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CERAMICS IN THE ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC SPACE ARQUITECTRUA

12, 13, 14 i 15 of setembre (Mornings) in the auditorium of the Design Hub Barcelona

The congress in Barcelona 2016 focus on a specific content that will make sense to the meeting of the International Academy of Ceramics (AIC), which will be related to what Catalonia and Barcelona can best contribute to the members of the AIC and the theme chosen for this event: ceramics in architecture and public space.

The presence of ceramics in architecture has been a constant throughout all time and in almost all cultures and territories. The clay found a way to build and beautify our homes and other buildings for the most diverse uses imaginable, besides being also an important element in the beautification of public spaces. The evolution throughout history has been impressive, from houses made of "adobe" to sophisticated constructions with elements of contemporary architects and ceramists bolder. S'ha dividit the main theme in three parts, each of which devote a day of discussions:

Scope 1 – Ceramics in modernist architecture
Modernism was the first artistic movement worldwide, good examples around the world, but especially in Europe where it originated and where are his best accomplishments. In this context, Barcelona and Catalonia stand out as one of the places where the results are splendid, with great architects such as Antoni Gaudí, Lluis Domenech i Montaner and Josep Puig, while in many others might call.

One of the key elements that distinguish Modernism in relation to other architectural movements is the constant presence of the applied arts, which was a great revival of trades. So forge iron, the windows with leaded glass and ceramics (both its constructive and decorative aspect) • achieve excellent levels of excellence as never seen before. His works are now under study for art historians and also of major restoration work, per a back-the-hi tot l'splendor, which is employing numerous potters. Even a case, the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Antoni Gaudí, which is still in construction and involved some good craftsmen in Catalonia.

We want international experts participating in the panel discussion and various speakers will present papers on this subject as one of the starting points of the conference in Barcelona.

Scope 2 – Contemporary architecture and ceramics
Admittedly, in the presence of contemporary architecture ceramics was not all that we would like to highlight, but especially in the last 20 years there has been a significant revival in this, interesting achievements to be unveiled. This section will provide information on how many can interact architecture and ceramics at the moment, open to unexpected possibilities of contemporary potters how to integrate their creativity in the architectural world. At a time of great difficulty pottery author, This may be a possible alternative to work on what they do best our potters.

A rapprochement between two worlds, as suspect architects often unaware that ceramics can be a good solution to many of the issues raised in their buildings, given the great properties of ceramics, as thermal insulation, durability, and impermeability, with the, an aesthetic that can not be obtained with other materials.

In this section we mention the courageous commitment made by several architects in favor of ceramics, with Alejandro Zaera (Spanish Pavilion at Expo Aichi, Japan), José Ignacio Linazasoro, José Duant, Joan Tarrús, Enric Soria, James Bach, Enric Miralles, Cristian Cirici, Josep M. Botey, Xavier Busquets, Oscar Tusquets, Nieto Sobejano (Palacio de Congresos de Zaragoza), Patxi Manga (Spanish Pavilion at Expo Zaragoza 2004), Enric Miralles Benedetta Tagliabue the (Santa Caterina Market in Barcelona), Enric Ruiz Geli (Villa Nurbs, Empuriabrava, Girona).

Scope 3 – Ceramics, sculpture, public space and its links with urban anthropology.
This section is very new and we hope that there is a before and after the congress in Barcelona. A detailed study of the meaning of ceramics in public space, with all that that implies relations with the city's urban settings and social relations involving. We want anthropological aspects are present in the debate about what it will mean the presence of pottery in the public space, trying to learn how ceramics can do better and our cities such as ceramics can become an important element in areas such as improved energy efficiency, decrease maintenance costs of urban, improvements in public sculpture and other similar.

Rarely seen in public sculptures made by potters and ceramic, although it is a perfect material to do so as it is a material almost unchanged atmospheric conditions (particularly with respect to temperature and humidity) i, unlike other materials used much, com the bronze or l'acer cut, has a much higher chromatic possibilities. You must claim the ceramics as raw material for sculpture and other uses of public spaces of our cities and towns.

We have good examples of public sculpture to ceramics Barcelona, com la "Cara de Barcelona" de Roy Lichtenstein, "Woman and Bird" by Joan Miró, "Castilla" in the Plaza de la Castellana Source, de Commonwealth. Surely other cities of the country and the world will find more sculptures that can serve as a model and inspiration for potters and responsible for planning, and policymakers, are often those who have the last word on these issues, since actions are almost always financed by public money on political interventionism is remarkable.


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