RCR Open Program 2021

A program co-organised by


Lecture Series


RCR Talks is a lecture series offering an interdisciplinary selection of high-level speakers that connects the arts and sciences as generators of culture and ideas.

The Open Program was launched in 2012 and runs annually in parallel to the RCR Summer Workshop. The programme is a curatorial and international project of RCR Bunka Foundation under the scientific direction of Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta and curated since 2016 by Andrea Buchner. It is a free cultural activity open to all audiences.

For the 2021 edition we have prepared a selection of lectures and conversations that we hope will stimulate social appreciation of architecture and landscape and, implicitly, the arts and culture in general.

Video-Creations Series


Forest Matter is a video creations series that dialogues with the conferences series of the RCR Open Program.

The RCR Bunka Foundation project curated by Eduardo Bonito and Isabel Ferreira, founders of LABEA – Laboratorio de Artes Vivas y Ecología, arose in 2019 inspired by the intimate connection that the work of RCR Arquitectes has with trees as raw material for the construction of living spaces.

In the third edition of Forest Matter, a selection of video-creations pays tribute to the ethical and aesthetic power of trees as beings of the future. There are eight short video dance and video art works that, as in previous editions, accompany the lectures of the 2021 Open Programme, which, on this occasion, has the theme of sharing.

Forest Matter makes a sensitive contribution to the ongoing construction of a new aesthetic inspired by trees. An aesthetic based on values such as care, protection, fertility, simplicity, vitality, attention and interdependence. With trees we learn the effectiveness of sharing resources and establishing synergies. With trees we understand that enough is better.

Topic 2021


Human communities have shared resources since the beginning of time, as a way of survival. In this issue we want to explore the fact and meaning of sharing from different angles and disciplines. Sharing can refer to the common use of a resource or a space, but also to an intangible good, such as information, or an action of solidarity towards other people.

We can observe examples in nature such as in its processes of dividing and distributing energy, reproduction systems or ecosystems of interdependent organisms sharing the same habitat.

In computing, sharing is the central figure in the development of free and open-source software. Internet access has turned the world into a network of relationships. Increasing connectivity is fostering personal awareness of all the relationships that make up a complex and diverse world.

These ideas are reflected in ways of organising teamwork that have become indispensable to innovate in modern problems, products, and services, as most are complex systems, where a single person cannot understand all their characteristics. In a successful team, its cohesion is expressed in solidarity and a sense of belonging. To form a team, it is necessary to consider not only the intellectual capacities of its potential members, but also the socio-psychological and personality characteristics of each component.

The current philosophical debate identifies sharing with a new possible attitude to deal with a crisis not only in the economy or the financial world, but also in the ethical value system, and which can take into consideration the collective dimension, not only the individual. It revalues man as a spiritual being, capable of going beyond his own ego and giving meaning to his life by taking care of others, as is the case in many indigenous cultures, where generosity is a central element of behaviour in the economic and social system. These considerations highlight the importance of replacing the values of the fiercely competitive market society, every man for himself, unlimited accumulation, and the predatory mentality in relation to nature, with the values of altruism, reciprocity, conviviality, and respect for the environment.

The philosopher and economist Serge Latouche speaks of eight interdependent, mutually reinforcing theoretical changes or objectives that together constitute the virtuous circle that can initiate a process of serene, convivial, and sustainable degrowth: revalue, reconceptualise, restructure, redistribute, relocate, reduce, reuse, recycle. The economist Jeremy Rifkin, in turn, identifies in the Third Industrial Revolution, also called the Scientific and Technological Revolution, the path towards a more equitable and sustainable future, with a new energy regime, no longer centralised and hierarchical but distributed and collaborative.


from 5 to 8 July 2021

Monday, 5 July 2021 - 8 pm CET

Teaser Materia Bosque III, 2021, 02:00

Forest Matter makes a sensible contribution to the ongoing construction of a new aesthetic inspired by trees. An aesthetic that is configured from values such as care, protection, fertility, simplicity, vitality, care, and interdependence. Trees and forests are increasingly perceived as a collective heritage closely linked to our health, well-being and even to our survival and, in this sense, it is significant the construction and dissemination of a contemporary forest culture that brings society closer to the tree’s universe giving them greater visibility to their geostrategic importance.

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Program Visual arts · Conference Materia Bosque, caminando hacia una cultura forestal contemporánea · Fecha Lunes, 5 de Julio de 2021 · 20:00

Eduardo Bonito (São Paulo, Brasil, 1969) coordinates BIG PULSE project that brings together 12 festivals from 12 European countries. He is a cultural manager, independent curator and consultant for various companies and organizations of contemporary culture. With a background in Performing Arts, he was director of the Panorama Festival in Rio de Janeiro, the Biennial of Arts of the Body, Image and Movement and the Dança em Foco Festival

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Isabel Ferreira (Pamplona, España, 1970) is an independent curator and cultural manager trained in Art History with a master’s degree in Visual Culture and postgraduate courses in cultural ecologies. She has been artistic director of the DNA Festival of Contemporary Dance, director of the Political Compositions Festival in Rio de Janeiro and she carried out various south to south international cooperation projects in the performing arts field. She is co-curator of the performative talks programme Brazil Hijacked and international development coordinator of FIT de Cádiz.

Read more about Isabel Ferreira

Tuesday, 6 July 2021 - 8 pm CET

Four Solos in the Wild, Ray Jacobs, 2016

Four Solos in the Wild is a community project carried out with adults with cognitive disabilities to explore, express and celebrate their creativity.

Solo performers: Mervyn Bradley, Erika Juniper, Graham Busby and Andrew Kelly; Project Performers: Chloe Shepherd, Dean Warburton, Georgie Dawson; Creation support: Anna Belyavin, Fran O’Boyle, Tara Rutter; Choreographic mentor: Rachel Liggitt; Music: Deuair; Sound design: Jonah Brody; Residency Facilitator: Simon Whitehead; Costumes and design: Wren Miller; Sourcing: Derw Robertson Jacobs; Camera assistant: Callum Barre; Director of Photography: Jonathan Tritton; Editing: Jonathan Tritton and Ray Jacobs; Voice Mixers: Andrew Wilson and Rob Edwards; Photography: Chris Nash and Ray Jacob; Directed by Ray Jacobs; Produced by Arty Party.

Read more about Solo in the Wild

Program Environment · Conference The Movement of Life: Respecting and Restoring the Flow of the Natural Environment · Date Tuesday, 6 July 2021 · 8 pm CET

Josep Maria Mallarach (Olot, Spain, 1955) has focused most of his professional activity since 1977 on the planning, management and evaluation of protected natural areas in Europe and the USA. He was the first director of the Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park (1985-1991) and coordinated, together with Josep Germain, the first evaluation of the system of protected areas in Catalonia, promoted by the Institució Catalana d’Història Natural (2001-2003). He is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas Working Group on the Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Management of Protected Areas. He drafted the evaluation chapter of the 2002 Action Plan for Natural Protected Areas in Spain and its first evaluation in 2007. Since 2001 he has been a lecturer on the evaluation of the effectiveness of protected natural areas in the Master’s degree in protected natural areas at the Autonomous University of Madrid, Complutense University and the University of Alcalá de Henares.

He has published six books and numerous articles on protected areas, especially on criteria for the evaluation and conservation of natural heritage.

He is the founder of the non-profit association Silene, established in Catalonia, dedicated to studying, disseminating and promoting the intangible spiritual and cultural heritage and its inherent values, especially in relation to Nature, its conservation, and protected natural spaces.

Read more about Silene

Wednesday, 7 July 2021 - 8 pm CET

Forest Floor, Robbie Synge, 2019, 04:45

In the Abernethy Forest, artists and friends Julie and Robbie playfully investigate collaborative solutions to the problems of access to nature faced by people with physical disabilities.

Director and editor: Robbie Synge; Performers: Julie Cleves & Robbie Synge; Camera: Emma Dove; Sound recording: Jonathon Mcloone; Colour: Beth Woodruff; Photography: Scott Green; Special Thanks: Susan Christie. Commissioned by LUX Scotland and BBC as part of ‘Now & Next’.

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Program Philosophy · Conference The Sense of Place · Date Wednesday, 7 July 2021 – 8 pm CET

Jordi Pigem (Barcelona, Spain, 1964) holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Barcelona. He taught Philosophy of Science in the Masters in Holistic Science at Schumacher College (England) from 1998 to 2003 and is a lecturer on various courses at Spanish universities.

He is the author, among other books, of Ángeles o robots: La condición humana en la sociedad hipertecnológica (Angels or Robots: The Human Condition in the Hypertechnological Society) (Fragmenta, 2018), Inteligencia vital: Una visión postmaterialista de la vida y la consciencia (Vital Intelligence: A Postmaterialist Vision of Life and Consciousness) (Kairós, 2016), Buena crisis: Hacia un mundo postmaterialista (Good Crisis: Towards a Postmaterialist World) (Kairós, 2009) and La odisea de Occidente: Modernidad y ecosofía (The Odyssey of the West: Modernity and Ecosophy) (Kairós 1994). He is also the author of the edition and introduction to Raimon Panikkar’s Ecosofía: La sabiduría de la Tierra  (Ecosophy: The Wisdom of the Earth) (Fragmenta, 2021).

He has won the Philosophy Prize of the Institut d’Estudis Catalans (1999), the Essay Prize (in English) from Resurgence and the Scientific and Medical Network (2006) and the Joan Maragall Prize (2016).

He has published six books and numerous articles on protected areas, especially on criteria for the evaluation and conservation of natural heritage.

Thursday, 8 July 2021 - 8 pm CET


from 12 to 15 July 2021

Monday, 12 July 2021 - 8 pm CET

Aikué e Zepé (Todavía r-existo), Zahy Guajajara y Mariana Villas-Bôas, 2021, 07:00

In Aikué, the land symbolizes the origin of life and the resistance force of the indigenous culture that fights for survival.

Artist: Zahy Guajajara; Direction: Mariana Villas-Bôas; Script: Zahy Guajajara and Mariana Villas-Bôas; Photography: Leandro Pagliaro; Editing: Raquel Couto. Color correction: Juliana Muniz; Postproduction Assistant: Iván Ignacio. Thanks to the Aikué 2019 team.

Read more about Zahy Guajajara · Mariana Villas-Bôas

Program Environment · Conference Designing Regenerative Cultures · Date Monday, 12 July 2021 · 8 pm CET

Daniel Christian Wahl (Munich, Germany, 1971) holds degrees in Biology (BSc. Hons., Univ. of Edinburgh), Holistic Science (MSc., Schumacher College) and Natural Design (PhD., Univ. of Dundee). He was Principal of Findhorn College between 2007 and 2010, is a member of the International Futures Forum and of H3Uni, an advocation partner in r3.0, and sits on the advisory boards of Ecosystems Restoration CampsCommonland, the Ojai Foundation, the Systems Change Alliance and the Overview Institute of Australia, as well as being a Findhorn Foundation Fellow. Daniel lives in Mallorca, where he helped set up SMART UIB, and works locally and internationally as a consultant, educator and activist. His clients include Ecover, Forum for the Future, Camper, Balears.t, Save the Med, Lush, UNITAR, UK Foresight, Future Stewards, many universities and NGOs. He was part of the academic working group of the Global Ecovillage Network and has been involved with GEN for almost 20 years. Daniel has worked closely with Gaia Education since 2007 and has contributed to the development of their online Design for Sustainability course and co-authored the current versions of the four dimensions of the curriculum. He also wrote the content and developed the concept for Gaia Education’s SDGs Flashcard which, with the support of UNESCO, have been translated into 7 languages. Daniel regularly teaches on the Masters in Ecological Design Thinking and Regenerative Economics at Schumacher College. His book Designing Regenerative Cultures (Triarchy Press, 2016; in Spanish: EcoHabitar, 2021) has achieved international recognition, his blog on Medium is followed by over 24 thousand people and his social media advocacy has a combined audience of over 600 thousand people worldwide.

Read more about Daniel Christian Wahl

Tuesday, 13 July 2021 - 8 pm CET

A Gift to the Future: Tree Mountain by Agnes Denes, The Shed, 2019, 04:15

In this short documentary video, Agnes Denes recalls creating “Tree Mountain: A Living Time Capsule: 11,000 Trees, 11,000 People, 400 Years”, a collaborative bioremediation artwork. The video was produced by Agnes Denes for “Absolutes and Intermediates” exhibition held at The Shed from October 9, 2019 to March 12, 2020.

Read more about Agnes Denes  ·  Agnes Denes: Absolutes and Intermediates at The Shed

Program Architecture and Landscape · Conference Women, Landscape and Creation · Date Tuesday, 13 July 2021 – 8 pm CET

Zaida Muxí Martínez (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1964) holds a PhD in Architecture and, since 2003, has been Professor of Urban Planning at the Barcelona School of Architecture – UPC. She has been Deputy Director of the ETSAB (2009-2012) and co-director with Josep Maria Montaner of the Master’s Degree in Housing Laboratory of the 21st Century at the ETSAB (2004-2014).

She has been Director of Urban Planning, Housing, Environment, Urban Ecology, Public Space, Public Roads and Civics of the city of Santa Coloma de Gramenet (2015-2019). She is a specialist in urban planning, architecture and gender. She is a member and founder (2015) of the network for research and dissemination of the work of women architects in the world “Un día una arquitecta” and in 2005 she founded the Col·lectiu punt 6  for research, dissemination and project of urbanism with a gender and feminist vision.

Between 2010 and 2012 she was an advisor to the housing secretary of Sao Paulo, Brazil (SEHAB) on favela urbanisation and re-housing. Between 2013-2015 she has been advisor to the Secretariat of Habitat and Inclusion (SECHI) of the city of Buenos Aires on urbanism and gender in the improvement of neighbourhoods.

Her most recent book is Mujeres, casas y ciudades (dpr-barcelona, 2018) translated into English in 2021 Beyond the Threshold. Women, Houses and Cities (dpr-barcelona, 2021) and has published, among others, La arquitectura de la ciudad global (The architecture of the global city) (2004 and 2009); Postsuburbia, (2013); in co-authorship with Josep Maria Montaner she published in 2020 Política y arquitectura. Por un urbanismo de lo común y ecofeminista (Politics and architecture. For an urbanism of the commons and ecofeminism), in 2011 Arquitectura y Política. Ensayos para mundos alternativos (Architecture and Politics. Essays for alternative worlds) (translated and edited in Portuguese), and Herramientas: habitar el presente (Tools: inhabiting the present), in 2011, co-authored with Josep Maria Montaner and David H. Falagan.

She has given lectures and courses in numerous cities in America, Europe and Asia.


Wednesday, 14 July 2021 - 8 pm CET

El viento de Paula, Nacho Arantegui, 2017, 05:30

El viento de Paula (Paula’s Wind) is a screendance made in the landscape of the banks of the Ebro River with its poplar groves in spring, a moment of special beauty in which the cotton seeds cover the ground, forming a white blanket.

Dance impro: Paula Gelpi; Being of the wind: Nacho Arantegui; Direction, script, production, photography, camera and sound: Nacho Arantegi; Collaboration: Gonzalo Catalinas; Editing: Yago de Mateo; Locations: Ignacio Falcón; Location: Alcalá de Ebro, Zaragoza. A production by Nacho Arantegui with the support of the Zaragoza City Council and Etopia – Zaragoza Art and Technology Center.

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Program Architecture and Landscape · Conference Pragmatism and instability in landscape construction · Date Wednesday, 14 July 2021 · 8 pm CET


Gustavo Utrabo (Curitiba, Brazil, 1984) graduated in Architecture and Urbanism from the Federal University of Paraná in 2010. Based in São Paulo, Gustavo Utrabo is co-founder of Aleph Zero in 2012, winning studio of the 2018 RIBA International Award and the RIBA Emerging Architect Award. Now on his own, Utrabo sees his work as a means to connect people and imagine the future through sustainable and inclusive approaches. Recently, Utrabo has published his first monograph in El Croquis. He has given lectures and courses in numerous cities in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

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Thursday, 15 July 2021 - 8 pm CET


from 19 to 21 July 2021

Monday, 19 July 2021 - 8 pm CET

Good Things to Come, Krystal S. Lowe & Alexander Wharton, 2021, 02:00

Good Things to Come by Krystal S. Lowe and Alexander Wharton is a duet of dance and voice exploring solitude in green spaces; how unity between humankind and nature leads to the sustainability of life.

Director & performer: Krystal S. Lowe; Poet: Alexander Wharton; Film: Gundija Zandersona; Edit: Jonathan Dunn; Costume: Emma-Jane Weeks.

Director & performer: Krystal S. Lowe; Poeta: Alexander Wharton; Film: Gundija Zandersona; Edición: Jonathan Dunn; Vestuario: Emma-Jane Weeks.

Read more about Krystal S. Lowe  · Alexander Wharton

Program Photography · Conferencia The Hisao Suzuki Fund · Date Monday, 19 July 2021 · 8 pm CET

Hisao Suzuki (Yamagata, Japan, 1957) has lived in Barcelona for more than 30 years. He graduated from the Tokyo School of Photography in 1979 and began his professional career with the culinary photographer Tohru Minowa.

Hisao Suzuki started out as an architectural photographer, delving into Catalan modernism and the effervescent atmosphere of Barcelona as it prepared for the 1992 Olympic Games. Documenting the construction process of the Palau Sant Jordi by the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki brought him closer to contemporary architecture and was the turning point for a collaboration that would mark his path: 1982, the year of his arrival in Barcelona, coincided with the creation of the Madrid magazine El Croquis, with which he began to collaborate in 1986, becoming the publication’s main photographer and contributing significantly to the magazine’s recognition as the most prestigious international medium for the dissemination of contemporary architecture. His photographs have been published in numerous international books and magazines.

In 2021, RCR BUNKA Foundation hosts by donation agreement the complete archive of the photographer Hisao Suzuki to collect, inventory, guard and disseminate his legacy as a special collection. His legacy consists of a collection of more than 45,000 photographs of the best contemporary architecture in the world.

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Tuesday, 20 July 2021 - 8 pm CET

Intento de estructura vertical V, VI y VII. Serie Intentos (Attempted Vertical Structure V, VI and VII. Attempts Series)Román Corbato, 2020, 09:21

The video series Intentos (Attempts) is part of a research project that focuses on landscape and territory, and how these two concepts have evolved up to the present time. What matters is the process, the value of physical work in contact with nature.

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Program Architecture and Landscape · Conference Architecture according to Carme Pinós  Date Tuesday, 20 July 2021 · 8 pm CET

Carme Pinós (Barcelona, Spain, 1954) is an architect from the Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB-UPC). After achieving international recognition together with Enric Miralles with projects such as the Igualada Cemetery, Carme Pinós founded her own studio in 1991.

During all these years, Carme Pinós has combined her activity as an architect with teaching, being a guest lecturer at prestigious universities such as UC Berkeley, the Harvard Graduate School of Design,  the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne or Columbia University in NY.

Her recent projects include the Plaza de la Gardunya, the Massana Art School and the rear façade of the Boqueria Market in Barcelona; the Caixaforum Cultural Centre in Zaragoza, the Department Building on the WU Campus in Vienna and the Cube I and Cube II Office Towers in Guadalajara, Mexico.

She has received numerous awards and mentions including the Richard J. Neutra Medal for Professional Excellence (2016), the 2016 Berkeley-Rupp Prize, the Creu de Sant de Sant Jordi of the Generalitat de Catalunya (2015), the CSAE Spanish Architecture Award (1995). She was also named International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2012 and Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects in 2011.

Read more about Estudio Carme Pinós

Wednesday, 21 July 2021 - 8 pm CET

Competing for Sunlight: Ash, Dagmar Dachauer, 2018, 4:30

Ash is the second part of the Competing for the Sun trilogy that Dagmar Dachauer dedicates to trees. In Ash, which translates to ash but also ash, Dagmar pays tribute to the brakes of the excelsior species (Fraxinum excelsior) that are in danger of extinction due to a fungus that has been infecting the European continent since the 1990s.

Director: Dagmar Dachauer; Choreography and dance: Dagmar Dachauer, Knut Vikström Precht; Cinematography, Postproduction: Kilian Immervoll; Assistant director: David Mair; Lighting: Benjamin Lachower; Music: “Green Grass” by Tom Waits; Producer: Dagmar Dachauer; Co-producer: Bert De Somviele; Co-production: C-TAKT; Dommelhof, BOS +; Produced by: UMFUG; With the support of: Federal Chancellery Austria, Province of Upper Austria.

Read more about Dagmar Dachauer

Program Architecture and Landscape · Conference Obras · Date Wednesday, 21  July 2021 · 8 pm CET

Izaskun Chinchilla Moreno (Madrid, Spain, 1975) is an architect from the School of Architecture of Madrid (ETSAM-UPM, 2001). She has been running her own studio in Madrid since 2001. She is a lecturer and researcher at the Barlett School of Architecture (UCL London, UK). She has also taught at the École Special in Paris and at HEAD University in Geneva. She has been a studio lecturer at the School of Architecture of the University of Alicante from 2002 to 2007 and is currently teaching at the ETSAM and the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid.

As a speaker, he has participated in forums, conferences and debates in more than 80 international destinations and more than 90 different magazines and publications have discussed his studio’s proposals. His work has taken part, among others, in exhibitions such as the Biennale di Venezia, V Bienal de Arquitectura y Diseño de Sao Paulo and travelling exhibitions such as Nuevas Tendencias Europa-Asia, Panorama Emergente Iberoamericano or Europan. He has won more than 20 different awards in professional competitions.

As an architect, she claims a strong commitment to innovation. In her project she proposes multidisciplinary exercises in which, through ecology, sociology or science, architecture goes beyond stylistic distinctions and reencounters the complexity of real life in our contemporary world.

Read more about Izaskun Chinchilla Architects

Thursday, 22 July 2021 - 8 pm CET

Program Architecture and Landscape · Closure · Date Thursday, 22 July 2021 · 8 pm CET


Assumpció Puig (Girona, Spain, 1954) is an architect from the School of Architecture of Barcelona. She currently holds the position of Dean of the College of Architects of Catalonia.

She currently sits on the board of trustees of the Mies van der Rohe, Docomomo Ibérico, Rafael Masó, Barcelona Centre de Disseny, Institut Tècnolocic de la Construcció foundations on behalf of COAC, and is a member of the UPC Business Council and the ICAEN Advisory Council.

The Association of Architects of Catalonia, founded in 1931 and heir to the former Association of Architects (1874), is a public law corporation that represents Catalan architects, promotes excellence in architecture and disseminates their values, especially their social and cultural dimension. Today, it has 145 years of history.

Learn more about Association of Architects of Catalonia – Culture