GLOBAL ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN, NEWSLETTER SPRING 2015, ISSUE II
Last month was very intensive for Global Architecture students and faculty in Barcelona. We ended February with Midterm Presentations, which were organized together with CIEE Berlin students at IaaC, Barcelona. This was an important step in the development of the students’ projects. All the students received very helpful comments and critiques from the external jury and IaaC faculty. Moreover, Berlin and Bcn students had a chance to meet each other, share their experiences and spend a great time together after Midterm Presentations, visiting the Media-Tic Building (Enric Ruiz-Geli, Cloud9), Endesa Pavilion (IaaC, Rodrigo Rubio), DHub Barcelona and touring the FabLab Barcelona, guided by Anya Popova from FabLab Barcelona.
Two weeks ago, CIEE Barcelona students had a fabrication session at Valldaura Green FabLab of IaaC, which is located in Collserola Park. The workshop started with a visit of the Valldaura facilities and a short presentation by Jonathan Minchin, coordinator of Green FabLab. During the fabrication session students worked with CNC machines under his supervision.
Another important event of this month was a trip to Bilbao and San-Sebastian. CIEE Barcelona students flew to Bilbao to experience Basque culture, life and its traditions. They got to know first-hand Bilbao´s Urban development and its economic strategy plan. On the second day of the research trip we travelled to San-Sebastian, where we had an insightful guided city tour and then had the pleasure of eating traditional Basque "pinchos". The last day was spent visiting the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. We were so impressed by its spectacular structure which was designed by Frank Gehry. The trip may have ended but many great memories and experiences remain.