Barcelona Wins Bloomberg 2014 Mayors Challenge

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Bloomberg Philanthropies has awarded its 2014 Mayors Challenge to Barcelona, selecting its plan to deal with the problems of an ageing population over the proposals of 20 other European cities shortlisted earlier this year. The award, developed to promote the most creative and transferable solutions to intractable social problems such as public health, unemployment and transportation, carries a €5 million prize for to put toward implementing the plan. In addition, four runners-up – Athens, Kirklees, Stockholm and Warsaw - will also receive €1 million each for their own plans.

“To meet the biggest challenges of the 21st century, city leaders must think creatively and be unafraid to try new things – and the Mayors Challenge is designed to help them do that,” said Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City and founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Read on after the break to learn more about the proposals of Barcelona and the four runners-up

Endesa World Fab Condenser / MARGEN-LAB

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Architects: MARGEN-LAB
Location: Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, 08013 , ,
Project Architects: Daniel Ibáñez, Rodrigo Rubio
Collaborator: FAB LAB NETWORK
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Gaudí’s Sagrada Família To Reach Another Milestone

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The Basilica of the Sagrada Família in Barcelona have laid out their planned milestones for the forthcoming year, visualising it in a short film that begins to piece together Antoni Gaudí’s incredible vision. The Sacristy and Raking Cornice will be constructed between this year and next, while new stained glass windows will be installed flooding the interior spaces with evermore coloured light.

Heathcote Examines The Architecture Of Scottish Independence

Scotland have voted against independence.

Arguably there are only two architects in history that have become almost completely synonymous with one particular city – Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Glasgow and Antoní Gaudi for Barcelona. Indeed, a Catalonian architect, Enric Miralles, designed the Scottish Parliament Building in Holyrood, Edinburgh. The fact that both of these cities are part of large enclaves who are seeking, or have sought, independence is perhaps just a coincidence. Architecture, often used as a symbol for the identity of nationhood, will certainly be part of a wider dialogue about the Union of the United Kingdom following yesterday’s referendum.

BCN Re.Set – Identity Pavilion / Urbanus

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Architects: Urbanus
Location: Plaça Nova, 08002 , ,
Design School: La Salle
Design Director: Xiaodu Liu,Yan Meng
Project Director: Bernat Riera
Year: 2014
Photographs: Renze Hu, Marcela Grassi, Eugeni Bach _ Albert Cabrer, Runze Hu _ Jaime Font

AD Classics: Olympic Archery Range / Enric Miralles & Carme Pinos

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For architects, it is a project perhaps more recognizable in plan than in photograph. The dazzling rhythmic complexity of the construction drawings for Barcelona’s Olympic Archery Range, completed in 1991, brought more fame to the 1992 Olympic event than any arrow shot from the buildings’ shadow. The drawings show an overlay of organic curves and rectilinear shapes working in sublime harmony, producing a composition that clearly conveys both the architects’ concept and the process through which it was developed. Amazingly, the project is no less spectacular in person than on paper, and its completion helped launch the husband-and-wife partnership of Enric Miralles and Carme Pinós into international stardom.

Sant Antoni – Joan Oliver Library / RCR Arquitectes

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Architects: RCR Arquitectes
Location: Carrer Comte Borrell, 44, 08015 ,
Project Architects: RCR Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, Ramón Vilalta Arquitectes
Project Area: 4171.0 m2
Project Year: 2007
Photography: Eugeni Pons

MARIA & CUBÍ / nookarchitects

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Architects: nookarchitects
Location: , ,
Project Area: 115.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photography: nieve | Productora Audiovisual

Interior Renovation of an Apartment in Les Corts / Sergi Pons

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Architects: Sergi Pons
Location: Barcelona, Barcelona,
Construction Company: GdR
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Dental Angels / YLAB Arquitectos

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Architects: YLAB Arquitectos
Location: Sant Andreu, , , Spain
Architect In Charge: Tobias Laarmann, Yolanda Yuste López
Area: 108.0 sqm
Photographs: Ciro Frank Schiappa

SALVA46 / MIEL Arquitectos + STUDIO P10

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Architects: MIEL Arquitectos, STUDIO P10
Location: Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Cost: 1.230 €/m2
Area: 65.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Asier Rua

Renovation of an apartment in Eixample / Sergi Pons

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Architects: Sergi Pons
Location: , , Spain
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Rocha Apartment / CaSA

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Architects: CaSA
Location: , ,
Surface: 170m2 + 10m2 of terrace

Area: 180.0 sqm
Photographs: Roberto Ruiz

Las Arenas / Richard Rogers + Alonso y Balaguer

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Architects: Richard Rogers, Alonso y Balaguer
Location: Gran Vía Corts Catalanes, 373 – 385, 08015 Barcelona, Barcelona,
Collaboration: Rogers, Stirk, Harbour and Partners.
Area: 105000.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Alonso y Balaguer

9 Flats Low Cost Renovation in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona / EMBT

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Architects: EMBT
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Benedetta Tagliabue, Miralles Tagliabue
Project Director And Construction: Salvador Gilabert
Area: 1,872 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Marcela Grassi

G-ROC / Nook Architects

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Architects: Nook Architects
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nieve | Productora Audiovisual

Joan Maragall Library / BCQ Arquitectura

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Architects: BCQ Arquitectura
Location: , Spain
Project Architects: David Baena, Toni Casamor, Maria Taltavull, Manel Peribáñez
Project Area: 2,983 sqm
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Ariel Ramirez, Courtesy of BCQ Arquitectura

Yael Reisner + Peter Cook Create Installation to Celebrate Democracy Through Marriage

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From the architect. Created for Barcelona‘s BCN RE.SET festival organized this year by the Fundació Enric Miralles as part of the city’s Tricentenari BCN celebrations, this installation by Yael Reisner and Peter Cook responds to the theme of ‘democracy’. The design, titled “Take My Hand” takes inspiration from a number of factors - notably the location of the site outside ’s Civil Registration building, and the idea that the protection of human rights and civil liberties is one of the fundamental tenets of democracy.

The installation is therefore designed as a space to be used in marriage ceremonies and a celebration of human rights through civil weddings. Reisner explains that “the option of a civil marriage in many countries opened new possibilities for interfaith marriages, non-religious marriages, and same sex marriages.”

More on the installation after the break