About us

The Pan-American Association is a non-profit organisation established to promote and develop projects concerning Landscape, Territory, and Architecture and their areas of influence in other manifestations of art, culture and society.

It is born from and for civil society and it acts as project manager -actively participating and coordinating the agents involved- at the same time as it constitutes a dynamic assembly forum with a clear objective of generating visible actions.

Ibero-America, a common stage

Cultural proximity, historical and patrimonial legacy and language are a natural platform from which to bring together the work of groups of architects, urban and landscape designers and artists.

What we do

The actions are developed through five programmes which interact with each other creating an two-way unequivocal flow of information and action.

The programme which acts as an axis is the OPPTA Competition; an international competition which links various countries through a common theme. From among the winners, at least one of the proposals will be implemented through the programme Priority Action.

To decide which of the proposals will be executed and to propose the theme for the next Competition there is a venue of assembly and deliberation, a platform for the diffusion of architecture at an international level under the name of Active Debates.

In parallel, all information related to the Competition and the programmes which OPPTA develops are compiled and registered in WikiPan, a digital documental archive whose contents are generated through direct participation.

All content received, as well as the results of the Competition are assessed for their editing as Publications.

Organisation

OPPTA is committed to a network based work methodology throughout the continent, guaranteeing the participation of professionals, companies and institutions from the public and private sector. This will allow the development of proposals from united debate and deliberation, reaching consensual agreements which will ensure the feasibility and quality of the projects.

Synergies, transparency, visibility and legacy

Each project is posed globally, establishing links and interdisciplinary work synergies which will allow the understanding of the multiple social facets and act from the complexity of contemporary processes in the resolution of the programmes, the actions and the architectural interventions.

Transparency

OPPTA connects deliberation, debate and action. Its way of working, connecting agents, professionals and institutions from the public and private sector guarantees transparency in all the processes though active participation, both in the proposals and in the decisions.

All the programmes lead towards tangible objectives, fostering the visibility of all participating agents, generating the work context where the interaction of nations is essential and forging a policy of cooperation with other countries within the American and European area.

OPPTA advocates the creation of an Ibero-American architectural space, giving relevance to the existing heritage and creating a legacy based on responsibility, sustainability in growth, environmental policies and appropriate and equable planning, through the interaction of the actual architecture with the beneficiary societies.

Development, co-production and feasibility

All the programmes' work processes generate a product which results from shared responsibility. Understanding that economic and spatial growth are intrinsically related, the programmes implement projects orientated towards improving the quality of life of the inhabitants of the region, promoting the economic development of all those participating in the proposals.

The projects, especially those which involve construction and execution, entail the participation of national and international roles, turning their main characters into co-producers and actively stimulating interregional relationships.

Interventions through the OPPTA Competition and Priority Action are executed in terms of economic feasibility, creating an architectural catalogue of reference, giving relevance to the achievement and therefore to all the participants of the project.

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