The “Urban Regeneration” project consists of a series of conferences divided into two sessions, and an exhibition entitled “Better City, Better Life”. It is a project in collaboration with the IAAC and the American University of Sharjah.
During the first conference the Fundació Enric Miralles had the pleasure of having the presence of the academic director of the IAAC, Areti Markopoulou, and his interesting presentation entitled “Architecture, Cities and Technologies”.
Benedetta Tagliabue, director of the Foundation and the architects’ office EMBT, participated in the second conference at the IAAC headquarters, entitled “Urban Regeneration: People and Places”.
The exhibition is a collaboration with the American University of Sharjah, as it has been curated by Dr. Igor Peraza, professor of architecture at that university, and by Dr. Salvador Gilabert, professor at the Polytechnic University of Valencia and project director from the architects’ office EMBT.
The objective of the project has been, on the one hand, to reflect and contribute ideas and solutions around the challenge of regeneration in cities, both from the perspective of new technologies (Areti Markopoulou) and from the orbit of its citizens and their needs (Benedetta Tagliabue), and on the other, to show and make available to the Barcelona public two examples of urban regeneration: the one based on new technologies and particularly digital design (Spain Pavilion at the Universal Exhibition in Shanghai, 2010), and the other making use of traditional crafts (renewal of the Santa Caterina Market, 1997-2005)
The exhibition, which chronologically has taken place between the two papers, has made a bridge between them, as it exhibited two works focused on urban regeneration from the mentioned areas.