Design studio lecture series with Roger Paez, past Thursday, January 24.

For the closer understanding of Design studio first phase, the analytical and at the same time projective phase of the project, Texas A&M University and Clemson University students have received first lecture of the series by architect Roger Paez, MS in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University (NYC) past Thursday, January 24.

Roger Paez’s lecture has demonstrated the inherent potential of maps for use as design tools.  Illustrating the shortcomings of limiting our understanding of maps to a strictly representational viewpoint.  The epistemology offered by scientific positivism is entirely insufficient for a full understanding of maps.  Far from being transparent and neutral windows on the world, maps contain a large number of non-explicit cultural propositions in their codification.  These propositions provide an implicit framework for the design of the city.

To see more about professional work of the architect Roger Paez, check out his web page AiB

Texas A&M and Clemson University_Field Studies in Design Philosophy with Suzanne Strum_week 3

Week 3 _ Field Studies in Design Philosophy with prof. Suzanne Strum,  Texas A&M University students and graduate students of Clemson have visited Colonia Güell, well preserved factory town designed by Antoni Gaudi and his followers for the Güell family corduroy and velvet factory and its workers.

Colonia Güell is an example of the 19th century English factory town model implemented in the Barcelona area. The crypt is an experimental work of architecture.

Texas A&M and Clemson University_Field Studies in Design Philosophy with Suzanne Strum_week 2

As a part of the second week of Field Studies in Design Philosophy with prof. Suzanne Strum titled “The historic center and its regeneration”, Texas A&M University students and graduate students of Clemson University have visited the Gothic Area of Barcelona past Wednesday January 16.

Parallel activities for the exhibition “The other Pedreras” update..

Dear students

We have contacted with La Pedrera events office regarding the language of the lectures they will be giving as part of the activities based around the exhibition “The Other Pedreras” and there will be no English translation.

The Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima’s lecture will be in Japanese with simultaneous translation in Spanish.

We still encourage you all to visit the exhibition, attend the lecture series and “practice” your Spanish skills since the site and all the guests of the series is one of the great opportunities to see present this wondeful architects, designers, historians and critics.

Parallel activities for the exhibition “The other Pedreras”

Get your tickets before they end!

As part of the activities based around the exhibition “The Other Pedreras”.

Architecture and design in the world at the beginning of the 20th century”, the Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera is organizing lectures from experts, dialogues and round tables.

Important architects, designers, historians and critics at Spanish and international level are invited to analyze, reinforce and complement the discourse of the temporary exhibition.

Monday 4 February (7pm)

Architects who design  / Round table with designer and critic Stafano Casciani, and Òscar Tusquets, architect and designer. Moderator: Isabel Campí, lecturer and historian of industrial design.

Monday 11 February (7pm)

Expert lecture by Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima 

Monday 18 February (7pm)

The influence of La Pedrera / Dialogue between Joseph Grima, architect and editor of the journal Domus, and Josep Maria Montaner, architect and lecturer at ETSAB.

Mondays at la Pedrera: 21 January; 4, 11 and 18 February 2013.

Access: Passeig de Gràcia, 92

Price: €3

Time: 7pm


Film screening “Keep on Rolling: the dream of the automobile.”_Monday, January 28 at the COAC

Dear Students
Recommendation for tomorrow evening.

Ecumenópolis, a documentary film festival on urban phenomena and transformation processes of the contemporary city organized by Ojo Cónico, linked to the cultural program of COAC open to the public. The screenings are held every 3rd Monday of the month at COAC’s headquarters on Pl. Nova.

This Monday, tomorrow, January 28, 2012, 7pm – 10pm
COAC’s auditorium, Pl. Nova 5

SOBRE RUEDAS, El sueño del automóvil / “Keep on Rolling: the dream of the automobile.”
by Oscar Clemente, La Balanza Producciones, 2011, 56′.
Voice is in Spanish with subtitles in English.
Entrance is free

for more info check out the review in English of Quaderns Editorial

ecumenopolis sobre ruedas


Sobre Ruedas: el sueño del automóvil – Keep on Rolling: the dream of the automobile from Oscar Clemente on Vimeo.

Clemson University Field Studies fall2012 publication by Prof. Ivan Blasi

.. Why Travel? What makes cities attractive? What makes us visit them? How do we visit them and what do we visit when we’re there? What makes these cities distinct and alive? These are some of the questions which are discussed during the Field Studies seminar. Walking using earphones or concentrating on smartphones has become popular. What do we miss? Why don’t we think about what music to listen to or what app to use while moving around?

It’s just a part of the Field Studies fall2012 publication edited by Professor Ivan Blasi with our Clemson University students past semester.

The publication covers experiences of two main field studies trips to Madrid-Toledo and the second to Netherlands where students have visited 7 cities in 7 days getting to know main architecture offices and projects explained by the authors.

Thanks again our professor Ivan Blasi for all the passion for traveling, seeing the cities and architecture with the special view and for transmitting it all to our students.

download your copy_ Field_Studies_Fall2012


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