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  • Xmas 2013. Mexican pesebre with Danish snow.
    This year we had lots of Mexico insights combined with busy days in Copenhagen. Our Nativity mixes memories of both places: a folding Mexican Pesebre with the Änglaspel of Danish Snow.
  • “Keep in contact after the work”.
    This week came out an interview on, on the page dedicated to Architecture, about the post-occupancy experience of the Michelin building. It also uploaded a premiere of the film Meeting at the Building for the Argentinean audience.
  • 18th November 2013. Torresana. Teamwork. Lecture of Eva Prats at ETSAB.
    The lecture was focused on explaining the teamwork proposed by Manuel de Solá Morales in
    the development of the new neighborhood in Torresana, Terrassa
    , until the definition of a particular case of this ensamble: the Building 111. Monday 18th November at 11:30AM, at the Conference hall of the Architecture School of Barcelona (ETSAB).
  • Eva Prats presented Building 111 at the International Congress of Environmental Psychology...
    in the Agora of Post-occupancy Assessment:
    Urban and Architectural Hybridity and Social Interaction
    held in CosmoCaixa, Barcelona on October 24th.
    With the participation of Lídia Guillén (Architect of Ajuntament de Terrassa), Héctor Berroeta (Universidad of Valparaíso), Isabel Duque (Universidad Nacional of Colombia), Perla Sefarty-Garzón (Universidad of Montreal) and Zaida Muxí (Universidad Politécnica of Catalunya) and Maria Rosa Bonet (Universitat of Barcelona).
  • 28th October 2013. Flores & Prats, featured today at the blog of Arquine magazine...
    with an article by Andrea Griborio about the
    interview with Ricardo Flores
    talking about the social dimension of architecture and Meeting at the Building, the award-winning documentary on the Building 111.
  • 23rd of October. Flores & Prats invited to the XXII International Symposium of Architecture in Monterrey, México.
    Ricardo Flores gave a lecture during the symposium ‘Towards the construction of social change’
    . The world is changing... Society wants an architecture that comes from common sense, that solves social needs, generates communities, improves the social fabric and works for the community and not the individuals. Dwelling, public space, mobility, infrastructure and methods of architectural production should be done to improve the cities’ basic qualities.
    Photos by Jó Woo.
  • 21st October 2013. Radio interview with Ricardo Flores.
    On the Mexican Radio Program La Hora Arquine by
    Radio Arquitectura
    , talking about Building 111 and coming closer to the community that inhabits the building.
  • 21st October 2013. Sobretaules #5: Theatre, Theatres, Learning, Making Architecture.
    A discussion about theater
    in the Architecture School of Barcelona (ETSAB) with Joan Casas (Playwright and Professor of Theatre), Eva Prats ( Professor at ETSAB and Architect of the New Sala Beckett Theatre), Iván Alcázar (theater critic and part of The Observatori d'Espais Escènics) and Toni Ramon (Professor at ETSAB and of The Observatori d’Espais Escènics).
  • 20th October 2013. Meeting at the Building, the film on the 111 Building by Flores & Prats,
    wins the Prize to the
    Best Documentary Short Film at the Arquitectura Film Festival de Chile
    . With a selection of 117 fiction and documentary films, the event invited hundreds of spectators to think about the challenges and opportunities of the city life.
  • 17th October 2013. Suppeopskrift!
    In occasion of the 7th Festival “Soups of the World”, to take place in Torresana, Terrassa, the Building 111 — better known in the neighbourhood as Michelin Building — will participate in cooking a soup during the festival. Since the building is now doing an exhibition in Copenhagen - Denmark, we have chosen a Danish recipe: Suppeopskrift. Thanks to Anne Hansen for the recipe and to Lidia for cooking it.
  • 14th October 2013. FLORES & PRATS in Quaderns Digital, featuring a very nice article by Frans Drewniak: “The passion for architecture and people is present in the two Copenhagen exhibitions by Eva Prats and Ricardo Flores... The result of this collaboration is two unique exhibitions not to be missed if you are interested in architecture as a framework for the meeting between people.”
  • 8th October 2013. Students of Final Thesis Studio win Awards in the Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism.
    Magda Barceló Sanso and Joan Sanz Oliver, Final Project students of the group Flores & Prats from ESARQ-UIC 2012, have recently been awarded First Prize and Selected Project, respectively, among the proposals submitted to the XII Spanish Biennial 2012. These two students are to be added to María Amat Busquets, also a student of our group in 2010 and awarded First Prize in the XI Spanish Biennial 2011.
  • 26th September 2013. We are back in Copenhagen...
    to introduce the exhibition
    Meeting at the Building at the Forming Welfare International Symposium
    , with Doina Petrescu, Kjetil Thorsen, Alejandro Aravena, Marco Steinberg and Gosta Esping. The 111 Building as a built manifesto into an international discussion on the actual social housing and welfare scenario.
  • Meeting at the Building Exhibition in Copenhagen.
    How can you build communities that people will want to both live and meet in? 
A new exhibition shows the results of the collaboration between the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhague and Flores & Prats. 
For the first time, the Exhibition Hall Meldahls Smedie dedicates its 730 square meters to display only one project. This monographic exhibition on the 111 Building shows the whole process of design, construction and post-occupancy of this social housing building, in use since 2011.
  • Ingredients & Cakes Exhibition in Copenhagen. The exhibition shows projects by Flores & Prats along with an artwork by British artist Soraya Smithson.
    Discovering that this storefront was a former bakery, gave us the idea that the show could be accompanied by a production of biscuits and cakes, reproducing images and forms of the projects on display. This has been possible through the collaboration with the Catalan pastry Escribà. We also counted with the British artist Soraya Smithson for the design of the window-shop. The INGREDIENTS & CAKES exhibition is created in dialogue with the coinciding exhibition MEETING AT THE BUILDING which opens at the exhibition venue of the Royal Academy of Arts School of Architecture in Copenhagen.
  • Moving from Barcelona to Copenhagen for the Exhibition. The truck has left the studio with all the material for the double exhibition in Copenhagen. To collect, to order and to pack all the material for the double exhibitions transformed the office for a few weeks, converting it into a place where huge packages filled in every space. Once the enormous truck came to pick everything up, to bring it to Copenhagen, the office came back to normality, and it suddenly seemed that there was a lot of extra space to move around... Take a look at the process of packaging, moving and loading of the double trailer truck.
  • Edible architecture with Escribà. For the double exhibition in Copenhagen, and after knowing that the space occupied by the Leth & Gori Storefront has been once a bakery, we decided to offer at both openings biscuits and dough with the shape of the exhibited projects. This was a way to create a complicity with the visitors to the exhibitions, giving us an opportunity to socialize and to greet them while offering them the biscuits. In this way, the exhibition was not only for looking at projects, but for eating them too.
  • Design and painting of a Storefront in Copenhagen. For the exhibition Ingredients & Cakes in Copenhagen, we asked our friend the Bristish artist Soraya Smithson to design and produce the image of this exhibition towards the street. The Leth & Gori Storefront, where it would take place, has two enormous windows which are the actual image to what's exhibited inside. Soraya took the subject to be exhibited -four different projects of the office- and mixed these with the subject of edible architecture, present at the exhibition as well. These images and videos show the new window-shop specially designed for this storefront in occasion of the exhibition Ingredients & Cakes of works by Flores & Prats.
  • The making of the Copenhagen Biscuit Map. For illustrating the covers of the catalogue of the two exhibitions in Copenhagen, we asked our friend the artist Soraya Smithson to design map made out of biscuit, locating the two venues in this city. This biscuit map, designed and baked at her home kitchen in Stamford, England, measured two meters long by one meter wide. Fragments of the original map will be displayed at the Ingredients & Cakes exhibition. See here pictures of the making of this art piece, cooked specially for this occasion.
  • Video to explain the project of the exhibitions Meeting at the Building and Ingredients & Cakes in Copenhagen. The project and realisation of a double exhibition in Copenhagen with works of the office, to take place in September and October 2013, is explained in a video organized as a promenade through the city and the exhibition spaces. The video combines different kind of materials, from working models to fragments of interviews, approaching the Royal Danish Academy Hall where Meeting at the Building will take place, to jump to the Leth & Gori Storefront in the second place, to explain the Ingredients & Cakes exhibition project. This promenade intends to illustrate the distinct situation and character of both places: one in the harbour area where the school of architecture is located, and the other one right in the centre of the city, making evident that the two exhibitions connect two different areas of this town: university and city.
  • Catalogue for the Double Exhibition in Copenhagen. For the two exhibitions in Copenhagen we have designed and published one single catalogue, showing that both presented material from the studio and complemented each other. The catalogue explains the two exhibition projects, and at the same time the exhibited projects themselves. Therefore it serves as a guide for the exhibition but remains as a small publication of the office’s works. The process of design of the catalogue included assisting to the printer’s shop, controlling the images quality at the printing place.
  • Double Exhibition in Copenhagen. The office has been invited to show works and projects in two simultaneous exhibitions in the city of Copenhagen next autumn. One of them, called Meeting at the Building, will take place on the campus of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, a 730-square-meter space, presents one single project, 111 Building, in great detail. The other exhibition, called Ingredients & Cakes, will occupy a much smaller, 36-square-meter space, the Leth & Gori Storefront, a gallery run by an architecture firm. This will show four projects that had been forerunners to 111 and, in our view, served as a guide or inspiration for the latter. The design and production of the two exhibitions is being done at our office in Barcelona and then moved to Copenhagen.
  • Meeting on the Road. The film Meeting at the Building about the Building 111 in Terrassa continues its Festival Tournée.
  • VIII International Summer Workshop: Sala Beckett at Poble Nou. The 8th edition of the Summer Workshop has opened, with extensive international participation, the new space for the Sala Beckett Drama School at Poble Nou. This has been the first test for the future theatre project. Photos by Adrià Goula and Nani Pujol.
  • Urban Islands Workshop. All cities contain myriad disused sites, functionally vacant and culturally distinct. They exist within the urban fabric, though via disuse or disconnection, they exist distinct from that fabric. They are Urban Islands. Two-weeks intensive design studio working at Cockatoo Island in Sydney, with students of the Schools Architecture of Newcastle, RMIT Melbourne, UNSW Sydney and Sydney University.
  • 18th July 2013. Meeting at the Building. Lecture at the University of Sydney. The talk addressed the issue of social housing design, its capacity to generate a community among its inhabitants, and the research on how a building can work as a bridge between the house and the city.
  • 6th July 2013. Film Meeting at the Building Premiere in Australia. The film will be presented in Sydney, with a Premiere at Neeson Murcutt’s Office.
  • 11th July 2013. Rewind & Fast Forward. Lecture at the Queensland Chapter Auditorium, South Brisbane, Australia. “Interests do not appear in a chronological order. Their insistence makes them appear again and again in time within the most diverse programme, client or place”. The talk proposes a mental sequence of ideas to connect the non-specialized production of the office.
  • Film Meeting at the Building, was shown on Saturday 20th of July 2013 in Avilés, at the I International Festival of Cinema and Architecture FICARQ 2013, sharing the Closing Event of the Festival with a documentary on Sanaa's Rolex building.
  • New Sala Beckett. Stencils. Preparing the opening of “Obrador Internacional Sala Beckett” for the Summer Workshop. The works of rehabilitation of the former Cooperativa Paz y Justícia end by lettering the front facade and new access.
  • Phase One of New Sala Beckett Under Construction. The works to renovate and adapt the Cooperativa Paz y Justicia in Poble Nou to the activities of the Sala Beckett Theatre group have just started. They should be completed by beginning of July, to allow the Summer Workshop to happen. These photographs by Adrià Goula reflect the intermediate state of the transformation of the old building into a place to rehearse and learn theatre.
  • New Sala Beckett featured in the online archzine Arquitectura Beta.
  • New Sala Beckett at Poble Nou. The Catalan photographer Adrià Goula has been to the future home for the Sala Beckett Theatre team, the Cooperativa Paz y Justícia in Poble Nou, Barcelona. He has recorded the state in which we found the building, in an advanced state of decay, but with enormous charm and possibilities. These images will serve us as a reminder of this initial state of our work.
  • Sala Beckett Summer Workshop. This year, the Sala Beckett Theatre will hold its annual international summer workshop at its future home, the Cooperativa Paz y Justícia in Poble Nou. This will be the first step of Sala Beckett team in the re-use of the building, as a way to occupy the place and to know more about its neighbourhood and the character of the building before starting the construction of the project.
  • Film Meeting at the Building. The documentary film by 15L Films, which registers one day at the Building 111 in Terrassa, is shortlisted by the cultural platform Nómade for the Screen 2013. Meeting… is shown at the session Urbanism. Borders, boundaries and other divisions, with another four films which share the problem of limit in relation to urban space.
  • Urban Islands Workshop. Flores & Prats invited as Studio Leaders for the 2013 edition, in Cockatoo Island, Sydney. July 8 – 20 / 2013. Urban Islands is an independent cross university program that brings renowned architectural practitioners from around the world to Sydney's Cockatoo Island. Guest tutors each run an intensive 12 day workshop about Cockatoo. Through processes of inhabitation and insinuation, each studio will question the nature of place making in an increasingly mediated world.
  • A book on the Innovation Campus Microsoft Italia is edited by Editorial SKIRA. The book called Innovation Campus - Un luogo oltre l’immaginario. La nuova sede di Microsoft Italia, recounts the construction process of the new headquarters of Microsoft in the outskirts of Milan, a project which seeks to connect the interests of the developer and the international digital company with the local agricultural landscape. Curated by Italian critic Fortunato D’Amico, contains drawings, models and photographs of the whole design and construction process to allow to understand such a singular experience. The edition is bilingual, English and Italian, and belongs to the serie by Skira Architettura. Monografie. With critical essays by Alessandra Coppa, Cristian Vitali, Flores & Prats, Luca Molinari and Pietro Scott Jovane.
  • 25th April 2013. The Building 111 in Terrassa, featured today at the Hong Kong online magazine Gooood!
  • 20th April 2013. The Mills Museum in Palma de Mallorca, featured today at the online archzine AFASIA.
  • 19th April 2013. Lecture at the Master in Collective Housing of the Universitat Politècnica de Madrid. Under the name of
    Public Spaces and Housing
    , the talk addressed the importance of public space when defining the built environment of public housing, as a double subject that goes always together in the design process.
  • Eva Prats, member of the jury for the prestigious
    FAD Awards
    , in the 2013 edition. The jury will judge on four categories: Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape and Ephemeral Interventions.
  • Building 111. See new photographs of the building after sixteen months of being occupied by its neighbours. Photographer Àlex García visits the building and shoots scenes of neighbours in their everyday activities.
  • 12th March 2013. The Argentinean Magazine PLOT features Building 111 in its new issue. Includes images of the construction process, technical drawings and details, and photographs of the post-occupancy state by Adrià Goula. With a critical essay by Anna Font.
  • The film Meeting at the Building, which shows one summer day at the 111 Building, is selected to participate at the 5th Budapest Architecture Film Days, 28th February to 3rd of March 2013, Toldi Cinema Budapest.
  • 19th February 2013. Lecture at the FORO Esarq lectures series, Barcelona. The
    lecture called Conferencia de Bolsillo
    focuses on the most recent projects of the office, the ones just completed, the ones under construction and those in project.
  • A three day workshop in Mexico DF: This architectural workshop was an invitation to Flores & Prats as a part of the Master Program in Social Housing, collaboration between the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, the Universidad Iberoamericana and Arquine Mexico. The workshop took place in the Universidad Iberoamericana from 1st to 3rd of February 2013, and the students were young architects from DF and other cities of this country.
  • Interview with Eva Prats and Ricardo Flores during their recent visit to Mexico City, in relation to an international competition in social housing. The interview takes place at one of the mythical social housing complexes in Mexico City, the CUPA (Centro Urbano Presidente Alemany), at the house of Architect Juan Carlos Tello, who has lived in the building for a long time.
  • Interview with Eva Prats and Ricardo Flores on Mexican Radio Program La Hora Arquine, of Radio Arquitectura, directed by Andrea Griborio, produced by Fabián Del Valle. The interview, of one hour, took place during the visit of Eva and Ricardo to Mexico City, to teach a workshop in architecture at the Universidad Iberoamericana.
  • 6th February 2013. TV Programme Connexió Barcelona of National Channel BTV makes a LIVE connection to the exhibition ‘Portable Memories: Luggage for a young architect’ at Vinçon Barcelona.
  • 31st January 2013.
    Lecture at Arquine, México
    . The lecture, called La Dimension Social de la Vivienda, focuses on the 111 Building.
  • Performances at the Exhibition Portable Memories in Vinçon Barcelona.
    On Saturdays 19th and 26th January, Joan Sanz, Glòria Saus, Magda Barceló, Pilar Sanchez, Marc Casanovas, Fran Hernández and Albert Guerra, authors of the exhibited containers, performed how to open them and how to manipulate the information kept inside them.
  • Portable Memories: Luggage for a young architect: The exhibition shows the working material produced during a final thesis year, collected and stored by each of the students in a big container, designed in relation with the project that keeps inside. It is not about simple boxes, but containers of thoughts and knowledge that have been picked along the academic year and that cannot be forgotten. These containers accumulate documents of different nature: maps, drawings, collages, sketches, models, writings, and books. When being opened and actioned by its authors, the sequence of appearance of the different documents matches the narration, being a scenographic help to represent what is happening…
    From 17th January until 9th February 2013, at Sala Vinçon, Barcelona.
  • The social dimension of collective buildings. A two weeks workshop, run both in Barcelona and Copenhagen, analyzing and reflecting on the topic of building community. The aim of the workshop was to study how different aspects of living in community manifest or apply differently depending on the culture and on the latitude where the work is located. Organized by The Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Copenhagen, 1st to 12th January 2013.
  • Presentation of the film Meeting at the building, directed by Carlota Coloma and Adrià Lahuerta, shot at 111 Building by Flores & Prats, after one year of occupation by the neighbours. The projection of the film finishes with a debate on post-occupation experiences in social housing (Monday 17th December, at the auditorium of FAD, Barcelona).
  • 19th to 23rd of November 2012: Flores & Prats assist as lecturers at the XVIII edition of the Bienal de Quito, BAQ 2012, Ecuador. Ricardo Flores also acts as member of the jury for the Gold Medal Award of the Bienal.
  • 21st November 2012.
    Lecture at XVIII Bienal de Quito, Ecuador
    . The lecture La Dimensión Social de la Vivienda is on the third day of the Bienal, under the general topic of ‘Human Being’.
  • 19th November 2012.
    Lecture at the School of Architecture ETSAB of Barcelona
    . The lecture called La Dimensión Social de la Vivienda focuses on the housing project 111 Building and its process of Post-Occupation by neighbours.
  • A reality show on Italian TV, The Apprentice, with Flavio Briatore as main character, uses the Microsoft Campus in Milan, of Flores & Prats, for filming the show. The subject of the show is to select an assistant for Briatore; the candidates that compete arrive to the big final for interview, using the Microsoft Campus as location.
  • Front page interview with Flores & Prats in issue 106 of Via construcción magazine.
  • 26th September 2012.
    Lecture to students of Cátedra Cerámica
    , of the school of architecture ESARQ in Barcelona. The students and professors chose to visit office and talk about several projects there.
  • 20th September 2012.
    Lecture at CREA
    (Congreso Rosarino de Estudiantes de Arquitectura). Rosario, Argentina. Organized by students of architecture of the National University of Rosario.
  • 5th and 6th September 2012. Shooting of the Film Meeting at the Building, at 111 Building in Terrassa. The directors of the film, Adrià Lahuerta and Carlota Coloma take two intense days to register and shoot on site, surrounded by neighbours of the building and helped by staff from Flores & Prats’ office.
  • 4th September 2012. TV Programme Connexió Barcelona of National Channel BTV shows the project House in a Suitcase, with Eva Prats explaining the project.
  • See a complete video of several interviews to the neighbours at the Building 111. This video is part of a Post-Occupation Workshop at the Master program “Laboratorio de la Vivienda” at ETSAB-UPC-, in which the students put questions to the neighbours who live in the building, regarding subjects like the communal central courtyard, the open kitchen and open layout of the flats, and other themes of the design of the building.
  • Second phase of the Palau Balaguer Cultural Centre, under construction. See recent photos by Adrià Goula.
  • See latest photographs of the Innovation Campus Microsoft in Milan. By Enzo Barraco, Filippo Romano and Filippo Abrami. The Campus is in use from June 2011, and the images show how the offices and the external open spaces are being used.
  • Building 111. Post-Occupation Workshop with students participating at the Master program “Laboratorio de la Vivienda” at ETSAB-UPC. The design for the Building 111 searches to create a new sense of community among its inhabitants. The workshop records the opinion of several neighbours, after 10 months of living in the building:
  • See the latest photos of Flores Prats social housing project Edificio 111 at Terrassa, Barcelona. The building has started to be inhabited by around 70 families now, and starts to have signs of social relationships between neighbors.
  • 21st May 2012.
    Lecture at the cycle ARA Arquitectura, Barcelona
    . The lecture was about the project Centre Cultural Casal Balaguer of Palma de Mallorca, at the moment under construction, focusing on the process of development of the project in all its phases.
  • 12th April 2012.
    Lecture at School of Architecture ESAyT in Madrid
    . The lecture called La Disciplina de lo Existente focuses on the new project for the theatre Sala Beckett in Barcelona, referring to other projects concerned with rehabilitation of the office space.
  • 22nd March 2012.
    Lecture at the Royal Academy of Architecture in Copenhagen
    . The lecture forms part of a cycle called Reflective Practitioners, organized by this school, and focused on the project on rehabilitation of the office.
  • 8th March 2012. Lecture at the School of Architecture La Salle in Tarragona. The lecture called Escenes Quotidianes focused on the 111 Building and the New Theatre Sala Beckett.
  • Workshop Through the Canvas. The intention of this workshop is to revisit the history of domesticity, and more specifically the architectonical proposal stated by Dutch paintings of the Seventeenth Century. Students work with Dutch interiors painted by Pieter de Hooch and Emanual de Witte.
    The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts / School of Architecture, 2nd to 13th January 2012
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