Innovative City Convention 2013
Nice·18 & 19 juin 2013
Présentation de Vicente GUALLART
- Etudes: Architecte en chef et directeur de l’habitat urbain de Barcelone / Chief Architect and director of Urban Habitat, Barcelona
- Vicente GUALLART
Vicente Guallart (Valencia, 1963) is Chief Architect and Director of Urban Habitat at the Barcelona City Council since July 2011; hence responsible for bringing together and boosting synergies between the areas of Urbanism, Environment, Infrastructure and ICT. Current projects include the development and promotion of a city protocol for cities to become Smart Cities, with the aim of defining the standards to which cities need to orientate in views of the 21st Century, promoting the alliance between cities to move forward a more self-sufficient, but connected model. In fact, he has developed a mantra that clearly states the vision of the City Council for the Urban Habitat area and the city of Barcelona: “Many slow cities inside a Smart City”. To do so, his aims for Barcelona include the re-naturalization of the city, the definition and promotion of self-sufficient blocks, guaranteeing the city’s urban connectivity, among others, which altogether include more than 60 concrete projects.
Previous to his appointing as Chief Architect, Vicente Guallart has carried out numerous architectural projects in which environment issues converge with information technologies, notably for the ports of Fugee and Keelung in Taiwan, the Sociopolis neighbourhood in Valencia, and the Sharing Blocks in Gandia. Former founder and director of the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), he ran the IAAC Media House project (in conjunction with the CBA at MIT), which won the 2002 Ciutat de Barcelona prize. In 2010 he co-directed the Fab Lab House project, winner of the Solar Decathlon Europe Audience Award. In 1992 he won a FAD award for a private house in the historic centre of Barcelona. He has been invited on three occasions to show in the official Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, with the Barcelona Metapolis, Denia Artificial Mountain and Hyperhabitat projects. In 2006 he was selected for the MOMA’s On Site exhibition in New York. He has lectured at a number of universities worldwide, including MIT, Columbia, Princeton and Harvard GSD. He is co-author of several books, such as the Metapolis Dictionary of Advanced Architecture, and the author of Geologics.