Spring 2015 students reporters_week 4


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Pixar: 25 Years of Animation

6 February 2015 – 3 May 2015
CaixaForum Barcelona
Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8, 08038 Barcelona, Spain
Hours: Daily, from 10.00 to 20.00
Price: 4€

CaixaForum Barcelona now hosts the traveling exhibition showcasing the creative processes that have made some of the most successful animated features in the past 25 years. Though the product of animation may be digital, the idea for a film often begins with paper and pencil. Visit the exhibition to view process works, conceptual designs, and process models of familiar figures and characters from the Pixar archives. It may inspire yourself to create an idea of your own.


Veda Vandever, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. student



On Thursday, January 29th at 8pm, and every day until February 22nd, there will be a group exhibition showing the fifteen selected finalists of the Artevistas award for New Talent from different art disciplines, including many forms of art, one example by Jorge Alonso (finalist) shown above.

19 January 2015 – 22 February  2015

Artevistas Gallery 

Passatge del Crèdit nº4, 08002 Barcelona

Monday to Sunday: from 11am to 9pm



Jackson Rob Wells, Clemson University Undergraduate Arch. student




Le Corbusier postales: una visión del mundo

4 October 2014 – 5 April 2015
CentroCentro, Palacio de Cibeles
Plaza de Cibeles, 1, 28014 Madrid, Spain (4th Floor)
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, from 10.00 to 20.00
Price: 2€

Beginning in 1907 and continuing throughout his life, Corbusier collected postcards of as he traveled through the world. CentroCentro’s exhibition of 168 of the nearly 2000 of these postcards will soon come to a close. Through the exhibition, one may wonder the value of inspiration in the most minute of forms to an architect such as Corbusier whose ideas shaped the horizons of countless cities.


Veda Vandever, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. student




Students visit Horta’s Labyrinth

On assignment for our Design Philosophy class, students visited the Parc del Laberint d’Horta in the Horta-Guinardó district at the base of the mountains that meet the city of Barcelona. The gardens were once part of a private 18th century parcel of land that was donated to the city in the 1970s.

Professor Pamela Duran asked students in their analysis of their experience to imagine describing the site to a blind person. Students referenced the different sounds, textures, and paths of circulation that occur in the garden due to the historical landscaping program that incorporated labyrinthine shrubs, sculptural ornaments, and water features.


Veda Vandever, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. student



On January 27th, in History of Urbanism, students learned about precedents such as Park Güell (right), Placa de Espanya (left), and Casa Bloc. This covered from the early 1900s to the 1930s of Barcelona urbanism.


On January 28th, students learned about the later 1900s. This included the industry crisis in Spain in the 1950s all the way up to the revitalization of the city with the Olympics in 1992. Pictured to the left is the Olympic Park and the Olympic Stadium is on the right; both of which we have visited as a class.


Jackson Rob Wells, Clemson University Undergraduate Arch. student



Students critique the use of the public space near RESA dormitories

As part of our analysis of Barcelona buildings familiar to the students, we discussed with Professor Anna Ramos the merits of the street level space that their residential hall adjoins. Students commented on how the area, though generous, does not seem to be used too often, at least by the student residents. It was noted that due to the cooler season, there may be fewer people and less activity in the space than usual.

Students compared this to the public relationship of the Col·legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya building and library in Plaça Nova, noting that these buildings must share space with important landmarks as the city Catedral and the relics of the Roman walls, requiring the space to be accommodate greater pedestrian traffic and to not impose architecturally with those features.


Veda Vandever, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. student




Scenario 2 works out a master plan

Work continues on the studio project on the La Escocesa site for group 2, led by Professor Marta Orte Garcia. Using the information collected from their site analyses, the students get together to put brainstorm a master plan for integrating the buildings of La Escocesa and C’Alier into their vision of the protofactory.


Veda Vandever, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. student



Scenario 1 master plan group meeting

Scenario 1meets as a whole to decide on master plan elements and starts to make conception decisions regarding the plan for the entire site and surrounding street.

We combine multiple site analyses from different pairs to start to blend influence of different site elements into fewer diagrams.


Jackson Rob Wells, Clemson University Undergraduate Arch. student


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