The IAAC and Barcelona Metropolitan Area exhibit together Mixed Use, Mixed Time, Mixed People within the central expo ‘Imminent Commons’ at the first Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism of Seoul (South Korea) from September 1st to November 5th.

The exhibition shows Barcelona and its metropolitan area as a network of connected neighborhoods, equivalent in size to the geographical area of ??the Korean capital, which conceives the public space as the backbone of the future cities.

The “Mixed Use, Mixed Time, Mixed People” exhibition focuses on the potential of Barcelona’s hybrid public equipments: public spaces of proximity located in districts and municipalities where manifold facilities (markets, libraries, kindergartens, schools, civic centers, etc.) functionalities and daily activities converge together, acting as urban attraction poles and intergenerational meeting points.

The exhibition showcases the city of the future as a metropolis of small and hyperconnected habitable units that form a complex and diverse entity. The goal within the framework of the first Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism in Seoul is to show the world this model being implemented in both the city of Barcelona and its metropolitan surroundings through 6 selected public spaces.

Barcelona Metropolitan Area public spaces in exhibition

The spaces selected for the expo are 6 hybrid public equipments build in the city and its surroundings. The Illa Fort Pienc in L’Eixample, developed by Josep Llinàs, and the building from Sant Martí’s district Alchemika, designed by Francesc Mitjans in 1950 and renovated by Oliveras Boix Architects in 2015 are the chosen buildings located in the city of Barcelona.

From the rest of the metropolitan area, there will be represented other equipments and buildings as the Regional Archive and Civic Center Mas Lluí in Sant Feliu de Llobregat, designed by dataAE and Xavier Vendrell studios; Mercè Rodoreda Library in Sant Joan Despí created by the architect Carles Llinàs; Ginesta Library and Roure Community Center designed by Calderon Folch Sarsanedas architect studio and, lastly, the Fondo multifunctional building in Santa Coloma de Gramenet devised by Pich Architects studio.

The expo will show these 6 spaces with an array of graphic material and innovative videos, developed by the architecture photographer and filmmaker Adrià Goula, which artistically catch the multifunctional nature of each building.