Architecture Lab: Bofill in Calpe by Rocamora Diseño y Arquitectura

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Architects
Exhibition
"Laboratorio de Arquitectura: Bofill en Calpe".
Curator
Alberto Mengual Muñoz.
Documentation
Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura Archive (RBTA Archive).
Dates
From July 24 to September 30, 2023.
Location
Casa de la Cultura de Calpe Jaume Pastor y Fluixá. Av. Masnou, 1, 03710 Calp, Alicante, Spain.

Ángel Luis Rocamora Ruiz

Ángel Luis Rocamora Ruiz, in February 1999 concluded studies Arquitecto Técnico in the TFC , with work: Estudio Histórico y Constructivo de “LA CASA ESTUDIO DEL PINTOR JOSÉ MARÍA LÓPEZ MEZQUITA”. He studied  Artes Aplicadas a la Escultura 2000-01. In July 2007 studies concluded Arquitecto Superior in the TFC , with the work "Enosección: directrices para la elaboración de vino y enoturismo en las cooperativas del Medio Vinalopó”.

In 2012 completed Master studies in sustainable architecture and urbanism in the TFM, in paper " La práctica arquitectónica del acontecimiento temporal".

He has worked for 9 years with architects Carmen Pérez Molpecerez, Javier Gironella Pallarés and Efigenio Giménez García development projects and project managers. Since 2000 works as a freelancer, and author.

In 2010/2011 , 2012/13 and 2013/14 was appointed Colaborador Honorifico in the degree of Architecture , Departamento de Expresión Gráfica y Cartográfica de la Universidad de Alicante, for the subjects of Proyecto Arquitectónicos I-II and Análisis de Formas I (AIGI).

Ricardo Bofill

Ricardo Bofill Levi. Born in December 5th, 1939 in Barcelona. He studied architecture at the Barcelona School of Architecture, a center from which he was expelled in 1957 for his political activism. He subsequently graduated in Urbanism and Architecture at the Haute École du Paysage, d ’Ingénierie et d’ Architecture in Geneva, Switzerland.

In 1963 he gathered a multidisciplinary, multitalented group in order to confront the complexity of architectural practice; architects, engineers, planners, sociologist, writers, movie makers and philosophers, conformed what is known today as the Taller de Arquitectura.

In his first period, Bofill recuperated the characteristic craft elements of traditional Catalan architecture. Later on, he began to deal with urban planning problems at a local level within the Spanish political and social context. From this period are the theoretical project The City in Space, and the construction of Walden 7.

Interested in the urban planning problems of the developing countries, Bofill transported a part of his team to Algeria where he collaborated with the government in the urban planning and housing field. His work culminated two years later with the construction of Houari Boumédienne Agricultural Village in the south-eastern part of the country.

In 1971 he formed a complementary team in Paris, in response to the demands of various projects for the French “New Towns”. During this phase, he created projects like La Petite Cathédrale and La Maison d’Abraxas.

From 1979 on, the activities of Bofill’s Taller de Arquitectura took place mainly in France, with the simultaneous construction of four projects: Les Arcades du Lac and Le Viaduc in Versailles; Le Palais d’Abraxas, Le Théâtre and L’Arc in Marne-la-Vallée; Les Echelles du Baroque in the XIV district in Paris; as well as Antigone in Montpellier. His team settled in Paris and worked on the industrialized construction of social housing.

In 2000 Bofill regrouped his activity in Spain. From his headquarters, a former cement factory in the outskirts of Barcelona, Bofill’s Taller has worked on projects which include the schemes for Luxembourg’s Place de l’Europe, New Castellana in Madrid, Boston Central Artery;  large infrastructures for public transport, as the recent Terminal 1 for Barcelona Airport; sports, cultural, and retail facilities in Europe and Asia; both social and Class A residential buildings, from Dakar to Stockholm, from Beijing to Paris; office buildings and headquarters of companies in the US, France, Spain.

Ricardo Bofill Levi passed away, on January 14th, 2022.

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