Quaderns #270
Europa Europa
Moisés Puente

Essays by Philip Ursprung, Moritz Küng. Album by Bas Princen
Photographs by Maxime Delvaux, Filip Dujardin, Adrià Goula, José Hevia, Julien Hourcade, Bas Princen, Ulrich Schwarz


In 2016, the Cultural Comittee of Barcelona of the Col·legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya (COAC) commissioned Moisés Puente a series of lectures and activities that would reflect the situation of new local architecture. Another cycle was followed in 2017, which had the same purpose, but this time the spectrum was broadened to include new European architectura, This issue, number 270, of Quaderns d’Arquitectura i Urbanisme brings together some of the activities covered in these two series.

Contemporary Architecture, Magazine
Everything seems to indicate that we are facing a new cultural paradigm. In a short time we have gone from architectural culture that was almost exclusively penned and technical to an eminently visual one. In a world abounding with images, images have ceased to be mere representations of things and have become charged with meaning. In this new paradigm, images are much more powerful and influential tha words, and architecture seems to have stopped being read as text and is now put forward as image. The visual or iconic image has become a new law that articulates new ways of doing architecture. Perhaps we might wonder if all these new paradigms do nothing but fall back on something already well known, something often rehearsed which has been leading us for some time, again and again, up the same dead-end alley: the ever seductive power of ‘the new’.

Moisés Puente He is an architect, editor and translator of architecture topics. He is editor of 2G magazine. In 2010 he received the FAD Prize for Thought and Criticism for his professional career as an editor.

148 pages
Paperback, 19x26 cm
Catalan, English
Polígrafa, 1st edition 2018
ISBN 9788434313736