Augmented reality

Historically, architecture has been viewed through representation and abstraction based on drawings and models. The appearance of digital media and augmented reality has transformed not only the way that we portray the future, but also the way we build it. The ability to produce new digital layers of information and design in real time, and in front of the specific intervention site, helps us to not only understand a possible future reality, but also a digital reality that radically transforms the material space surrounding us. In Model, Barcelona Architectures Festival, we find five augmented reality installations on the ring-road circuit, which develop the Festival’s main themes. These installations have been designed by five international architects with speculative, futuristic visions of the city, and the general public will be able to observe this on site, by using their mobiles.

List of activities

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Queer de Triomf

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

Augmented reality The Arc de Triomf, as a classic symbol of victory, is reinvented through this augmented reality to offer a new cultural-pride symbol in homage to the thousands of uncelebrated victories of the LGBT community which have represented a monumental change towards the acceptance of various expressions of gender and sexual identity in Catalonia. The project has been made possible thanks to ANF Studio, based in London and run by Adam Nathaniel Furman in collaboration with Sacha Hickinbotham. Més informació

Landlord Open House

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

Augmented reality During Model. Barcelona Architectures Festival we will see Paral·lel in another light thanks to the work of Farzin Lotfi- Jam, Júlia Nueno Guitart and Austin McInnis. “Valor del sòl” [Value of Land] is an artistic augmented-reality project that shows us, and makes us aware of, the value of land in our city. On Avinguda del Paral·lel, city residents will be able to observe those hidden property structures that govern peoples chances of obtaining a home in Barcelona. How is the city separated into economic classes and strata? Will it continue to be like this in the future? Can we coexist in a city that is for everyone? 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

The square at the end of the metaverse

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

Augmented reality From 5 to 16 May 2021 and within the framework of the Model. Barcelona Architectures Festival, we will see the University of Barcelona in a different light, thanks to an augmented reality inviting us to reconsider what the future of education will be like, with the Space Popular studio, a team made up by Lara Lesmes and Frederik Hellberg. The square at the end of the metaverse is a virtual space that avoids settling down in any specific, tangible environment. What will Plaça de la Universitat be like in a future with the metaverse in it? What will learning spaces be like? Will they be the same all over the planet and in every culture? Més informació

Colon-ising Port

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

Augmented reality The ON-A architecture studio proposes transforming the Columbus monument at Port Vell into an enormous tree that will be a symbol of access from La Rambla to a new imaginary park: the Parc Blau. Transforming a historical monument that exists merely to be observed, and that speaks to us of a colonisation that took place in another era brings a new “Colon-isation” [Columbus in Spanish is Colón]. We can observe the Arbre Colon-itzador [Colon-ising Tree], a symbol of the ports openness towards the city, something full of biodiversity that everyone can enjoy and visit. Més informació

Completed activities


On Plaça Reial

Augmented reality There are things in common in all cultures, societies and human communities. We all wash our clothes, we all spread them out. We all do laundry. As Yuval Noah Harari says, gossip (doing laundry) has made us human and allowed us to survive in society.   Més informació

Organ concert by Juan de la Rubia

On Passeig de Lluís Companys

ESDEVENIMENT EXPERIMENTAL On the occasion of the Chronotropic Memory installation, a performance has been scheduled on Friday, May 13 at 8:00 p.m. where would have the chance to listen to an organ performance by Juan de la Rubia recalling the old organ of the Palau de Belles Arts. Més informació