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./ 16.5x24cm./ 110il./ French jacket

9788434313408 English


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Sao Paulo-born Arthur Casas (1961) is an exception, an architect equally at ease in the areas of residential architecture, commercial spaces, real estate development and design. “I experienced the best period of Brazilian architecture, when anything was possible,” he explains, “including designing a whole city— reorganizing the way of life in urban areas. I brought from my childhood ... this freedom, and a commitment to modernist principles.”

With offices in Sao Paulo and New York, Casas does owe some of his variety to his native Brazil, but has shown his capacity to create surprise in his designs. At almost 400 pages, this hardcover monograph is a tribute to one of the most significant living Latin American architects.


Studio Arthur Casas

Works 2008-2015
Philip Jodidio, Philip Stevens et alt

368pp./ 23x28.5cm./ / Hardcover

9788434313538 English


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Buenos Aries is noteworthy for its eclectic architecture, with a wide range of impressive buildings. But when Anat Meidan, an art collector with a passion for La Belle Époque period moved to the city, she was astonished and delighted to discover the extent to which the legacy of the rich Art Nouveau architecture that had flourished there during the first decades of the twentieth century was still very evident.

With her extensive, expert knowledge and passion for the period, the author set about researching, documenting and photographing these extraordinary buildings, their exteriors and where possible their interiors, as well as gathering information about the gifted people who designed and built them. She engaged the collaboration of Gustavo Sosa Pinilla, a leading architecture photographer to accompany her on the expeditions around the city. In addition, through her personal charm (and a few well placed connections) she was able to gain access to the interiors of private homes and buildings usually closed to the general public, enabling her to photograph and document interiors not normally accessible.

In this meticulously researched, richly illustrated book, with hundreds of splendid photographs, the reader is invited to share with Anat her voyage around the city as she narrates with warmth and enthusiasm the very personal account of her love affair with Buenos Aires, as she goes about discovering its Art Nouveau jewels.         

>> Anat Meidan, a museum curator with a special interest in the Art Nouveau movement, lives in the Neve Tzedek quarter of Tel Aviv, Israel. She has written and published a book (in Hebrew) about the artistic riches of Istanbul, with a section devoted to Art Nouveau in the city. Currently, she is working on the exhibition The New Woman, focused on three female artists ––Jessie M. King, Margaret Armstrong and Ethel Larcombe––who all worked in the Art Nouveau style across a range of media. 


Art Nouveau In Buenos Aires

A love story
Anat Meidan

242pp./ 25x30.5cm./ / Cloth with jacket

9788434313613 English


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