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Pep Avilés, Laia Celma, Miranda Esposito, Marc Miller, Scorched Earth. Exhibition Catalogue, (Oslo Architecture Triennial, 2019)

18.12.12 Architectural Association, Launch of the journal Faktur: Documents and Architecture. Bookshop. @ 6.00 pm

16.05.30 “On Consilience and Materials. Towards a Cultural Project.” Project Architectural Journal, nº 5 (Spring, 2016)..

16.05.12_Thesis  Reviews @ The Cooper Union

16.05.07 Opening, "Playboy Architecture, 1953-1979," Elmhurst Art Museum, Chicago. 

15.12.01 “The Garden in the Machine. Form and Field Uncertainties in the Lara Ríos House.” Urbannext, Fall 2015. 

15.10.01 “Essays in Continuous Conversation,” in The Other Architect, ed., Giovanna Borasi, (Montreal, Canadian Center for Architecture & Spector Books, 2015).

15.06.01 Publication of Sigfried Ebeling's El Espacio como Membrana. Edited by Pep Avilés, Translated by Guillermo López and Pep Avilés. Includes "Future Skins," an essay by Spyros Papapetros and an Epilogue by Pep Avilés titled "La Cáscara y la Máscara."

 

15.05.12_Thesis  Reviews @ The Cooper Union

 

15.05.09_Pep Avilés: "Multi-Lens Matters. Image-Media Transferences on Breuer's Arrival in the United States." Biennial Dissertation Colloquium. The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture.

 

15.04.30_"Epistemologies of Modern Matter". Graduate Seminar @ The Cooper Union

 

14.12.01_Clog Magazine. "Framing Circulation: On Yamasaki's World Trade Center.

 

14.12.02_Final Reviews @ Columbia University.

 

14.05.11_Thesis Reviews @ Cooper Union. Presentation of Students Thesis Publication.

 

14.01.30_Publication on SanRocco Magazine nº8. "What's Up with the Caribbean Hut."

 

13.12.04_Core I Reviews @ Columibia GSAPP.

References

 

 

 

"Faktur, Photography, and the Image of Labor. On Moholy-Nagy's Textures,” in Ines Weizman, ed., Dust and Data. Tracing the Materiality of Bauhaus Modernism, (Leipzig: Spector Books, 2019): 50-72.

 

“Gaudí’s Neues Sehen: Josep Lluís Sert y la mirada fotográfica de posguerra,” Carolina B. García and Laura Martínez de Guerreñu, eds. Bauhaus in and Out: Perspectivas desde España, (Madrid: Asociación de los Historiadores de la Arquitectura y el Urbanismo AhAU, 2019)

“Marcel Breuer Through a Multi-Lens Window. Agency in the Afterlife of Images.” Thresholds, The MIT Journal, 47, (Spring 2019): 105-118.

"On Membranes, Masks, and Siegfried Ebeling’s Raumkubus,” in Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary, ed., James Graham with Caitlin Blanchfield, Alissa Anderson, Jordan Carver and Jacob Moore, (New York and Zurich: Columbia Books on Architecture and the City and Lars Müller Publishers, 2016).

“A Hearth or a Kitchen: Reconsidering the Ethnographic Character of Semper’s Caribbean Hut”, in San Rocco, Vol.8, (Winter 2014), 54-60.

 

“Spanish Architecture. History, Criticism, Practice and Propaganda (1950s-1990s)”, Documentos de Arquitectura y Crítica, nº24, (2012), 106-108.

 

“Exterior Attire, Interior Style”, in Playboy Architecture 1953-1979, Addenda to Volume, nº33, (October 2012), 16-17.

 

"Preservation, History and Ideology", Quaderns d'Arquitectura i Urbanisme, nº263  (January, 2012), 12-17

 

"Venturi's Ghost", Another Pamphlet, nº1, (2011), 2-3.

 

"Ulm. Zeitschrift der Hochschule für Gestaltung, nº21", eds. Beatriz Colomina & Craig Buckley, Clip, Stamp, Fold. The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines, 1960x-1970x, (Barcelona: Actar, 2010), 108.

 

"Reproducir y Repetir. Breve reflexión sobre las fachadas de los años 50", Circo, nº 163, (July, 2010), 1-12.

 

"Autarky and Material Contingencies in Italian Architectural Debate, (1936-1954)", Footprint. Delft School of Design Journal, (Spring, 2009), 21-34. [peer-reviewed journal]

 

Translations.

 

“Antoni Gaudí, Independent Motifs: History, Nature, and Geometry", Pidgin Magazine, nº 7, (Autumn, 2009), 186-197.

 

Reviews, Interviews, Discussions.

 

“L’archittetura secondo Playboy”, with Beatriz Colomina, Margo Handwerker, Abitare, nº527, (November, 2012), pp: 58-63.

 

"Interview to David Adjaye", Journal of the Barcelona Institute of Architecture, nº2, (September, 2011), 7-8.

 

"Series Review", Journal of the Barcelona Institute of Architecture, nº1, (January, 2011), 3.

 

"A Conversation with Pier Vittorio Aureli", Journal of the Barcelona Institute of Architecture, nº1, (January, 2011), 2-3. With Andjelka Bandjar.

 

 “Book Review. Humaredas: Arquitectura, ornamentación, medios impresos", Lars, Cultura y Ciudad, nº 21, (2010), 81.

 

Alejandro Zaera Polo, Sara Whiting, Jeffrey Kipnis, Daniel López-Pérez, Pep Avilés, "Envelope Conversation", Pidgin Magazine, nº 7, (Autumn, 2009), 45-57.

 

Beatriz Colomina, et. alt., "Learning from Levittown. A Conversation with Robert Venturi and Denise Scot Brown", in Andrew Blaubelt ed., Worlds Away. New Suburban Landscapes, (Minneapolis: Walker Art Center, 2008), 49-69.

 

“Dispersed City”, Europan VI Results. In Between Cities, Europan, Paris, 2001, 185-87.

 

“La Terraza de Añaza”, Bauwelt, nº32-33, (Fall 2001), 44.

 

“La Terraza de Añaza”, La Opinión de Tenerife, (October 24, 2001), 6.

 

Conference Papers and Presentations

“On Excuses and Motifs: Genealogies of Modern Ornaments”, Ornament, Algorithms and Analogies. Between Cognitive and Technological Operations in Architecture. International Doctoral Encounters in Architecture. Université de Montreal, (24-25 May, 2013)

 

“Traveling ideas: Von Faktura zu Texture ”, Illusions Killed by Life. Afterlives of (Soviet) Constructivism. Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies. Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies. Princeton University, (May 10-12, 2013)

 

“From Light to Knots. Moholy-Nagy’s Law of Series”, Program in Media and Modernity, Princeton University. (April 16, 2013)

 

“Von Faktura zu Texture: Ornament in Motion”, Architectural Elective Affinities. Correspondences, Transfers, Multi/Interdisciplinarity, European Architectural History Network, EAHN - FAUUSP, Sao Paolo (March 20-23, 2013)

 

“The Rhetoric Countenance: Industry, History, Ornament, (1947-1961)”, Princeton Research Symposium, (November 2012)

“Italy 1938: The Autarchic Debate.” Front to Rear: Architecture and Planning During World War II. Institute of Fine Arts, New York, (March 2009)

 

 

 

(D)_Domestic Space

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Res Nullius. Barcelona Port  

15.06.18

In partnership with Barcelona Gat i Gos, we have designed and built an habitat for 60 cats in the Port of Barcelona. Ferral cats are free to roam around the Port area while sheltered and safe.

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We are building a house around an idea: a central, porous exterior space where the family gets together. Around this space, circulation takes place, moving from rooms to rooms, without losing the presence of the exterior. The geometry of the house respect the only folding movement in the roof while accommodating the land underneath. 

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House Upstate New York     

14. 07. 15

 

This design departs from the client’s existing organization of spaces in his apartment located in the Upper East Side in New York. The formal and experiential continuity between these spaces and the relationship and ambivalence of the rooms become the formal reference for a serial transformation that accommodates the conceptual aspects to a new topography. This metamorphosis proposes an alternative for habitation in the existing natural environment while fulfilling the visual and functional requirements.

 

 

 

From the transversal orientation of the original dwelling to the longitudinal axis of the new house: the design takes advantage of the sloping landscape to provide a new set of cascading domestic spaces. These rooms begin in the social  sphere and end up in the space of the intimate self. Longitudinally, a strip of services, furniture, and structure temporally separates the continuous space of the house from the open circulation. The structure is embeded within this functional device, cantilevering to both sides of the house.

 

 

 

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House in Micheldorf            

14.07.15

 

House for a camera man and a paraglider in Micheldorf, Austria. The cinematographic character of the house follows the logic of the existing landscape, articulating the views in a sequence of spaces. The house is articulated around a set of frames of everyday life. 

The house explores issues of transparency and movement as generators of new kinds of domesticy. 

This design reconsiders the relation between the inside and the outside, between north and south from a dynamic point of view, transiting from the different spaces and fostering visual connections.

 

 

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Blanket Design for Røros    

13.06.30

 

This textile design relates the micro-scale of the thread with the macro scale of cosmos, a dual relation that becomes apparent in the inverted colors of both sides of the blanket.

 

Credits: Laia Celma for Snøhetta

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Buffalina Light                    

08.04.10

 

This lamp is an exercise in geometry, order and variation. Through multiple triangulations, the objects provides an array of views, forms, and environments.

 

 

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Penthouse in Barcelona       

07.04.12

 

The apartment explores the integration of individual objects within the domestic space to articulate and expand the different programatic requirements. The result is a space that flows around the same continous piece of furniture, through all three levels of the penthouse - from the private bedroom to the roof terrace - while providing corners of unexpected object-subject relations.

 

The apartment unfolds from the humid functions of hygiene and self-care in the private areas to the social programs for gatherings of the upper levels.

 

 

 

 

(P)_Public Sphere

The purpose of our intervention grows from the need to increase and connect the system of open public spaces in the neighborhood of La Ribera. Our aim is to relieve the high density of the area, which we can achieve by designing open space between the double program and minimizing the volumes of the new buildings: a center for aging citizens and a social hostel.

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Centre Cultural. Barcelona    

25.09.17

Our new cultural center explores ideas of structure as contextual mechanism. It identifies certain types within existing buildings and appropriates them for the maximization of program and spaces within the public institution. The structural elements allow for the insertion of a central square within the building: an environmental device for internal control.

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Park in Lanzarote    

15.06.17

We propose a set of circles as protective devices against the climatic conditions of the site and the adjacent airport. They become the morphological identity for the construction of programatic units, pockets of subjective leisure within an otherwise unnoticed area. 

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Housing Development in Ås 

13. 07. 30

 

The master plan for the city of Ås in Norway proposes a space of cultural identity and social engagement in the plot assigned; a common arena where public gatherings, informal markets, regional festivities, and open concerts could take place.Its location close to the existing rail transportation accelerates the cultural exchanges between Ås and the Oslo metropolitan area.

 

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Streetfest Competition       

11.03.15

 

Proposal for a canopy, a courtain, and a space temporary and ephemeral space for wandering, commerce and occasional gathering, suspended from mobile elements in front of the New Museum

 

Credits:

Architects: MAIO + The Fautory

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Parc de la Trinitat                   

12.03.30

2nd Prize

Towards Ecological Brutalism. This project speculates with the capacity of micro-interventions in relation to existing major infrastructural operations to regenerate lost civic and social values in the urban environment. Through the use of water as a medium, the project provides a collection of functional solutions at the metropolitan scale and new economic and social ecologies for citizens currently unavailable.

 

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Anglesola Civic Center        

10.02.15

 

The proposal accepts a radical programatic division, extending it in time. Halfway between preservation and a new urbanism, the projects envelops the existing façade with the social center and implodes towards the inside to receive in the future the planned housing units of the nursing home. At the same time, during the first phase, the volume helps to preserve and consolidate the perimeter of the existing neoclassic façade. In the second phase, the project completes the functional program with a stark volumetric intervention.

 

Architects: Iago López, Carlos Pascual + The Fautory

 

 

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Housing in Riga                   

11.02..30

 

Expeculative proposal for a housing development and office implementation in Riga, Latvia. The geometry of the functional blocks and the towers for energy managment, create an open plaza open to the city.

 

Architects: Miquel Surinyac, Nacho Vidal + The Fautory

 

 

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Fundacion Contemp. Arch.   

11.02.30

 

 

The concept for the competition for the new headquarters of the Architecture Foundation in Córdoba is a filter between the exterior urban space and the interior public patio, full of gardens and open activities.

Through the use of a geometrical continuous strip that divides the program between the upper public exhbitions and the lower offices, the project becomes in itself a prototype for a threshold, negotiating the different urban levels. A ramp crossing the building welcomes citizens to the interior of the urban block.

 

Architects: Iago López, Carlos Pascual, + The Fautory

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Floating Pool in Rotterdam  

04.06.30

 

The floating swimming pool in Rooterdam interrogates issues of mobility and dynamism within architecture. By providing a slanting, movable volume that responds to the impact of the tides, the building becomes a becon and a signifier for the city.

 

Architects: The Fautory

 

 

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La Terraza de Añaza           

01.02.30

Competition: Runner Up

 

We accept the peripheral condition and the topological aspects of the site as a positive fact: the shape of the ground is unique and it determines the final morphology for our proposal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The roof of the building is fixed at level +100, establishing a strong relationship with the dry, rough environment and its spectacular views to the ocean.

 

 

(R & A)_Research + Academia

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Scorched Earth

Oslo Architecture Triennale, 2019.

With Miranda Esposito and Marc Miller.

 

Starting with the extraction of material from the ground below the community, to the coal-seam fire that put the lives of residents in danger and the subsequent buyout and abandonment, Centralia has been in decline throughout the twentieth century.

Manhattan Cosmographies

Robert Reed Drawing Workshop

Whitney Museum of American Art New York     

23.03.19

 

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Faktur Journal Presentation.

Emily Harvey Foundation,Venezia  24.05.18

 

 

Playboy Architecture 1953-1979.

Elmhurst Art Museum. Chicago. 

07.06.16-28.08.16

 

© Marco Provinciali

Curators: Beatriz Colomina, Pep Avilés.

Design: Amunátegui / Valdés

Graphic Design: Julia van den Hout

 

Sigfried Ebeling, El Espacio como Membrana. 15.06.15

 

 

Final Thesis Reviews @ The Cooper Union.15.05.12-13 

 

Professors: David Turnbull, Hayley Eber, Pep Avilés, Elisabetta Terragni.

Lecturer: Teddy Kofman

 

Final Reviews @ Columbia University.14.12.01 

 

Core I: Gymnasium in Harlem

 

Final Reviews @ Cooper     

14.15.12 / 14.05.13_Lobby

 

The amount of texts, images, models and drawings of our students illustrate a non-conformist, bright and alert attitude towards the external world as well as a profound knowledge of the appropriate architectural tools to master the issues that nowadays torment the discipline.

And these are great news for an institution that is transiting to a different stage in its remarkable history: Indeed, there are urgencies located beyond the walls of any architectural school and we are glad to see that Cooper students, once again, are eager to face them.

 

Professors: David Turnbull, Hayley Eber, Pep Avilés, Elisabetta Terragni, Cristina Goberna.

Lecturer: Teddy Kofman

 

Rhetoric Matter                 

13.12.02

 

This research explores the transformation of the spaces for common subjectivity after the impact of medias of [re]production between 1932 and 1961. Departing from the work of the Bauhaus émigrés, it argues that a transformation in the understanding of matter took place, acting as occasional palimpsests where social, technological and disciplinary concerns got engraved.

 

Paying close attention to peripheral but significant objects of architects such as Marcel Breuer or Minoru Yamasaki - together with textual sources- this research argues that ornament came back as a renovated contract between matter and energy for postwar affluent society.

Image Courtesy of Anthony Belluschi.

 

 

Radical Pedagogies

Pietro Belluschi and the MIT 

14.05.30

 

After a successful career in Portland, the Italian architect Pietro Belluschi (Ancona, 1899) became appointed dean of the School of Architecture at the M.I.T in 1951. During his tenure, Belluschi promoted and facilitated research in science, technology, and engineering among the faculty members as a way to revamp the field after the crisis of modernism. [++]

 

Radical Pedagogies:

Action-Reaction-Interaction.

 

Beatriz Colomina

Britt Eversole, Ignacio G. Galán, Evangelos Kotsioris, Anna-Maria Meister, Federica Vannucchi.

 

On Semper's Caribbean Hut

14.01.15

 

This essay questions the ethnographic character and the historical sources for Semper's four points of architecture as described and illustrated in his homongeous and comprehensive Der Stil. 

 

Published in SanRocco nº8, Fall 2013, "What's Wrong with the Primitive Hut?"

 

 

 

Final Reviews_GSAPP         

13.12.02/03

 

 As we know, the capacity of architecture to illustrate the cultural context and to modify the urban environment is finally contingent to the form it takes and the grounds it covers. 

In that sense, students have developed strategies that correspond to their design intuitions and that are nothing less than instrumental tools to reflect and describe the contemporary condition of the city: camouflage, dislocation, anchoring, awareness, estrangement, reunion, intensification, infection, irony, etc. are among the topics brought by the students in order to respond to the challenge of the studio. 

 

Playboy Architecture   

14.02.15 / 14.04.20

 

Another iteration of the traveling exhibition taking place at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt.

 

Curator: Beatriz Colomina,

With: Britt Eversole, Federica Vannucchi, Margo Handwerker, Mark Britz, Pep Avilés

 

 

 

Robinsonades in Wall St. 

12.11.05 / 13.01.12

 

Utopian future will only emerge after current action has been taken. And action will only appear following the proper criticism to the present conditions of capital production and distribution. 

 

Exhibition Past Futures, Present Futures. Storefront for Art and Architecture

 

 

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