In2Space work shop – Barcelona – Day Three – 07 / 09 / 2013
Day three the students went to ESARQ, the day started with a lecture by Architect Olga Gutierrez Prat. The students learnt about 80 Arcquitectura; the firm and its projects in both the public and private sector. The lecture also explored in more detail installations done by the architect which is more involved in interactive architecture. Many of the installations were designed freely based on a simple concept; students learnt that it is not necessary to digitally design an installation first hand but to experiment on site with ideas which also makes the fabrication process very fun. The students learnt about different materials used in installations such as ping pong balls, rope, plant pots, bells, bamboo sticks, reflective plastic and metal. The lecture explored how important it is to study the site so that any installation or pavilion is better integrated with its environment. After the lecture students had a chance to ask questions and further discuss Olga´s installations.
Later on students also had a lecture by Architect EdouardCabay from APPAREIL. The lecture was oriented around mainly two things; fabrication and process. Students learnt about environmental architecture and the importance of it in this day of age where construction and transportation are the main causes of global warming. The lecture also explored many projects which Edouard was involved in, such asPlaza DelMilenio and Media Tic by Cloud 9 which the students got to visit the next day. Students also learnt about large scale buildings and the possibility for a building to have very low weight in terms of square meters. They also learnt about the importance of physical tests and prototype experiments to understand structure. The lecture also explored a competition which Edouard entered trying to reinvent agriculture; with the idea that the environment is becoming more urban and more people are moving into the cities. The project involves creating an incubator for vegetables to grow serving the population; where production is based on a genetic code input leading to the quantity of production.
After that students had a chance to ask questions, discuss, and experiment with ideas and concepts.