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R_Urban Hubs: Questioning the Limits of Barcelona in the 21st Century

Students from the UIC Barcelona School of Architecture present their projects in the MUHBA Oliva Artès

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The UIC Barcelona School of Architecture opens, for the fifth consecutive year, its end-of-degree project exhibition. The exhibition is to showcase the 30 projects put forward to regenerate and strengthen the Delta de Llobregat as a productive area and urban innovation hub, as opposed to the speculative growth of the territory, while maintaining its agricultural character.

Thursday July 21 at 19.00, at the MUHBA Oliva Artés in Barcelona, will see the opening of the exhibition of end-of-degree projects from the UIC Barcelona School of Architecture “R_Urban Hubs: Questioning the Limits of Barcelona in the 21st Century “. This exhibition is the school’s response to the agreement signed with the Directorate General of Planning of the Ministry of Territory and Sustainability of the Generalitat de Catalunya, in which the educational institution is committed to contributing to the regeneration of strategic areas in the Metropolitan Region of Barcelona. During the ceremony a panel discussion will be held where experts such as Eva Prats, architect; Enric Batlle, architect and director of the Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture of UPC BarcelonaTech; Joan Roca, director of MUHBA; and Victor Ténez, Chief of Fluvial Systems of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona, will reflect on the new scales of territorial urban space. In addition, during the opening ceremony the Schindler Accessibility Award and the Award of the Chair in Industrialised Construction and the Environment from the UIC Barcelona School of Architecture will be given to the most innovative projects in terms of accessibility and sustainability.

During the academic year 2015-16 TFG (end-of-degree projects) students from the UIC Barcelona School of Architecture have worked in an area of exceptional ecological, economic and social value: the limits of the Baix Llobregat Agricultural Park in the Delta. The aim is to ensure the viability of agriculture in serving the metropolitan area of Barcelona. An intervention created to give a critical response to unlimited speculative growth proposals where the territory loses its identity and becomes a commodity in the hands of the global market. The proposals in the exhibition develop the provisions of the General Metropolitan Plan, which seek to protect the area from speculation, following a local, sustainable model.

The authors of the 30 projects are final year students from the UIC Barcelona School of Architecture, divided into three workshops led by architects Rosa Rull, Miquel Lacasta, Alberto T. Estévez, Álvaro Cuéllar and Pere Vall.

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