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GUALLART, Vincente

Barcelona 5.0. The Self-Sufficient City

Series: Evening Lectures
Date: Thursday 13 November 2014
Time: 18:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 104 mins

Barcelona 5.0.The Self-Sufficient City outlines a blueprint for the city to come, a city built around cities and their renewed capabilities to become productive again, based on the principles of local self-sufficiency and global connectivity. Thus, we want to build a city on a human scale, in which it empowers citizens.  Barcelona has defined a vision for the next 40 years to transform in a metropolis of neighbourhoods.
Vicente Guallart is the Chief Architect of Barcelona City Council with the responsibility of developing the strategic vision of the transformation of the city and its major development projects.  Previously he founded the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) where he was director 2001-2011. His professional office, Guallart Architects has developed projects in many countries.  He is the author of books like Geologic and Self-Sufficient City.  His work has been exhibited at the Biennale of Venezia, MOMA or AIA in Washington.


Vincente Guallart will be signing copies of his book 'The Self-Sufficient City' (for £25, rrp: £16.50) at the launch for this book on the evening of 11/11 after his lecture in the south Jury room.

The internet has changed our lives but it has not yet changed our cities. Any technological revolution takes paired radical transformations in the life styles. If the age of the car and the oil shaped the cities of the 20th century, the society of the information will form those of the 21st century. It is an unstoppable evolution that, nevertheless, it is necessary to be able to lead with criterion. It is a question of taking advantage of the urban experiences accumulated for centuries by the human beings and having present that the growth cannot be unlimited and the energetic resources that our planet offers have expiry date. Vicente Guallart exposes this fascinating process in a book loaded with ideas, information and proposals. As observer, thinker and pioneer of the architecture of the future, Guallart proposes the regeneration of the cities (from the housing to the metropolis) to stimulate a new economy of the urban innovation. A path with destined to the self-sufficiency local resources, and to the global connectivity as knowledge and information. Because the connected self-sufficiency get the cities and the persons who inhabit them been stronger, free and independent.

Barcelona 2014, 16.7 x 2.7, fully illustrated, 262pp. Hardback


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The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Diploma), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.