Fall 2015_Student Reporters_WEEK 4

BCN NEWS:

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F.C. Barcelona vs. AS Roma
Location: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain
Dates/hours: (see schedule)
Admission: tickets starting at €39
F.C. Barcelona recently had a match against the Italian team AS Roma, a major match which drew the attention of the city. On the day of the match, people of all ages, friends and strangers alike, could be seen playing fútbol in the local parks in their FCB gear supporting their city. The regular season for FCB is from August to May and being in the city for a game is a cultural experience which makes anyone feel as though they are a local in the city.
Web Address: FCB Barcelona Schedule
Reporting: Christopher Flynn, Roger Williams University Undergraduate Arch. Student——————————————————————————————

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la Mercè 2015
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Dates: Friday 18th September to Thursday 24th September 2015
Hours: all day
Admission: free
The celebration of la Mercè honors the Virgin of Grace (Mare de Déu de la Mercè), patron saint of the archdiocese of Barcelona. It has been an official city holiday since 1871, and is celebrated with cultural and artistic presentations held throughout the city. The week is filled with street parades, concerts, castellers and numerous other activities. Another bonus is that the metro runs all night during la Mercè.
Web Address: la Mercè 2015
Reporting: Christopher Flynn, Roger Williams University Undergraduate Arch. Student——————————————————————————————

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Barcelona bridge to be upgraded with smog­eating concrete and luminous pavements
Location: the Sarajevo Bridge, crossing Av. Meridiana Event
Spanish architecture studio BCQ has revealed its plans to enhance a Barcelona bridge, adding pollution­dissolving concrete, planted walls and paving that glows in the dark. Barcelona City Council asked BCQ to upgrade the road bridge that spans the Avinguda Meridiana, a dual carriageway that brings traffic into the city from the north, to turn it into a new gateway for the Catalonian capital. The aim is for the structure – known as the Sarajevo Bridge – to offer a more pleasant experience for pedestrians, through better lighting and improved air quality.
Web Address:DEZEEN_BCN Bridge to be updated
Reporter: Collin Stone Undergraduate Texas A&M Undergrad Arch. student——————————————————————————————

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Classical Music at the Museum
Location: Rafael Casanova Monument
Date: Saturday September 26th
Hours: 17:00- Museam Visit, 18:00- Concert in the Museum
Admission: 22 Euro
This concert series in Barcelona’s MEAM (European Museum of Modern Art) unites the fine arts and music at the very highest level. The MEAM is currently located in the Palau Gomis, among the narrow streets of the Barri del Born in Barcelona. All the charm of Old Town is reflected in this neighborhood, where culture is always present. Tradition and modernity meet in the Barri del Born, a must for tourists interested in the monuments and museums Barcelona. For over two centuries, the Palau remained hidden in the heart of Barcelona, and now, it has been converted into a unique space that houses the collection of MEAM. The ticket includes museum admission and a concert.
Web Address: CLASSICAL MUSIC AT THE MUSEUM IN BARCELONA
Reporter: Collin Stone Undergraduate Texas A&M Undergrad Arch. student——————————————————————————————

EUROPE NEWS:

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London Design Festival 2015
Location: London, England
Dates: 19 – 27 September Hours: 08.00 to 21.30
Admission: free *Certain exhibitions may cost money to enter
The Design Museum for the London Design Festival has numerous exhibitions, events, and projects from up and coming artists and designers.
Web Address: London Design Festival 2015
Reporting: Christopher Flynn, Roger Williams University Undergraduate Arch. Student——————————————————————————————

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Danish Museum of Art & Design
Location: København, Denmark
Dates: 5 – 29 September
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm, Wednesdays 11 am- 9 pm Monday closed
Admission: 100 DKK / Students (with valid student ID) and people under 26 years: Free
On exhibition right now until September 29th is the exhibition called Utopias and reality (Applied Arts and Design of the 20th Century). This exhibition has artifacts such as the Finn Juhl chair and drawings and the Nimbus motor bike, all to compare and investigate the changing of design methods and the idea of functionalism which was prominent throughout the 20th century.
Web Address: Danish Museum of Art & Design
Reporting: Christopher Flynn, Roger Williams University Undergraduate Arch. student——————————————————————————————

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2015 Turner Prize Exhibition
Location: The Tramway Exhibition space (Glasgow, Scottland)
Date: Thursday October 1st ­ Sunday January 17th (2016)
Hours: 9:30­ – 18:00
Admission: Free
For the first time in the Turner Prize’s history an architectural collective has made it to the prestigious short list. It will be held at the Tramway, which is an international art­space which commissions, produces and presents contemporary arts projects. It’s goal is to inspire and add to our understanding of today’s world by connecting audiences and artists.
Web Address: 2015 Turner Prize Exhibition / Glasgow, UK
Reporter: Collin Stone Undergraduate Texas A&M Undergrad Arch. student——————————————————————————————

BAC SEMINARS NEWS:

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Site visit to ICTA-ICP Research Center, UAB
For our History and Building Technology Seminars we had the privilege to visit ICTA- ICP, Research center, Campus UAB University of Barcelona. The building which is a research center is not only unique-looking but it is extremely efficient. I would recommend it in terms of its impressive means of sustainability found throughout the building.
Reporting: Christopher Flynn, Roger Williams University Undergraduate Arch. Student——————————————————————————————

Site visit to ICTA-ICP Research Center, UAB
On Tuesday, we went as a class to visit the ICTA­-ICP Research Center and school campus. We learned about the buildings innovative outer skin of panels that are opened and closed by sensors that maintain a comfortable temperature inside the building. Aluminum inside of some of the panels helped to block out excess sunlight, which also contributes to the building’s efficiency. The interior rooms are organized around four atrium type spaces that bring lots of natural light into the space.
Reporter: Collin Stone Undergraduate Texas A&M Undergrad Arch. student
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Gracia Seminar Visit
As one of our site visits, Roger Williams University along with Clemson and Texas A&M went to Gracia, a generally mountainous region on the outskirts of the city. There we had a panoramic view of the city and could see everything from Sagrada Familia to the grid of the l’Eixample. This trip gave a picturesque view of the city while also giving insight on much of Barcelona’s urban layout and buildings.
Reporting: Christopher Flynn, Roger Williams University Undergraduate Arch. student——————————————————————————————

BAC STUDIO NEWS:

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After our site visit to La Escocesa I began to sketch out ideas and think of my design approach to this site. I began to delve into the history of the site as well as make initial diagrams such as proposed entrances, public spaces, and programs according to my first impressions of the site. I am working individually to design my specific building while working with my colleague Matthew Russo to design a common public space that relates to both of our structures.
Reporting: Christopher Flynn, Roger Williams University Undergraduate Arch. student——————————————————————————————

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This week in studio we had a presentation by Amadeu Santacana discussing his proposal for La Escocesa. This was a unique and inspiring lecture because it gave us insight on Amadeu’s approach to the same site which our project is on. We got to see the design process of his work and everything that he did to get to the final design presentation.
Reporting: Christopher Flynn, Roger Williams University Undergraduate Arch. student——————————————————————————————

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Second Visit to La Escocesa
Location: La Escocesa, Barcelona
Date: Saturday September 11th
Admission: Free
This past week, some of the A&M students decided to go back for a second visit to La Escocesa to further analyze the existing program of the complex. Some of the things that I noticed on this second visit that I didn’t before were the changing pattern of the windows on the fab lab, and where the roof changed heights on the fab lab. These new observations will influence the form of my design, as well as inform the way I layout the program.
Website: La Escocesa, BCN
Reporter: Collin Stone Undergraduate Texas A&M Undergrad Arch. student——————————————————————————————

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