Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism


| Subject: Urban Public Spaces, International Relations

The metropolitan area presents six hybrid facilities in the ‘Mixed Use, Mixed Time, Mixed People' exhibition

Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB) and the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) present the exhibition entitled ‘Mixed Use, Mixed Time, Mixed People' at the first Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism (South Korea). It is part of the ‘Imminent Commons' series of exhibitions at the Biennale, which is taking place until 5 November, 2017, and hosting 50 cities and metropolises from all over the world.

‘Mixed Use, Mixed Time, Mixed People' highlights the potential of the hybrid public facilities model, and identifies these facilities as local spaces in neighbourhoods and municipalities for the intersection of various facilities with different roles (markets, libraries, nursery schools, civic centres, etc.), as well as everyday activities that act as a focal point and meeting place between people of different ages, thereby becoming key places for interaction between citizens in the metropolis.

The exhibition presents the six spaces using graphic material and a series of innovative videos, produced by the architectural photographer and audiovisual producer Adrià Goula, which capture the functional diversity of each of the facilities chosen for the Seoul exhibition.

The spaces selected by AMB

Six hybrid public facilities in the metropolitan area of Barcelona have been selected for the exhibition. From the city of Barcelona, the Fort Pienc block in the Eixample district, and the Alchemika municipal facility in Sant Martí are presented; from elsewhere in the metropolitan area, the exhibition includes the Mas Lluí Regional Archive and Civic Centre in Sant Feliu de Llobregat, the Mercè Rodoreda Library in Sant Joan Despí, the Ginesta Library in Begues and the Fondo Building of Santa Coloma de Gramenet.

Exchange of experiences

During their participation in the Biennale, AMB's representatives have met with Seoul's metropolitan government representatives in order to share experiences and best practices.

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