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A+U 514 Issue, Renoir’s The River, Hector Mediavilla’s The Grande Hotel, Photography Week, and more.



A+U 514: Structured To Capture Light
A+U Publishing, 2013
ISBN: A+U514

Taking the ways in which architects explore the essence of natural light as its theme, this issue delves into all manner of structures built to embrace or produce various qualities of light, plus spatial experiences they entail, from the structural expressions of modern technology to buildings that respond to local and natural surroundings.
Opening with the introductory essay from the 2013 MoMA exhibit, ‘Henry Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light’, it goes on to scrutinise ten works, including Warsaw’s Museum of Modern Art by Christian Kerez, Mpaungubwe Interpretation Centre by Peter Rich, Lanternen by Atelier Oslo and AWP, and the Aldar Central Market by Foster and Partners.

Special Screening: “The River” with Q&A Ricardo Devesa
Film Season: Architecture and Nature
Ricardo Devesa, associated professor at the ETSAB-UPC,  will discuss the presence of trees throughout the film “The River”, from how these set the boundaries to living spaces to the impact trees have on the characters of the film.
According to Martin Scorsese, “The River” together with Michael Powell’s “The Red Shoes” are ‘the two most beautiful color films ever made’.

The River - Le Fleuve

The River – Le Fleuve

Cast & Credits:
Directed by: Jean Renoir
Casting: Patricia Walters, Radha Shri Ram, Thomas E. Breen, Esmond Knight, Richard Forster, Arthur Shields
Production: France 
Year: 1950
Language: English, Bengali
Duration: 105′
Date and time:
Thursday 28th of November; 8pm.
Filmoteca de Catalunya
Plaça Salvador Seguí, 1 – 9
08001 Barcelona
For more information, please go to

Hector Mediavilla talks with us about his experience following the world famous Sape movement in Congo-Brazzaville, and the a luxury hotel turned squat in Beira, Mozambique. Inaugurated in 1955, the most luxurious hotel in Africa, The Grande Hotel, had an area of 21,000 square meters, more than 130 rooms, an olympic swimming pool, several restaurants and dance halls. Ideally located just 5 hours off Rhodesia, it was to be the perfect place for the rich neighbours, a spa with all kind of comforts and luxuries. Nothing could be further from the truth, after its closure day, on February 28th, 1963, the building gradually began to be squatted by low income families. Today, more than 2,000 people live in the ruins of this majestic hotel with no running water or electricity.
This is a visual story about present and past of the colonial megalomania, the failed dreams of the independence process and the basic need of home for every human being.

The Grande Hotel
From the 14th of Novembre to the 28th of December
F. Català-Roca, Espai de fotografia
Gran Via, 491
08015 Barcelona
For more information, please go to

Once photographing meant a large box camera on a tripod, shifting film plate after each shot – and working with a dark cloth over your head and the camera.
But then something happened…
100 years ago, the first compact, lightweight, able to shoot in low light with faster shutter speeds, able to take up to 40 successive shots without reloading: the Leica camera was invented by German optical engineer, Oskar Barnack.
Learn the craft of analogue photography at the Centre Artistic Sant Lluc this Saturday, 23rd November.
Centre Artistic de Sant Lluc
Palau Mercader
c/ Mercader, 42
08003 Barcelona
Group One: 10am to 2pm
Group Two: 4pm to 8pm
Send an email to to book your place.
Course fees: €10 includes black and white film, studio time with backdrops and printed photography.
Ur-Leica ("original Leica"), from 1913

“To Built a Home”, from the album Ma Fleur, from suave electro-jazz pioneers, The Cinematic Orchestra band.
“To Build A Home” is a mousse of a song, sweet and light yet lushly caressing, a delicious mix of tinkling piano with strings slowly introduced and built throughout, woven around the extraordinary vocal.

By Mia Pujol, ESARQ_UIC Team.

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