Archinect - News 2017-08-19T16:59:04-04:00 The latest in additive and advance manufacturing at Barcelona Industry Week Sponsor 2017-05-09T00:30:00-04:00 >2017-05-05T19:50:37-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="428" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=";oe=597E6113"></a><p><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IN(3D)USTRY.</a></strong></em></p><p>The first edition of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IN(3D)USTRY: From Needs to Solutions</a> was held in 2016&mdash;an exclusive 3-day event that brought together the most advance additive manufacturing solutions in key sectors such as healthcare, automotive &amp; aeronautics, retail and architecture.</p><p>More than 3000 visitors attended IN(3D)USTRY 2016, an event featuring more than 100 important speakers and more than 40 companies from 20 different countries. Companies such as HP or Renishaw exhibited new Additive manufacturing technologies that aim to revolutionize the industry by providing a faster and more economical solution with increased freedom of creation, compared to other traditional methods.</p><p>In the last edition, speakers from architecture studios and the world leading laaC (the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia) discussed how to change the way large structures are built and how these new approaches will open paradigm-changing scenarios full of opportunities and f...</p> Get Lectured: UIC Barcelona, Foros 2017 Justine Testado 2017-02-02T14:22:00-05:00 >2017-02-08T22:24:32-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="919" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter &amp; Spring 2017</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;is back in session for Winter and Spring 2017.&nbsp;<em>Get Lectured</em>&nbsp;is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss. Mark those calendars!</p><p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;</em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></strong></p><p>On February 6, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UIC Barcelona School of Architecture</a> will launch its 2017 Foros Lecture Series,&nbsp;&ldquo;The Agency of Architecture&rdquo;,&nbsp;as&nbsp;part of their 20th anniversary celebration. Directed by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dpr-barcelona</a> co-founder&nbsp;Ethel Baraona, the series&nbsp;seeks &ldquo;to give voice to practices that constantly strive to enrich, alter or call into question that which we believe the agency of architecture should be in our own environment&rdquo;.</p><p><strong>Feb 6</strong><br>Ines Weizman / Professor of Architectural Theory + Director of the Institute ...</p> IN(3D)USTRY - The Show Sponsor 2016-09-29T03:00:00-04:00 >2016-09-29T12:09:00-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src=""></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IN(3D)USTRY From Needs to Solutions</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>The first edition of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IN(3D)USTRY From Needs to Solutions</a>, which took place from June 21st to June 23rd 2016 at Fira de Barcelona, successfully introduced an entirely new concept for exploring the possibilities offered by additive manufacturing and 3D printing across four key industrial sectors.</p><p>The event showcased both the present of additive manufacturing, as well as its promising future, by focusing on the challenges 3D printing presents, and offering innovative, pioneering, and state-of-the-art solutions to manufacturers&rsquo; specific needs.</p><p>Over the three-day event, prominent international speakers took to the stage to describe their experiences with additive manufacturing in the four most important vertical sectors: Aerospace &amp; Automotive, Healthcare, Architecture &amp; Habitat, and Consumer &amp; Retail Goods.</p><p>This unique approach stimulated participants to explore the many different solutions already offered by additive man...</p> How to retake a city from the wealthy elite: a guide by Barcelona en Comú Nicholas Korody 2016-06-22T12:54:00-04:00 >2016-06-29T22:01:26-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="924" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In May 2015, the citizen platform Barcelona en Com&uacute; (Barcelona in Common) catapulted Ada Colau into power as the city&rsquo;s first female mayor. Ten months earlier, the group didn&rsquo;t even exist. With no money and little experience, just how did they wrest the city from the entrenched political caste that had been running it for the past 40 years? Not surprisingly, Barcelona en Com&uacute; has since been inundated with requests for an answer...</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"In response, the group produced a step-by-step explanation &ndash; How to Win Back the City en Com&uacute;"</em></p><p>Barcelona en Com&uacute; is a citizen platform launched in 2014 that is the minority government in power right now in Barcelona. Many of its members participated in the 15M movement and come from political organizing backgrounds, and the organization has ties to Podemos.</p><p>The full title of the guide, which is available as a pdf <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>, is&nbsp;<em>How to win back the city en com&uacute;: guide to building a citizen municipal platform</em>.&nbsp;</p><p>"For us, 'winning back the city' is about much&nbsp;more than winning the local elections," they write. "It means&nbsp;putting a new, transparent and participatory&nbsp;model of local government, which is under citizen&nbsp;control, into practice."</p><p>The guide describes how to create such a platform, from pre-launch organization to winning an election. It explicates financing models and electoral structuring.</p><p>A scant 10 pages, the guide is accessible and well-designed. Spain has recently witnessed a bit of a ...</p> Barcelona's bold new plan to get cars off the road Nicholas Korody 2016-05-18T13:09:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:48:43-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the latest attempt from a big city to move away from car hegemony, Barcelona has ambitious plans. Currently faced with excessive pollution and noise levels, the city has come up with a new mobility plan to reduce traffic by 21%. And it comes with something extra: freeing up nearly 60% of streets currently used by cars to turn them into so-called &ldquo;citizen spaces&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The plan is based around the idea of superilles (superblocks) &ndash; mini neighbourhoods around which traffic will flow, and in which spaces will be repurposed to &ldquo;fill our city with life&rdquo;, as its tagline says."</em></p><p>A precedent for Barcelona's superblocks was actually instituted in the city back in the late 19th century when Ildefons Cerd&agrave; planned Eixample, a district intended to free up the crowded medieval neighborhoods of the old city. With their famous beveled corners, Cerd&agrave;'s large residential blocks were intended to serve as lungs for the city, with interior courtyards to provide greenery on a regular and frequent basis.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>But urban development laid waste to Cerd&agrave;'s carefully-laid plans. Today, the city loses about 3,500 citizens each year to air pollution.</p><p>The bold new plan comprises a series of interventions to create "superblocks" from nine of Cerd&agrave;'s smaller blocks. The initiative starts with restricting vehicular traffic to primarily the perimeter streets.</p><p>City officials hope that by i...</p> Get Lectured: UIC Barcelona, Foros 2016 Justine Testado 2016-01-18T14:49:00-05:00 >2016-01-19T00:53:26-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="919" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2016</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;is back in session.&nbsp;<em>Get Lectured</em>&nbsp;is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;</em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></strong></p><p>Our next featured poster comes from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UIC Barcelona School of Architecture</a> with their 2016 Foros lecture series: "Origin." Returning for its 11th cycle, the 2016 cycle "invites reflection on the origins of ideas, something that can be invisible and hard to describe but often capable of changing circumstances."</p><p>Lectures take place at 7:00 p.m. on campus.</p><p><strong>Feb 1</strong><br>Christoph H&ouml;lscher &amp; Victor Schinazi / Directors of Cognitive Science - ETH Zurich&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Feb 15</strong><br>Luis Mart&iacute;nez Santa-Mar&iacute;a</p><p><strong>Feb 29</strong><br>Arquitectura-G</p><p><strong>March 14</strong><br>Harquitectes</p><p><strong>April 18</strong><br>Baukuh</p><p><strong>April 25 </strong><br>Pascal Flamme...</p> Barcelona plans shakedown scheme against unlicensed Airbnb apartments to curb tourism boom Justine Testado 2015-08-19T15:07:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T22:32:23-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>People caught running unlicensed apartments through websites will be offered the chance to have 80% of their fine canceled if they allow the city council to use the apartment as social accommodation for three years...When the three years are up the landlord [can] either pay off the fine through his or her own funds and reclaim possession of the apartment or continue offering the property as social accommodation until the council receives the equivalent of full payment of the fine.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Airbnb now open for business in Cuba, despite anemic internet access" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb now open for business in Cuba, despite anemic internet access</a></p><p><a title="Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says</a></p><p><a title="Monterey Park City Council adopts tougher penalties for landlords of illegal boarding homes" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Monterey Park City Council adopts tougher penalties for landlords of illegal boarding homes</a></p><p><a title="Airbnb celebrates London's Deregulation Act with floating house on River Thames" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb celebrates London's Deregulation Act with floating house on River Thames</a></p><p><a title="Archinect's Lexicon: &quot;Dark Tourism&quot;" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Lexicon: "Dark Tourism"</a></p> Get Lectured: Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Winter '15 Justine Testado 2015-02-19T15:56:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T17:35:31-05:00 <img src="" width="615" height="869" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter-Spring 2015</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a> is back in session! <em>Get Lectured</em> is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>The next featured poster comes from The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in Barcelona. Although their Winter series is almost done, they'll be back with more events in the Spring.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to </em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></p><p>Listed below are upcoming lectures only. Lectures take place at the IAAC Auditorium from 7:30-9 pm, unless noted. Free and open to the public.</p><p><em>Feb 19</em><br><strong>Alfredo Brillembourg</strong> / Urban Think-Tank + ETH-Zurich</p><p><em>Feb 26</em><br><strong>Alberto Diaspro</strong> / Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, advanced materials&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><em>Mar 3</em><br><strong>Rodolphe el-Khoury</strong> / Dean, University of Miami</p><p>Find videos of previous le...</p> Barcelona wins Grand Prize in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge for Europe Justine Testado 2014-09-23T21:32:00-04:00 >2016-12-01T18:18:52-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="485" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Michael Bloomberg's Bloomberg Philanthropies revealed the winners of its first European edition of the Mayors Challenge. More than 150 top cities from 28 European nations entered the competition, which asked participants to send their most innovative ideas that address Europe's timely pressing issues like unemployment, energy efficiency, obesity, aging, and improving government efficiency.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Barcelona took the Grand Prize for Innovation and &euro;5 million to help implement their proposal,&nbsp;<strong>Collaborative Care Networks for Better Aging,</strong> a digital and community "trust network" for each of its at-risk elderly residents.</p><p>Innovation prizes of &euro;1 million were also given to the following cities:</p><ul><li><strong>Athens, Greece</strong>: Synathina, a Public Platform for Engaged Citizens</li><li><strong>Kirklees, in Yorkshire, United Kingdom</strong>: Kirklees Shares</li><li><strong>Stockholm, Sweden</strong>:<strong> </strong>Biochar - for a Better City Ecosystem</li><li><strong>Warsaw, Poland</strong>: Virtual Warsaw - Urban Information System for the Visually Impaired</li></ul><p>In addition to prize money, each winning city will receive technical assistance, expert coaching, and a trophy specially designed by renowned artist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson</a>.</p><p>Michael Bloomberg congratulated Barcelona via a surprise phone call from Paris in the video below.</p><p>Learn more about the winning ideas on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> A New Concept for Shape-Shifting Architecture That Responds to Heat Alexander Walter 2014-09-09T13:42:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T16:28:57-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A project from three students at Barcelona&rsquo;s Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalunya continues that exploration by looking at how physical spaces could someday morph based on various environmental inputs. The project, Translated Geometries, tackles the idea by developing a new use for Shape Memory Polymers, a composite material that can deform and return to its original state when activated by cues like heat, humidity and light.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Wowza: Scale Maps of Barcelona and Atlanta Show the Waste of Sprawl Alexander Walter 2014-09-03T14:49:00-04:00 >2014-09-10T17:26:51-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="526" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Urban densities are not trivial, they severely limit the transport mode choice and change only very slowly. Because of the large differences in densities between Atlanta and Barcelona about the same length of metro line is accessible to 60% of the population in Barcelona but only 4% in Atlanta. The low density of Atlanta render this city improper for rail transit.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Barcelona Debates Turning an Abandoned Bullring into a Mosque Alexander Walter 2014-07-08T13:49:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T20:09:51-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One of Spain&rsquo;s largest bullrings could soon start an unlikely new life as a mosque. That might sound like a strange metamorphosis, but the city of Barcelona is currently considering plans suggested last month by the Emir of Qatar to convert Barcelona&rsquo;s Plaza Monumental into a place of prayer for up to 4,000 worshippers. [...] With a projected cost of &euro;2.2 billion, the Qataris are presumably planning something rather lavish for this already grand shell.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Ricardo Bofill’s “Time Space Existence” exhibition on La Fabrica for the 2014 Venice Biennale Justine Testado 2014-06-06T18:54:00-04:00 >2014-06-06T18:54:46-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Time Space Existence" tells the story behind La Fabrica, the well-known headquarters of Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura that is located in a repurposed cement factory in Barcelona...By reimagining La Fabrica in new locations -- particularly in Venice -- the exhibition serves as a case study that goes beyond the structure's physical presence and explores its timelessness throughout the last century.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As one of the many Collateral Events at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 Venice Biennale</a>, the exhibition opens to the public at The Palazzo Bembo starting June 7 through Nov. 23, 2014.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Check out more details on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Jose M. Ahedo wins the 2014 Wheelwright Prize Justine Testado 2014-05-21T21:07:00-04:00 >2014-05-28T20:01:37-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="373" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architect Jose M. Ahedo of Studio Ahedo from Barcelona was named as the 2014 recipient of the Wheelwright Prize. The competition pool started with nearly 200 applications from 46 countries and then to seven finalists who were announced in April. For its second year as an open international competition, the Harvard Graduate School of Design awards the $100,000 travel fellowship to an early-career architect whose proposal best conveys original, scholarly, and professional design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After a second stage of deliberation, the jury selected Ahedo and his proposal, "Domesticated Grounds: Design and Domesticity Within Animal Farming Systems", which focuses on the architectural and organizational models of animal farming.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"Noting that livestock is a significant cause of land degradation, greenhouse gas emissions, social friction, and problematic development worldwide, Ahedo proposes to research a wide range of practices, from industrial operations driven by 'techno-capitalist policies' to informal or vernacular farms that have grown out of traditions. 'These two distinct production modes coexist in both developed and developing countries,' Ahedo writes in his essay, observing that neither responds adequately to the innumerable environmental and social challenges related to animal farming today."</p><p>Read more on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Get Lectured: School of Architecture ESARQ-UIC, Spring '14 Justine Testado 2014-02-18T13:05:00-05:00 >2014-02-20T12:34:16-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="444" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2014</a></strong><br><br>Archinect's <em>Get Lectured</em> is up and running again for the Winter/Spring '14 term! As a refresher from our <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fall 2013 guide</a>, every week we'll feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current season. Be sure to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.<br><br>Since we've been receiving more submissions lately, we're gonna show off posters more often -- and so you can see what events are happening in architecture schools right now!</p><p>Our next poster comes from Barcelona's ESARQ School of Architecture at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, featuring their <em>Transformation</em> lecture series:<br><br>"When we talk about Transformations, we talk about the starting point, the beginning of the road back to what each person considers to be essential. The origin of these sessions aims to pin down our intentions to what is strictly necessary. It looks at the source of concepts and emotions that we know ...</p> Benedetta Tagliabue wins 2013 RIBA Jencks Award Justine Testado 2013-10-16T12:59:00-04:00 >2013-11-27T17:34:41-05:00 <img src="" width="530" height="486" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Benedetta Tagliabue, the head architect of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Miralles Tagliabue EMBT</a> in Barcelona, has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 RIBA Jencks Award. Architectural theorist and writer Charles Jencks of the judging panel made the announcement on Oct. 16. The Jencks Award is given every year to an individual who has recently made a major international contribution to both the theory and practice of architecture.</p> <p> Tagliabue will receive the award on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at the RIBA in London, where she will also give a public lecture, chaired by Charles Jencks. To purchase tickets for the event, click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.<br><br><strong>From the RIBA press release:</strong></p> <p> "Benedetta Tagliabue studied architecture at the Istituto di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV) and is now director of architecture firm Miralles Tagliabue EMBT, founded in 1994 in collaboration with Enric Miralles, and based in Barcelona and Shanghai. Benedetta&rsquo;s studio works in the fields of architecture, design of public spaces, rehabilitation, interior and ...</p> David Kohn Architects’ Carrer Avinyó awarded INSIDE World Interior of the Year 2013 Justine Testado 2013-10-08T17:24:00-04:00 >2013-10-10T21:01:32-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="653" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>David Kohn Architects won the World Interior of the Year 2013 title at the INSIDE: World Festival of Interiors awards ceremony in the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore on Oct. 4. The INSIDE festival occured within the same week of its parent event, the World Architecture Festival 2013. David Kohn Architects won the top interior design award for their refurbishing of the Carrer Aviny&oacute; apartment in Barcelona.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">INSIDE World Festival of Interiors 2013 - Award Category Winners</a></p> A 1-Minute Video Shows The Completion Of Gaudí's Sagrada Família Archinect 2013-09-30T20:47:00-04:00 >2013-09-30T20:47:44-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new video, released by the Sagrada Fam&iacute;lia Foundation, illustrates what some of those changes might look like. Combining helicopter footage with computer-animated renderings, the structure&rsquo;s final stages take shape before you eyes. Spires shoot up in succession, the central cupola rises into view, and the Glory facade--the church&rsquo;s principal entrance as outlined by Gaud&iacute;--materializes out of thin air.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 130 years later, modern software helps complete Gaudi's architectural masterpiece Archinect 2013-03-11T15:26:00-04:00 >2013-03-24T17:02:11-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Using advanced aeronautical design software, Mark Burry and other architects have been able to reverse engineer Gaudi's models from leftover shards. Today, Burry is among a group of architects leading construction on the church's central tower, which, when completed, will stand 566 feet above the ground, making it the tallest church on Earth. But the fact that they had to use 21st century software to realize a 19th century vision stands as testament to Gaudi's avant garde design language.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Domus visits Maio at their nice Barcelona studio Archinect 2012-12-10T13:50:00-05:00 >2012-12-12T18:17:55-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="405" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is divided into two sections. One of these, the working area, is dominated by its single central desk, which is 12,5 metres long, without any divisions or boundaries. This desk is shared by graphic designers, architects, data visualisation experts, video artists and anyone who the team can share experiences and collaborate with.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The architects have shared the following images and text about their project with us...</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The project, designed by architects Anna Puigjaner and Guillermo Lopez, members of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAIO </a>design team, involves the conversion of a space that formerly housed a washing place into an open studio for professionals from different fields of architecture and design.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The existing 40-meter long building was a continuous space, with variable sections and extremely poor lighting. Hence, the proposal focuses on the opening of a patio, literally conceived as an outer room, to improve the interior lighting. This outer room divides the 40 meters of the initial space into two areas. The front area is open to the street and left empty to accommodate activities related to the public, such as meetings, events, exhibitions ... - while the rear side houses a 12,5-meter long table and is intended as the main workspace.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The thickness and warmth of the three new, large windows opened in the patio has b...</p> Hip Cities That Think About How They Work Archinect 2011-11-23T11:46:07-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:31:02-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This survey is not based solely on quality of life, number of trees or the cost of a month&rsquo;s rent. Instead, we examine some cities that aim to be both smart and well managed, yet have an undeniably hip vibe. Our pick of cities that are, in a phrase, both great and good...</p></em><br /><br /><p> The NYT selects Auckland, Berlin, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Curitiba, Santiago, Shanghai and Vilnius as the hippest cities for young professionals.</p> Barcelona’s Cinematheque de Catalunya Completed Alexander Walter 2011-09-26T14:33:00-04:00 >2013-12-10T20:42:23-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mateo Arquitectura recently completed the new building for the Film Library of Catalonia in the Raval district of Barcelona. Designed by Josep Llu&iacute;s Mateo, the project won the first prize in a restricted competition in 2004 and houses archives, a library and cinema halls on a total area of 7,515 sqm (80,891 sqft).</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Gaudí's unfinished Sagrada Família does not need a completion date Alexander Walter 2011-09-23T14:30:24-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"My client is not in a hurry", Antoni Gaud&iacute; is said to have remarked when asked if he was concerned about the time it was taking to build the Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family in Barcelona. According to the Old Testament, Gaud&iacute;'s client was in much more of a hurry than his architect: he rushed to create the world in just six days, although even He needed a rest on the seventh.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Living Architecture in Europe Alexander Walter 2011-08-11T18:41:37-04:00 >2011-08-15T04:35:48-04:00 <img src="" width="553" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As Europe continues to battle economic and environmental gloom and doom, nations across the continent are re-evaluating how to build the cities of tomorrow with tight budgets and green mindsets. "We are at a key moment, where we as architects must become activists. We must innovate and help to find new solutions for how people can live well and do well," says Enric Ruiz-Geli, founding principal of Cloud9 architects in Barcelona.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> O’ Mighty Green Beatriz Ramo 2011-06-08T07:43:27-04:00 >2011-08-07T19:06:49-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="395" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> 0. Introduction<br> Sustainability currently shares many qualities with God; supreme concept, omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient; creator and judge, protector, and (...) saviour of the universe and the humanity. And, like God, it has millions of believers. Since we humans are relatively simpleminded and suspicious and need evidence before belief can become conviction, Green has come to represent sustainability; has become its incarnation in the human world. But sustainability, like God, might not have a form, nor a colour&hellip;</p> <p> 1. Emancipation<br> In a desperate attempt to give shape to an all-encompassing ideology the Green proves to work as the quickest and easiest representation of sustainability. The Green is the only symbol able to keep pace with today&rsquo;s lack of patience and hunger for images; a Lady Gaga-Sustainability: effective, noticeable, creative, sensationalist. In a persistent effort to become the allegory of Sustainability, Green has been emancipated as its caricature.</p> <p> ...</p> A Pompidou-style mall with a stunning view Nam Henderson 2011-06-03T14:12:13-04:00 >2011-06-07T12:15:44-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"It might have been easier to completely rebuild it," Rogers tells me. "It was a very weak structure with very thin walls. We had to shore the facade, then almost completely rebuild it inside. But the thing they insisted on, and I think they were proven right, was keeping the circular form, the historic form. It's not just a building &ndash; it's a piece of Barcelona."</p></em><br /><br /><p> Steve Rose reviews Las Arenas, Barcelona's former bullring and its newest shopping mall completed in March by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. He finds that the people of Barcelona are now flocking back to this once cherished second bullring.</p>