“Concéntrico 04” International Architecture and Design Festival

Concéntrico 04 is the fourth edition of Logroño’s International Festival of Architecture and Design, a reflection on the urban environment and the city. The Festival invites you to explore the city through installations, exhibitions, discussions, activities and performances, creating a connection between places, squares, streets, terraces and hidden spaces that usually go unnoticed.

 

"Amanita muscaria" information pavilion, Patricia Ramos Mateos, Miriam Alonso Barrio and Paula Mena Albarrán © Concéntrico

“Amanita muscaria” information pavilion, Patricia Ramos Mateos, Miriam Alonso Barrio and Paula Mena Albarrán © Concéntrico

 

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. (more…)

“Hispania Nostra: Revisiting Spanish Heritage in Europe” at COAM

The exhibition is presented as a walkthrough of Hispania Nostra’s (Spanish association for the defense of natural and cultural heritage) work, celebrating the awards that Spain has received from Europe during the last four decades.

 

La Olmeda Roman House. Paredes Pedrosa Arq. © Hispania Nostra

La Olmeda Roman House. Paredes Pedrosa Arch. © Hispania Nostra

 

The exhibition showcases 191 spanish projects regarding the country’s Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites that have received any of the Europa Nostra Awards in the last 40 years.

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“BICs of the twentieth century” at LASEDE COAM Madrid

Madrid architecture from the second half of the twentieth century is not yet officially recognized in the Spanish heritage register. Until August 31st you can enjoy at the headquarters of the COAM (Official College of Architects of Madrid) the exhibition “BICs of the twentieth century”.

 

Colegio Maravillas Gymnasium. Alejandro de la Sota © "BICs of the twentieth century" COAM

Colegio Maravillas Gymnasium. Alejandro de la Sota © “BICs of the twentieth century” COAM

 

The exhibition is a sample that includes the most important twentieth century buildings in Madrid which,  either because their temporary proximity or programmatic modesty, have not been recognized as BIC (Well of Cultural Interest). This exhibition was created with the aim of supporting the efforts from the COAM which is underway to request the addition of 20 buildings as BIC and 150 sets as BIP (Heritage Resource). Thus, it is intended that society gives more importance to these works thaty, usually,  go unnoticed and so the locals discover and value the role of architects in designing the landscape of the city of last 60 years. (more…)

One building, how many lives? Exhibition in Paris: transformation as an act of creation

The exhibition focuses on an inherent issue of urban development: to reuse, in order to open the way for an urban revival. The concept of recycling as a way to stimulate a new approach on building cities.

 

Le Frac Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Dunkerque, 2009-2013, Lacaton & Vassal architectes © Philippe Ruault

Le Frac Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Dunkerque, 2009-2013, Lacaton & Vassal architectes © Philippe Ruault

 

Cité de l’rchitecture & du patrimoine in Paris is hosting an exhibition on an interesting discussion over architectural heritage and the concept of reuse and recylcing in urban terms. From the 17th of December 2014 to the 28th of September 2015, the Galerie d’architecture moderne will be showing a selection of 72 projects in France and abroad in order to set some examples of heritage-conscious urban renewal addressed from very different point of views.

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“Industrial Topographies: the architecture of conversion” in Prague

The ehxibition responds to a sensitive, important and often discussed issue today – the new use of industrial buildings.

Organized in partnership with the Research Centre for Industrial Heritage FACTU in Prague, led by Benjamin Fragner, the exhibition follows a series of events, meetings and activities organized on the occasion of the Biennale of Industrial Heritage.

A comprehensive selection of over 30 examples of the new use of abandoned industrial buildings and sites will be presented in detail in the exhibition panels showing its historical and current situation, as well as an interactive map and examples from other countries. The exhibition will also be followed by a series of lectures and screenings. A reduced Czech-English version will also be available.

The project responds to a sensitive, important and often discussed issue today – the use of industrial buildings and their relationship not only to architecture professionals, but also to the general public.

The exhibition will take place at the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery in Prague, and it will be open until January 2nd 2015.

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