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Explore Barcelona’s Architecture with This Free App by Josep Lluís Mateo

Spanish architect Josep Lluís Mateo of Mateo Arquitectura has launched the “BCN Architecture Guide,” a free application to help travelers and architecture lovers explore Barcelona. The app guides users to both highlights of the city’s built environment as well as its natural environment, including some “places to experience nature in tension with the city, places to be rather than objects to look at.”

The app is available for download in both the App Store and Google Play.

Venice Biennale 2014: "European-ness Porosity" Symposium

"European-ness Porosity" is presented as part of “MADE IN EUROPE: 25 years of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award.”

From the Organizers. Europe is currently experiencing a paradigm shift from national to urban identities. As its boundaries become increasingly blurred, each city is claiming an identity of its own. Europe is predominantly urban, and the condition of the European city is related to a stratification of architectures, functions and events which, palimpsest-like, shape a compact, complex understanding of the urban experience that embraces its architectonic heritage, industrial development, social housing, archaeological sites, modern infrastructure and the cities rebuilt after WW2.

The globalisation process began with the emigration of artists and architects during WW1, and continuing with the exodus due to the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany and the start of WW2. In this sense, Europe acted as a transmission device, the key node in a complex process of emission and assimilation. Today we live in a liquid reality whose theme is permeability, a reality in which professionals and intellectuals can move across porous borders.

In Progress: Tête de Pont en Bayona / Mateo Arquitectura

  • Architects: Mateo Arquitectura
  • Location: Bayonne, France
  • Arquitecto a Cargo: Josep Lluís Mateo
  • Client: Kaufman & Broad, Eiffage Immobilier y Agglomération Côte Basque-Adour-Mairie de Bayonne
  • Area: 70000.0 m2
  • Year: 2012
  • Photography: Adrià Goula

IE Master in Architectural Design Lecture Series: Josep Lluís Mateo

The IE Master in Architectural Design as part of the Lecture Series 2013 in conjunction with the Círculo de Bellas Artes presents "Lugar, tiempo y materia. Obra reciente, 2010 - 2013", by Josep Lluís Mateo.

On Building: Matter and Form / Josep Lluís Mateo

Masterplan for Nice Grand Arénas / Josep Lluís Mateo

Josep Lluís Mateo, of Mateo Arquitectura, recently presented his masterplan for the Pôle Multimodal Nice-Aéroport quartier d’affairs Grand Arénas which imagines a city of the future. His brief description and a video can be viewed after the break.

Tête de Pont / Josep Lluís Mateo

Tête de Pont is a winning competition entry by Josep Lluís Mateo of Mateo Arquitectura that is a remodeling of the river Adour in Bayonne, France.  The solution of the design marks a new threshold for the approach to the old town that begins the process of urban renewal on the banks of Adour between the city center and the estuary.

Read on for more on this project after the break.

After Crisis

“‘After Crisis’ concentrates around the new conditions for architectural practice and around the new epistemologies that may inform it in the next future. That is, in the period after the financial bubble has collapsed and living and working conditions have significantly changed. Essays, studies and interviews, along with a selection of indicative projects, tackle the actual issues of growth and shrinking, economy and ideology, craftsmanship and social space in the city, materiality and sustainability in architecture. In a logical sequence, they depict the current reality of architecture.”

Further information and photos after the break.

In Progress: PGGM Headquarters / Mateo Arquitectura

© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

Architects: Josep Lluís Mateo / Mateo Arquitectura Location: Zeist, Utrecht, The Netherlands Project Leaders: Markus Lauber, Till von Mackensen Project Area: 25,000 sqm offices, 25,000 sqm car park Project Year: 2010 Photographs: Adrià Goula

Place de la République / Mateo Arquitectura

Josep Lluis Mateo / Mateo Arquitectura shared with us their entry for the restricted competition for the Place de la République in Paris, France.

More information after the break:

First Prize: Reconstruction of the historical center of Sibenik, Croatia / MAP

Barcelona based architect Josep Lluís Mateo won the first prize for the public competition for the reconstruction of the historical center of Sibenik, Croatia.

For more information, click here. More images and architect’s description, after the break.