CAU – Construction, Architecture and urbanism – was the magazine of the official college of construction engineers and technical architects of Catalunya and the Balearic Islands.
It was first published in 1970, and the initial 20 editions featured a section entitled ‘Visual Communication’ featuring design critiques written by Ferran Cartes. Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, José Miguel Abad and Roman Gubern were also among the regular contributors.
The magazine was designed by Enric Satué (with collaboration in some editions from Claret Serrahima) and employed technical features rarely seen in similar publications such as changes of paper according to content and notch binding. Design of the interiors also featured a wide range of techniques. Casamajó Graphic Arts was responsible for printing the magazine, and were themselves a well known printer among designers of the period.
Each edition of CAU was dedicated to a single theme, among them “la progressive music” (nº 11, Jan – Feb 1972), “Architecture of the auteur” (nº 8, Jul – Aug 1971), “The emmigration” (nº 12, Mar – Apr 1972) and “Inundations” (nº 18, marzo-abril 1973).
Issue No. 9, published in 1971 under the title “Graphic Design I love you”, has become an iconic publication within the history of Spanish graphic design, featuring an extensive review of the state of design at the time with a range of critiques and analysis by well known professionals of the moment who would feature prominently in the panorama of design in the future.