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

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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 ’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

Casa T / Cubus, Taller d’Arquitectura

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Architects: Cubus, Taller d’Arquitectura
Location: Carrer Mas Nou, Castell-Platja d’Aro, Girona,
Year: 2009
Photographs: Nani Pujol

Ferreries 16 / Cubus, Taller d’Arquitectura

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Architects: Cubus, Taller d’Arquitectura
Location: Passatge Jafre, L’Escala, Girona,
Year: 2009
Photographs: Nani Pujol

CaixaForum Zaragoza / Estudio Carme Pinos

© Ricardo Santonja

Architects: Estudio Carme Pinos
Location: Calle José Anselmo Clave, , Spain
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ricardo Santonja, Estudio Carme Pinós

The Garden of the Silhouettes / Esculpir el Aire

© David Frutos | BISImages

Architects: Esculpir el Aire
Location: , Spain
Architect In Charge: José Ángel Ruiz Cáceres
Collaborators: Azucena Maestre Mones arquitecto, Gloria Soler Ródenas arquitecto, Mónica Costa López, Ramiro López Pérez, Ricardo Perdomo Flórez, FERPAS 
Year: 2013
Photographs: David Frutos | BISImages

Rehabilitation of the Madrid History Museum / Frade Arquitectos

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Architects: Frade Arquitectos
Location: Calle Fuencarral, , Spain
Area: 6,282 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Manuel Pérez Cazorla

Mercat Calafell / Batlle & Roig Architects

© Jordi Surroca

Architects: Batlle & Roig Architects
Location: , Tarragona,
Architects In Charge: Enric Batlle, Joan Roig
Area: 8,360 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jordi Surroca

20 Scholarships the AA BILBAO Visiting School: COMPUTING TOPOS III 2014 / Bilbao, Spain

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AA Visiting School is an international network of design workshops and other programs organized by the Architectural Association School of Architecture. This event will be realized in , between July 23 and August 5.

AA Visiting School will give away 20 scholarships for those interested in attending. If so, you need to send your CV/portfolio and a description explaining why would you like to attend the event.

The workshop will explore the question of ‘place’ or ‘topos’ and its radical transformation in the recent years due to the proliferation and availability of environmental parameters. The rise of digital methods in architectural design as well as simulation platforms for environmental analysis, have produced a renewed interest in the relationship between architecture and phenomena and in particular into the possibility of the integration of environmental aspects into the design process. Nevertheless, approximation means to environmental phenomena in relation to urban morphology need to be further explored to mediate between sophisticated simulation platforms and design agendas, beyond reductionist definitions of the environment.

House in LLavaneres / MIRAG ArquitecturaiGestió

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Architects: MIRAG ArquitecturaiGestió
Location: Sant Andreu de Llavaneres, Barcelona,
Architects In Charge: Xavier Ramoneda, Pau Millet
Area: 300 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jordi Surroca

Casa en Gardelegui / Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura

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Architects: Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura
Location: Gardelegi, Álava,
Architect In Charge: Roberto Ercilla, Miguel Angel Campo
Area: 270 sqm
Photographs: César San Millán

In Progress: Apartments with Perimeter Gardens in Madrid / SUMA

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Architects: Elena Orte y Guillermo Sevillano (SUMA)
Project Date: 2013-
Construction: Diezma Rosell Construcciones s.l.
Photographs: Jesús Granada

A108 House / OOKO industriarquitectura

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Architects: OOKO industriarquitectura
Location: , Madrid, Spain
Project Area: 260 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of OOKO industriarquitectura

Sales and management office for Sol de Rojales housing development / Esculpir el Aire

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Architects: Esculpir el Aire
Location: 03170 , , Spain
Architect In Charge: José Angel Ruiz Cáceres
Area: 77.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of José Angel Ruiz Cáceres

Germans Soler Butchery / Pau Sarquella Fàbregas

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Architects: Pau Sarquella Fàbregas
Location: Celrà, Girona,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Joan Guillamat, Pau Sarquella

I AM Recycled / PKMN Architectures

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Architects: PKMN Architectures
Location: Arrasate, Gipuzkoa,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of PKMN Architectures

Antonio Gala Library / Francisco López + Gudula Rudolf

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Architects: + Gudula Rudolf
Location: Guadalcázar, Córdoba,
Area: 414 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Fernando Alda

Video: “about architecture_without capital letters” / Alejandro Beautell

As part of “Time Space Existence” at the Venice Biennale — the exhibition which has brought over 100 architects, including Norman Foster, Eduardo Souto de Moura, and Ricardo Bofill, together — the young Spanish architect, Alejandro Beautell, presents the installation: “about architecture_without capital letters.”

Beautell’s video, which explores his recent works completed in the Canary Islands (including ArchDaily 2014 Building of the Year, St. John Baptist Chapel), provokes the viewer to consider the essence of architecture, smaller scales, and the tradition inherent in the architectural profession.

Enjoy the video above and make sure to revisit Beautell’s stunning Building of the Year, the St. John Baptist Chapel.

Refurbishment at C_Galera 43 / CREUSeCARRASCO

© Héctor Santos-Díez

Area: 703.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Héctor Santos-Díez