Tours

Intl2012

2012 ACSA International Conference
CHANGE, Architecture, Education, Practices

June 20-22, 2012 | Barcelona, Spain
Co-chairs: Xavier Costa, Northeastern University + Martha Thorne, IE University

 

Tours registration deadline is June 13, 2012.
All tours have a minimum and maximum number of attendees. Tours will not be available to add onsite.    

To register for tours please contact ACSA at 202.785.2324 or email Eric Ellis at eellis@acsa-arch.org
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3-HOUR WALKING TOURS
Costs: 15.00€ / $20.00 USD
Dates: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 from 9:30h-12:30h

Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 9:30h-12:30h



22@. Restructuring of an obsolete industrial area in the Eixample grid of streets (3-hour tour)

Dates: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 from 9:30h-12:30h

Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 9:30h-12:30h

Meeting point: Torre Agbar (Jean Nouvel). (Metro L1 Glòries)

In 2000 the Barcelona City Council approved a new urban planning ordinance aimed at transforming the old industrial area of Poblenou, with obsolete factories that had long ago been abandoned or were simply not very productive, into a magnet for new activities.

The goal is to encourage land owners to update obsolete urban planning elements from the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries while maintaining economic activity, which would not have happened with a traditional rezoning from industrial to residential designation.

It creates a new model of city. The 22@ Barcelona project fills the city's needs to recover both economic and social dynamism in the old industrial areas of Poblenou and to create a diverse and compact environment where productive spaces coexist with research, training and tech transfer centers, as well as subsidized housing, facilities and green areas that improve the quality of work and life in the neighborhood.

The project includes innovative activities, new facilities, housing, quality public spaces, industrial heritage and advanced infrastructures. The area is divided in some parts to a better adaptation on the industrial heritages and new activities. Each zone has a particular plan.

Several international known architects are doing singular works in this area: Jean Nouvel, Carlos Ferrater, BAAS Studio, David Chipperfield, Dominique Perrault, Batlle i Roig, b720 Arquitectos, MBM arquitectos, Rahola i Vidal.


Seafront transformations (3-hour tour)

Dates: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - CANCELED

Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 9:30h-12:30h

Meeting point: Forum Building (Herzog & DeMeuron). (Metro L4 El Maresme-Fòrum)

A walk from the newest seafront transformation to the oldest one. Beginning at Forum area we will visit all the seafront until the old harbor, going through the Olympic harbor and the Barceloneta esplanade.

In 2004, Barcelona used a cultural event called Forum to transform the further northeastern seaside area. The whole project included getting the Diagonal Avenue until the sea, rise new buildings and organize large urban infrastructures underneath (sewage treatment plant, incinerator plant, recycling center, etc.). Among the new projects, there is the triangle Forum building from Herzog & DeMeuron, the Conference Centre (Josep Lluís Mateo, the photovoltaic pergola (Elías Torres & J. A. Lapeña) and a seaside park from Alejandro Zaera Polo. Social housing, offices, hotels and public facilities were also part of the urban plan, but some have not been developed yet.

Diagonal Mar Park is a housing development in four skyscrapers surrounded by a Park (Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue, 2002). Next to this project, five housing blocks of the Cerdà’s Eixmaple grid were designed in 1995 by Carlos Ferrater.

In 1992, Barcelona used the Olympic Games as a chance to improve some parts of the city; the most important one was the opening of the city to the sea with the recovery of the beaches and the construction of the Olympic Village. That operation also included the creation of a ring highway that goes partly underground next to the seafront and improved the urban mobility.

Going from the Olympic harbor to the Barceloneta esplanade we find new singular buildings, like the Mapfre tower and the Arts Hotel tower, the Biomedical Research Park (Manuel Brullet, 2006), the Gas Natural headquarters (EMBT architects, 2007) and the Vela Hotel (Ricard Bofill, 2011).

The walk will end at the Barceloneta, a fishermen neighborhood built in the 18th century next to the harbor and outside the city walls to host the Old Town citizens that lost their house when the Ciutadella fortress was built. Firstly the area consisted of lower dwellings, but urban speculation made them rise until its current height. The seafront esplanade is a project by Jordi Henrich and Olga Tarrassó.


Montjuïc. Landscape and public facilities in the mountain of the city (3-hour tour)

Dates: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - CANCELED

Saturday, June 23, 2012 - CANCELED

Meeting point: Mies van der Rohe Pavilion. (Metro L1 & L3 Plaça Espanya)

Montjuïc is the hill next to the sea and southwest from the Old Town, with a great view over the city’s harbor immediately below and the rest of the city. It was the place chose to establish the first pre-Roman settlements of Barcelona, and since then it has been the site of several fortress, the latest of which, the Castle from the 17th century, remains today.

For centuries the stone of Montjuïc was used to build Barcelona (Roman walls, gothic palaces, Sagrada Familia, etc.), but the quarries fell into disused.

In the 20th century two great city events have characterized the hill, the Great Exhibition of 1929 and the Olympic games of 1992. From the first one is the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, the main Pavilion that now host the Catalan National Art Museum (MNAC), the Greek Theater built in a former quarry and the Laribal Gardens from Jean Claude Nicolas Forestier and Nicolau M. Rubió i Tudurí. During the Olympic Games Montjuïc was again chosen to host the main sports facilities (stadium, diving pool, swimming pool, Palau Sant Jordi).

Nowadays, the Castle has become a public space and Montjuïc keeps being a green area with uphill gardens and even the Botanical Garden (Carles Ferrater and Bet Figueras, 1999), next to sports and cultural facilities like theatres (Teatre Lliure, Mercat de les Flors) and museums; Fundació Miró (Josep Lluís Sert, 1975) and CaixaFòrum (former Casaramona textile factory. Josep Puig i Cadafalch, 1912. Arata Isozaki entrance porch, 2002).



1-HOUR WALKING TOURS
Costs: 6€ / $7.5 USD 
Dates: Thursday, June 21, 2012 from 14:00h-15:00h 

Friday, June 22, 2012 from 14:00h-15:00h    


Library and day centre for the elderly in an inner courtyard of Cerdà’s Eixample. (1-hour tour)
Dates: Thursday, June 21, 2012 - CANCELED

Friday, June 22, 2012 from 14:00h-15:00h

Meeting and ending point: Pati de les dones CCCB (courtyard)

This is a varied program for an urban complex, by RCR Architects, that reclaims as urban space the interior of a street block of Cerdà’s Eixample in the neighborhood of Sant Antoni, just next to the Old Town. Since 1996, Barcelona City Council has recovered 45 block interiors as public spaces (93.000m2) with a plan to revitalize the Eixample district and improve the quality of life of its inhabitants.

In this case, the library is the portal, filtering daylight through the boxes that are reading rooms interposed between the two sides that form it and letting the sun shine in through the passage opened from the street. The day centre for the elderly forms a cul-de-sac that shapes the public space with its facade and the courtyard to the rear. It also represents an element of social cohesion, facilitating the relation between children in the playground and the elderly people who come and go.

The garden itself, with trees, stretches of granite sand and a play area, becomes an extension of the reading rooms of the library, which offers a tiered space that can be used for more informal activities.



Santa Caterina market and surroundings. Discovering the core of Old Town. (1-hour tour)
Dates: Thursday, June 21, 2012 from 14:00h-15:00h

Friday, June 22, 2012 from 14:00h-15:00h

Meeting and ending point: Pati de les dones CCCB (courtyard)

Santa Caterina market was built in the 19th century in the place of a former Gothic convent that was pulled down. In 2005, the market was completely renovated by Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue (EMBT Architects), with a project known for his wavy multicolored ceramics roof, supported by an organic shaped metal structure, and its wooden interior surfaces.

After the Olympic Games (1992) Barcelona Old Town recovered the urban attention through the construction of great public facilities that should operate as dynamic factors of the urban development and also through building new dwellings to recover the housing fabric. Santa Caterina market was one of these several urban renovations plans that were also including social housing and new open public spaces.

In close proximity of Santa Caterina market, two perpendicular axes were open in the cramped Old Town in different times: Via Laietana (1907-26) and Avinguda de la Catedral (1940).

Via Laietana is a large avenue opened through the demolition of a large number of houses to connect the Eixample with the harbor, among much controversy. A new public facade was needed for the new metropolis, so the avenue became the place of the tertiary activities and its buildings were imitating the ones in Chicago.

Avinguda de la Catedral appeared due to the Spanish Civil War bombings (1936-39), which allowed a large public space in front of the main Cathedral. On the opposite edge of the Avenue, we find the headquarters of the Architects Association (Xavier Busquets 1958-62), a sober building with a sgraffito of Pablo Picasso drawings.



Demolition to renovate Old Town. Rambla del Raval: boulevard, film library, sports center, hotel, offices and social housing. (1-hour tour)
Dates: Thursday, June 21, 2012 from 14:00h-15:00h

Friday, June 22, 2012 from 14:00h-15:00h

Meeting and ending point: Pati de les dones CCCB (courtyard)

The demolition of a few very precarious street blocks in a sector of the old town, the Raval, created a new boulevard: Rambla del Raval (Jaume Artigues, 2000). The urban plan to revitalize the area of the historical centre with more population density, immigration and social problems, included also new buildings and public facilities; a sports center in a former textile factory (Can Ricart, Vora Arquitectura, 2006), a cylindrical shaped hotel (Josep Mª Blanco+CMV Architects, 2006), social housing (several architects), an “L” shaped building for trade union offices (MBM architects, 2008) and the new film library (Josep Lluís Mateo, 2012).

Despite the difference of program and style of all these projects, they have a common aim to introduce new urban uses in the run down areas to promote a major variety of people and activities. An urban policy already adopted in the Raval north zone with the insertion of some University facilities and museums (CCCB, MACBA, FAD), that have managed to revitalize the neighborhood.    



Tours registration deadline is June 13, 2012.
All tours have a minimum and maximum number of attendees. Tours will not be available to add onsite.    

To register for tours please contact ACSA at 202.785.2324 or email Eric Ellis at eellis@acsa-arch.org 
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Add Tours to your existing registration, follow these steps:

  • Log into the ACSA website;
  • Click “Register Now”;
  • Click the “Register Me” button;
  • Click the “Edit Registration” button;
  • From here you will be returned to your original registration, click the “Save/Continue” button;
  • The next page will be the Tours and Special Events;
  • Select the Tours and/or Events you would like to add to your registration and click “Save/Continue”;
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