BCN – NYC Urban Bridge 2014

Throughout 2014, three major 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 “-New York City Urban Bridge 2014: A Year of Catalan Architecture in New York.”

Defined by their grids and their waterfronts, Barcelona and New York are also distinguished by the passionate devotion of their dwellers to the life of the city. Visit the calendar of events to learn more about the connections between these two great cultural capitals.

Disseny Hub Barcelona Offices for the Museum FAD & BCD / BAAS Arquitectura

© Marcela Grassi

Architects: BAAS Arquitectura
Location: Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, 37, Barcelona,
Architect In Charge: Jordi Badia
Design Team: Rafael Berengena
Area: 2,074 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Marcela Grassi, Pedro Pegenaute

Vertical Patio House / Estudi NAO

© José Hevia

Architects: Estudi NAO
Location: Barcelona,
Project Architects: Francesc Puig Esteban, Anna Fumadó Ciutat
Project Area: 216 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: José Hevia

Refurbishment of a Flat in Barcelona / M2arquitectura

© Gerard García Vilarrasa

Architects: M2arquitectura
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Meritxell Lázaro & Mischa Essletzbichler
Cost: 765 €/sqm
Area: 85 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Gerard García Vilarrasa

Triton Building / Saeta Estudi + Lluís Cantallops + Juan Domingo

Courtesy of Saeta estudi

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

Hotel The Mirror Barcelona / GCA Arquitectes

© Jordi Miralles

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

Beach Modules / Màrius Quintana Creus

© Adrià Goula

Architects: Màrius Quintana Creus
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Casa Tomás / LAB, Laboratory for Architecture in Barcelona

© José Hevia

Architects: LAB, Laboratory for Architecture in Barcelona
Location: Carrer de Pujol, 24, 08022 Barcelona,
Architects In Charge: Pepe Gascón, Víctor Sala
Area: 80.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: José Hevia

127 Subsidized Dwellings in Barcelona / Bru Lacomba Setoain

© Jordi Surroca

Architects: Bru Lacomba Setoain
Location: , Spain
Architects In Charge: Eduard Bru, Neus Lacomba, Victor Setoain
Area: 16,613 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Jordi Surroca, Adriá Goula

Edificio de viviendas en Barcelona / Josep Lluís Mateo

© Adrià Goula

Architects: Josep Lluís Mateo
Location: Passatge Marimon, 5, 08021 Barcelona,
Structure: BOMA Inpasa
Constructor: Delfor95
Area: 907.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adrià Goula

216 Social Dwellings for Students and Professors in Cerdanyola del Vallés / Bru Lacomba Setoain

© J. Bernadó

Architects: Bru Lacomba Setoain
Location: Bellaterra, Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Area: 17,536 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: J. Bernadó, Courtesy of Bru Lacomba Setoain

Olivia Balmes Hotel / Álex Ibáñez Walter, Sara Galmán Gracia

© Enrique Armisén

Architects: , Sara Galmán Gracia
Interiors: GCA architects-Josep Riu de Martin
Location: Carrer de Balmes, 115, 08006 Barcelona, Spain
Architect In Charge: Álex Ibáñez Walter, Sara Galmán Gracia
Area: 9437.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Enrique Armisén

Born CC Library / Jorge Pérez Vale

© Adrià Goula

Architects: Jorge Pérez Vale
Location: , Spain
Graphic Design Studio: Roseta y Oihana
Area: 121.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adrià Goula, Laura Serra Estorch

CT House / MYCC

© Jose Hevia

Architects: MYCC
Location: , Spain
Architect In Charge: Carmina Casajuana, Beatriz G. Casares, M. Gonzalez
Design Team: Raquel del Rio, Pablo Urbano
Area: 212 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jose Hevia, Courtesy of MYCC

Interview with Vicente Guallart, Chief Architect of Barcelona

© Ewa Szymczyk

In the following article, originally published in Polish in theDecember 2013 issue of A&B, Ewa Szymczyk interviews Vicente Guallart, the Chief Architect of since 2011 as well as the founder of Guallart Architects and IAAC (Institute of Advanced Architecture in Catalunya). Szymczyk questions Guallart about his experience in urban design, asking: how can you measure a city’s success?

Ewa Szymczyk: When measuring the contemporary city’s success we typically use economic measures. In this sense Barcelona ranks very high, being a top tourist destination and managing its budget in times of global crisis. But there are many other ways to measure its success. What in your opinion makes a city a good city? Isn’t it much more than economic prosperity?

Vincente Guallart: A good city is a place where the citizens live well. So the best measure for a good city is how the citizens live. The truth is that the city is a physical representation of a social agreement. If you think for instance about Phoenix in Arizona, maybe people live there the way they want and the way they like to live. Obviously there are also questions related to cost. I mean, questions related to environmental and economic costs. Therefore the cost of a city like Phoenix is very different from the cost of a city like Hong Kong, which is the densest city and probably the most efficient urban structure in the world. So the question is the economic efficiency and also the quality of life of the citizens. And the best way to know is to ask citizens how happy they are to live in a place like this. The truth is that if you are a citizen of Barcelona you are quite happy. We have been evaluating this over the past few years and the average rating is seven out of ten. So that is in general very good! The people are proud to live in a place like this.

Catalan Institute of Economists / Roldán + Berengué

© Jordi Surroca

Architects: Roldán + Berengué
Location: Plaza Gal·la Placídia 32 08006
Architect In Charge: José Miguel Roldán, Mercè Berengué
Area: 3080.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jordi Surroca

Roc Cube / nook architects

© nieve

Architects: nook architects
Location: Barcelona,
Furniture: Casa Jornet
Year: 2013
Photographs: nieve

Apartment Refurbishment / Anna & Eugeni Bach

© Eugeni Bach

Architects: Anna & Eugeni Bach
Location: Floridablanca-Comte d’Urgell, 08011 , Spain
Constructor: Oak 2000, S.L.
Collaborators: Albert Cabrer
Area: 112.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Eugeni Bach