New architecture and design web platform launched

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New architecture and design web platform launched

The digital platform rocagallery.com, a project by Roca, aims to be a point of reference for design and architecture in topicality and reflection, with more than 30 international editors and content updated weekly.

A committee of experts decided on the editorial direction of the website at the first annual meeting. Committee members included Jane Duncan (former president of the Royal Institute of British Architects); Jonathan Bell (writer and editor at Wallpaper *); and Raya Ani (former president of the American Institute of Architects, Middle East chapter). About thirty international contributors, such as Benjamin Prosky (American Institute of Architects-New York); Lucy Bullivant (director of Urbanista.org); Cecilia Tham (founder of Makers of Barcelona; MOB) will contribute monthly trials.

This new web platform is intended to be a meeting point between architecture and design professionals. Twelve people and over 30 international writers are involved in the project, which will generate weekly updated content. The site is published in two languages: English and Spanish.

Each month he will focus on a different theme. The theme for the first month is “Urban versus rural”.

Megacities, garden communities, repopulated villages, urban landscapes, animal kingdoms; for the first edition of the website, we explore the changing divide between urban and rural environments, and how architects, designers, and artists react.

Home page of the new Roca Gallery Web © Roca Gallery
Home page of the new Roca Gallery Web © Roca Gallery

The themes for the coming months are:

  • Connection in a material world
  • The beyond of architecture.
  • An ocean.
  • Want more, use less

“This platform is Roca’s intention to contribute to the global debate on topics that concern us all,” says Xavier Torras, Roca’s Director of Communications and Branding.

For the launch, the authors of the exclusive content include Benjamin Prosky, executive director of the American Institute of Architects-New York (AIANY); Martín Azúa, designer and founder of Numbered Store; and Patricia Espinosa, a design journalist who writes for XL Semanal and ABC, among others.

The content is divided into four categories: “Perspectives on Architecture”, “Looks on Design”, “The Future” and “Sustainable World”.

Featured articles in the first issue: #Urbain versus Rural

New York takes up the green challenge by Benjamin Prosky

Architects recognize that New York’s buildings have a significant carbon footprint. Prosky suggests what can be done about it.

New York skyline.  Article: New York takes on the Green Challenge Benjamin Prosky.  #Urban versus Rural
New York skyline. Article: New York takes on the Green Challenge Benjamin Prosky. #Urban versus Rural

Beautiful ruins by Stefan Baumann

In the discipline of “urban exploration” Stefan Baumann photographs abandoned houses, palaces, hotels and hospitals, capturing the return of nature to the built environment.

Abandoned places.  Nature takes over a house.  © Stefan Baumann Article: Beautiful ruins.  Stefan Baumann #Urbain vs Rural
Abandoned places. Nature takes over a house. © Stefan Baumann Article: Beautiful ruins. Stefan Baumann #Urbain vs Rural

Daan Roosegaarde: The Great Innovator by Giovanna Dunmall

Illuminate the landscape without energy

The old bunkers of Afsluitdijk lit by algae.  Image courtesy of Roosegaarde Studio.  Article: Daan Roosegaarde - The great innovator.  Giovanna Dunmall.  #Urban versus Rural
The old bunkers of Afsluitdijk lit by algae. Image courtesy of Roosegaarde Studio. Article: Daan Roosegaarde – The great innovator. Giovanna Dunmall. #Urban versus Rural

In harmony with nature – Architecture that turns into landscape by Suzanne Wales

Recent architectural projects where conservation, ecological concerns, sustainability, beauty and fragility of Mother Nature guide construction and design.

Cockpit house.  Landscape architecture by Hiroshi Nakamura & Nap in Japan.  © koji fujii / nacasa and partners inc.  Article: In harmony with nature - Architecture that turns into landscape Suzanne Wales.  #Urban versus Rural
Cockpit house. Landscape architecture by Hiroshi Nakamura & Nap in Japan. © koji fujii / nacasa and partners inc. Article: In harmony with nature – Architecture that turns into landscape Suzanne Wales. #Urban versus Rural

The greening of Mumbai by Saket Sethi

How to make the Indian industrial plant more ecological? Fill balconies with plants or vertical forests, to start.

Many windows, many worlds and many lives.  In front of the terminus of the Chhatrapati Shivaji railway.  © Swapan Mukherjee.  Article: Greening Mumbai.  Saket Séthi.  #Urban versus Rural
Many windows, many worlds and many lives. In front of the terminus of the Chhatrapati Shivaji railway. © Swapan Mukherjee. Article: Greening Mumbai. Saket Séthi. #Urban versus Rural

Jonathan Bell’s new garden city

Beyond the green roof; architects treating the urban structure as a landscape.

Vertical gardens.  Project by Heatherwick Studio.  © Noah Sheldon Article: The New Garden City.  Jonathan Bell.  #Urban versus Rural
Vertical gardens. Project by Heatherwick Studio. © Noah Sheldon Article: The New Garden City. Jonathan Bell. #Urban versus Rural

Updated inspiration

Inspiration Update is a section that posts recommendations and news related to the topic of the month and invites the user to dig deeper into the topic, whether it’s an event, book, or story. movie.

The monthly themes were decided by an editorial committee of experts at a meeting held at Roca Gallery London (work of Zaha Hadid Architects) in January 2018. The seven committee members are Raya Ani and Jane Duncan (architects ); writer Jonathan Bell; architect and urban planner John Palmesino; journalist and consultant Pati Nuñez; with the communication manager of the Roca brand, Núria Vall-llovera; and Roca’s communications director, Xavier Torras.

Expert committee

Raya Ani – Architect, Dubai and New York

Former President of the American Institute of Architects, Middle East Chapter (2017) and Director of RAW Architects

Jonathan Bell – Writer, London

Contributing editor-in-chief of Wallpaper * and editor-in-chief of Aston Martin magazine

Jane Duncan – Architect, London

Former President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA, 2015-2017) and founder of Jane Duncan Architects + Interiors

Pati Nu̱ez РJournalist, Madrid and Barcelona

Director of the Pati Núñez agency, consultant in strategy and communication specializing in architecture

John Palmesino – Architect and urban planner, London and Switzerland

Founder of the Territorial Agency and professor at the Architectural Association School of Architecture

Xavier Torras – Communications Director, Barcelona

Director of Communication and Branding at Roca and Director of the We Are Water Foundation

Nuria Vall-Llovera – Communications Officer, Barcelona.

Communication manager for the Roca brand and director of the jumpthegap® International Design Contest

Meeting of the expert committee at the Roca London Gallery, January 2018 © Simon Ellis Brainstorming session using the Manual Thinking method
Meeting of the expert committee at the Roca London Gallery, January 2018 © Simon Ellis Brainstorming session using the Manual Thinking method

Contributors to the first issue

Martín Azúa – Designer, Barcelona

Founder of Numbered Store and winner of the Premio Delta de Plata 2011

Ethel Baraona – Architect and architecture critic, Barcelona

Founder of dpr-barcelona

Stefan Baumann – Photographer, Vienna

Abandoned spaces photographed in 14 countries

Jonathan Bell – Writer, London

Contributing editor-in-chief of Wallpaper * and editor-in-chief of Aston Martin magazine

Lucy Bullivant – Curator and author, London

Doctorate Hon. FRIBA and director of Urbanista.org

Karen Burshtein – Photographer, Translator and Journalist, Winnipeg, Canada

Contributor to various leading publications including Dwell, Conde Nast Traveler and The Guardian

Giovanna Dunmall – Writer and Editor, London

Editor for leading publications including The Guardian and Frame

Patricia Espinosa – Design Journalist, Madrid

Editor for numerous publications including El Dominical, XL Semanal, Mujer Hoy, Estilo and ABC

Ben Morgan – Architecture and Design Journalist, Melbourne

Co-founder of Bower Bird, a digital platform that connects architects and designers with writers and the specialized press

Benjamin Prosky – Architect, New York

Executive Director of the American Institute of Architects-New York (AIANY)

Carles Sala – Architect, Barcelona

Founder of the SalaFerusic studio

Saket Sethi – Architect, Mumbai and Barcelona

Founder of Studio Archilogics

Cecilia Tham – Entrepreneur, Barcelona

Founder of the creative community Makers of Barcelona (MOB)

The new Roca gallery website, under the motto “Sharing knowledge about architecture and design” aspires above all to become a point of reference in the sector.

Contact architecture @patinunezagency.com for more information or visit their website: www.rocagallery.com



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