Winners from Spain’s Cevisama expo show off cutting-edge uses for ceramics in design

Design, International, Product
Thursday, February 11, 2016
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(Courtesy Carmen Martinez Gregori, Carmel Gradoli Martinez, and Arturo Sanz Martinez)

AN reported last week on the yearly Cevisama ceramic fair in Valencia, Spain, and the award winning Harvard project, Extruded Tessellation: Ceramic Tectonics, of industrially produced clay extrusions from the university’s Material Processes & Systems Group. But it was not the only award-winning project of architectural interest at the fair.

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Harvard GSD material processes students build an intricate ceramic wall at Cevisama

Dean's List, Design, International
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
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(William Menking / AN)

(William Menking / AN)

Cevisama is the largest annual ceramic and terracotta exhibition in the world. Architects and designers from the whole world are here, but there is almost no North American representation—either displaying products, media reporting on building advances with the material, or architects looking for new products. Thus it was surprising to run across this Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) project from their Material Processes and Systems Group student studio. It is one of the most advanced and exciting projects in the entire fair. Have a closer look below.

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Spanish tile manufacturer San Gines makes its tiles the old fashioned way

Art, International, Product
Monday, February 1, 2016
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(William Menking / AN)

(William Menking / AN)

This week, AN is at Cevisama ceramic tile fair in Valencia, Spain. In day one we visited San Gines, a small tile factory in the village of Talavera de la Reina near Toledo.

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Move over, Jesus: skateboarders convert a historic Spanish church into a “temple of urban art”

Art, Interiors, International
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
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Santa Barbara Church, before and after (Courtesy Red Bull Media)

Santa Barbara Church, before and after (Courtesy Red Bull Media)

The Spanish Church of Santa Barbara, designed by Asturian architect Manuel del Busto in 1912, faced severe deterioration from years of abandonment, until Church Brigade skate collective slid in. The collective’s transformation, Kaos Temple, is a skate park completely immersed in geometric street art.

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Santiago Calatrava awarded 2015 European Prize for Architecture

Architecture, Awards, International
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
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The World Trade Center Transportation Hub. (courtesy Queen Sofia Spanish Institute)

The World Trade Center Transportation Hub by Calatrava (Courtesy Queen Sofia Spanish Institute)

The Chicago Athenaeum  and the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies have revealed Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava as the 2015 winner of the European Prize for Architecture. Read More

Martha Thorne is the new dean of Madrid’s IE School of Architecture and Design

Architecture, Design, East, Shft+Alt+Del
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
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Martha Thorne (Courtesy IE University)

Martha Thorne. (Courtesy IE University)

On September 4th, IE University in Madrid announced Martha Thorne as the new Dean of the IE School of Architecture and Design. School leaders anticipate that her knowledge of the international architecture and design worlds will further IE’s mission of training forward-thinking designers and architects.

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Impossible architecture: Spanish artist’s acrylic-on-wood paintings feature gravity-defying, Escher-esque scenes

Art, International
Friday, June 19, 2015
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(Courtesy Cinta Vidal Agullo)

(Courtesy Cinta Vidal Agullo)

The impossible architecture depicted in paintings by Spanish artist Cinta Vidal Agulló are immersive M.C. Escher-meets-Dr. Seuss dreamscapes of multi-dimensional planes inhabited by tiny, doll-like figures.

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AN Exclusive: Andres Jaque Explains Why This Year’s YAP Winner “COSMO” Is Being Built In Spain

COSMO Being assembled at MoMA/PS1 in New York. (Matt Shaw)

COSMO Being assembled at MoMA/PS1 in New York. (Matt Shaw)

Each year, the MoMA/PS1 Young Architect’s Program features an exciting design by an up-and-coming architect in the courtyard for the Warm-Up series. This year Madrid- and New York–based Andres Jaque and his Office for Political Innovation will build a huge, roving sprinkler system called COSMO that will surely liven up the event. However, it is different from years past: It will be built in Spain and shipped over by boat. Why?

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Calatrava says he’s been treated “like a dog,” but hey George Clooney is still a fan

Calatrava's city of arts and sciences seen in Tomorrowland.

Calatrava’s city of arts and sciences seen in Tomorrowland.

Santiago Calatrava really wants you to stop blaming him for the very delayed and very over budget World Trade Center Transit Hub. All of your snark and rude comments have really gotten to him, which he recently revealed to the Wall Street Journal. “It has not been easy for me,” he said“I have been treated like a dog.” But there’s now some good news that should help cheer up the Spanish starchitect: famous person George Clooney is staunchly on his side.

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Architects in Barcelona are remaking this tired, old bridge into a glow-in-the-dark, smog-eating sustainability machine

(Courtesy BCQ)

(Courtesy BCQ)

Spanish architecture studio BCQ recently announced plans to upgrade the arterial Sarajevo Bridge in Barcelona to be self-cleaning, smog-eating, and boast hanging gardens to boot.

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Spanish firm SelgasCano to design 15th Serpentine Pavilion in London

Mérida Factory Youth Movement. (Courtesy Iwan Baan)

Mérida Factory Youth Movement. (Iwan Baan)

The Serpentine Galleries has announced that Spanish architecture firm SelgasCano has been selected to design its 15th Serpentine Pavilion in London‘s Kensington Gardens. While the pavilion plan won’t be unveiled until February, here’s what we know about the firm that won the coveted commission.

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Eavesdrop> Grumpy Gehry flips the bird, defends Chicago’s Lucas Museum

Architecture, Eavesdroplet, International
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
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Frank Gehry flips the bird in Spain. (Inés Martín Rodrigo / Twitter)

Frank Gehry flips the bird in Spain. (Inés Martín Rodrigo / Twitter)

Who’s most irked by the Frank Gehry backlash currently underway in press rooms from Sydney to Spruce Street? Why, Frank Gehry, of course. At a press conference in Oviedo, Spain, Gehry replied to one journalist’s implication that Gehry’s architecture was just about spectacle with a spectacle of his own: He gave the journalist the middle finger.

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