Fall 2018 in Barcelona Architecture Center BAC

Texas A&M University College of Architecture

Clemson University College of Architecture

Roger Williams University School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation

 

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BAC Spring 2018

The BAC Spring 2018 term has come to an end and we would like to thank our students from Clemson University, Roger Williams University and Texas A&M University, and studio professors Miquel Rodriguez + Marta Garcia-Orte, and Rafael Gomez for another great semester.

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Design Studio Final Presentation

Final Presentations were held on the 25-26th of April 2018.

Special thanks to our invited jury including Ray Huff, Clemson University Associate Professor and Director of Charleston Program, Andrew Cohen, RWU Professor of Architecture and principal of ACTWO Architect, Marcel Erminy, Texas A&M University Associate Professor of the Practice,  Michael Neuman, University of Westminster Professor of Sustainable Urbanism, Miguel Roldan, BAC Director and Design Studio Director,  Zana Bosnic, Academic Coordinator, Pia Wortham, Design Communication Seminar Professor,  Jelena Prokopljevic, Design Philosophy Seminar Professor , Ivan Blasi and Anna Sala, travel Professors.

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Design Studio Final Projects

Project site: Plaça del vuit de març / carrer dels Capellans / Plaça d’isidre Nonell

Barcelona´s old city center was generated from the different historical and cultural layers embedded in the ground, public spaces and existing buildings. The Project site is a prime example of this urban layering as it is a succession of three open spaces: Plaça del vuit de març, with a Roman aqueduct visible in one of the façades that configure the Plaza and an entrance to Ca la Dona on a different topographic level, the 2.5m elevated romantic garden and the Plaça d’isidre Nonell, that houses the tiled fresco called ”El petó” (The Kiss), a piece of art by Joan Fontcuberta and manufactured by Ceràmica Cumell, placed on an existing wall between the garden and the Plaza.

The two design studios, titled ¨ In Between¨ and ¨Desponjamiento Urbano¨ came up with different design proposals on how to link the spaces and mediate between them.

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Learning from the City

Throughout the semester students studied local architecture and regional materials and methods by touring prominent projects in the city, hearing from Barcelona based architects through our lecture series and visiting the production facilities of local manufactures. Below are some highlights of their experiences.

Ceràmica Cumella

Cumella´s ceramics are a staple material that forms part of Barcelona´s Architectural fabric. Their designs are a part of La Sagrada Familia, and the restoration of Park Güell and Casa Batlló.
The students were guided by locally and internationally well-known ceramics artist Toni Cumella. Toni showed the students Cumella´s facilities and their 4 different fabrication processes- extruding, casting, pressing and revolving.

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Walden 7

Walden 7 was completed in 1975 and was designed by world-renowned Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill. The design embodies the architect´s earliest ideas on how to address housing problems of modern city life.

Walden Resident, Alexandra Olivella, guided students through the complex that she has called home for over 10 years.  Students gained an inside perspective on the activity and livelihood of the building through the point of view of one of its inhabitants.

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ESCOFET

ESCOFET is a Barcelona-based industry that designs and manufactures high-quality urban furnishings and architectural finishes in concrete and cast stone.
The students were guided by Architect and Business Development Coordinator at Escofet Mariona Benain who explained to the students the skills she brings to the table as an architect in product and material design. Mariona walked students through the facilities and guided them through ESCOFET´s production process from beginning to end. From picking out the desired aggregate to coating and polishing the final product.

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Spring 2018 Studio Lecture Series

This semester, students got to hear from a range of Barcelona based practitioners, working in the discipline of architecture, specializing in a range of different sectors.

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We would like to thank them for taking the time to present their work and engage with our students.

Excursions

BAC in Madrid

From February 1st-5th students got a taste of two different Spanish urban fabrics through their field studies trip to Madrid and Toledo guided by our professors Ivan Blasi and Zana Bosnic.

Students visited several prominent works of Architecture including CaixaForum Madrid by Herzog & de Meuron, El Prado Museum by Rafael Moneo, MediaLab Prado by Langarita Navarro, Palacio de Cristal by Velázquez Bosco, Matadero by Jaque + Ensemble, Fundacion COAM by Gonzalo Moure and many more. Students got to learn about the urban history of the city and its role as the capital.

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BAC in the Netherlands

From March 2nd-9th students went on their second field studies trip to the Netherlands guided by our professors Ivan Blasi and Anna Sala.

Throughout the 7-day trip in 6 cities: Rotterdam, The Hague, Delft, Zaandam, Utrecht, and Amsterdam, our Spring 2018 students had the opportunity  to visit and study projects from architects such as Rem Koolhaas, Felix Claus, MVRDV, West 8, Enric Miralles, Mecanoo, Richard Meier, Gerrit Rietveld, Aldo van Eyck, and many others, and learning about the history and development of the Dutch urban form.

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BAC Spring 2018 Design studio lecture series_HARQUITECTES, Josep Ricart

Spring 2018 Lecture Series:

HARQUITECTES, Josep Ricart

“From Elemental to Fundamental”

Thursday April 12 at 12:30  

BAC, Bruc 59, local

Open to the Public

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HARQUITECTES is an architecture studio established in 2000 and based in Sabadell, Barcelona. It is managed by four partner architects: David Lorente Ibáñez (Granollers, 1972), Josep Ricart Ulldemolins (Cerdanyola del Vallès, 1973), Xavier Ros Majó (Sabadell, 1972) and Roger Tudó Galí (Terrassa, 1973). All of them licensed between 1998 and 2000 in the E.T.S.A. Vallès, where Josep and Roger teach Projects and Construction subjects. Xavier also teaches Projects in the E.T.S.A. Barcelona.
They have been invited as lecturers around Europe and America and their works have been recognized with several awards and also selected for local and abroad exhibitions.

http://www.harquitectes.com/

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BAC Spring 2018 Design studio lecture series_Eugeni Bach

Spring 2018 Lecture Series:

Eugeni Bach

“The unexpected little twist”

Thursday March 22 at 12:30  

BAC, Bruc 59, local

Open to the Public

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Eugeni Bach. Associate Professor in Architectural Design at ETSAB UPC since 2015 and ETSALS since 2005. Co-Founder of Anna & Eugeni Bach and Bach Arquitectes. His interests spread across four activities: Professional, Teaching, Research and Cultural activity, and his projects range from object and interior design, through housing and public buildings and urban design. Among his many awards and recognitions, he has recently exhibited in the Spanish Pavilion at the latest Venice Biennale, he has been finalist at the 13th Spanish Architecture and Urbanism Biennial 2016, Nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Awards 2015 and he was awarded International FAD Award in 2014.

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BAC Spring 2018 Design studio lecture series_Daniel Calatayud

Spring 2018 Lecture Series:

Daniel Calatayud

“Experiments in Energy Efficiency”

Thursday March 15 at 12:30  

BAC, Bruc 59, local

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Daniel Calatayud, is a senior architect with research aptitude by the Department of Urban Planning and Territorial Planning of the ETSAV. His PHD thesis (in process) is about “ecological footprint of urban models”. He is professor of the Department of Urban Planning and Territorial Planning of the ETSAV of the UPC. He is also a professor of the official Master of the UPC of Sustainability. Throughout his career he has several publications about the impact of the architect profession in the environment and in the city. He has won the Environment Award by Generalitat de Catalunya, Initiatives for protection and improvement of the environment, in the sustainability in the constructions section.

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BAC Spring 2018 Design studio lecture series_LACOL, Carles Baiges

Spring 2018 Lecture Series:

Lacol, Carles Baiges

“Building together”

Thursday February 22 at 12:30  

BAC, Bruc 59, local

Open to the Public

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Carles Baiges Camprubí (Barcelona, 1985) is an architect (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya) and urban sociologist (Universiteit van Amsterdam). He’s a partner of Lacol and activist at the housing cooperative La Borda. He mainly works on citizen participation, public space and housing rights.

Lacol is a cooperative of architects who work in the neighborhood of Sants, in Barcelona. They work from architecture toward social transformation, using architecture as a tool to intervene critically in their immediate environment. They root their activity in a horizontal system of labor, acting alongside society with justice and solidarity in mind.

 

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BAC Spring 2018 Design studio lecture series_Josep Ferrando

Spring 2018 Lecture Series:

Josep Ferrando

“rhythms and patterns”

Thursday February 15 at 12:45

BAC, Bruc 59, local

Open to the Public

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Josep Ferrando, Architect who combines design and construction with his teaching activities.
He has taught classes in several universities since 1998. Some of these include the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB), La Salle Engineering and Architecture School, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires (UTDT), Istituto Europeo di Design Barcelona and Rio de Janeiro, and the Eina School of Art and Design.
He has also been a guest professor at Hochschule für Technik Zürich (HSZT) in Switzerland, Escola da Cidade in Sao Paulo, Universidade Positivo (UNICENP) in Curitiba, and Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR), Brazil.

He has given talks at various universities, including Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cornell University, Universidad de Palermo in Buenos Aires, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and at the International Union of Architects (IUA) conference in Tokyo.
His work has been exhibited in several countries including the United States, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, and Portugal. And solo exhibitions in prestigious Architecture Galleries like Aedes Berlin, events like the Biennale di Architettura di Venezia and museums like MAM Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro and MAC Contemporary Art Museum of Santiago de Chile.

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BAC Spring 2018 Design studio lecture series_Robert Brufau

Spring 2018 Lecture Series:

ROBERT BRUFAU

“The structure of Santa Caterina Market: architecture of the complexity”

Thursday February 08 at 12:45

BAC, Bruc 59, local

Open to the Public

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