Each installation is created by a team of architects and/or designers who make proposals, experiment and explore new fields of design with their environment, thereby establishing a dialogue between heritage and contemporary architecture, which seeks to activate citizens’ reflection on these spaces. Multiple different suggested routes for an unconventional look at the city, to awaken the desire to reclaim the joy of spaces, of the city.
Concéntrico 04 International Architecture and Design Festival
27 April – 1 May 2018
Information Pavilion at Plaza de Escuelas Trevijano, Logroño
Since 2015, Concéntrico has been organised by the La Rioja Cultural Foundation of Architects and Javier Peña Ibáñez, creator of the initiative, in collaboration with the City of Logroño and the La Rioja Government Centre of Design. Garnica, Bodegas LAN and Acción Cultural Española are the main partners.
This year there are 14 design and architecture teams from Spain and abroad (Germany, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, France, Italy and Argentina) who have worked to design their interventions in response to each of the proposed locations: Plastique Fantastique (Berlin), AA Architectural Association Interprofessional Studio (London), Jorge Penadés (Málaga), David Bestué (Barcelona), Davide Marchetti (Rome), Collectif Parenthèse (Paris), Mjölk (Prague), Blurarquitectura (Logroño), Jairo Rodríguez (Burgos), Sebastián Andrés Podestá and Lucas Seré Pletzer (Buenos Aires), Fernando Cruzado, Julia Díaz, F. Javier Fernández and Ane Villaverde (Andalucía and Basque Country) and Miriam Alonso, Patricia Ramos and Paula Mena (Madrid). New this year, the San Sebastian School of Architecture is taking part as an invited school of the festival.
The latest edition of the festival brings together installations created by 14national and international teams, experimenting with new fields of environmental design. This establishes a dialogue between the city, its heritage, and contemporary architecture, enabling citizens to reflect on all these areas.
The exhibition and activities broaden the focus to new international contexts,such as Czech architect Martin Rajniš, who is exhibiting his work specialisingin wood constructions, and Migrant Garden, a reflection on the processes of migration through small architectures, among others.
Rounding out this field are the Discussions on curating, research and teaching, that will encourage learning and cross-disciplinary conversation about some of the most prestigious happenings in architecture, design and the city, which are currently being held in countries such as Portugal, France, Poland and Chile.
The participation of the La Rioja School of Design, the associate school of the festival, includes the exhibition I’m design, the project Places in the Garden at their own location, the conference with Angélica Barco and the workshop with Caniche, the publishers who will also be present in the Santos Ochoa bookstore along with Ediciones Rua, who will attend the festival from a literary perspective as part of Editors in the City.
The goal of Concéntrico is to open up these symbolic places and reinterpret them through the different architecture and design teams and their interventions, with a specific project for each location. By doing so, we seek to reveal the intimate relationship that exists between contemporary architecture and its capacity to transform the lives of people.
Urban installations curated by:
Miriam Alonso, Patricia Ramos y Paula Mena, Madrid Plaza Escuelas Trevijano
Plastique Fantastique, Berlín Edificio Instituto Estudios Riojanos IER
Architectural Association Interprofessional Studio, Londres Calado de San Gregorio, performance up to Plaza del Mercado
Davide Marchetti, Roma Plaza de la Muralla del Revellín
Jorge Penadés, Málaga Courtyard Biblioteca de La Rioja
Mjölk, Praga Plaza de Santa Ana
David Bestué, Barcelona Courtyard of the Cloister of Santa Maria de Palacio
Collectif Parenthèse, París Courtyard of the Cloister of Santa Maria de Palacio
Blurarquitectura, Logroño Around the Church of Santiago
Sebastián Andrés Podestá y Lucas Seré Pletzer, Buenos Aires Plaza de San Bartolomé
Fernando Cruzado, Julia Díaz, F. Javier Fernández y Ane Villaverde, Andalucía y País Vasco Viña Lanciano de Bodegas LAN
Jairo Rodríguez, Burgos Courtyard of the Municipal Pilgrims Hostel
Escuela Superior de Diseño de La Rioja, associate school Jardines de la Escuela Superior de Diseño de La Rioja
Escuela de Arquitectura de San Sebastián, invited school Patio de Casa Farias – Cáritas