Debate Cátedra Medellín-Barcelona en el CCCB

El CCCB nos trae el lunes, 30 de mayo, la Cátedra Medellín-Barcelona para debatir acerca de los modelos urbanos y cómo sacar lo mejor el uno del otro.

En los últimos años, Medellín ha pasado de ser el símbolo del narcotráfico y la violencia a ser una de las ciudades de referencia a la hora de hablar de transformación social y urbana. La arquitectura y el urbanismo desempeñan un destacado papel en esos grandes cambios. ¿Qué hay detrás de lo que se denomina «el modelo Medellín»? ¿Qué pueden aprender mutuamente Barcelona y Medellín de sus modelos de urbanismo?

Este debate se organiza con motivo de la visita a Barcelona de la delegación de Medellín dentro del programa de Urbanismo de la Cátedra Medellín-Barcelona, promovido por la Fundación Kreanta. 

Presentación a cargo de Roser Bertran, vicepresidenta de la Fundación Kreanta; Beth Galí, representante del Consejo Directivo de la Cátedra Medellín-Barcelona; Judit Carrera, jefa del Centro de Documentación y Debate del CCCB, y Manel Vila, comisionado de Alcaldía de Cooperación, Solidaridad y Paz del Ayuntamiento de Barcelona. Debate Cátedra Medellín-Barcelona en el CCCB

Cameron Sinclair escoge la Esarq de la UIC

El pasado domingo 22 de mayo, el suplemento Magazine de La Vanguardia publicaba una entrevista al co-fundador de Architecture for Humanity, donde le preguntaron acerca del papel de las universidades y la arquitectura social y escogió el Master de Cooperación impartido en la UIC, del que fue profesor invitado hace escasos 3 meses.

Os dejo la entrevista completa para el que no tuviera la ocasión de leerla. Cameron Sinclair escoge la Esarq de la UIC

Open Lecture: Yves Bussière

Monday 23th May, 15:00.

Yves Daniel Bussière obtained his Doctorate in Economics at the University of  Toulouse, his Masters in Applied Economics at the University of Montreal, and his Masters in Sociology at the University of Aix-Marseilles. He is member of the Montreal Interuniversitary Group, honorary profesor of the University of Quebec and full time profesor at the Faculty of Economics of the “Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla” (BUAP) in Puebla, Mexico. International expert in regional, urban and transportation planning he is author of more than 100 scientific publications and numerous conferences in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, the Caribbean, Latin America.
He has been consultant for various public and private organisms in Canada, Europe, África, the Caribbean and Latin America and he has participated in mayor transportation projects for the World Bank and Public organizations in various cities of México (Puebla, Monterrey, Tijuana, Mexicali, Culiacán, Aguascalientes, Guadalajara, Morelia). Expert in North-South comparative analysis and in prospective, is co-editor of the book “Demography and Transportation: Cities of the North and Cities of the South” published in French in Paris in 2002 and in Spanish in Puebla, Mexico in 2009.

Open Lecture: Daniel Calatayud

Tuesday 17th May, 15:00.

Daniel Calatayud is an architect whose research focuses on carbon footprint of building systems, energy efficiency in building, transport carbon footprint and carbon footprint of urban models. He is a scientific consultant and was vice-president of the AUS -Architecture and Sustainability Association of the Col·legi d’Arquitectes-, he has published in several magazines and won many prizes among them the Solar Decathlon edition 2010 with the project Low 3 ETSAV.

Biodigital Conference with Alberto T. Estévez

In the twenties and thirties of the 20th century, when some architects were disposed systematically to configure modern world, they did it stimulated for a cultural pressure, for a correct adaptation to new times, and fighting for minimum conditions of human existence. On the other hand, today the urgency is bigger. It is about the entire planetary subsistence. The question is not any more a simple caprice, neither an intellectual necessity, neither sensibility for losing less favoured people. Now, the necessity is global, without reservations of classes, races or religions. The whole planet is in front of danger of no-sustainability for all mankind.

By chance, now in this crucial moment, are offered new techniques of an enormous potential: biological techniques and digital techniques. And even fusion of both, in something that can be named biodigital architecture. One that has incorporated the advantages proportioned by the understanding of genetics in both ways, the biological and the digital way, that permit to face with hope some continuity also worthy, but this time a dignity for all The Earth.Then, as the ones that made efforts to break with the ancient classical tradition to found the new modern tradition, we are in front of the challenge of creating the future tradition of biodigital and genetics. For this is necessary that people work on three key elements: researchteaching and profession. This is exactly what we have been doing in Barcelona from 2000, with the Genetic Architecture Research Group and Ph.D. Programme, with the Biodigital Architecture Master’s Degree and with the Genetic Architectures Office. There we learn & teach, we make research and we design: Knowing that there are sufficient differential parameters to predict a complete age’s change. Today, after the first decade of our new Century, it is time to explain, to check, to discuss, fascinations, inspirations, experiences, that the graduates of these Research Group, Master’s Degree and Architecture Office have done in the developing of this biodigital architecture and genetics, up to now.

Alberto T. Estévez Conference Chair

Inscriptions (free) limited : yespina@uic.es Biodigital Conference with Alberto T. Estévez

Foros ESARQ: Stephen Bates (Sergison Bates architects)

Sergison Bates

Since the establishing of the practice in 1996, Sergison Bates architects have earned a reputation as one of the UK’s leading architectural practices, having successfully engaged with all dimensions of architectural and urban design rather than focusing on narrow specialisms. They are currently involved in a wide range of projects at different scales, ranging from urban planning and regeneration to public buildings and housing in the UK and mainland Europe.

Recent projects include a Centre for the Applied Arts in Ruthin, Wales and an urban housing development in Finsbury Park, London, both of which received RIBA awards in 2009; a public library in Blankenberge, Belgium; a care home in Huise-Zingem, Belgium; the London Sustainable Industries Park in Dagenham; a welcome centre and office building in Shanghai for the Novartis Institute for BioMedical Research; a rural housing project in Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal and an apartment building and crèche in Geneva, Switzerland. The practice has well established links with associated project support offices in different countries, which provide an understanding of local cultural and legal issues and facilitate communication with clients and the supervision of work on site.

The work of the practice has been extensively published and exhibited and many of their buildings have won awards. The practice has also won international recognition for ‘innovative developments in architecture’ (Erich Schelling Medal for Architecture) and architectural excellence (Heinrich Tessenow Gold Medal for Architecture) and some of their projects were exhibited in the British Pavilion at the 2008 Architecture Biennale in Venice.

All projects are informed by a sensitive approach to place, the experiential potential of materials and construction and a concern for the environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainability. The practice is committed to a research-based approach, which is supported by the partners’ academic work and their participation in international architectural competitions and juries, and aspires to create an architecture that is contemporary and rooted in its context, at all scales.

Sergison Bates are an international practice in outlook and staff composition, and have numerous collaborative projects with international project partners. In September 2010 a second office was established in central Zurich in response to the growing international commissions received by the practice. The founders, Jonathan Sergison and Stephen Bates and partner Mark Tuff are closely involved in strategic design decisions on all projects and committed to cultivating a strong working relationship with clients and stakeholders in the development of all projects.

+ info: www.sergisonbates.co.uk

Open Lecture: Albert Piedrabuena

Monday 6th May, 15.00:

Albert Piedrabuena has a Law Degree from the University of Lleida, a Master of Urban Law, Construction Law and Construction by IDEC (University Pompeu Fabra), and a  Master of Urban and Regional Studies, Technical Planner, by the School of Public Administration of Catalonia (INAP).
He is a technical advisor of the municipal group CiU in the Barcelona City Council,  on Urban Development and Housing. Special focus on the scope and jurisdiction of the Planning Commission, Infrastructure and housing.