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Patent Constructions

The architecture produced in Catalonia has often been in the vanguard of Europe, especially since Barcelona hosted the 1992 Olympics. The two exhibitions hold in Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM, Frankfurt, 2007) and the Arkitekturmuseet (Stockholm, 2008), as well as the catalog published by Actar Publishers, was exciting overview of innovative spaces and techniques made in Catalonia, presenting a cross section of ‘products’ as well as the buildings and environments for which they were conceived. The products showed in Patent Constructions: New Architecture Made in Catalonia, solve specific program requirements, new social demands, environmental needs, budget limitations and design aspirations to improve on the status quo. They were proving grounds of architectural innovation, through the works done by EMBT, Carme Pinós, Enric Ruiz-Geli, Vicente Guallart, RCR, Arturo Frediani, Bailo-Rull, Flores&Prats, among others.

Co-curated by Albert Ferré, Jaime Salazar, Ricardo Devesa.