Open Program 2017


The Workshop of Dreams

A project by American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC)
With the collaboration of IE School of Architecture and Design, Hay Festival Segovia
Crafted by La Navarra Carpintería
Exhibition Design Filipe Faustino, Andrea Buchner
Program Architecture and Landscape
Venue Museu de la Garrotxa, Carrer Hospici 8, 17800 Olot (Girona), Spain
 August, 1 to 20, 2017

The Workshop of Dreams is a creative journey that brings together four of Spain’s most exciting architects and designers, with inspiring talents from diverse cultural fields, in a celebration of Spanish creativity and craftsmanship with wood.

The design process usually begins with a client who has an idea or a clear need for a building, space or object. Please design a three-bedroom house. Our town needs a new library. I would like a new winter coat. Then, the professional comes in to investigate the problem, obtain possible solutions and prepare the necessary documents for its execution.

But what happens when the normal process is called into question and the roles of client and professional mesh? What happens when there are creators and inspirers who work closely together defining both the “problem” and the “solution”? The result is The Workshop of Dreams.

In this scenario, four designers – Izaskun Chinchilla, Benedetta Tagliabue, RCR Architects and Jacob Benbunan- worked in partnership with – Juan Mari and Elena Arzak, well-known Spanish chefs, Martha Thorne, Director of the Pritzker Prize, Javier Cercas, writer, Juan Luis Arsuaga, paleoanthropologist – to define and create entirely new objects made of wood.

This challenge presents a unique opportunity to start with a clean slate. The first step is for the designer and inspirer to get to know each other, to push each other to break down boundaries, and to freely explore new ideas together. The resulting objects to be made are the dreams of the inspirer, but also the dreams of the designer, to attempt a new type of design or employ ideas that have been going around in his/her head, but have not had the chance to be realized.

The resulting works, crafted in American hardwoods also express the power of dreams by exploring new uses and new ways of working with a natural material. Thanks to the advice of the American Hardwood Export Council and the donation of fine woods, and the skill of Carpintería La Navarra in crafting the designs, the resulting four designs are really dreams come true.

Introduction by Martha Thorne

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Carlos Ferrater

Founder of Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB)
Spanish National Architecture Award 2009
Program  Architecture and Landscape
Lecture The Void

July 31, 2017

Carlos Ferrater Lambarri (Barcelona, 1944) sets up in 2006, along with Xavier Martí, Lucía Ferrater and Borja Ferrater, the Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB), with Núria Ayala as Project Director. He holds a PhD in Architecture and is Professor of Architectural Project Design at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC-ETSAB). Director of the Cátedra Blanca, Barcelona. Academician-Elect of the Real Academia de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi. Conferred as Doctor honoris causa by the University of Trieste. Awarded the 2009 National Architecture Award by the Spanish Ministry of Housing for his overall career and since 2011 member of the Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA. He has won five FAD Prizes, the 1999 and 2008 City of Barcelona Award and the 2005 Brunel International Architecture and Engineering Award. He has three times been a finalist for the Mies van der Rohe Award.

Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB)

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Jordi Badía

Founder of BAAS arquitectura
Curator of the Catalan and Balearic Pavilion at the 13th Architecture Biennial in Venice 2012
Program  Architecture and Landscape
Lecture Continuities

1 de agosto de 2017

Jordi Badía (Barcelona, 1961) graduated from the School of Architecture of Barcelona (ETSAB) in 1989. Founder and director of the architecture study BAAS, he combines his professional work as an architect with teaching Architectural Project Design at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC-ETSAB). He also contributes as a columnist at the newspaper ARA, and is an editor of the blog HIC architecture. He has curated together with Félix Arranz the exhibition VOGADORS of the Catalan and Balearic Pavilion at the 11th Architecture Biennial in Venice 2012. His work has participated in the exhibition UNFINISHED of the Spanish Pavilion at the 13th Architecture Biennial in Venice 2016. Among his recent works are the Can Framis Museum (City of Barcelona Award 2009 and FAD Opinion Award), the rehabilitation of the Oliva Artés to the History Museum of Barcelona (MUHBA), the Alta Diagonal headquarters and the FAD headquarters. Currently, the studio is constructing the Cinema, Radio and TV University of Katowice, in Southern Poland, the Barcelona Supercomputing Center and a multi dwellings building in Palma de Mallorca.

BAAS arquitectura / Blog HIC architecture

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Carlos Kasner

Founder of Salomon Spain
Program  Architecture and Landscape
Lecture The Workshop of Dreams

August 2, 2017

Carlos Kasner (Madrid, 1964) is forest engineer and has worked for the last 25 promoting hardwoods for the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), conducting market studies, communication and organizing all kinds of events. He is also an independent consultant for some of the main Spanish wood industries for the assurance of the quality of their products and the development and implementation of chain-of-custody systems.

American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) / Salomon Spain

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Josep Maria Mallarach

Founder of Silene
Program  Architecture and Landscape
Lecture The Void in Nature and in the Deep Reconnection with Her

August 4, 2017

Josep Maria Mallarach (Olot, 1955) holds a PhD in Biology and Envorionment. He has focused since 1977 most of his professional activity to planning, management and evaluation of protected natural spaces in Europe and in the USA. He was the first director of La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park (1985-1991) and coordinated, together with Josep Germain, the first evaluation of the system of protected spaces of Catalonia, driven by the Catalan Institute for Natural History (2001-2003). He is member of the work group for the Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Management of Protected Spaces of the World Commission of Protected Areas of the IUCN. He edited the chapter on evaluation of the Plan of Action of protected natural spaces of Spain (2002) and its first assessment in 2007. Since 2001 he is Professor of evaluation of the effectiveness of the protected natural spaces in the Master of protected natural areas of the Autonomous University of Madrid, Complutense University and the University of Alcalá de Henares. He has published six books and numerous articles on protected spaces, especially on criteria of evaluation and conservation of the natural world heritage.

He is the founder of the non-profit association Silene, established in Catalonia, dedicated to study, disseminate and promote spiritual and cultural heritage and its inherent values, especially in relation to nature, conservation, and protected natural areas.


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Hisao Suzuki

Founder of Nature Urban Architecture Art (nuaa) / Hisao Suzuki Photography    
Program  Photography and Audiovisual
Lecture The Silent Image

August 8, 2017

Hisao Suzuki (Yamagata, Japón, 1957) is a Japanese photographer who lives in Barcelona for more than 30 years. Since 1993 he collaborates with the architectural journal “El Croquis”, becoming their principal photographer and contributing significantly to the recognition of the magazine as one of the most prestigious and international publications on contemporary architecture.

Facebook Hisao Suzuki

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Paco Azorín

Stage Director and Scenographer
Program  Scenography
Lecture  The Poetic Space: What you See is a Vision of the Invisible

August 9, 2017

Paco Azorín (Yecla, 1974) was trained at the Institut del Teatre in Barcelona. He has signed more than 200 works in the field of opera, prose, zarzuela and dance, within the most prestigious European theatres.  In Spain, he works mainly in theatres and public festivals, such as the Centro Dramático Nacional, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Teatre Lliure, Teatro Español, Teatre Nacional de Catalunya and Festival Grec Barcelona, among others. He has directed opera, zarzuela and theater. As a fond Shakespearean, in 2003 he founded and directed for four years the Shakespeare Festival of Santa Susana. As a scenographer, he has worked for many years with directors as Lluís Pasqual and Carme Portaceli. He has also collaborated with Mario Gas, Francisco Negrín, Helena Pimenta, Sergi Belbel, Victor Ullate and Ernesto Caballero. He has been awarded several times, among others, with the Campoamor Prize for the best production 2015, the Ceres Award to the best setn designer 2013, the Performing Arts Award to the best scenography 2008 and the Josep Solbes Award 2005, both by the Valencia Regional Government, the Butaca Awards 2009 and 2004, and the Crítica Serra d´Or Award 2004.

Paco Azorín

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Àngels Margarit

Founder of Àngels Margarit/cia. MUDANCES, Director of Mercat de Flors
Spanish National Dance Award  2010
Program  Dance
Lecture Containers and Distances

August 10, 2017

Àngels Margarit (Tarrasa, 1960) is a dancer, teacher, choreographer and curator. In 1985 she founds her company Àngels Margarit/cia. MUDANCES and creates projects that develop in different fields and formats that include creations for the scenic space, site specifics, improvisation, video dance, installations and new media research. Her works have enjoyed a good international projection and have been co-produced by and presented at festivals and programs worldwide. In the field of education, she has developed training programs and given courses and workshops in Spain, Europe and America. From the very beginning she has developed a highly personal style of creation becoming one of the referents in dance in our country. She has collaborated with numerous artists and propelled different projects around creation, pedagogy and promotion of dance.  Throughout her career, she has received numerous and prestigious national and international awards including the Grand Prix du Concours Chorégraphique de Bagnolet for Kolbebasar (France, 1988), the Premi Nacional de Dansa de Catalunya for Mudances (1986), Atzavara (1991) and Tèrbola (1999) or the Premi Ciutat de Barcelona d’Arts Escèniques for Corol·la (1993), among others. In 2010, she has been awarded with the National Prize of Dance from the Spanish Culture Ministry. In September 2013, she has been awarded by the Swiss Dance Awards for From B to B, a collaboration with the dancer and choreographer Thomas Hauert. Her last creation Capricis received the Butaca Award 2014 for the best dance performance. In December 2016 Margarit has assumed the artistic direction of Mercat de les Flors in Barcelona, one of Europe’s most important dance houses.

Àngels Margarit/cia. MUDANCES / Mercat de les Flors

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Richard Levene

Founder of the architecture magazine El Croquis
Program  Architecture and Landscape
Lecture Architectures in Comic-Strips

August 16, 2017

Richard Levene (Madrid, 1957) graduated from the School of Architecture of Madrid in 1979. In 1982 he founded, together with Fernando Márquez, the magazine El Croquis, at which he is director and in charge of the graphic design until today. In 2013 he was appointed Honorary Member of the British RIBA. In 2014 he was awarded the Arts Prize at the International Film and Architecture Festival of Avilés. Very fond of comic, he collects comic books from his childhood. He has lectured on Architecture and Comic in Logroño, El Escorial, Santander and Toledo.

El Croquis

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Efrén García Grinda & Cristina Díaz Moreno


Founder of amid.cero9
FAD Award of Architecture Theory and Criticism 2012
Program  Architecture and Landscape
Lecture Macaronic

August 17, 2017

Cristina Díaz Moreno (Madrid, 1971) and Efrén García Grinda (Madrid, 1969) are both architects from the School of Architecture in Madrid and founders of amid.cero9. They are Diploma Unit Masters at the AA School, London (2009-), Directors of an Option Studio at the GSD, Harvard University (2015-), and Visiting Professors and Unit Directors at Institut für Kunst und Architektur Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Vienna. While teaching together in Madrid from 1998 until 2013 (in parallel at ETSAM and ESAYA UEM) they have been visiting professors and lecturers throughout Europe, Asia and the US. Their projects have been widely disseminated and they have won more than 40 prizes in national and international competitions. Their projects and writings of the last fifteen years were documented in 2014 in a publication entitled Third Natures, a Micropedia and an exhibition at the AA, London. Recent projects include Golden Balloon for MOT Tokyo, Palm Pavilion for Sharjah, United Emirates and Giner de los Ríos Foundation, Madrid. Recently a monographic issue about their works have been published in El Croquis nº 184.


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