Between Materials

If the goals of the Paris Agreement for decarbonisation and energy transition are to be met, future cities, at the very least, will have to be rebuilt based on new sustainable materials and methods that reduce their material footprint. Basic procedures will include the regeneration of systems and infrastructures to maximise the reuse and circularity of resources, as well as the optimisation of energy flows and the networks that depend on them, from mobility to food supplies. The new architectural materiality also includes logistics, microbiology and technology.

Many of the contemporary city’s conflicts actually arise from intangible fields or transcend our senses. The new technologies and applications aiming to make smart cities are creating new uses and connections to urban space that are changing the fabric and even materiality of the streets themselves going beyond the capacity of current regulations – and their speed of transformation – to regulate them. From applications for home-deliveries of food to applications for sexual contacts, from car-sharing to fast-delivery e-commerce. Many of the city’s contemporary problems can be found in intangible aspects which architecture is constantly turning into material issues. From the air-quality crisis to noise and light pollution, how do we react architecturally in this measured and enhanced city?

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Exhibitions Entendiendo que la arquitectura es una obra coral, la exposición es un manifiesto en contra de la figura tradicional del arquitecto como único miembro pensante y padre soltero de sus obras. Como podremos observar, esta es una muestra que ejemplifica como el arquitecto debe dejar de reivindicar su individualidad y empezar a cooperar con otras personas y a estar orgulloso de ello. Més informació

The auguries

From 05/05/2022 to 30/06/2022

Augmented reality The auguries are an ecosystem of virtual indicator species; digital organisms linked to climate change in both appearance and behaviour. We are speculating about a future where these ghostly creatures live with the city’s residents and fluctuate in response to the changing planet. Personifications of real-time data made visible through this augmented reality. Més informació

Completed activities

5th Exposed Party Wall Project Competition

From <time datetime="2021 to <time datetime="2022

CONCURSOS I PREMIS The competition aims to challenge our automatic acceptance of the unfinished, provisional look of these walls that are to be found throughout our city, and that are sometimes even the dominant feature of the landscape. The goal is to transform these urban fractures into spaces of opportunity, where the main objective is the creation of a more pleasant environment. Més informació

Chronotropic memory

On Passeig de Lluís Companys

Installations The FLEXO studio has established its Memòria cronotròpica [Chronotropic memory] installation on land belonging to Barcelona’s old courthouse, on part of its remains. This is a full-scale construction and juxtaposition of architectural forms that vanished between the 7th century and 2017 on these city coordinates; from the medieval necropolis to the courthouse building, not to mention the Jardins de la Fusina and the Palau de Belles Arts with its famous three manual electric organ, the most important in Europe at the time. Is it possible to assess permanence and replanning in the face of architectural demolitions? What other programmes could the Palau de Belles Arts or the old courthouse offer today? It is possible for demolitions to be arranged in such a way that their demolished materials can be reused? Would it be possible for the city’s empty land sites to be temporarily activated? Més informació

Itineraries This walk takes place under the guidance of architects and urban planners who occupy, or have occupied, important posts in the city’s construction. They explain Barcelona's urban history in detail, including the panot (paving stone) design, the reason for the ring roads, the opportunity provided by superblocks and future possibilities. With Vicente Guallart, Josep Bohigas and Aurora López. Més informació