Barcelona in Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires International Architectural Biennal, XV
Barcelona is the guest of honour at the Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura de Buenos Aires this year which takes place between the 9th and 15th of October and is considered one of the most important in the world currently. Under the directorship of Daniel Mòdol, architect and Concejal de Arquitectura, Paisaje Urbano y Patrimonio (Councilor for Architecture, Urban Landscape and Heritage), the city’s participation will include an exhibition, a series of conferences and an academic programme organised by the City Hall and the Institut Ramon Llull. The theme of the exhibition and the lectures that will represent the Catalan capital is “Barcelona, a city of architectures”.
Very often it is only the high profile architectural projects, architecture with a capital A, that gets attention in the media however the role of good design in Barcelona is not confined to the city centre or star architects only. The focus here is on the neighbourhoods, the peripheral areas of the city and the way that communities dialogue with the architects and urban planers who make the decisions. This theme is explored through recently built building and urban planning projects that include Torre Júlia, residential high rise (Sergi Pons, Pau Vidal and Ricard Galiana), Cooperativa La Borda, social housing (La Col arquitectura cooperativa), Fort Pienc, community centre (Josep Llinàs), Turó de la Rovira, historical look-out post (Jansana, De la Villa, de Paauw + AAUP Jordi Romero Associats) and Fabia i Coats, musuem (Manuel Ruisánchez I Francsc Bacardit).
Image from Re-edificar, El Mercat Ninot under construction. Ph: Adrià Goula
Image from Re-edificar, Adrià Goula, El Mercat Sant Antoni under construction
One of the interventions includes the conference Re-edificar (re-construct) presented by Adrià Goula, that considers the intersection of different programmes, different technologies and different eras that these type of refurbishment projects present. The conference will include specific Barcelona examples that this architect and photographer has recorded through his work.
Torre Júlia, residential high rise. Architects; Sergi Pons, Pau Vidal and Ricard Galiana
The full list of conferences includes Daniel Mòdol (Barcelona, Arquitectura d’una ciutat), Mar Santamaria (10 maneras (possibles) com Barcelona podria desaparéixer), Adrià Goula (Re-edificar), Oscar Guayabero (La ciutat com a espai de felicitat), Ramon Faura Coll (L’altra arquitectura; preguntes des d’una casa-museu), Josep Maria Montaner (Barcelona contemporània: cultura de l’habitar i espai públic) and architectural practice Flores & Prats (La disciplina d’allò existent. Sobre la nova Sala Beckett de Barcelona).
Image of the Turó de la Rovira, historical look-out post