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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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April 30, 2018 · 7:00 pm

BAC Fall 2017

Another great semester has come to an end. We would like to thank our students from Clemson University, Roger Williams University, Texas A&M University, and studio professors Miguel Roldan, and Miquel Rodriguez for a great semester.

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Design Studio Final Presentations

Final Presentations were held on the 13th-14th of December 2017. Special thanks to our invited jury, from our collateral universities, and to our BAC faculty for preparing our students.

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Design Studio Final Projects

Barcelona´s old city center is being molded and influenced by different urban, cultural, social and economic forces while still remaining an economical place to live. Past, present and future dynamics are also complexly layered on the area and at the fringes of this dense tissue. The “Rondes”, areas around the old city center, are generous avenues placed where the city walls use to seat.

The project site was located in Ronda Sant Antoni, 66 / Carrer de Valldonzella. The triangular plot is found along these hybrid streets generated between the grid of the Eixample and the dense and irregular configuration of ¨Ciutat Vella¨. The buildings and structures placed on these edges offer the opportunity to re-imagine an urban gateway that serves and celebrates the dynamics of their setting. The students were challenged to design and program a hybrid structure for its multifarious potential users.

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Learning from the City

Throughout the semester students learned about being a practicing architect in the city through everything from visiting prominent projects in the city guided by their architects to touring the production facilities of local manufactures. Below are some highlights of their experiences.

Sant Antoni Market

BAC Fall 2017 visited San Antoni Market On October 7, 2017.

The Mercat de Sant Antoni was designed by Antoni Rovira i Trias in 1882. The historic Market was the first to be designed outside of Barcelona´s city walls. The project has been under rehabilitation since 2007  by RavetllatRibas Arquitectes and is set to be open in 2018.

Leading Architect Pere Joan Ravetllat guided students through the construction site. Pere explained the design challenges and opportunities this restoration project presented to his firm, and how they have navigated the project over the past 10 years.

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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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Cristalleries Planell Civic Center

Students visited the Civiv cebter on October 21, 2017.

The former Planell glass factory was originally built in 1913. Its restoration and refurbishment were completed in 2016 by Barcelona based H ARQUITECTES in 2016.

The students were guided by Architect Josep Ricart. Josep explained the challenges of the site defined by the heritage-listed frontage of the former Planell glass factory, and the unique sun chimnies designed to avoid heat gain and improve air circulation.

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Fall 2017 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.

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

Excursions

BAC in Madrid

From the 15th-19th of September 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.

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BAC in the Netherlands

From November 13th-17th students went on their second field studies trip to the Netherlands guided by our professors Ivan Blasi and Anna Sala.

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BAC Thanksgiving

On November 23rd the students and faculty celebrated Thanksgiving by breaking bread and sharing their favorite dishes. A tradition held ever Fall here at the BAC with our students.

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December 15, 2017 · 10:00 am

Spring 2017 Midterm presentations

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March 22, 2017 · 9:46 am

fall 2016 Design Studio 3rd quarter presentations.

During our last presentations before the finals, we were honored to have with us Clemson University Professor and Chair Emeritus Jose Caban, one of the founders of the Clemson University program in Barcelona.
Thank you for the visit and we’re looking forward to many other future ones!

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Fall 2015 – Design Studio Second Phase Review

The Second Phase Review of the Design Studio took place this past November 19th. Students are preparing for their studio final presentations to take place in a couple of weeks from now. In in this review they aimed to present a draft of what will be explained in the course closure days to a critic jury panel. Students are working in the post-production phase of their studio projects for this Fall 2015 course. Just a couple of weeks to go!

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Fall 2015 – Design Studio Midterm Review

Mid-term Design Studio Review took place on October 16th. Students presented and discussed their projects to receive feedback from both BAC professors and their classmates. We had Professor Roger Miralles as special guest, who did critical remarks on the student projects. We have successfully reached the middle of the Fall 2015 course and are excited to see the final production on each of these projects!

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Fall 2015 – Design Studio First Phase Review

This week, our Fall 2015 students had their 1st Phase Design Studio presentations. In the studios lead by Miguel Roldán and Quim Rosell, students are developing individual projects situated in the various buildings of La Escocesa’s post-industrial grounds. With different programs per building, each student has adopted singular design approaches. Sharing their thoughts and process in an open discussion helps them reflect and grow collectively. We are looking forward to the evolution each project will show on the next phase revision!

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