127 Subsidized Dwellings in Barcelona / Bru Lacomba Setoain

01:00 - 8 February, 2014
© Jordi Surroca
© Jordi Surroca

© Adriá Goula © Adriá Goula © Adriá Goula © Jordi Surroca +16

216 Social Dwellings for students and professors in Cerdanyola del Vallés / Bru Lacomba Setoain

01:00 - 5 February, 2014
© J. Bernadó
© J. Bernadó

Courtesy of Bru Lacomba Setoain Courtesy of Bru Lacomba Setoain Courtesy of Bru Lacomba Setoain © J. Bernadó +13

Edificio de viviendas en Barcelona / Josep Lluís Mateo

01:00 - 5 February, 2014
© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula +11

Born CC Library / Jorge Pérez Vale

01:00 - 4 February, 2014
© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

© Laura Serra Estorch © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula +22

Olivia Balmes Hotel / Álex Ibáñez Walter, Sara Galmán Gracia

01:00 - 4 February, 2014
© Enrique Armisén
© Enrique Armisén
  • Architects

    Álex Ibáñez Walter , Sara Galmán Gracia
  • Location

    Carrer de Balmes, 115, 08006 Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Álex Ibáñez Walter, Sara Galmán Gracia
  • Area

    9437.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Enrique Armisén

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Interview with Vicente Guallart, Chief Architect of Barcelona

00:00 - 28 January, 2014
© Ewa Szymczyk
© 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 Barcelona 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.

CT House / MYCC

01:00 - 28 January, 2014
© Jose Hevia
© Jose Hevia

© Jose Hevia © Jose Hevia © Jose Hevia Courtesy of MYCC +27

Catalan Institute of Economists / Roldán + Berengué

01:00 - 23 January, 2014
© Jordi Surroca
© Jordi Surroca
  • Architects

  • Location

    Plaza Gal·la Placídia 32 08006 Barcelona
  • Architect in Charge

    José Miguel Roldán, Mercè Berengué
  • Area

    3080.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Jordi Surroca

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Roc Cube / nook architects

01:00 - 10 January, 2014
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© nieve

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Apartment Refurbishment / Anna & Eugeni Bach

01:00 - 2 January, 2014
© Eugeni Bach
© Eugeni Bach

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Inaugure Hospitality Group Headquarters / YLAB Arquitectos

01:00 - 23 December, 2013
© Eugeni Pons
© Eugeni Pons

© Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons +22

Putget Dolors Aleu Center for the Elderly / Pinearq

01:00 - 19 December, 2013
© FG+SG
© FG+SG
  • Architects

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Albert de Pineda Alvarez
  • Area

    7500 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

© FG+SG © FG+SG © FG+SG © FG+SG +16

Vall d’Hebron Hospital / Estudi PSP Arquitectura

01:00 - 11 December, 2013
© Francisco Villaescusa
© Francisco Villaescusa

© Francisco Villaescusa © Francisco Villaescusa © Francisco Villaescusa © Francisco Villaescusa +12

Nursery In The Jardines De Malaga In Barcelona / Batlle i Roig Arquitectes

01:00 - 5 December, 2013
Courtesy of Batlle I Roig Arquitectes
Courtesy of Batlle I Roig Arquitectes

Courtesy of Batlle I Roig Arquitectes Courtesy of Batlle I Roig Arquitectes Courtesy of Batlle I Roig Arquitectes Courtesy of Batlle I Roig Arquitectes +31

Apartment Restoration in Barcelona / Vora arquitectura

01:00 - 5 December, 2013
© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula
  • Architects

  • Location

    Carrer Gran de Gràcia, Barcelona, Spain
  • Team

    Pere Buil y Toni Riba
  • Project Area

    120.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photography

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula +18

Mercat Encants / b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos

01:00 - 3 December, 2013
© Rafael Vargas
© Rafael Vargas
  • Architects

  • Location

    Avinguda Meridiana, 69, 08018 Barcelona, Spain
  • Design Team

    Fermín Vázquez, Francesc de Fuentes, Cristina Algas, Sonia Cruz, Guillermo Weiskal, Albert Freixes, Gemma Ojea, Javier Artieda, Angel Gaspar, Oriol Roig, Juan Pablo Porta, Leonardo Novelo Jorge Mascaray, Francisco Marques, Helia Pires, Elies Porta, Tosca Salinas, Myriam Gonzalez, Nastascha Gergoff, Egbert Oosterhoff
  • Structural Engineering

    BOMA
  • Services Engineering

    Grupo JG
  • Area

    35440.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Rafael Vargas

© Rafael Vargas © Rafael Vargas © Rafael Vargas © Rafael Vargas +20

Campus De La Comunicació Poblenou / RQP Arquitectura

01:00 - 19 November, 2013
© Lluís Casals
© Lluís Casals
  • Architects

  • Location

    Carrer de Tànger, 130, UPF - Communication Campus - Poblenou, 08018 Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Josep Benedito Rovira, Ramon Valls Ortiz
  • Team

    Antoni Vilanova, Eduard Simó
  • Architects collaborators

    Roger Molas Bernabé, Júlia Barata de Tovar Vilhena, Javier Sánchez – Montaña López, Martín Cerreda Álvarez
  • Technical Architect

    Miquel Milian Barreda
  • Structures

    Manuel Arguijo y Asociados, SL
  • Health and Safety

    MBF Arquitectura.
  • Facilities

    Instal•lacions Arquitectòniques,SL
  • Builder

    SAPIC, CONSTRUCTORA SAN JOSE, SOGESA INSTALACIONES INTEGRALES, SA
  • Area

    15163.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© Lluís Casals © Lluís Casals © Lluís Casals © Lluís Casals +23

Bricktopia: contemporary crafts in EME3 Festival, Barcelona

00:00 - 14 November, 2013
© Manuel de Lozar + Paula López Barba
© Manuel de Lozar + Paula López Barba

"Bricktopia", by the architects of the international collective Map13, is the winning project in the "Build-it" Eme3 International Architecture Festival, held on June 27-30 in Barcelona. The pavilion can be visited throughout the summer at the square of the former spinning mill Fabra i Coats in the Sant Andreu district.

This intervention sets a new square which can house different activities, both under the pavilion and around it. Public spaces for bathrooms, sun, bar and stage for enjoying the summer 2013. It is a brick domed structure that employs the traditional construction system of a partitioned vault (or "Catalan vault") computed with new digital tools for the structural optimization of the geometry.

More information and images below.

© Manuel de Lozar + Paula López Barba © Manuel de Lozar + Paula López Barba © Manuel de Lozar + Paula López Barba © Manuel de Lozar + Paula López Barba +31