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

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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.

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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.

Agenda Arquitectura BCN. Maig 2011

Revista Quaderns d’arquitectura i urbanisme.
COAC. +info
Teotihuacan. Ciutat dels Déus
. Caixafòrum. +info
aPROXIMAcions. Mostra d’arquitectura (jove) catalana
. COAC. +info
111 mirades creuades
. COAC. +info
Haití. 34 segons després
. Caixafòrum. +info
La revolució de l’aigua a Barcelona
. MUHBA. +info
EcoRedux 02: Manuals de disseny per a un planeta moribund
. DHUB. +info
Premis Delta. 50 anys amb el disseny. 1960-2010.
Palau Robert. +info: FAD / Palau Robert

itineraris urbans i visites arquitectòniques
La Fundació Miró
: un edifici mediterrani. Fundació Miró. +info: Fundació Miró / El globus vermell
L’Eixample, la forma de la ciutat
. CCCB. +info
La Montaner
i Simon. Una editorial amb història. Fundació Antoni Tàpies. +info
El Poblenou. La ciutat reinventada
. CCCB. +info
Besòs. De frontera a espai públic
. CCCB. +info
Llobregat: nou eix metropolità.
CCCB. +info

Hrvoje Njiric
. ESARQ. +info
João Álvaro Rocha
. ESARQ. +info
Juan Domingo Santos
. ETSAB. +info
Sergison Bates.
ESARQ. +info
Iñaki Ábalos
. BIArch. +info
Farshid Moussavi
. IAAC. +info
Ecosistema Urbano
. CCCB. +info
Martí Peran
. CCCB. +info

tallers familiars
A petita escala.
Fundació Miró. +info: Fundació Miró / El globus vermell

Nit dels Museus
. +info
Dia Internacional dels Museus
. +info

Foros ESARQ: João Álvaro Rocha

Mañana martes 3 de mayo, a las 16h, en el Aula Magna de la UIC, conferencia de João Álvaro Rocha dentro del ciclo Foros ESARQ 2011.

João Álvaro Rocha nació en Viana do Castelo, en el litoral norte de Portugal, el 10 de Enero de 1959.

Entre 1977 y 1982 realizó el Curso de Arquitectura de la Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes de Oporto, habiendo realizado la Prueba Final para la obtención de la licenciatura en 1986.

Inicia su actividad profesional en 1982.
Entre 1983 y 1990 mantiene una colaboración en el estudio de los arquitectos Jorge Guimarães Gigante y Francisco Melo, siendo responsable para la elaboración de varios proyectos y asistencia a las respectivas obras.
A partir de 1990 y hasta 1995 trabaja como asociados con el arquitecto José Manuel Gigante, con quién comparte la autoría de varios proyectos. En 1996 constituye su propio estudio, «João Álvaro Rocha – Arquitectos, Lda.»

Ha realizado una intensa actividad docente, iniciada en 1988/89, en el Curso de Arquitectura de la Escuela Superior Artística de Oporto. Desde 1990 hasta 2001 fue profesor en la Facultad de Arquitectura de la Universidad de Oporto y dio lecciones en la École d’Architecture de Clermont-Ferrand (Francia, 1989/90), en la Escuela Superior de Arquitectura de la Universidad Internacional da Cataluña – Barcelona (España, 1998/99), en la Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de la Universidad de Navarra – Pamplona (España, 1998) y en el Departamento de Arquitectura de la Universidad de Cornell – Nueva York (Estados Unidos de América, 2000).

Su trabajo ha merecido la atribución de diversos premios, siendo a destacar el Premio Nacional de Arquitectura – Primeras Obras – 1993, entregado por la Asociación de Arquitectos Portugueses. Premio AIA CE DESIGN AWARD – 2001, entregado por la AIA – American Institute of Architects, siendo finalista de los Premios Iberfad / Alejandro de la Sota, Barcelona, en 1996, 2000 y 2002, y del Premio VI Mies van der Rohe Award for European Architecture, Barcelona, 1999. Asimismo, fue premiado en el Concurso de Ideas sobre las experiencias de cambio y las tipologías de futuro de la Vivienda Social y Vivienda de Protección Oficial, del Consejo Superior de Colegios de Arquitectos de España, en el 2003.

+ info: Foros ESARQ / web João Álvaro Rocha

Open Lecture: Hrvoje Njiric

OPEN LECTURE + LAUNCH OF the 2G magazine dedicated to NJIRIC+ARCHITEKTI (ED. Gustavo Gili)

Hrvoje Njiric graduated in architecture in 1986 at the Architectural Faculty of the University of Zagreb.
From 1990 until 2001 was partner with Helena Njiric of njiric+njiric architekti, in 2001 he founded njiric+architekti in Zagreb.
He has been visitng professor at TU Graz, AF Ljubljana, Facolta di Architettura di Ferrara, guest professor at Arkitektskolen Aarhus, Facolta d’Architettura di Trieste, professor at the GAF Split and regular visiting professor at ETSAM.
His work has been several times awarded, exhibited and published.