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Barcelona Wins Bloomberg 2014 Mayors Challenge

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 Barcelona 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

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

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula

Gaudí's Sagrada Família To Reach Another Milestone

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

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

© Runze Hu © Marcela Grassi © Marcela Grassi © Runze Hu

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

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.

Courtesy of the Architects The Competition Pavilion. Image © Dieter Janssen, DJA Training Pavilion Detail. Image © Dieter Janssen, DJA © Dieter Janssen, DJA

Sant Antoni - Joan Oliver Library / RCR Arquitectes

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

© Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons

MARIA & CUBÍ / nookarchitects

© nieve | Productora Audiovisual © nieve | Productora Audiovisual © nieve | Productora Audiovisual © nieve | Productora Audiovisual

Interior Renovation of an Apartment in Les Corts / Sergi Pons

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

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula

Dental Angels / YLAB Arquitectos

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

© Ciro Frank Schiappa © Ciro Frank Schiappa © Ciro Frank Schiappa © Ciro Frank Schiappa

SALVA46 / MIEL Arquitectos + STUDIO P10

© Asier Rua © Asier Rua © Asier Rua © Asier Rua

Rocha Apartment / CaSA

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

  • Area: 180.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Roberto Ruiz

© Roberto Ruiz © Roberto Ruiz © Roberto Ruiz © Roberto Ruiz

Renovation of an apartment in Eixample / Sergi Pons

  • Architects: Sergi Pons
  • Location: Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Developer: GdR
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula

G-ROC / Nook Architects

© Nieve | Productora Audiovisual © Nieve | Productora Audiovisual © Nieve | Productora Audiovisual © Nieve | Productora Audiovisual

9 Flats low cost renovation in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona / EMBT

  • Architects: EMBT
  • Location: Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect In Charge: Benedetta Tagliabue, Miralles Tagliabue
  • Project Director And Construction: Salvador Gilabert
  • Area: 1872.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Marcela Grassi

© Marcela Grassi © Marcela Grassi © Marcela Grassi © Marcela Grassi

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

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 Barcelona'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

Ceremony at the Take My Hand Installation © Marcela Grassi Yael Reisner at the installation of the inflatable canopy Yael Reisner & Peter Cook Celebrate their Silver Wedding Anniversary at their Take My Hand Installation