Barcelona imports the Geneva model
BARCELONA, November 2014 Cities Connection Project, which regularly connects outstanding European city architecture with the city of Barcelona, has chosen Geneva for its second event. The project, led by architects Nicola Regusci and Xavier Bustos, began in 2013 born from a desire to establish cultural networks between Barcelona and guest cities. "The goal is for architects to explore new approaches to looking at our cities, establish professional relationships and share their vision on urban development", explains Cities Connection Project co-founder, Nicola Regusci.
Besides the exhibition of 20 selected works from both cities, the event includes a catalogue, conferences, roundtables, discussion meetings with professionals and institutions and several visits to the local architecture studios, with the aim of generating synergies between architects, cultural agents, administrations and universities. According to the selection criteria, the Connection project aspires to create a showcase for functional architecture committed to the current social reality, breaking away from mass media architecture. Architects under the age of 50 have built the selected works during the last ten years. "We have managed to gather professionals who have actually had an impact on the current architectural panorama of both cities. This is a significant achievement because it seldom happens that architects meet together to share and connect, in both formal and informal environments", says Cities Connection Project co-founder, Xavier Bustos.