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Sketches of Spain: Hidden Spanish Architecture Through Ola Kolehmainen's Lenses

16:00 - 23 April, 2017
Sketches of Spain: Hidden Spanish Architecture Through Ola Kolehmainen's Lenses, House of Spiritual Retreat. Image © Ola Kolehmainen. Cortesía de Galería SENDA
House of Spiritual Retreat. Image © Ola Kolehmainen. Cortesía de Galería SENDA

The exhibition 'Sketches of Spain' by photographer Ola Kolehmainen has been recently shown in Barcelona at the SENDA Gallery. The exhibition summarized the last ten years of Kolehmainen’s work. In 2015, the artist was awarded the RIBA Honorary Fellowship for his contribution in promoting the architecture of his generation. 

45 Years of Architecture Model Photography in Spain

12:00 - 16 April, 2017
45 Years of Architecture Model Photography in Spain, Concurso Internacional de Anteproyectos para el Monumento a José Batlle y Ordóñez en Montevideo (Uruguay), 1959. Arquitecto: Roberto Puig Álvarez. Escultor: Jorge Oteiza. Image © Fototeca del Instituto del Patrimonio Cultural de España, Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte. Archivo del Museo Oteiza
Concurso Internacional de Anteproyectos para el Monumento a José Batlle y Ordóñez en Montevideo (Uruguay), 1959. Arquitecto: Roberto Puig Álvarez. Escultor: Jorge Oteiza. Image © Fototeca del Instituto del Patrimonio Cultural de España, Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte. Archivo del Museo Oteiza

138 images, 14 albums, 20 magazines, 13 original models and one projection are part of Modeling for the Camera: Photography of architectural models in Spain, 1925-1970, the current exhibition of the ICO Museum in Madrid, curated by Iñaki Bergera, PhD of Architecture from the University of Navarra.

8 Excellent Examples of What Innovative 21st Century Schools Should Look Like

08:00 - 10 April, 2017
8 Excellent Examples of What Innovative 21st Century Schools Should Look Like, Ørestad Gymnasium / 3XN. Image © Flickr User: [Indire], bajo licencia CC BY-SA 2.0
Ørestad Gymnasium / 3XN. Image © Flickr User: [Indire], bajo licencia CC BY-SA 2.0

If we think about how the educational system worked in the past, we can quickly see that both the teaching style in schools as well as the school’s infrastructure were very different from the current system. The educational model of the twentieth century could be defined as being similar to the "spatial model of prisons, with no interest in stimulating a comprehensive, flexible and versatile education."

Santiago Calatrava's City of Arts and Sciences Through the Lens of Photographer Sebastian Weiss

09:30 - 9 April, 2017
Santiago Calatrava's City of Arts and Sciences Through the Lens of Photographer Sebastian Weiss, © Sebastian Weiss Photography
© Sebastian Weiss Photography

As a young boy, Santiago Calatrava's fascination with light in his native Valencia fueled his determination to draw, design, and eventually build. His Ciudad de Artes y Ciencias (City of Arts and Sciences) is a perfect example of the influence of the Valencian sun on the architect's work. The seven cultural buildings define a formal vocabulary all their own, with a dynamism between blanched curves and rhythmic visual patterns. So bright it almost glows on clear days, the materiality of the structures emphasizes the ability of light to outline the spatial relationships between Calatrava's shapes, and shift them as the sun moves through the sky.

5 Zaha Hadid Buildings Seen From Above

08:00 - 31 March, 2017
5 Zaha Hadid Buildings Seen From Above, Galaxy Soho en Beijing, China. Image © Deimos Imaging
Galaxy Soho en Beijing, China. Image © Deimos Imaging

This week marks the first anniversary of the death of Zaha Hadid, the most successful and influential female architect in the architectural discipline. Born in Baghdad (Iraq) in 1950, Hadid became the first woman to receive the Pritzker Prize in 2004, and twelve years later received the gold medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

How Artificial Intelligence Helped to Create a Gaudí-Inspired Thinking Sculpture

06:00 - 23 March, 2017
How Artificial Intelligence Helped to Create a Gaudí-Inspired Thinking Sculpture, Courtesy of IBM
Courtesy of IBM

IBM and New-York-based design studio SOFTlab have teamed up to create the first thinking sculpture, inspired by Gaudí and developed with IBM’s Watson cognitive technology for the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

Mecanoo & Ayesa’s Palace of Justice Nears Completion in Córdoba

06:00 - 14 March, 2017
Mecanoo & Ayesa’s Palace of Justice Nears Completion in Córdoba, © Fernando Alda
© Fernando Alda

CBack in 2006, the team of Mecanoo and Ayesa placed first in an international competition with its winning proposal for a perforated courthouse in Córdoba, combining the area’s historical character with a modern twist. Now, after almost a decade, the Palace of Justice is set for completion later this year, having broken ground in 2015.

Step Into Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Pavilion in this Virtual Walkthrough

12:00 - 7 March, 2017
Step Into Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Pavilion in this Virtual Walkthrough, Courtesy of Mies van der Rohe Foundation
Courtesy of Mies van der Rohe Foundation

Mies van der Rohe’s seminal Barcelona Pavilion is one of the most well-loved structures in the history of architecture, a de facto pilgrimage site for architects and architecture lovers around the world. Now, even those unable to make the trip have the opportunity to get a tour of the beautiful structure, thanks to a new virtual walkthrough produced by The Mies van der Rohe Foundation.

Modular Units Create a Raised Garden Screen in this Structure in Spain

06:00 - 15 February, 2017
Modular Units Create a Raised Garden Screen in this Structure in Spain, © Marcos Morilla
© Marcos Morilla

This project, by Spanish architects Longo + Roldán, turned out to be a great solution for an unused space that was unexpectedly getting a lot of attention in the interior of a quarry. 

World's First 3D Printed Bridge Opens in Spain

06:00 - 7 February, 2017
World's First 3D Printed Bridge Opens in Spain, Courtesy of IAAC
Courtesy of IAAC

The first 3D printed pedestrian bridge in the world opened to the public on December 14 in Madrid. Led by the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) in a process that took a year and a half from its conception, the structure crosses a stream in Castilla-La Mancha Park in Alcobendas, Madrid.

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