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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

Barcelona Commemorates 300 Years of Catalan Spirit With 7 Public Installations

Every year, citizens of Catalonia commemorate the events of September 11th 1714, a key date in the War of the Spanish Succession that has come to symbolize what Voltaire called "the Barcelonans' extreme love of freedom." With this year marking the 300th anniversary of these events, Barcelona Cultura enlisted the Fundació Enric Miralles to curate 7 public installations around the city as part of its Tricentenari BCN program.

The result is BCN RE.SET, organized by Benedetta Tagliabue of the Fundació Enric Miralles and stage director Àlex Ollé, which invited guest architects from countries all over the world to colloborate with local universities and create installations symbolizing 6 political and ideological concepts: identity, freedom, Europe, diversity, democracy and memory. These installations will be in place until September 11th. Read on after the break for descriptions of all 6 installations.

Europe / ETH Zürich + Urban–Think Tank. Image © Marcela Grassi Diversity / Yael Reisner + Peter Cook. Image © Marcela Grassi Freedom / Anupama Kundoo. Image © Marcela Grassi Memory / Grafton Architects. Image © Marcela Grassi

A Gaudí Guide to Barcelona

Parc Guell. Image Courtesy of http://www.lowcostholidays.com/
Parc Guell. Image Courtesy of http://www.lowcostholidays.com/

Although already an icon in architectural circles, “birthday boy” Antoni Gaudí may soon be receiving a new accolade: sainthood. Due to his renowned, unique style and tireless efforts on La Sagrada Família, Gaudi, potentially our first Patron Saint of Architects, will be beatified by Pope Francis within the next year.

Although beatification is only the third of four steps towards full-fledged canonization (which will require proof that Gaudí performed at least one miracle), it still seems a good moment to celebrate Gaudí and explore some of his most astounding works scattered throughout the city of Barcelona (seven of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites). Discover some of our favourites after the break.

La Sagrada Familia. Image Courtesy of http://www.lowcostholidays.com/ Casa Mila rooftop. Image Courtesy of http://www.lowcostholidays.com/ Casa Batllo. Image Courtesy of http://www.lowcostholidays.com/ Casa Mila interior. Image Courtesy of http://www.lowcostholidays.com/

Bodebo Store In Barcelona / CAVAA

  • Architects: CAVAA
  • Location: Carrer de Sant Hermenegild, 7, 08006 Barcelona, Spain
  • Architects in Charge: Jordi Calbetó, Oriol Vañó
  • Builder: Josep Massana
  • Area: 74.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Jordi Surroca

© Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca

IAAC Invents a Family of Robots to 3D Print Structures of Any Size

One of the major challenges in translating 3D Printing technology into architecture has been the issue of scale. So far, this has generally resulted in ever larger printers, with one of the most successful examples being the KamerMaker, which has been used to 3D print a Dutch Canal House in 2x2x3.5 metre chunks. However, recognizing the limitations on the size of 3D printers, the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) has developed a family of three small, mobile robots which together can print a structure of any size.

Read on after the break for more on the process.

The Grip Robot applies further layers to build up the shell. Image Courtesy of Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia The Vacuum Robot can travel in any direction across the structure adding extra layers to strengthen the structure.. Image Courtesy of Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia The Vacuum Robot. Image Courtesy of Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia Strengthening layers added by Vacuum Robot. Image Courtesy of Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

Skate Park Nou Barris / Scob Arquitectura y Paisaje

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

Reforma y Rehabilitación de la Nave Industrial Can Minguell / Toni Gironès

  • Architects: Toni Gironès
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Area: 2100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Toni Gironès

Courtesy of Toni Gironès Courtesy of Toni Gironès Courtesy of Toni Gironès Courtesy of Toni Gironès

Industrial Loft Grober / Meta-studio

  • Architects: Meta-studio
  • Location: Vila de Gràcia, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architects in Charge: Elena del Pozo Fernández, Dimitri Davoise.
  • Budget: 95.000 €
  • Area: 110.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Lluis Carbonell , Aitor Estévez

© Aitor Estévez © Aitor Estévez © Lluis Carbonell © Aitor Estévez

“Santa Madrona”. 62 Social Dwellings / Pich-Aguilera Architects

  • Architects: Pich-Aguilera Architects
  • Location: Travessera de Dalt, 92, 08024 Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: Felip Pich-Aguilera Baurier, Teresa Batlle i Pagès
  • Heads of Groups: Angel Sendarrubias, Pau Casaldáliga
  • Project Managers: Ute Müncheberg
  • Area: 5704.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Simon García

© Simon García © Simon García © Simon García © Simon García

Reforma en Casp 63 / Carles Enrich Gimenez

  • Architects: Carles Enrich Gimenez
  • Location: Eixample, Barcelona, Spain
  • Area: 92.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Carles Enrich Gimenez

Courtesy of Carles Enrich Gimenez Courtesy of Carles Enrich Gimenez Courtesy of Carles Enrich Gimenez Courtesy of Carles Enrich Gimenez

BCN - NYC Urban Bridge 2014

Throughout 2014, three major New York institutions – the AIA New York Chapter | Center for Architecture, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Spitzer School of Architecture at City College – will be hosting exhibitions and programs that will celebrate Catalan architecture in New York City. These events serve as the foundation for “Barcelona-New York City Urban Bridge 2014: A Year of Catalan Architecture in New York.”

Disseny Hub Barcelona Oficinas para el museo FAD y BCD / BAAS Arquitectura

  • Architects: BAAS Arquitectura
  • Location: Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, 37, 08018 Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: Jordi Badia
  • Design Team: Rafael Berengena
  • Area: 2074.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Marcela Grassi, Pedro Pegenaute

© Pedro Pegenaute © Marcela Grassi © Marcela Grassi © Pedro Pegenaute

Vertical Patio House / Estudi NAO

  • Architects: Estudi NAO
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Project Architects: Francesc Puig Esteban, Anna Fumadó Ciutat
  • Budget: 312.000 euros
  • Project Area: 216.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photography: José Hevia

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia

Refurbishment of a flat in Barcelona / M2arquitectura

  • Architects: M2arquitectura
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: Meritxell Lázaro & Mischa Essletzbichler
  • Cost: 765 €/M2
  • Area: 85.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Gerard García Vilarrasa

© Gerard García Vilarrasa © Gerard García Vilarrasa © Gerard García Vilarrasa © Gerard García Vilarrasa

Triton Building / Saeta Estudi + Lluís Cantallops + Juan Domingo

  • Architects: Saeta Estudi, Lluís Cantallops , Juan Domingo
  • Location: Passeig Calvell, 45, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
  • Architects in Charge: Bet Cantallops, Pere Ortega , Lluís Cantallops, Juan Domingo
  • Area: 12290.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Saeta estudi

Courtesy of Saeta estudi Courtesy of Saeta estudi Courtesy of Saeta estudi Courtesy of Saeta estudi

Hotel The Mirror Barcelona / GCA Arquitectes

  • Architects: GCA Arquitectes
  • Location: Kumon | Centro Córcega, 08029 Barcelona, Spain
  • Partner Architect: Josep Riu de Martín
  • Architect in Charge: Emilio Rodríguez-Martos
  • Area: 3300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Jordi Miralles

© Jordi Miralles © Jordi Miralles © Jordi Miralles © Jordi Miralles