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Fall 2015_Student Reporters_WEEK 14

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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 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

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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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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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Fall 2015_Student Reporters_WEEK 12 (Independent Travel)

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MACBA Symposium
Location: MACBA_Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona
Dates: 2‐3 November 2015
Hours: 9‐20:30
Talking Galleries instigates the debate and exchange of new trends and issues specific to the art gallery sector. Open to gallerists and art professionals, the 4th Symposium will be celebrated in Barcelona (MACBA ‐ Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona) on 2–3 November. Two days in which to create a space to reflect and question how galleries should transform and adapt to a new environment, and how to respond to new challenges.

Web Address: http://www.artbarcelona.es/en/talking‐galleries‐iv‐barcelona‐symposium‐artists‐and‐gallerists‐sharinga‐vision/
Reporting: Joshua Berry, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. student

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Film Symphony Orchestra
Location: L’Auditori Lepant 150, 08013 Barcelona
Hours: From Monday to Saturdays 3pm‐9pm
Dates: Sunday November 15
Admission Cost: 22‐49 euros
This Sunday, the Film Symphony Orchestra brings cinematography to the home of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, L’Auditori. Expect to hear performances of classics such as Star Trek, The Matrix, Missions Impossible and E.T. and more recent films like The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything by this renowned orchestra comprised of over 70 musicians.
Web Address: https://www.auditori.cat/en/20256
Reporting: Joshua Berry, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. Student

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META modernism Exhibition
Location: Grenfell Baines School of architecture, UCLAN, Preston, north west England, UK
Dates: Nov 15

This architecture event will take place in the Edward Building, which can be accessed from the front entrance of the architecture building at UCLAN opposite Granthams printers on Corporation street. The abhorrence of the modern world, expressed most explicitly in a comprehensive popular rejection of the Modernist city, stands testament to the object failure of the Modernist project to deliver its promised utopia.
Mounting a Post-­‐Modern  critique of  this failure, as irony and as dejection, was itself equally fruitless and ultimately facile,  offering far less, in terms of substance, than the Modernist project itself.

Web Address: http://kam.illinois.edu/exhibitions/current/metamodern.html

Reporting: Katia Moreno, Clemson University Undergraduate Arch. Student

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Bosco Verticale wins 2015 Best Tall Building Worldwide from CTBUH

Winner of the CTBUH 2015 Best Tall Building Worldwide Award: Bosco Verticale in Milan by Boeri Studio. Photo © Paolo Rosselli.

Boeri Studio’s Bosco Verticale preserves the longtime architectural fantasy of building tall forest towers. Since the residential building was completed late last year, it continues to garner plenty of attention and awards. Most recently, the project won the 2015 Best Tall Building Worldwide from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. The announcement concludes a nearly yearlong juried selection process that began with 123 entries representing 33 countries.

Web Address: http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/ctbuh_bosco_verticale_2015_best_tall_building_worldwide/

Reporting: Katia Moreno, Clemson University Undergraduate Arch. Student

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Vital Art Nouveau 1900 – Exhibition – Prague, Czech Republic
Location: Prague Municipal House
Date: 1 October 2015 – 31 December 2015
Hours: 10:00 – 19:00
Admissions cost: 150 czk
The exhibition in the Prague Municipal House is presenting a selection of the most outstanding works of Czech and European Art Nouveau art from the holdings of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague. The exhibition is intended to show the Art Nouveau arts and crafts as part of the ground-breaking, forward-looking trends and emancipation efforts that evolved in the late 19th century, as a reformist art movement that strove for “the multiplication and intensification of life”. The display will therefore explore the Art Nouveau aesthetic both in terms of modern artist designers’ creative ambitions and the new zest for life that swept society as a whole. Masterpieces of decorative art exhibited at the famous Paris World’s Fair of 1900 will be on display, alongside works influenced by the various currents of thought popular at the time (such as the theories of Vitalism and Spiritism), as well as the formal and stylistic innovations in glassware, ceramics and furniture.
Other areas will cover the radical changes in life style as reflected in interior design, the visual style of poster art and fashion.
Web Address: http://www.obecnidum.cz/en/vital‐art‐noveau‐1900‐1404044031.html
Reporting: Joshua Berry, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. Student

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Short Film Festival Berlin
Location: Linienstrabe 227 10178 Berlin zum Stadtplan
Date: 10 – 15th of November 2015
Hours: Evenings
Admissions Cost: unknown
The Short Film Festival Berlin is the second most significant international film festival in Berlin after the Berlinale and also the second oldest short film festival in Germany. For six days inNovember each year, it presents short and medium length films from all over the world in selected cinemas in Berlin.
Web Address: http://www.interfilm.de/en/festival2015/home.html
Reporting: Joshua Berry, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. Student

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Rome, Jazz Festival
Location: Auditorium Parco Della Musica
Date: Saturday 14th November
Hours: 9:00 p.m.
Admission Cost: free
New York‐based Gregory Porter, the new international star of jazz singing, will open the 2015 edition of Roma Jazz Festival. Acclaimed over the last years by critics and audience for his baritone voice – an amazing blend of soul, gospel, blues and jazz, his performances evoke the charming atmosphere of music clubs in the Fifties.
Web Address: http://www.romajazzfestival.it/?lang=en 
Reporting: Joshua Berry, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. Student

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Proportio – Fortuny Museum
Location: Palazzo Fortuny
Date: 5‐09‐2015 to 22‐11‐2015
Hours: 10‐18 p.m.
Admission Cost: 12 euros
Until November 22nd 2015 the fascinating spaces of Palazzo Fortuny in Venice hosts Proportio, the exhibition organized by Axel and May Verboordt Foundation and the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia that explores the omnipresence of universal proportions in art, science, music and architecture. Proportio carries on the highly acclaimed exhibition project that has already presented a trilogy of exhibitions.
Web Address: http://fortuny.visitmuve.it/it/pianifica‐la‐tua‐visita/orari/
Reporting: Joshua Berry, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. Student

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The Lion King – London
Location: Lyceum Theater
Date: 14‐11‐2015
Hours: 7:30 p.m.
Admission Cost: 65 pounds
Brilliantly reimagined by acclaimed director Julie Taymore, Disney’s beloved film has been transformed into a spectacular stage production that explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music. At its heart is the powerful and moving story of Simba ‐‐ the epic adventure of his journey from wide‐eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands.
Web Address: http://www.thelionking.co.uk/
Reporting: Joshua Berry, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. Student

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Winter Fine Arts and Antiques Fair
Location: Olympia London, Hammersmith Road,
Kensington, London
Date: 2nd November until 8th November 2015
Hours: 11am – 8 pm (roughly)
Admission Cost: from 13 pounds
The Winter Fine Arts and Antiques Fair is becoming somewhat of an antique itself, as it celebrates a quarter of a century this year. Taking place at London’s Olympia, the annual fair is a permanent fixture on the calendars of all art and antique aficionados. It has also become a popular
social event with high profile visitors such as Bono, Claudia Schiffer and Jools Holland helping to boost its reputation. But don’t worry if you don’t know your Art Deco from your Art Nouveau, the Fair is equally popular with new buyers looking to decorate their homes. Each year, over 20,000 visitors swarm to the fair with around 125 exhibitors offering everything from silver teapots and Lalique vases to Cartier earrings and from rubies to Regency furniture.
Web Address: http://www.olympia‐antiques.com
Reporting: Joshua Berry, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. Student

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INDEPENDENT TRAVEL:

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Independent Travel – Prague, Petřín Lookout Tower

When in Prague it was suggested to our group that we visit the “effiel tower of Prague.” Its official name is the Petřínská Rozhledna and it was built in 1891 and was used as an observation tower as well as a transmission tower. In 1889, members of the Club of Czech  Tourists visited the world exposition in Paris and were inspired by the Eiffel Tower, which is w hy it was referred to us in that way. While visiting the tower people there to ld us, in 1953, a television broadcasting antenna was installed, and the prog ram feed performed by a directional radio antenna. This served as Prague’s main television signal provider until the opening of the Žižkov Television Tower in late 1992.

Reporting: Katia Moreno, Clemson University Undergraduate Arch. Student

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Independent Travel – Prague, The Dancing House

Since I am studying architecture here it only made sense to go and see the Dancing House by Frank Ghery. While there, I found out that the very nontraditional design was very controversial at the time of it being built because the house stands out among the Baroque, Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings for which Prague is known for, and some thought that it contrasts too much with the normal architectural style.

Reporting: Katia Moreno, Clemson University Undergraduate Arch. Student

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Independent Travel – Budapest, Hungarian Parliament Building

The Parliament Building was the building I enjoyed seeing the most in Budapest. It’s Gothic Revival style, was beautiful, especially when lit up at night and seeing the reflection on the river. It has a symmetrical façade and a central dome.  The dome is Renaissance Revival architecture. Also inside the parliament building is symmetrical and has two absolutely identical parliament halls out of which one is used for the politics, the other one is used for guided tours.

Reporting: Katia Moreno, Clemson University Undergraduate Arch. Student

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Independent Travel – Budapest, St. Stephen’s Basilica

The inside of St. Stephen’s Basilica was breath taking. The church is named after Saint Stephen I of Hungary, the first King of Hungary. It is the third highest church in Hungary. The architectural style is Neo-­‐Classical, a Greek cross ground plan and the façade is anchored by two large bell towers. We got to go inside the dome by elevator or climbing 364 stairs and at the top you could see all of Budapest.

Reporting: Katia Moreno, Clemson University Undergraduate Arch. Student

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Independent Travel – Rome,  Pope Sighting at the Vatican
Date: 8 November
Location: Rome, Italy
During independent travel, I was priveleged to see the Pope on multiple occasions. However, seeing Pope Francis in the Vatican was one of the most surreal moments of my life. I have never seen one man’s presence demand such positive attention. It was incredible.
Reporting: Julian Owens, Clemson University Undergraduate Arch. Student

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Independent Travel – Rome, The MAXXI (Zaha Hadid)
Date: 8 November
Location: Rome, Italy
Zaha demonstrated pure brilliance through the design of this museum. It’s fluid movement and rigid form contribute to a modern artistic environment. While, it is a beautiful work of architecture, it seriously lacks art within its exhibits, in my opinion. However, the building is such a joy to walk around.
Reporting: Julian Owens, Clemson University Undergraduate Arch. Student

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Independent Travel – Rome, The Pantheon
Date: 9 November
Location: Rome, Italy
I now understand why no one is 100% sure how the Pantheon was built. It’s one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen. It’s not that large of a building compared to other monumental buildings in Rome; however, it is so mesmerizing that I spent almost 3 hours in there. I completely lost track of time, getting lost in sketching and admiring the optical illusion that is the Pantheon’s dome.
Reporting: Julian Owens, Clemson University Undergraduate Arch. Student

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Independent Travel – Milan, Duomo di Milano
Date: 12 November
Location: Milan Italy
The Milan Cathedral was my final stop in my tour through Italy. This is easily the most beautiful cathedral I have seen. I had the priveledge of enjoying sunset on the upper terrace of the cathedral. I swear that terrace has the most beautiful views in all of Italy. After enjoying the beautiful views, I helped myself to some pizza and a little bit of gellato and called it a trip.
Reporting: Julian Owens, Clemson University Undergraduate Arch. Student

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Fall 2015 – NETHERLANDS trip

Fall 2015 students from Texas A&M, Clemson and Roger Williams University attended their second field studies trip to the Netherlands this past October. The visits where guided by Ivan Blasi and Anna Sala, both part of our BAC faculty team. The intense trip went through Rotterdam, The Hague, Hilversum, Delft, Zaandam, Utrecht and Amsterdam in a short 8 days. Students came back both impressed and energetic to continue the rest of this course!
Thanks again to everyone who made part of this trip.

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Fall 2015_Student Reporters_WEEK 11

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The Arc de Triomf
Location: Passeig Lluís Companys, 8018 Barcelona
Hours: Special occasions only. eg. 48 Hour Open House
During the 48 hour open house students from the Barcelona Architecture Center visited various buildings that are typically not open to the public. One of those was the Arc de Triomf. The ability to go up the stairs to the top is only open on special occasions and students were eager to climb the stairs and make it to the top!
Reporting: Robert Thomson, Undergraduate Roger Williams University Architecture Student

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The Hospital Sant Pau
Location: Carrer de Sant Quintí, 89, 08026 Barcelona
Hours: everyday from 6:oo-11:00pm
During the 48 hour open house students from the Barcelona Architecture Center visited various buildings that are typically not open to the public. Students had an excellent time visiting the Hospital Sant Pua by Lluís Domènech i Montaner. This hospital was truly inspiring to visit with its ornate tile and masonry work. This going to this hospital would surely make recovering from any illnes easier!
Reporting: Robert Thomson, Undergraduate Roger Williams University Architecture Student

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Barcelona’s International Improv Festival 2015
Location: Centre Artesà Tradicionàrius, Travessia de Sant Antoni 6, 08012 Barcelona
Dates: Wednesday November 4th to Saturday 7th November 2015
Hours: Doors open at 19:30 and the show runs from 20:00 to 23:00h.
Admission: November 4th and 5th – 8€, November 6th and 7th – 10€, November 4-7 -30€
Europe’s biggest English language improve festival returns for another year of comedy events. 22 visiting teams from 15 countries will perform 4 nightly shows of fun and entertainment.
Web Address: http://www.barcelonaimprovfestival.com/

Reporting: Aaron Rosas, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. student

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The Amazing World of M.C Escher
Location: 75 Belford Rd, Edinburgh EH4 3DR, United Kingdom
Hours: 10:00 – 17:00
While visiting the Netherlands our class led by Ivan Blasi took us to the M.C. Escher Museum in the Hague, in the Netherlands. Also going on is the exhibition The Amazing World of M.C. Escher. This Exhibition showcases is some previously seen prints along with some unseen pieces. This exhibit
was particularly interesting to visit in Scotlant because it goes though the processes and steps that are involved in making etchings.
Reporting: Robert Thomson, Undergraduate Roger Williams University Architecture Student
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Prague International Jazz Fesival
Address: Národní třída 20, Praha 1 Venue:Reduta Jazz Club
Showing: November 8, 2018 9:30pm
In Prague this Sunday Linwood Lee Taylor form the United States. He will be various types of jazz at the Reduta Jazz Club. He has been inspired by Howlin’ Wolf, Jimi Hendrix, and Muddy Waters, as well as Freddy King,Albert King, and Albert Collins. This is sure to be a cultural experience!
Reporting: Robert Thomson, Undergraduate Roger Williams University Architecture Student

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“Cultural Studies and Speculative Realism”
Location: Jagiellonian University. Krakow, Poland
Date: 6-7 November 2015
Hours: 10:00-17:00h
Admission: academics: 200 PLN, PhD students: 100 PLN
The conference will be in two parts: the plenary session and workshop-seminar. The plenary session grouped in thematic panels will take place on the first day covering ideas of speculative realism and object oriented philosophy (OOP). The sessions will be held in Polish and English. The second day will be devoted to the OOP workshop for MA and PhD students. The workshop will be run in English by Prof. Levi R. Bryant.
Web Address: http://www.wzks.uj.edu.pl/en/wydarzenia/-/journal_content/56_INSTANCE_GAk5/41653/98096771
Reporting: Aaron Rosas, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. student

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Renegade Craft Fair
Location: Old Truman Brewery , Brick Lane. London, UK
Date: Saturday November 7 2015 – Sunday November 8 2015
Hours: 11:00am
Admission: FREE
Designers and makers bundle into the Old Truman Brewery offering up their wares which range from stationery and jewellery to toys, illustrated prints and super trendy cacti-filled pots and hanging baskets. DIY workshops, installations and activities take place so you can really make a day of it.
Web Address: http://www.renegadecraft.com/london
Reporting: Aaron Rosas, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. student

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Seminar visit to iGuzzini HQ
As a studio and as a final class with Mercé Berengué, we were able to have a walkthrough of MIAS Architects’ iGuzzini Illuminazione HQ Barcelona and experience the pros and cons of such a radical building. A let down of the tour was the cancellation of attendance by the principal architect of MIAS Architects but that allowed us to pose questions that had no end and begin an attempt to read the architects purpose for the design. Arguments were brought up on what were ideas that were not achieved successfully and vice versa. Good architecture is a substance that can provoke argument and feeling and in iGuzzini HQ that is exactly what is done. And a great thank you to Mercé for taking us on these great site visits that stimulate an important part of architecture and its experience.
Reporting: Aaron Rosas, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. student

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In Design Communication with Pia Wortham, we discussed towers and hotels, specifically HOTEL ME by DOMINIQUE PERRAULT. To begin to understand how tower structures worked, we were introduced with fundamental physics ideas and equations that are used in order to make a tower structure stable and safe while still working with forces around. It wasn’t until the completing of the final quiz that we will no longer be having PIA as a lecturer since it was the last class of the semester. It is agreed that she is one of the best lecturers we have ever had and an all-around awesome person to learn from. Thanks Pia!
Reporting: Aaron Rosas, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. student

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BAC STUDIO NEWS:

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Studio Update
One of the last desk critiques before the Second Phase review prior to Final Review continues in order to get the work needed done to have as many competitive projects as possible. Students present progress throughout the week and absorb and apply feedback given by the professors. Many sleepless nights are ahead and that’s part of all the fun of architecture.
Reporting: Aaron Rosas, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. student

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Fall 2015 – Seminar Lecture Series – Site Visit to iGuzzini HQ

This past Tuesday November 3rd,  Fall 2015 students visited iGuzzini Iluminazzione HQ, project by Mias architects, as part of their Seminar Lecture Series visits lead by Mercé Berengué.

Guided by one of the building’s users, students had a first hand insight into the building’s process through its conception to its completion in 2011 and their operations ever since.
The visit was done through a promenade through the main office’s spaces. Walking from the lower exhibition area where the architecture models from the competition project and documental videos from its building process can be examined, the warehouse and showroom, finishing in an upper level of the floating sphere-like structure that contains the company offices.

At the end of the visit, a critical discussion was encouraged by Mercé Berengué analyzing the structural working of this innovative project and comparing it to previous visits done throughout the course.

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