Collateral Event of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition - Biennale di Venezia (from 7 June to 23 November 2014) A project for the Venice Biennale curated by Josep Torrents i AlegreContribuitons by Guillem Carabí and Jordi Ribas The project represents a determination to recognize, appreciate and reformulate the specificity of local Catalan architecture in contrast with the global and franchised architecture that has been dominant in recent years. The starting point is Bofarull House (1913-1933), one of the key works of Josep Maria Jujol. In this Tarragonan architect's way of working we can identify an attitude that can be traced through many projects built in the last century and which is based on an intensive dialogue with pre-existing features (physical or otherwise) that enable a project including and blending new and existing elements to be developed, just as cuttings are grafted to a tree. Bofarull House allows us to explore an architectural attitude that is timeless. Accompanying it are La Llauna High School in Badalona (Carme Pinós and Enric Miralles), La Lira Theater Public Space in Ripoll (RCR Arquitectes and Joan Puigcorbé), and the Interpretation space for the megalithic tumulus/dolmen in Seró (Toni Gironès), projects removed in time but very close in many ways. All of them work with pre-existing constructions and are the result of layering concepts in which traditional materials are reinterpreted, and they are inserted in the territory, engaging in dialogue. The four buildings selected enable deeper comprehension of an attitude shared by other architectural examples. Thus a selection of twelve projects through which different ways of approaching different problems can be traced is being presented: landscape Restoration of the Vall d'en Joan landfill site (Enric Batlle, Joan Roig and Teresa Galí-Izard), Juan Apartment (Vora arquitectura), Apartments in the attic of La Pedrera (Francisco José Barba Corsini), Social housing block in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat (Josep Llinàs), Caldereria Petita House - restoration of a Row House (Calderon Folch Sarsanedas Arquitectes), Casal Balaguer Arts Center (Flores&Prats Arquitectes), Can Zariguey - Arenys de Munt Clinic (Miàs Arquitectes), Auditorium of the church of the convent of Sant Francesc (David Closes), three stations of Barcelona Metro Line 9  (Garcès – De Seta – Bonet Arquitectes), Can Framis Museum (BAAS Arquitectura), Project to revitalize the Al-Adhamyia District in Baghdad (AV62 Arquitectos) and the restoration of the Church of L'Hospitalet (José Antonio Martínez Lapeña & Elias Torres Tur Architects).             In the words of Torrents i Alegre, "the proposal is not a debate on taxidermic and conservative projects but examines an architectural approach that generates new layers and establishes new relationships where it intervenes. Hybridization is a concept that conveys the idea of a new, more vigorous organism emerging from two organisms combining their original components, and the architecture presented is the result of these vigorous combinations." 

Grafting Architecture

Catalonia at Venice
Josep Torrents i Alegre
With the collaboration of Institut Ramon Llull
120pp./ 110il./ 24 x 16.5 cm./ French jacket

9788434313408  English