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Fall 2016 Seminar Visit _Walden 7 and Ricardo Bofill RBTA

As a part of our Fall 2016 Seminar visits series to a local architecture offices, our students had opportunity to visit Walden 7 housing complex from 1975, one of the earliest ambitious projects by Ricardo Bofill and later visited architects office located in reconverted abandoned cement factory from the late 19th century.

Many thanks to Alex from Storytelling from Walden7 for walking us around the Walden’s “streets” and Maria and Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura for opening us the door of their beautiful office and showing us more about their architecture!

..see some photos from the visit

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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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spring 2017 in Barcelona Architecture Center BAC

Texas A&M University College of Architecture

Clemson University College of Architecture

Roger Williams University School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation

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Fall 2015_Student Reporters_WEEK 14

BCN NEWS:

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Practice Research Symposium Europe
Location: Fundación Palo Alto and BAU Design College of Barcelona
Dates: 27/11 – 29/11
Hours: Fri: 9:30 – 20:30. Sat 9:30 – 20:00. Sun: 9:30 – 16:00.
Admission: Free but registration required before 22/11
The Practice Research Symposia (PRT) is a panel of masters in a specific field of architecture/design/arts held by RMIT University. Discussion panels, lectures, and social events are held throughout the day to examine the research done by these masters.
Web Address: Practice Research Symposium Europe
Reporting: Raul Ramirez Jr., Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. Student

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Barcelona Jazz Festival
Location: Various venues
Dates: 26/9 – 11/12
Hours: Varied between days.
Admission: 12€ – 65€ (Varied between venues)
The Barcelona Jazz Festival is a large event where top jazz performers show their talents to the public. There are over fifty concerts and twenty venues that take place all over Barcelona throughout the dates of the event.
Web Address: Barcelona Jazz Festival
Reporting: 
Raul Ramirez Jr., Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. Student

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Mies van der Rohe Award 2015
Location: Westival sztuka architektury, Szczecin, Poland
Dates: 13/11 – 28/11
Hours: Opening day: 18:30 – ? Every other day: 11:00 – 19:00
Admission: Unknown
The Mies van der Rohe Award is a biennial award that chooses a project from a number of firms that demonstrates architectural excellence. The exhibition consists of material designed specifically for the show including models, materials, interviews and more.
Web Address: Mies van der Rohe Award 2015
Reporting: Raul Ramirez Jr., Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. Student

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100 ideas to solve the London housing crisis
Location: The Building Centre, London
Dates: 15/10 – 17/12
Hours: Mon – Fri : 9:00 – 19:00. Sat : 10 – 17:00.
Admission: Free
New London Architecture is showcasing 100 of the over 200 projects submitted in a competition to help alleviate the London housing crisis. The top ten projects will worth with the Greater London Authority, London’s City Hall, and explain how their projects would be implemented in the future.
Web Address: The Building Centre
Reporting: Raul Ramirez Jr., Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. Student

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BAC SEMINAR and STUDIO NEWS:

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Visit from BIM specialist Ignasi Perez
Location: Barcelona Architecture Center (BAC)
Dates: 23/11 and 26/11
Hours: 16:00 – 20:00 and 9:30 – 13:30
Ignasi Perez, an architect involved deeply into the construction field, visited the BAC studio to provide input in student projects. His main objective was to help students find the best material option that works with their design.
Reporting: Raul Ramirez Jr., Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. Student

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Thanksgiving at the BAC
Location: Barcelona Architecture Center (BAC)
Dates: 26/11
Hours: 19:30 – 22:30
The awesome professors of BAC held the popular North American tradition of the thanksgiving dinner for all the students. Each person helped out with their contribution of food or dessert. A vast amount of food was consumed that day.
Reporting: Raul Ramirez Jr., Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. Student

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Fall 2015 – Design Studio Lecture Series – Sara Udina, Urbanist Architect

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Barcelona, City Council – Sara Udina
Design Studio Lecture Series – 11/17/2015

Sara Udina’s professional experience and her position inside the City´s Urban Planning Department provides her with an accurate insight of the current and future planning of Barcelona. The city is a complex mechanism that has to be analyzed at different scales, especially when planning its evolution and growth. The urban decisions for the city aim for it to be a system with high connectivity and public spaces, tied with a vast network of green spaces. Through the lecture, key projects in the city where mentioned such as les Glories, 22@, the Sagrera Railway Station, and the future connection of the Collserola Mountains back to the city. Of special interest for our students are the Industrial heritage plans of the city, directly tied to our student’s project in la Escocesa; but most importantly, the understanding that specific projects in the city are always tied directly to the wide panorama of the city as a whole.

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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_Student Reporters_WEEK 13

BCN NEWS:

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Species of Spaces
Location: Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
Dates: Jul 16, 2015 to Jan 31, 2016
Hours: Mon & Wed: 11am – 8pm, Thurs & Fri: 11am – midnight, Sat: 10am – 8pm, Sun/public holidays: 10am – 3pm Closed Tuesdays
Admission: €10
The exhibition is based on Georges Perec book on the understanding of the space around us. It tries to bring an understanding to how the spaces we interact with change the way we act, exist, move, think, and live.
Web Address: Species of Spaces – MACBA
Reporting: Jose De Leon, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. Student

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Miserachs
Location: Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) Dates: Sep 18, 2015 to Jan 10, 2016
Hours: Mon & Wed: 11am – 8pm, Thurs & Fri: 11am – midnight, Sat: 10am – 8pm, Sun/public holidays: 10am – 3pm Closed Tuesdays
Admission: €10
A collection of photographs by Xavier Miserachs that depicts the everyday life of residents in Barcelona through the history of the city. He focuses on the economic struggles, work, relationships, and celebrations to give an understanding of the changing culture over the years.
Web Address: Miserarchs – MACBA
Reporting: Jose De Leon, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. Student

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World Press Photo 2015 Exhibition
Location: Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona
Dates: 12 November to 13 December
Hours: Tuesday ‐ Sunday 11.00‐20.00 (No tickets sold within 30 minutes of closing time)
The CCCB hosts 134 photos worthy of an ultimate prize in the 2015 edition of the World Press Photo Exhibition. Each of them is supposedly alive, shocking, and real.
Reporting: Julian Owens, Clemson University Undergraduate Arch. Student

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Film & Cook Festival de Cine y Gastronomia
Dates: 6 November ‐ Unknown
Film and Cook is a new concept of festival where it joins the passion for cinema and gastronomy. A showcase for cinematographic productions based on gastronomy that brings the high gastronomy over to general public and announces their protagonists. It offers gastronomic shows with innovation as its protagonist.

Reporting: Julian Owens, Clemson University Undergraduate Arch. Student

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Olivo Barbieri. Images 1978-2014
Location: Maxxi Museum
Dates: May 29, 2015 to Jan 3, 2016
Hours: Tues to Fri: 11am – 7 pm, Sat 11am – 10pm, Sun 11am – 7pm
Admission: €10
The exhibition summarizes the work of one the most important figures in contemporary Italian photography. In addition, the museum by Zaha Hadid becomes its own exhibition by a thought provoking exterior and interior.
Web Address: Olivo Barbieri. Images 1978-2014
Reporting: Jose De Leon, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. Student

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Pop and Music
Location: Fondation Louis Vuitton
Dates: Jun 3, 2015 to Jan 4, 2016
Hours: Mon to Thurs: 12pm – 7 pm, Fri: 12pm – 11pm, Sat to Sun: 11am – 8pm, Close Tuesdays
Admission: €14
An exhibition of work from artists interested in objects and images vehicled by advertising, television, cinema, and the internet. As well the building by Frank Gehry provides a different thought process of creating a second skin and forms.
Web Address: Pop and Music
Reporting: Jose De Leon, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. Student

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Painter Nell Hill Birthday
Date: 19 November 2015
Possibly Europe’s oldest living artist has celebrated her 105th birthday. Acclaimed painter Nell Hill marked the occasion with a celebration at Walton Heath Manor residential home in Walton on the Hill. With work spanning 90 years, Nell has sold her botanical‐themed watercolours and
Peter Rabbit prints all over the world.
Reporting: Jose De Leon, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. Student

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BAC SEMINARS NEWS:

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Barcelona Towards The Future, Lecture by Sara Udina 
Location: City Council
The lecture focused on the future of the city of Barcelona in terms of construction, infrastructure, and main goals to achieve. Architect Sara Udina explained the ongoing projects of the city such as 22@, the Sagrera Railway Station, and the future connection of the Collserola Mountains back to the city.
Reporting: Jose De Leon, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. Student

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Seminar Visits Test
The past Tuesday Texas A&M, Clemson, Roger Williams took the final exam covering all our seminar visits that were instructed by Merce Berengue bringing a closer conclusion to the class.
Reporting: Jose De Leon, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. Student

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BAC STUDIO NEWS:

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BAC Studio
The week started with students constructing small models to start giving perspective of the overall aspect of their building individually as well with the context of La Escosesa. The task is to emphasize a main component of the project and visualize the scale of the building with the interior and exterior spaces.
Reporting: Jose De Leon, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. Student

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BAC Studio 2nd Phase Review
On Thursday all students presented their draft presentation posters to their professors in our first series of refinement towards the final presentations. The presentations consisted of boards explaining the concept of the project, the context of the site and city, relationships between buildings, technical drawings, and compilations of renders and elevations.
Reporting: Jose De Leon, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. Student

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