul, from the pre-modern provision through the introduction of the modern water industry infrastructure.

Dr Manel Martín, Professor of Secondary Education, Spain

Dr Manel Martín, Professor of Secondary Education, Spain

Water infrastructure in the industrial city: Barcelona

Dr Manel Martín, Professor of Secondary Education, Spain

Water infrastructure in the industrial city: Barcelona

Dr Manel Martin teaches in Barcelona and is the leading authority on the history of the city's water supply. His book Barcelona: aigua i ciutat shows how a modern water supply infrastructure was brought into the 2,000-year-old city between the two universal exhibitions of 1888 and 1929.

Dr Šárka Jiroušková, Staré čistírny odpadních vod, Czech Republic

Dr Šárka Jiroušková, Staré čistírny odpadních vod, Czech Republic

The heritage of water treatment: Prague

Dr Šárka Jiroušková, Staré čistírny odpadních vod, Czech Republic

The heritage of water treatment: Prague

Dr Šárka Jiroušková is the manager of the Old Wastewater Treatment Plant, Prague-Bubenec, in the Czech Republic, responsible for industrial heritage, industrial tourism, and presentation of the Old WTP. Her research investigated hydraulic structures and water-resources management, and she has been active in the field of industrial heritage for 20 years.

Dr Jorge Tartarini, Director, Museo del Agua Palacio de las Aguas Corrientes, Argentina

Dr Jorge Tartarini, Director, Museo del Agua Palacio de las Aguas Corrientes, Argentina

Technology transfer and water architecture: Buenos Aires

Dr Jorge Tartarini, Director, Museo del Agua Palacio de las Aguas Corrientes, Argentina

Technology transfer and water architecture: Buenos Aires

Dr Jorge Tartarini is Director of the Museo del Agua in Buenos Aires, Argentina, within the spectacular reservoir Palacio de las Aguas Corrientes. For many years a leading architect working in industrial heritage and a specialist in railway architecture, he published Historias del Agua en Buenos Aires: de Aguateros, Aljibes y Aguas Corrientes in 2010.

Stephen Hughes, TICCIH Secretary, UK

Stephen Hughes, TICCIH Secretary, UK

Coordinator thematic studies

Stephen Hughes, TICCIH Secretary, UK

Coordinator thematic studies

Stephen Hughes is the TICCIH Secretary, and is vice-president of ICOMOS-UK. He was the Projects Director of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Wales. He prepared the TICCIH thematic studies of canals and coal mines, and coordinates the work of TICCIH with ICOMOS on World Heritage Sites. He has published widely on early railway and canal archaeology and industrial landscapes.

Scientific comittee

Sònia Hernández (Director, Museu Agbar de les Aigües), Eusebi Casanelles (Spain, Life President, TICCIH), James Douet (UK, TICCIH), Rolf Höhmann (TICCIH Germany), Stephen Hughes (UK, Secretary TICCIH), Dr Šárka Jiroušková (Czech Republic), Prof. José Manuel Lopez Cordeiro (TICCIH Portugal), Professor Patrick Martin (USA, President TICCIH), Dr Manel Martin (Spain), Prof Massimo Preite (TICCIH Italy), Professor Susan Ross (Canada),
Prof Jorge Tartarini (Argentina).

Registration

Open until 28.02.2018

Registration includes the conference (simultaneous translation English / Spanish), lunch, guided visit to the Museum, and refreshments at the end of the meeting, as well as the morning guided tour on Saturday 14.

TICCIH members

Thank you for registering for the conference. Please check your e-mail (or junk folder) for payment instructions.

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Location

Àgora Agbar - Museu Agbar de les Aigües
Carretera de Sant Boi, 4-6
08940 Cornellà de Llobregat, Barcelona

+34 933 423 500
Monday - Thursday 09:00 - 18:00h
Friday 09:00 - 15:00h

Friday 13 April 2018
Saturday 14 April 2018

Museu de les Aigües