The Universidad Laboral de Cheste, a Modern Heritage Site Under Threat





Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


Universidades laborales, or workers’ universities, were set up throughout Spain during the years of the dictatorship, and were aimed at professionally training the working classes. Their charitable–educational nature was established by law in 1955, although several date back to before that official date. The Universidad Laboral de Gijón (1946-1957) was the first to be built, as reflected in the traditional and academic architecture of Luis Moya. Fernando Moreno Barberá, one of the most important architects involved, was the author of four centres: those of Las Palmas, 1970-73, Toledo, 1970-78, Malaga 1972-78 and Cheste 1967–69, his work reflecting an undoubted assimilation of the Modern legacy.

How to Cite

Jordá, C., & Palomares, M. (2013). The Universidad Laboral de Cheste, a Modern Heritage Site Under Threat. Docomomo Journal, (49), 78–81.





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Author Biographies

Carmen Jordá, Universitat Politècnica de València

Carmen Jordá is a Ph. D. Architect and Chair of the Department of Architectural Composition of Polytechnic the University of Valencia. She has been granted the Award “Premio de Arquitectura del Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de la Comunidad Valenciana” and, since 1996, she is a member of the Registers Committee of docomomo Iberia. She is the author of several texts on the Comunitat Valenciana in the Guía de Arquitectura de España. Siglo XX (Ministerio de Fomento, 1998). She has curated the exhibition “De Stijl”, “20×20 Siglo XX, veinte obras de arquitectura moderna” and “Young Architects.” She is also the autor of the book Eduardo Torroja, la vigencia de un legado (2002).

Maite Palomares, Universitat Politècnica de València

Maite Palomares is a Ph. D. Architect. Assistant Professor at the Department of Architectural Composition of the Polytechnic University of Valencia. She has undergone research studies on Modern heritage and construction history. She participates in docomomo activities both in Chile and Mexico.