“Auto-matic” generative drawing at Arts Santa Monica in Barcelona

July 28, 2018

An exhibition that addresses the limits and potentials of generative drawing, emerging from data through mathematical and mechanical operations; raising questions on automation, reproducibility, and the role of the arbitrary or accidents as sources of creative experimentation.

machine 3 - plan view © Machinic Protocols - IAAC © photo. Xavier González

machine 3 – plan view © Machinic Protocols – IAAC © photo. Xavier González

In a time where society and culture are undergoing radical shifts, and due to the inevitable advancement of technology and its forceful intrusion within our lives, this research uses drawing, a creative practice known to all as a tool to explore and understand questions that can be intimidating to some, and exciting to others: What is the status of our relationship to technology today, and how can it enrich our practices, beyond optimization and efficiency? In a process involving both humans and machines, what are the limits of their respective roles? (more…)

“Clotet_Tusquets 1960-1980″ at COAC Barcelona

March 8, 2018

The exhibition takes a tour through the field of building and urban planning, making the leap to furniture and audiovisual, one of the most outstanding pieces being the film “Miró, Otro”. It is an action recorded by Pere Portabella that shows the participation of the architects in the exhibition of the end of the 60s on the work of the Catalan painter.

 

Vittoria House, Oscar Tusquets © Oscar Tusquets

Vittoria House, Oscar Tusquets © Oscar Tusquets

 

The College of Architects of Catalonia has inaugurated the exhibition “Clotet_Tusquets 1960-1980″, which covers the twenty-year architectural career of Lluís Clotet and Òscar Tusquets. The exhibition will collect a wide selection of drawings, documents, photographs and objects that the couple of architects has been creating over these two decades of joint work, and will be available until April 7. (more…)

“After the End of the World” exhibition at CCCB

November 7, 2017

After the End of the World is an exhibition about the Earth of 2017 irreversibly transformed into the Anthropoceneplanet after two centuries of human impact on natural systems. But it is also an exhibition about how we will reach the world of the latter half of the 21st century, and about our society’s responsibility to the generations who will be born and grow up in it.

 

Aerocene © Tomás Saraceno Studio

Aerocene © Tomás Saraceno Studio

 

In the coming decades, humankind will face one of the most complex challenges it has had to address in its history. In the second half of the 21st century, we will have to stop emitting CO2 into the atmosphere forever. After the End of the World is a spatial essay on the present and future of climate crisis: a journey  to the landscapes of the Anthropocene planet; and a conversation with the humans and non-humans of the year 2100. (more…)

“Forensic Architecture. Towards an Investigative Aesthetics” at MACBA Barcelona

April 29, 2017

An exhibition that challenges us to consider how contemporary artistic practices and digital technologies can be geared up to engage the reality of post-truth. It shows the work of Forensic Architecture, a research group formed by artists, architects, lawyers, activists and theorists.

 

"Forensic Architecture. Towards an Investigative Aesthetics", Exhibition views © Miquel Coll

“Forensic Architecture. Towards an Investigative Aesthetics”, Exhibition views © Miquel Coll

 

The exhibition  is supported by the EU’s Culture Programme within the framework of L’Internationale, a museum network whose members will open exhibitions simultaneously. Inaugural events will be streamed live. Inaugural discussion between investigative judge Baltasar Garzón, his collaborator Manuel Vergara, former Middle East correspondent for TVE, Yolanda Álvarez,and Eyal Weizman and Rosario Güiraldes (FA) on the use of evidence, activism, the law and politics in the so-called age of post-truth. (more…)

The Cities Connection Project at Architekturforum Zürich

May 10, 2016

The third edition of the CCP connects Zurich and Barcelona with two architecture exhibitions: Import Zurich. Cooperative housing: New Ways of Inhabiting (celebrated at COAC on October 2015) and Export BARCELONA. Social Housing in Urban Context, at Architekturforum Zürich during May 2016.

 

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Torre Júlia. Arch. Ricard Galiana, Sergi Pons, Pau Vidal © Adrià Goula

 

The Cities Connection Project (CCP) is a connector between cities and their architecture, created by architects Nicola Regusci and Xavier Bustos, with the aim of generating synergies between architects, cultural agents, governments and universities among European cities. Swiss city of Zurich, with its strong tradition of new models of cooperative housing, and Barcelona have been chosen for this year’s event.

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“Grafting Architecture” at Fabra i Coats Barcelona: blending new and existing

August 6, 2015

The guiding thread of the proposal is the description of the different projects through the architectural PROCESS and the subsequent PERCEPTION of the resulting building. These projects are understood on their own, through their uniqueness, and not as architecture that forms part of a movement.

 

Grafting Architecture exhibition © Fabra i Coats -Centre d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona

Grafting Architecture exhibition © Fabra i Coats -Centre d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona

 

The starting point for Grafting Architecture is the restoration of Casa Bofarull (1913-1933), one of the key works of Josep Maria Jujol (1879-1949). In this Tarragonan architect’s way of working we can identify an attitude that can be traced through many projects built in the last century, one which is based on an intensive dialogue with preexisting features (physical or otherwise) that enable a project including and blending new and existing elements to be developed, just as cuttings are grafted to a tree. (more…)

Restoration of the market of El Ninot in Barcelona, by Mateo Arquitectura

July 30, 2015

The market, built in 1928, keeps its original metal-truss roof structure with the addition of a new metal-slatted façade, allowing for a bright and light interior.

 

El Ninot market restoration, by Mateo Arquitectura, 2015. Photo © Adrià Goula

El Ninot market restoration, by Mateo Arquitectura, 2015. Photo © Adrià Goula

 

On the 19th of May, the city of Barcelona finally inaugurated the market of El Ninot, a restoration of a modernist market of the 1920’s carried out by local architect Josep Lluís Mateo. Originally built in 1928 at the heart of the city’s famous Eixample district, the building remained closed since 2009, when the construction and restoration works began. (more…)

“Species of Spaces”, an architectural take on Georges Perec starting this weekend at MACBA

July 16, 2015

The exhibition, which takes its title from the eponymous book by Georges Perec, brings together works by 40 artists transforming the Museum’s galleries to reflect on private space and the public sphere.

 

Lois Patiño Estratos de la Imagen, 2015 Still vídeo Cortesia de l’artista

Lois Patiño, Estratos de la Imagen, 2015. Still vídeo. Cortesia de l’artista

 

The Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona – MACBA, presents Species of Spaces, an exhibition that adopts the appearance of a fragmented building recreating the spatial typologies that the writer Georges Perec (Paris, 1936 – Ivry-sur-Seine, 1982) inventoried in his eponymous book.

Half way between novel and essay, this 1974 publication invites us to reflect on the course of life by wandering from one space to another, from the most private to the public sphere. Frederic Montornés, curator of the exhibition, has freely interpreted the work by the French author and used it as an instruction manual for the construction of the exhibition.

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Alvar Aalto retrospective at CaixaForum Barcelona

June 10, 2015

The exhibition includes Aalto’s most iconic buildings and designs, but also lesser-known projects that remained on paper, as well as Armin Linke’s new photographs and footage on the architect’s work.

 

Maison Louis Carré, Bazoches-sur-Guyonne, France, Alvar Aalto, 1956-1959, 1961-1963 © Armin Linke, 2014. Gentilesa de la Galleria Pescamara, Pescara

Maison Louis Carré, Bazoches-sur-Guyonne, France, Alvar Aalto, 1956-1959, 1961-1963 © Armin Linke, 2014. Courtesy of Galleria Pescamara, Pescara

 

The ”la Caixa” Foundation, together with the Vitra Design Museum (Weil am Rhein, Germany) and the Alvar Aalto Museum (Jyväskylä, Finland), presents the exhibition Alvar Aalto 1898-1976. Organic Architecture, Art and Design, a major retrospective of this legendary architect that takes a new look at his work and analyses how Aalto’s affinity for organic form was mediated by his close dialogue with many artists of his time, illustrated by a total of 350 exhibits, among them models, furniture, lamps, original drawings, period photographs and new images produced by Armin Linke.

A new section of the exhibition has been added for its tour of Spain, detailing Aalto’s visits to our country in 1951. The exhibition will be open until August 23, 2015.

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“Piso Piloto. Medellín-Barcelona” housing and public space at CCCB Barcelona

June 6, 2015

The Mayor’s Office of Medellín and Barcelona City Council, in association with the Museo de Antioquia and the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), present the exhibition Piso Piloto. Medellín-Barcelona, which both cities will be hosting from June to October 2015 in an attempt to foster the exchange of experiences and knowledge.

 

Project: Cooperativa en cessió d’ús a Can Batlló Authors: Cooperativa La Borda, Plataforma Recuperem Can Batlló, Ajuntament de Barcelona © Cristina Gamboa / La Borda

Project: Cooperativa en cessió d’ús a Can Batlló Authors: Cooperativa La Borda, Plataforma Recuperem Can Batlló, Ajuntament de Barcelona © Cristina Gamboa / La Borda

 

A PROJECT THAT REFLECTS ON HOUSING

The aim of the exhibition is to encourage debate and present a series of proposals that will help provide an answer to the most important problems facing both cities with regard to housing and its relationship with public space. These proposals could be extrapolated to other cities in the world. (more…)