July 22, 2021 - Concéntrico: International Festival of Architecture and Design - Concéntrico 07
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July 22, 2021
July 22, 2021

Concéntrico: International Festival of Architecture and Design

Lanza Atelier, 1973 – 2021. Ayuntamiento de Logroño.

44 flavours, A topographic-landscape-painted. La Villanueva.

Sauer Martins + Mauricio Méndez, Concéntrico Pavilion. Plaza Escuelas.

Laurent Martin, Arbre. Gran vía.

Vivian Rotie – Pablo Saiz del Rio, Support your local landscape. Viña Lanciano.

Matteo Ghidoni – Enrico Dusi, A dome. Plaza del Mercado.

Paradigma Ariadné, St. Bartholomew hut. Plaza San Bartolomé.

VAPAA Collective, 39186 Vacant Rooms. Casa Farias.

Radu Abraham, No Words Conversation. Plza Muralla Revellín.

Herrmann & Coufal, Lea. Biblioteca de La Rioja.

SpY, Eclipse. Intermodal Station Dome.

Escuela Superior de Diseño de La Rioja, Intermedio. Jardines Esdir.

Concéntrico 07
International Festival of Architecture and Design
September 2–5, 2021

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Concéntrico is the International Architecture and Design Festival of Logroño that proposes to reflect on the urban environment and the city. The new edition, Concéntrico 07, will be held from September 2–5, 2021.

The festival invites visitors to explore the city through installations, encounters, activities and exhibitions that discuss public space and places of coexistence—even more relevant at this time of pandemic—with a focus on the sustainability of materials and processes.

Since 2015, the festival has brought together 73 urban installations in its five editions, in addition to the proposals of 18 teams participating in Concéntrico 07 in 2021:

Invited teams
44 flavours: A topographic-landscape-painted – La Villanueva
Lanza Atelier: 1973 – 2021 – Ayuntamiento de Logroño
Laurent Martin: Arbre - Gran vía
Matteo Ghidoni – Enrico Dusi:  A dome – Plaza del Mercado
VAPAA Collective: 39186 Vacant Rooms – Casa Farias
Radu Abraham: No Words Conversation – Plaza Muralla Revellín
Paradigma Ariadné: St. Bartholomew hut – Plaza San Bartolomé
Aleksandra Wasilkowska: Monument to the Sisters of the Revolution – Patio COAR
Herrmann & Coufal: Lea – Biblioteca de La Rioja
SpY: Eclipse - Intermodal Station Dome
Palma + Hanghar: Types of Spaces - Pasaje Chimenea
Hori-zonte: La vida después – Museo de La Rioja

Winning teams of the Call for Proposals
Sauer Martins + Mauricio Méndez: Concéntrico Pavilion – Plaza Escuelas
Chavarri Estudio: La contemplación de un límite – Paseo del Ebro
Vivian Rotie – Pablo Saiz del Rio: Support your local landscape – Viña Lanciano - Bodegas LAN
P + S Estudio de Arquitectura: CircumParque del Ebro / Second prize in Concéntrico 06 open call

Guest schools
Escuela Superior de Diseño de La Rioja: Intermedio – Jardines Esdir
École Supérieure de Design de Troyes: Soucoupe Populaire – Parque del Ebro

The programme is extended in this edition with other activities, such as the meetings and conversations with the support of Acción Cultural Española: International benchmark entities in the field of architecture that share their vision of the sector. Among them will be:

Florian Strob, Research Associate at Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Germany.
José Esparza, Executive Director, Chief Curator, Storefront for Art and Architecture
Iker Gil, Director of MAS Context
Pihla Meskanen, Director of Arkki
Manuel Henriques, Director of Lisbon Triennale
Carolina Vicente, Production Lisbon Triennale

In addition to their participation in Logroño in a joint activity on September 3, two digital meetings will be held on September 14 and 21 in association with the Chicago Biennial, Exhibit Columbus and Mextropoli.

The city and the locations
The seventh edition of Concéntrico expands the usual focus of the festival, the historic centre of Logroño, and connects this area with spaces that allow the creation of new approaches to the urban environment.

In addition to the usual spaces, new locations have been added that are a clear example of the objectives of the festival, a project that is constantly listening and evolving in order to continue to propose debates that focus on the city itself: the Villanueva neighbourhood, the Town Hall Square, the new Intermodal Station, the renovated courtyard of the Museum of La Rioja, and, most notably, the Ebro Park, where three proposals will be located.

The urban character of Concentrico is linked to sustainable processes. In this sense, the new locations, selected for their high landscape and ecological value, which seek to strengthen the relationship with the natural space of the Ebro River, the heritage and the history of the context, stand out. Spaces such as Viña Lanciano, or those close to the river, are a good example of this.

The management of the projects is focused on the reuse and recycling of the interventions. Also relevant is the base material we use, Garnica plywood, which plays a fundamental role in the circular economy, as it is renewable, recyclable, reusable and biodegradable. This area will be extended in 2021 with signage, programmes and exhibitions, using sustainable material.

Itinerancy to Madrid
After Logroño and programmed with the Directorate General for the Urban Agenda and Architecture, Concéntrico 07 will continue in September in Madrid with the transfer of several of its interventions to the Paseo de la Castellana, in the Nuevos Ministerios area, thanks to the involvement of the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and the Urban Agenda. The exhibition allows the Festival to deepen its reflection on cities and urban environments.

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