Young Practices and Artists Reflect on the Urban Environment at Concéntrico 07

International Architecture and Design Festival Concentrico is now in its 7th Edition. It encourages exploration of urban environments through temporary installations that are placed in public spaces throughout the city of Logrono (Spain). The festival gathers emerging artists and architects from around the globe to discuss their views on urban spaces and communities.

Support your local landscape by Vivian Rotie – Pablo Saiz del Río. Image Courtesy of Concéntrico

The annual event, which began in 2015, has allowed city dwellers and tourists to explore the urban environment through temporary installations. It is complemented by talks, activities, and performances. This festival aims to provide new perspectives on cities, public spaces, and places of coexistence.

Concéntrico Pavilion by Cássio Sauer, Elisa T. Martins [sauermartins] + Mauricio Méndez. Image Courtesy of Concéntrico

It is relevant from a social perspective. This means that it places the city at its centre. More so, through propositional responses. These responses speak a lot not only about architecture but also about coexistence, meeting, and coexistence. We show that there are other models, in which the citizen is at center, suggesting experimentation, civic communication and new uses for consolidated environments. Director of Concentrico Javier Pena Ibanez

18 teams will propose interventions at various locations throughout the city this year. The themes range from the relationship between architecture, landscape, democratic processes that shape public spaces to co-creation, sustainability, and democracy. Javier Pena Ibanez Director of Concentrico, says that they are keen to make Concentrico a place where all perspectives and approaches to the city intersect. He also adds that this year “perhaps more intensely, we have put the emphasis on sustainability and the processes that produce the festival.”

1973 – 2021 by Lanza Atelier. Image Courtesy of Concéntrico

One thing unites them all is the ability to create spaces for interaction, communication, and living in the city. This allows us to make collective memories and create an attractive and suggestive imagination that leads us to new ways to work in urban spaces.

Paradigma Ariadne and Palma + Hanghar are among the architects who contributed to this year’s Concentrico edition. Chavari Estudio, VAPAA Collective, Chavari Estudio, and VAPAA Collective are also included. The festival offers more than just urban interventions. It also includes talks that were developed in collaboration with Accion Cultural Espanola and will be available in digital format beyond the festival’s duration.

La contemplación de un límite by Chávarri Estudio (Pedro Chávarri, Esteban Gigoux, Tomás Sherwin). Image Courtesy of Concéntrico