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.
The CCCB and the Museo de Antioquia are becoming test beds to promote more sustainable and inclusive cities where rights to housing and the city will be fulfilled
As a driving force behind the European Prize for Public Space , the CCCB has long-standing experience in research into building the city. With Piso Piloto. Medellín-Barcelona, it seeks to lead a debate about the subject of housing, based on the premise that the right to housing is a matter of collective rather than individual responsibility.
The exhibition structure, designed by a team of curators comprising the architects Guillen Augé, Josep Bohigas, David Bravo, Alex Giménez, Anna Vergés and the curator from the Museo de Antioquia, Nydia Gutiérrez, is based on the sequence and exploration of three variables:
- The housing problem
Spaces presenting the main themes concerning housing that cities are currently facing.
- Housing as a solution
Exhibition spaces showcasing the best responses to each theme by the agents, people or groups who have made important contributions to addressing the subject of housing from the academic, administrative and artistic spheres as well as through activism.
- Reform, coexist, cooperate
The concluding space.
1.- THE HOUSING PROBLEM
This first section seeks to highlight the different problems and opportunities to be tackled around housing through a selection of the most revealing data that highlight reflection on different scales, comparing the situations of the two cities featured in the exhibition –Barcelona and Medellín – in an international context.
The exhibition opens with an audiovisual piece by Benet Román that discusses the similarities between both cities, their long-standing cooperation and acknowledged transformation through a clear and courageous commitment to public space. The piece ends by looking at the new challenges they will be facing from now on.
There will be 17 challenges on display in the form of an installation made up of 17 doors. Each door displays the data about the subject in question, in Medellín and Barcelona and, in some cases, other geographical areas. On each of the doors you can listen to key excerpts from the interviews with experts who reflect on some of the details presented. Among the themes, we highlight «Empty flats», «Evictions» and «Energy Poverty».
2.- HOUSING AS A SOLUTION
This space groups together the pilot schemes created by agents who have made important contributions to tackling the problem of housing from different areas, some of them opposed. These include academic research groups, local government agencies and initiatives driven by civil society, most of them in Medellín and Barcelona, but from other cities too. Their different solutions are not hegemonic but are particularly valuable insofar as they have been put into practice and their viability has been proven.
The exhibition at the CCCB includes 44 experimental projects, 11 of them from Medellín. This means that the exhibition in Medellín will show 12 proposals from Barcelona devised by local teams.
Many teams and organisations have been involved in the 44 projects featured in Piso Piloto. Medellín-Barcelona. These include Arquitectes de Capçalera, the Plataforma d’Afectats per la Hipoteca (PAH), the cooperatives Sostre Cívic and Can Batlló, as well as Santiago Cirujeda, Teddy Cruz, Eric Bunge (New York), Eva Franch (New York) – the director of the gallery Storefront for Art and Architecture – and Juan Herreros.
3.- REFORM, COEXSIST, COOPERATE
A space where an audiovisual montage will be screened which seeks to summarise the possible solutions to the housing problem which centre on the concept of reform, coexistence and cooperation. It features interviews with experts from a number of disciplines, including Carme Trilla, Albert Sorolla, Germà Bel, Antón Costas, Gal·la Pin, Vanesa Valiño, Beth Galí, Xavier Monteys, Josep Parcerisa, Santiago Cirujeda.
Piso Piloto. Medellín-Barcelona also features four art installations by the Columbian artists Adrián Gaitán and Angélica Teuta, and the Spanish artists Andrés Jaque and Alicia Kopf.
Curators: Guillen Augé, Josep Bohigas, David Bravo, Alex Giménez, Anna Vergés and Nydia Gutiérrez (curator from the Museo de Antioquia, Medellín)
Dates. CCCB Barcelona: 4/5 to 25/10 2015
Museo de Antioquia: 24/6 to 20/9 2015
Opening times (CCCB)
Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 8pm. Closed Monday, except public holidays
In Catalan: Sunday at 11.30am / In Spanish: Saturday at 11.30am
Price: 6 €
Reduced admission: 4 € for senior citizens, under 25s, large families, single-parent families and group visits (15 people minimum), and for everyone on Wednesdays.
Free admission for under 16s, Friends of the CCCB, retirees holding the Targeta Rosa (Over 60s’ card), unwaged, holders of the teacher’s card issued by the Catalan Government, and on Sunday from 3pm to 8pm.
ACTIVITIES AT THE CCCB
PRESENTATON OF THE FINAL PROJECTS FROM THE BARCELONA SCHOOLS OF ARCHITECTURE AND 20×20 powered by PechaKucha
Date: June 2015
Presentation and debate based on the final projects by students from the city’s five schools of architecture, involving more than 350 students. Exhibition of the models of the projects and presentation of the conclusions by the students who have worked in groups on the subject of housing throughout the year.
In the afternoon there will be a 20X20 powered by PechaKucha event. This format will provide an exhibition space and a place for the exchange of ideas based on the presentation of 15 projects associated with the exhibition that will explain in 20 seconds the 20 most representative images of each project. This event will be curated by Òscar Guayabero.
THE DECENT CITY. INTERNATIONAL DEBATES IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH COUNCIL (NYC)
Dates: 2nd to 4th July
As part of the seminars held behind closed doors by the Social Science for Research Council (NYC), one of the world’s foremost social science research bodies, some of those attending, including Richard Sennet, Teresa P. Caldeira, Ricky Burdett and Ira Katznelson, will give lectures open to the public in Barcelona.
ARQUITECTES DE CAPÇALERA – ETSAB-CCCB SUMMER WORKSHOPS
Dates: 21st June to 31st July
The Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB) summer workshop moves to the CCCB’s Espai Beta and will be associated with the Arquitectes de Capçalera project featured in the exhibition. The workshops will be directed by students from the different faculties (architecture, anthropology, sociology) run by ETSAB. They will be held behind closed doors at the exhibition’s Espai Beta and will be based on refurbishment projects for housing in the Raval district which will have been presented at the Technical Office in the CCCB’s Pati de les Dones between 5th and 15th June.
The conclusions and final projects will be presented to the residents’ associations concerned at a final event with the students who have devised the different projects and the technicians from the district who have supervised them.
News source: CCCB