Category Archives: _SPRING 2015

Spring 2015 Design Studio final presentations.

This was how our Clemson University and Texas A&M University students have finished their Spring 2015 semester in Barcelona.

We hope that you are all enjoying being back home and that we will see you back in Barcelona soon.

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Spring 2015 Clemson University Netherlands trip students video

Check out the video made by our Spring15 Clemson University students about their study trip in Netherlands.

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Spring 2015 students reporters_weeks 6 and 7

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The Collage Revolution

Location: Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)

Dates: from 21 February to 12 April 2015

Hours: Saturdays at 12:00 pm and 5:30 pm / Sundays at 12:00 pm

Admission: €3

The Collage Revolution gives families the opportunity to discover the infinite possibilities of expression and creativity through the exploration of collages. This is a series of weekend workshops held at the museum and will have its venue in the first floor galleries.

Reporting:

Stefani Johnson, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. student

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Design for Life

Location: Museu del Disseny de Barcelona

Dates: February 18th – May 17th, 2015

Admission: €3 (reduced)

This exhibit’s purpose is to examine and analyze how design affects our everyday lives. It particularly aims to highlight design that is innovative, practical, and is capable of solving vital life problems.

Reporting:

Stefani Johnson, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. student

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EUROPE NEWS:

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Logical Emotion: Contemporary Art from Japan

Location: Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow (MOCAK)

Dates: February 2nd – April 26th, 2015

Admission: 10 pln, reduced 5pln, Tuesdays free

The beauty in traditional & contemporary Japanese art can be understood as a tension between logic and emotion. This exhibit contains the work of thirteen Japanese artists, architects and graphic designers. The media of the work included ranges from drawing, painting, and photography to sculpture, ceramics, and videos.

Reporting:

Stefani Johnson, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. student

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BAC SEMINARS NEWS:

Spanish language and culture

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Clemson university Spanish course took this week lesson to Sant Josep La Boqueria Market to interact in Spanish.

The class was assigned to explore different sites within la Boqueria and answer the questions about the items sold.

In addition we were asked to interview the fellow shopper in Spanish about their experiences at la Boqueria.

Reporting:

Lisa Pabon, Clemson University Undergraduate Arch. student

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During  Spanish class in studio students are instructed to use what they have learned and get to know each other and have conversation about their daily routines.

Reporting:

William Hunter , Clemson University Undergraduate Arch. student

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Field Studies in Architecture and Related Arts

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Clemson University students are taken around the 22@ area with Prof.Ivan Blasi, which happens to be in the same area as the studio project that is currently underway in studio.

Reporting:

William Hunter , Clemson University Undergraduate LandArch. student

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Design Philosophy 

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Texas A&M Design Phil. BLOCK #2 City and Cinema with Celia Marin

In this seminar block, we watched scenes and clips from several famous movies that were filmed in Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, Rome, London and Berlin. We learned about the cultural context, history, the plots and settings for each film and how the cities are portrayed in them.

Reporting:

Stefani Johnson, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. student

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Texas A&M Design Phil. BLOCK #2 City and Cinema with Celia Marin

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This week I have chosen to create a collage of Paris, one of the two choices we were given as the homework. I chose to create a collage of paris that would show my impression of the city. I have never witnessed the city first hand, and decided to show the many images of Paris that I imagine as a result of media portrayals that I have seen throughout my lifetime.

Reporting:

Cody Clancy, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. student

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Texas A&M Design Comm. BLOCK #2  with Pia Wortham

In this seminar block , we learned about structures and their application throughout history. We discussed the construction process and materiality of old and new buildings. We considered their potential failures and their successes. It is vital for an architect to be familiar with European architecture and structural technology, for it contains some of the oldest structures on Earth.

Reporting:

Stefani Johnson, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. student

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Texas A&M Design Comm. BLOCK #2  with Pia Wortham

This week in Design Communication seminar we went through projects pertaining to a mass of different architectural principles. I was able to discuss after the class was over, with the professor in ordeer to develop an understanding of possible structural solutions for my studio project. The discussion helped greatly with the decisions I have made in terms of the canopy system I chose for my particular concept.

Reporting:

Cody Clancy, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. student

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BAC STUDIO NEWS:

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Scenario 1 this past weekend spent compiling the project portfolio boo to present the first phase of the design process of la Escocesa. Unfamiliar with the program originally, it was excellent learning experience

On Thursday studio session, our group spent great deal of time throwing ideas off one another on how to design individual programs to benefit the site as a whole.There was lot of debating and collaboration on what would be the most effective strategy.

Reporting:

Lisa Pabon, Clemson University Undergraduate Arch. student

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The past few week, both groups have been working on drawings, sketches, site analysis, proposals manifested in digital and analog models, and common master plans at several different scales (i.e. 1:500, 1:2500 and 1:1000). As we prepare to leave this Friday for the Netherlands, we are further developing and formalizing our proposals for our second big review this Thursday by adding dimensions and finalizing our individual thesis/strategies.

Reporting:

Stefani Johnson, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. student

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This week students are working  on the 1:500 scale model in order to give themselves as well as the studio professors a good perspective on what the site context is, and how the building proposals and designs will work with existing structures around the site.

Reporting:

William Hunter , Clemson University Undergraduate LandArch. student

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Scenario 1 “Large group model”
This week in studio my group, scenario 1, collaborated to complete a context site model at one to five hundred scale. The model is approximately 2 meters by 1 meter. The team all worked together well in order to get it done amidst a large amount of work that was to be completed by the individual teams.

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My group worked in order to develop an stronger overall concept for our proposal and methods of diagramming and presenting the information clearly. Our proposal concept intends to expand the amount of public space of the area through a process of creating a two layer plaza, with an exterior 2nd story as well as ground level parkscape. The plaza will have a large, operable canopy structure that will span the length of the north building of Ca L’lalier. Circulation and flexibility of use within the space is a primary design criteria for our concept.

Reporting:

Cody Clancy, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. student

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Spring 2015 students reporters_week 8 and week 9 (Netherlands special)

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“Picasso/Dali, Dali/Picasso”

Location: Museu Picasso Montcada 15-23

Date & time: Mar 20th, 2015 to Jun 28th, 2015

Admission: €14 or free for duly accredited university students, Every Sunday free from 3pm

This exhibit will focus on the two twentieth-century Catalan masters, Picasso and Dali, and the relationship they had and how they directly influenced one another.

The exhibit will include various works of art by both artists from over 25 museums and private collections around the world.

Reporting:

Nicolas Hernandez, Clemson University Undergraduate Landarch. student

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MACBA Es Viu

Location: MACBA; Plaça dels Àngels, 1, 08001 Barcelona

Time:Every Saturday in March, 10:00 to 21:00

Student Admission: €8

The program Experience MACBA was created to show the Museum and contemporary art from another perspective. Every Saturday during the month of March, MACBA will open until 9 pm and will offer cultural evenings with an amazing set of programs.  From 7 pm there will be dance and music shows and unusual guided visits and artistic performances that will bring you closer to contemporary culture.  There are planned programs on every first Saturday during the month of March; musical shows on the second; experimental artistic events on the third; and a varied dance program on the fourth.

Reporting:

Kyle Macchi, Clemson University Undergraduate Arch. student

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Mies van der Rohe Award Finalists Announced for 2015

Every two years architects compete for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture.  This year there were 420 entrants, on February 26th 2015 the five finalists were chosen and announced:
LedererRagnarsdóttirOei for the Ravensburg Art Museum, Ravensburg, Germany

BIG – BjarkeIngels Group for the Danish Maritime Museum, Helgingør, Denmark

ArcheaAssociati for the Antinori Winery, Florence, Italy

Barozzi/Viega for the Philharmonic Hall Szczecin, Poland (Architects from Barcelona)

O’Donnell + Tuomey for the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, London School of Economics, London, UK

The final winner will be announced on May 7th at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona.

Reporting:

Hillary Hagen, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. student

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Frei Otto wins Pritzker one day after his death

The renowned German architect Frei Otto was awarded the Pritzker Prize on Wednesday. “Best known for the 1972 Munich Olympic Stadium,” the news was announced two weeks before schedule due to the unfortunate news of Otto’s passing. Otto’s contributions to the field of architecture and his work on tensile structures will continue to impact generations to come. [Source: <http://www.archdaily.com/607935/frei-otto-named-2015-pritzker-laureate/?ad_medium=widget&ad_name=editors-choice&ad_content=607935>%5D

Reporting:

Eric Gordon, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. student

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El Greco at the London National Gallery

Date: 26 February − 2 August 2015
Location: The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN
Price: Free Admissions

Domenikos Theotokopoulos, better known as El Greco, was a Spanish painter in the 1600th century.  El Greco studied under Titian who he considered to be one of his masters and major influences, as well as Michelangelo, Rafael, and his close friend Giulio Clovio.  This exhibit displays only six of his paintings.  All of them painted in Toledo, Spain where he lived most of his life. In these paintings you can see his mannerist style combined with post-Byzantine where he used strong rich colors which were the most important elements of a painting to him.

Reporting:

Hillary Hagen, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. student

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American Encounters: The Simple Pleasures of Still Life
Location: The Louvre; Musée du Louvre, 75058 Paris, France
Time: 04.2.2015 to 27.04.2015 Everyday from 9:00 to 18:00 except Tuesdays
General Admission: €12
If you are traveling to Paris, France the Louvre Museum will be offering an exhibition on American still life paintings. This exhibition provides a new opportunity to foster dialogue on American painting, by exploring the rise of still-life painting during the 19th century. Painters such as Raphaelle Peale, Martin Johnson Heade, William Harnett will be on display, focusing on multiple different aspects including symbolism, products cultivated on American soil, and more.

Reporting:

Kyle Macchi, Clemson University Undergraduate Arch. student

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Mary Heilmann & David Reed. Two by Two
Location: Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin
Admission: €8
The gallery opening with be the first joint exhibition of New York artists Mary Heilman and David Reed. The gallery will show over 40 paintings and installation projects dating as far back as the 1970s. The artists made their mark establishing themselves as key figures in America’s post abstract expressionism. The joint exhibition seeks to expore a new partnership and test the relationship and common ground that can be found between each others work.

Reporting:

Devin Carlson, Clemson University Graduate Arch. student

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Touring Exhibition – David Bowie is

Location: Philharmonie de Paris, 221, Avenue Jean-Jaurès 75019 Paris

Date & time: Now until May 31st

Price: €6 under 26 years of age

An exhibition in Paris on the pop icon David Bowie, exploring his music and his trans-formation as an artist. This exhibit will answer questions and delve into David Bowie’s multidisciplinary char-actor; films, paintings, costumes, photos, etc.

Reporting:

Nicolas Hernandez, Clemson University Undergraduate Landarch. student

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NETHERLANDS SPECIAL NEWS:

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Students from Texas A&M University and Clemson University embarked on an eight day tour of the Netherlands on Friday, February 27th. The first two days of the trip will focus on the city of Amsterdam. In addition to seeing the Anne Frank house and an exhibit on Rembrandt’s late works at the Rijks Museum, on Saturday the students took a bicycle tour of the architecture of the city.

Reporting:

Eric Gordon, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. student

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Cube House Museum

Overblaak 70, 3011 MH Rotterdam, Netherlands

Everyday 11:00 to 17:00

Student Admission: €2

While in Rotterdam, the students visited the Cube House Museum in order to see what the interior of the houses looked like. Designed by Piet Blom, the houses are tilted 45 degrees with the interior furniture designed to fit the unique shape of the cube. His design represents a village within a city, where each house represents a tree, and all the houses together, a forest.

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Kyle Macchi, Clemson University Undergraduate Arch. student

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Schroeder House

Prins Hendriklaan 50, 3583 EP Utrecht, Netherlands

Tuesdays to Sundays from 11:00 to 17:00

Student Admission: €8

While in Utrecht, the students got a chance to tour the Schroeder House, designed by Rietveld in 1924.  The house is characterized by seamless transitions from inside to out, its primary colors, and the playful, clever division of surfaces. Exterior, interior and furniture all bear the signature Rietveld design.  Students were able to see how the different rooms of the upstairs floor could be transformed through the use of sliding walls and how the design in its simplistic nature became an icon of contemporary and modern architecture, though that was not Rietveld’s intentions.

Reporting:

Kyle Macchi, Clemson University Undergraduate Arch. student

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Over the entirety of the trip, we traveled to seven different cities: Amsterdam,Kinderdijk, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Den Haag, Delft, and Antwerp. The trip was highlighted by many visits to both contemporary and traditional architecture, engineering, city planning and an overall view of Northern European culture.

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For the last day of the trip we were given the opportunity to travel independently. Staying the previous night in Rotterdam, Some students decided to stay in the city, some students went back to Amsterdam and others traveled to Antwerp, Belgium.

Departing from Rotterdam at 9am, we arrived in Antwerp around 10:30 and decided to roam the city. We had just over five hours to explore before catching the train back to Rotterdam in able to catch our flight in Amsterdam that night. In that time, we were able to experience the city center and the surrounding authentic Belgian culture, waffles and all!

Reporting:

Devin Carlson, Clemson University Graduate Arch. student

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BACK IN BARCELONA BAC SEMINARS NEWS:

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Calçotada, 
Location: Castellterçol, Spain, March 8th, 2015
On the last day before returning to class after our trip to the Netherlands, Clemson students were invited to a Calcotada by Field studies professor Ivan Blasi. The traditional Catalan BBQ was held at his parents home and featured grilled calcot onions, botifarra, and grilled pork.

In addition to the great food, the views of the city were very popular for everyone that attended. Much time was spent on the roof of the home looking to the Catalan Landscape.

Reporting:

Devin Carlson, Clemson University Graduate Arch. student

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Spring 2015 students reporters_week 5

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Open llibrary – Introduction to contemporary thought

MACBA February 2 – 23

Beginning on February 2 and continuing each Monday throughout Febraury,  visitors will be introduced to the work of a contemporary thinker.

The works feature Karl Marx (2/2), Walter Benjamin (2/9), Maurice Merleau-Ponty (2/16), and Maurice Blanchot (2/23). The work will be described through a reinterpretation of the concepts described by each thinker to help to understand their value to contemporary views.

The topics focus on an evolution of social-cultural ideals that are intended to stimulate the thought processes of the participants and provide an alternate perspective of the cultural environment of the day.

Reporting:

Matthew Himler, Clemson University Graduate Arch. student

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Javier Peñafiel. Pánico esnob

Location: etHALL 

Joaquin Costa, 30, Raval

Dates: Tue Feb 10 – Sat Mar 14

Price: FREE

This exhibition is conceived from a selection of notebook drawings. These various drawn texts and written drawings are dramatized via a delicate artificiality. They are supported and attached to the wall by magnets, in particular positions of balance. This way they distance themselves from the wall and are treated as objects of specific and diferent weights.

Reporting:

Melanie Sage, Clemson University Undergraduate Arch. student

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1 Day 1 Photo

Location: Arts Santa Monica 

Les Rambles, 7, 08002 Barcelona

Dates:  Jan 1 – April 12 2015

Price: FREE

Opening on the 10th of February is the 1 day 1 photo exhibit at Arts Santa Monica. 31 photographers took one photo on the same day of each month of the year. A Catalan proj­ect, but employing some non-Catalan photographers, the exhibit will surely capture the spirit of the people of Cataluña despite the diversity of its contributors.

Reporting:

Matthew West, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. student

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Pilsen  2015 European Capital of Culture

In January the city of Pilsen in the Czech Republic launched its program as the European Capital of Culture for 2015. The event featured a grand performance of light, music and Ḁlm as the yearlong festival kicked oἀ. The feature event was held in the new Pilsen theater. The concert also included public contributions as those at the festival used plastic tubes to play along with Beethoven’s Ode to Joy performed by the orchestra. The exhibition will oἀer a variety of cultural shows and performances along with a festival entitled “9 Weeks of Baroque” that will focus on multiple genres from the Baroque Era. For the 2015 year, Pilsen is sharing the honor of being the European capital of Culture with Mons in Belgium.

Reporting:

Matthew Himler, Clemson University Graduate Arch. student

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Paris Museum Pass

Price: 2-day pass – €42, 4 days – €56 or 6 days – €69

If you’re visiting Paris and planning on cramming in as many museums and monuments as possible, the Paris Museum Pass is a good way to save both money and time. The pass o°ers direct access to 60 of Paris’s most iconic sights, and allows you to skip past the long ticket queues. Whether you plan to visit the iconic Louvre, Musée d’Orsay and Pompidou Centre, or to take your time exploring the city’s sites, there’s an option for everyone.

Reporting:

Melanie Sage, Clemson University Undergraduate Arch. student

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Confict, Time, Photography

Location: Tate Modern

Bankside, London, SE1 9TG

Dates: Sun Feb 8 – Tues April 14

Price: £13.10

A new exhibit in London challenges the way war can be portrayed, and the way in which we engage with photo-graphs so that we actually see the inconceivable.  Photos and artifacts from all over the world come together in this exhibit to make the viewer feel both heart broken and awe-inspired, according to critics.

Reporting:

Melanie Sage, Clemson University Undergraduate Arch. student

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Richard Deacon

Location: Tate Modern

Dates: 5 February – 27 April 2014

Price: £11.00

A major exhibition of the Turner Prize winner Richard Deacon, a leading British sculptor, best known for his large, lyrical open forms.

Deacon is known for his large, indus­trial-esque abstract sculptures, and for his inspiration by poetry and philoso­phy.

The exhibition at the Tate focuses on Deacon’s interest in materials and their manipulation.

See video of Tate shoting the artist http://www.tate.org.uk/context-comment/video/tateshots-richard-deacon

Reporting:

Matthew West, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. student

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BAC SEMINARS NEWS:

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City & Cinema, Barcelona, Design Philosophy

On Monday, students were introduced to Celia Marin’s class titled City and Cinema.

The class centered on por­trayals of Barcelona in film. Students were able to note similarities between the Barcelona of then and now, while noting the distinct identity that the city had in the past.

Reporting:

Matthew West, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. student

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Building Techology block 2

In the first lecture of the second block of Design Communication  / Building Technology seminar, the professor Pia Wortham, gave the students an in depth look into the history of the most prominent building technologies in the world and how they have evolved to create the buildings and structures we have today. The students also discussed how construction history applies to their own studio project.

Reporting:

Amanda Adkins, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. student

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BAC STUDIO NEWS:

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During the Phase I review of the Project for LaEscocesa redevelopment in the Poblenou neighborhood the students ofered new approaches to the reinvention of the area. Scenario 1 focused on developing an “Axis of the Arts” between the Rambla del Poblenou and the Rambla de Prim to connect two pedestrian areas and create a corridor along which many interventions and developments could occur.

Additionally they have proposed new programs for La Escocesa which focus around culinary and visual arts with the intention of providing greater community access to the arts and an opportunity for the residents in the area to live in a more lively cultural environment.

Reporting:

Matthew Himler, Clemson University Graduate Arch. student

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Spring 2015 students reporters_week 5 Madrid and Toledo special

MADRID NEWS:

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Mercado de San Miguel

The tour of Madrid began with a visit to this historical market near Plaza Mayor. The market represents a historic cultural destination for the residents of Madrid that had become run down and unused in recent years. The refurbished market now represents a rebirth of the traditional market cultural and a place to show oἀ the food and culture of the city.

The initial structure was preserved and although the food stands have a new contemporary feel, the experience of being in the market gives great exposure to local residents and an understanding of the lifestyle of those who live in the city.

opening hours: SUN-WED 10AM -12AM; THUR-SAT 10AM-2AM

Reporting:

Matthew Himler, Clemson University Graduate Arch. student

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Fundación Telefónica 

The previous headquarters of a large Spanish phone company has been transformed into a cultural center in Madrid.

The Fundación Telefónica is now  a cultural center and the home of exhibits of science and the arts. The exhibition on Nikola Tesla oἀers an opportunity to observe the career and mind of one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century whose work has contributed immensely to the lifestyle that is so “normal” today.

Additionally the exhibit that features Ferran Adriá and the study of the creative process behind his culinary career offers an opportunity for the public to see inside the mind of one of the most innovative creative thinkers of the culinary industry.

Many may take for granted the science and imagination necessary to invent such unique dining experiences, however the food becomes even more beautiful when the process if understood. This is not unlike architecture in that the creative process is far more extensive than what a passer by may experience, but with the context in plain view, the work is even more impressive.

Free Admission  TUE-SUN 10AM – 8PM

Reporting:

Matthew Himler, Clemson University Graduate Arch. student

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DO TOUCH Exhibit

Museo del Prado, Madrid

January 20 – June 28

The classical art museum in Madrid, the Museum del Prado is currently offering an exhibit aimed towards sharing the visual arts of its collection with those who are visually impaired. The exhibition has taken six works from diἀerent eras and is allowing them to be touched in the hopes that those who cannot see the works may be able to gain a mental recreation of the work and hopefully gain an emotional connection to the work. The exhibit is not intended solely for the visually impaired but features 3D imagery, text in braille, audio-guides, and even opaque glasses for the non-impaired to gain a similar experience.

Reporting:

Matthew Himler, Clemson University Graduate Arch. student

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Palacio Real de Madrid

Construction Time: 1738-1755

Architect: Filippo Juvarra

While in Madrid, we visited the Royal Palace of Spain and one of the greatest examples of Spanish Baroque architecture.

We experienced the overwhelming and intricate decoration of the interior and were able to look into the past lives of the Spanish Royalty.

Reporting:

Amanda Adkins, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. student

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Media Lab Prado

Renovated: 2000

Former use: Wood factory

The students  visited an example of a renovation project much related to their studio work. For the Media Lab Prado, the building was a former wood factory that had been transformed into a digital and project production space with an additional structural that reflects the modern age through its use of color and material.

Reporting:

Amanda Adkins, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. student

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Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

Location: Calle de Santa Isabel, 52, 28012 Madrid

Dates: Sun Feb 8 Price: N/A

For the first part of this museum tour, the students visited the terrace of Reina Soÿa.  This space allowed the students to see out over the city and observe the new, modern addition attached to the old museum structure.  The second part of the tour included a viewing of Pablo Picasso’s La Guernica.

Reporting:

Melanie Sage, Clemson University Undergraduate Arch. student

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Madrid Flea Market

Location: Calle de la Ribera de Curtidores, 28005 Madrid

Dates: Sun Feb 8

Price: FREE

Since it was the last day in Madrid for the students, they were treated to a trip to the famous Madrid flea market.  Some items in which the students purchased included tapestries, scarves, shoes, socks, pastries and more.  The flea market has been around for approximately 60 years and is still thriving!

Reporting:

Melanie Sage, Clemson University Undergraduate Arch. student

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TOLEDO NEWS:

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Catedral de Toledo

The center of the catholic church in Spain, the cathedral in Toledo did not disappoint. A masterpiece of the Spanish Baroque, it reflected the his­torical diversity of the Spanish people by incorporating architectural elements such as the geometric designs of the muslims, traditional gothic elements, and scenes depicting the patron saints of Spain and Toledo.

Reporting:

Matthew West, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. student

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Romero Vallejo Arquitectos

While in Toledo we were able to meet Mariano Vallejo and learn about what he and his firm do in Toledo and else­where.

We toured one of their earlier projects, the six patio-houses, which brought to mind the objective of our studio project at the BAC. Their proj­ect centered on creating improved housing on a pecular site, and making the building new and interesting while preserving the historical integrity of the surrounding area.

Reporting:

Matthew West, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. student

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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€
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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.

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

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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

http://www.artevistas-gallery.com/ 

Reporting:

Jackson Rob Wells, Clemson University Undergraduate Arch. student

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EUROPE NEWS:

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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€
http://www.centrocentro.org/centro/exposicion_ficha/99

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.

Reporting:

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

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BAC SEMINARS NEWS

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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.

Reporting:

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

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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.

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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.

Reporting:

Jackson Rob Wells, Clemson University Undergraduate Arch. student

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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.

Reporting:

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

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BAC STUDIO NEWS

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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.

Reporting:

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

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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.

Reporting:

Jackson Rob Wells, Clemson University Undergraduate Arch. student

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