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As part of the Self Sufficient neighborhood project the City Council of Barcelona invited the Design and Architecture Schools of Barcelona to participate in a competition for the design of a Self-Sufficient Neighborhood in Torre Baró. In particular the schools were given 2 plots of land in which to design a Self-Sufficient house prototype as well as a productive public space. The idea is that these projects be implemented onsite next October.
The schools participating, ETSAB, ETSAV, UIC, La Salle and IAAC, all gathered yesterday at the public library of Torre Baró to present the outcomes of their proposals to an official jury board, led by Chief Architect of the City Council Vicente Guallart, and later joined by the Mayor of Barcelona Xavier Trias.
IAAC’s proposal was that of a Self-Sufficient house and productive land, focusing on 3 main aspects:
- The use of 100% local materials for its construction, considering these local materials as coming from Colllserola park (wool, woods and local plants)
- The energetic self-sufficiency based on one side on the reduction of the electric consumption (thanks to passive or more efficient systems) and on the other side on the self-production of the energy needed.
- Social activation, proposing the development of activities and environments that are able to offer a service to the community as well as to enhance its identity.
Tonight we had the pleasure of hosting the IAAC Winter Lecture with Alfredo Brillembourg of Urban-Think Tank, The Open Village. The lecture focused on the concept and practical design of urban villages with mixed-income housing, small-scale commercial spaces and public amenities in diverse city environments. What is the notion of an urban village?
Ranging from open building structures to a mixed-use housing community that allows various occupation scenarios over different time periods, Urban-Think Tank is actively exploring the architectural, social, and economic systems that could create new modes of living.
Open building concepts have been present in the architectural discourse since LeCorbusier’s famous depiction of the Maison Dominoconstruction principle. N.J. Habraken in his seminal book SUPPORTS took the idea of an open structure even further by imagining it as a means to anticipate changing user demands without relying on too much architectural design. Hans Widmer, swiss author of the 1980’s anti-capitalist utopia called “Bolo’ Bolo”, provided a potent vision for alternative communities that would reject market-oriented lifestyles and cherish collective mixed-use environments. The Chinese Urban Villages in Shenzhen represent built examples of diverse high-density communities for low-income residents within urban environments facing high economic pressures. Altogether, these examples at different scales will provide architects with a powerful set of ingredients in order to develop high-density, low-income and mixed-use communities for central urban areas.
Thursday 26th of February // Alberto Diaspro // Does the aesthetic sense also exist at the nanoscale?
ACTAR-D POP UP BOOK STORE & DISCOUNTS – Architecture, Art & Design
Thursday 19th of February 2015 - 21.00 @IAAC Main Hall
After next Thursday’s Winter Lecture with Alfredo Brillembourg, ACTAR-D representatives will be setting up a Pop-up bookshop in the main hall of IAAC, offering Students, Faculty and Architects a 10% Discounts on Architecture, Art and Design books.