Rabat. Royal Patronage for urban art

Journal of a gadabout (6) by Dr. A. Remesar

DSC08204I recommend a visit to Rabat. Ahead of they conclude the works of what we call “the third Rabat”.

The first is the victorious Ribat (Ribat al-Fath), as stated in the monolith of entry into the old limits. It includes the medina and the city center designed by Prost following the recommendations of Forestier, both two under the orders of Marshal Lyautey.

A center expanded in several districts of French flavour: Ocean – site of the corniche suffering remodelling and pressure of the projects Kasr al Bahr and Sephira; Les Orangers, Aviation, Belvedaire… and the most bourgeois of all Agdal Hay Riad. Continue reading Rabat. Royal Patronage for urban art

A giant blackboard

Journal of a gadabout (5). by  Dr. A. Remesar

Barcelona.

The Via Augusta was the great Roman road through the Iberian peninsula, from the Pyrenees to Cadiz. Its route passed behind Collserola and did not reach Barcelona. During the Carolingian Empire was drawn a variant of the Via Augusta, the Francisca way, coming through the Besòs’s valley, crossed the plain of Barcelona and returned to find the Augusta route through the Llobregat’s . The persistence of this way, right on the edge between the Barcelona plain and the first foothills, corresponds to the current layout of the Travesera de Gràcia. Continue reading A giant blackboard

The Lodz Experience

Journal of a gadabout (3). by  Dr. A. Remesar

Coming from Barcelona, a city whose urban fabric is based largely on an urban plot that leaves no separation between buildings, ie a city  built “between party walls” is a surprise to find so many  party walls  in Lodz.

The party walls represent a devaluation of the urban landscape and go against urban decorum. It’s no wonder that municipalities suffering from the “disease of party walls” implement strategies that, without solving the problem in a structural way,  will alleviate it, at least aesthetically, contributing to urban decorum.

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The GAU – Urban Art Gallery in Lisbon

Journal of a gadabout (2). by Dr. A. Remesar

The GAU (Urban Art Gallery) Lisbon, sponsored by the Department of Culture of the city, born in parallel with the “Visual and Performance Street Art” event in 2009.

From that moment was consolidated as a temporary gallery of  urban art shows and festivals. It has a location in the Baixada da Gloria, but also operates in various parts of the city, especially acting over disused buildings.

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Barcelona in cans

Journal of a gadabout (1). by. Dr. A. Remesar

2014_01.jpg I was preparing my lecture on “New Urban Decorum” the which   I had to deliver in Lodz, at the 1st International Symposium “Aesthetic Energy of the City”  in September 2014. Was when I discovered the work of a street artist, unknown to me at the moment, and that later I would know is called “Latas  (Cans)“. Obvious cans are the basis of his – I don’t know if to say her, but I will continue to say his –  work .

I came to being focused on the work by Clet Abraham in Barcelona, and the discovery was most enjoyable.

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