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2013 Between Land, Going Public, Torre David, Make A Wish, and more.


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From the 12th of December 2013 to the 16th of January 2014.
In Artevistas Gallery
Passatge del Credit nº4
08002 Barcelona
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 11am to 9pm
Free admission

The latest exhibition from Santo depicts the harsh and brutal contrast between life in the city and life in the countryside. Inspired by the artist’s own experience of change made in October 2012 when Santo escaped the bustle of the busy city to the calm, fresh heights of Catalonia’s countryside. Santo expresses the physical and metal shift from the urban to the rural life.

Hailed from Tarragona, Santo’s works are created from pigments, dust texture and tissue paper, forming abstract shapes and images with depth and tactility. His works seems to form from a process of assimilation and adaptation of mental images to the true matter.


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GOING PUBLIC: Public Architecture, Urbanism and Interventions
The creative revival of public space.

Editors: R. Klanten, S. Ehmann, S. Borges, L. Feireiss
Release Date: August 2012
Format: 24 x 30 cm
Features: 272 pages, full color, hardcover
Language: English
ISBN: 978-3-89955-440-3

A fascinating look at how urban and rural public surroundings can be transformed or repurposed through the work of architects. Most of the projects presented in Going Public are small interventions aimed at opening up urban or rural space to the broad public and acting as catalysts for social, cultural and political exchanges. Because many of them are lightweight and temporary, they give young talents a space for expression and investigation.

The book is divided into 6 areas of investigation. Chapter one, Gimme Shelter, is about providing an umbrella for public programs and activities. Chapter 2, Constant Gardener, has a self-explanatory title. Then comes Walk With Me, a series of projects which takes you on a stroll around a city or scenery. Benchmarks introduced me to urban furniture with a sense of humour. Chapter 5 Between a Rock and a Hard Place shows how non-places are rehabilitated. The book closes on Why Don’t We Do it on the Road? tat explores how overlooked places can be revamped and used for activities that range from organizing carpentry workshops to hosting a temporary open-air museum.


TORRE DAVID: Informal Vertical Communities

Director: Markus Kneer & Daniel Schwartz
Country of production: Switzerland/Venezuela
Year: 2013
Future screenings will be announced at Urban Think Tank’s facebook page.

If its appeal is its celebration of the unofficial, Torre David: Informal Vertical Communities goes much further. With photographs by the great Iwan Baan, it documents a skyscraper in Caracas, left as an incomplete concrete frame and then colonised by squatters, who improvised a multi-storey city. This is a breathtaking document of human society and human ingenuity.


Grand Designs is a British television series features unusual and often elaborate architectural homebuilding projects.
The programme has been presented by Kevin McCloud since it first aired in April 1999, and 141 episodes have been broadcast in twelve series. Grand Designs charts where domestic architecture has come from, and is moving to, in the first decade or so of a new millennium. And it places people at the centre of the stories of these buildings. Each episode is supported by personal interviews to architects, building plans and Kevin’s own personal analysis. From the off-grid ecological approach of a woodsman to a quirky straw bale house in London, Kevin demonstrates how Grand Designs continues to contribute to television history and why it provides an important legacy for good house design.
Almost all episodes can be found in YouTube.


From the 4th of December 2013 to the 3rd of January 2014.
In Mitte Barcelona
Carrer de Bailén 86
08009 Barcelona
Opening Times: Monday to Friday from 2pm to 9:30pm
Free Admission

The new year is often accompanied by optimism for the future; a desire to start again. It can force you to confront last year’s experiences and all your thoughts and conclusions may leave you wishing for some changes in the new year.

Make a wish
 is a group exhibition made up of a collection of works from young artists as they look back on the previous year and reflect on their desires.

The exhibition presents work from the following artists:
– Honey
– Jan Pisarik
– Ivan Bravo
– Magdalena Kwasniewska & Sebastian Infante ‘Tugamovil’
– Cristofol Pons
– Julia Dierickx-Brax
– Manuel Daniel Rivera
– Hiroshi Tsunoda-DesignCode

By Mia Pujol, ESARQ_UIC Team.

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