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WAF 2010: Barcelona-based practices showcase new projects

New Barcelona-based practices showcased their projects today on the first day of the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona

Some of Barcelona’s best young talent showcased their work, demonstrating the engagement of architecture with the quality of life that the city’s mayor Jordi Hereu had identified earlier.

Jorge and Laia Mogas, founding directors of Dumo Architecture, discussed their relationship with various types of computer modelling in the service of architecture and urban planning.

In a project initiated by the city hall, they proposed a means of enabling the development of creative spaces by identifying the position, activities and needs of different creative people, and mapping that against available and potential space, even producing an Applet that could then be used in other cities to define a new cartography.

Marc Zaballa, founder of Lagula Architects, endearingly said that his small practice ‘had lost a lot of competitions’. He showed one of these, a proposal for an opera house museum in Wroclaw, Poland, but also two houses in the Barcelona area.

One cleverly combined the staircase with the living room to create a seamless transition from one level to the next, while the other adapted traditional tiling, a local industry in Badalona, in a contemporary idiom. This approach was echoed in the work of six other young practices, presented by cultural manager Queralt Garriga. Although varied in approach, all seemed well grounded in place, both in their application of materials and in common themes of transparency, use of planting, and of flexible spaces.

Barcelona’s architectural heritage is inspiring, not inhibiting, its young practitioners.



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