Summer School Almere-Barcelona. Architecture and Urbanism: Sustainability Aspects
La Salle Almere launched the first edition of the course "Architecture and Urbanism: Sustainability Aspects" Students from Holland, Bulgary, Macedonia and Brazil are the participants to the Architecture and Urbanism summer course. They are actively learning and visiting the city of Barcelona. Next week they will continue the course in the city of Almere. The course is coordinated by the architects Fedde Huistra and Bas ten Brinke.
The course examines the architecture and urbanism of two European cities with a very different background: Barcelona was founded as a Roman city and has been growing through the ages; Almere is the youngest city in The Netherlands and has jumped straight into the future. But there is something they have in common: they both put innovation into perspective and have sustainability in the core business of their development. The buildings and sites to be visited are an example of an efficient use of technology and energy saving.
They are all part of the change in the architectural model that is contributing to improve the daily life of the citizens and the city services management.
• Barcelona has always been an important centre of business and culture and such traits can be traced in its urbanism and architecture: from the Roman colony, Barcino, and the still remaining walls to the middle age town with the revolutionary constructions in Catalan gothic style. From the expansion of the city in the XIX century with the Cerdà Plan, that was the framework in which Modernism was developed, to the end of the XX century, when the city reinvented itself again with the Olimpic vila and the 22@ neighbourhood.
• Almere has established an international reputation as a cradle of modern architecture. Some of the world’s most renowned architects have left their lasting marks on the city. Their ambitious and innovative creations have transformed the city into a showcase of the 21st century urban design, with relevant buildings and experimental housing projects.