Communication breakdown: architects’ gatherings in Barcelona to strengthen proffesional discourse

The local’s architects association is organizing five gatherings every Thursday, once a fortnight, which will be made up of five different teams of local architects. Focusing on their work as a background for a wider discourse on contemporary local architecture, the meetings are open to the public.

 

Scaffold House, Bosch-Capdeferro 2014 © José Hevia

Scaffold House, Bosch-Capdeferro 2014 © José Hevia

 

Arquitectes per l’Arquitectura, a local architect’s association in Barcelona, is organizing a series of social gatherings with young architects from different areas of expertise, all of which have developed their work over the last years during the economic crisis.

Each of the gatherings will be made up of five different teams of local architects, focusing on their work as a background for a wider discourse on contemporary local architecture and the apparent lack of communication between professionals.

Held on Thursdays, once a fortnight, the meetings are open to the public.

 

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“Walking the city”, a different take on architecture and urban planning in Barcelona

Halfway between a tour-guide and a compilation of essays on the renowned mediterranean metropolis, the book will be presented on April 21. It is the result of an experimental -and very succesful- teaching programme in UPC’s ETSAB, in which the city is taken as a raw material to study architecture, urban planning, sociology or history.

 

Walking the city. Barcelona as an urban experience © Publicacions Universitat Barcelona

Walking the city. Barcelona as an urban experience © Publicacions Universitat Barcelona

 

On April 21, a new book about Barcelona will be presented. A crossover between a tour-guide and a compilation of essays on the renowned mediterranean metropolis, “Walking the city. Barcelona as an urban experience” is an attempt to collect the lessons learned during the many experiences and events carried out by the teachers and students in ETSAB, the city’s public architecture school.

The book is the result of an experimental -and very succesful- teaching programme in UPC’s ETSAB, in which the city is taken as a raw material to study architecture, urban planning, sociology or history. Using the streets as a classroom, the courses over the last years have taken place through a series of city tours in which the students could experience the teachings themselves and experiment with the city around them.

The book, edited by Estanislau Roca, Inés Aquilué and Renata Gomes, will be presented in the auditorium of the Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB) by none other than Oriol Bohigas, Itziar González, Lluís Permanyer and Anna Ramos. The authors of the articles featured in the book will also be present.

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Smart cities? This spring, Madrid is keeping a close watch on Big Data

Through exhibitions, lectures, workshops, debates, datatones and guided tours many different topics will be discussed, such as information visualization, data mining, collective mapping and collaborative data collection, the policies of information access and reuse, the practices of institutional and government transparency, data security and online privacy.

 

Pertes de l’armée française dans la Campagne de Russie,  Charles Joseph Minard. 1869

Pertes de l’armée française dans la Campagne de Russie, Charles Joseph Minard. 1869

 

This spring Madrid becomes the city of Big Data, bringing together different organizations and initiatives in a program of activities that explores the creative, social and political practices related to data. The centre of Madrid will host two exhibitions, among other activities related to Big Data: BIG BANG DATA , housed in the Espacio Fundación Telefónica, and OJO al DATA, a series of events and activities related to the exhibition to be held simultaneously in Medialab Prado.

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Les Aigues Library, a respectful renovation of a former urban water deposit in Barcelona.

The project, commisioned to architects Clotet and Paricio, uses prefabricated elements to locate rich and diverse spaces and reading areas along the 65meter-long vaulted structure. Originally built in 1874, the building is a roman-like construction with 12meter-high brickwork vaults.

 

Les Aigues Library, by Clotet+Aparicio © Simon García

Les Aigues Library, by Clotet+Aparicio © Simon García

 

Since 1999, the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona has had a new library, set up in a forgotten nineteenth-century water tank located in the heart of the city. The project, commisioned to architects Clotet and Paricio, uses prefabricated elements to locate rich and diverse spaces and reading areas along the 65meter-long vaulted structure. Originally built in 1874, the building is a roman-like construction with 12meter-high brickwork vaults.

 

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“Chillida, between the shapes”, a comprehensive exhibition in Roca Barcelona Gallery

The exhibition attempts to show the Spanish artist’s body of work through an organized collection of different scale artpieces, manuscripts and photographs.

 

Lurra 17 (1978), baked clay sculpture.

Lurra 17 (1978), baked clay sculpture.

 

The work of Eduardo Chillida (1924 – 2002), the internationally acclaimed Spanish artist, will be on display in Roca Barcelona Gallery from 21 January to 2 May 2015.  The exhibition showcases an assortment of different artpiececes and projects, personal manuscripts, small-scale sculptures and photographs in a more personal approach to the Spanish artist, who called himself “architect of the void”.

 

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