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The creative processes of architect Carme Pinós inaugurate the Basque Country International Architecture Biennial Mugak

Foto: Mikel Blasco

  • This morning 'Estudio Carme Pinós - Context and Concepts' was presented by the Basque Premier Iñigo Urkullu and the Basque Councillor Iñaki Arriola at the Basque Institute of Architecture.
  • The main exhibition of the Basque Country International Architecture Biennial Mugak/ delves into the creative development of the Pinós studio through six of its projects.
  • The exhibition, which is free of charge like the almost one hundred activities of the Biennial, will remain open to the public from tomorrow until 27 February.
  • The third edition of the Biennial opens this afternoon with a conversation open to the public with the architect herself. 
The Basque Country  International Architecture Biennial Mugak/ presented today, during its opening day, the main exhibition of this edition, 'Estudio Carme Pinós - Context and Concepts', at the Basque Institute of Architecture. The exhibition was inaugurated by the Basque Premier Iñigo Urkullu, the Basque Government's Minister of Territorial Planning, Housing and Transport, Iñaki Arriola, the curator of this edition, José Ángel Medina, and Carme Pinós herself.
With the creative development of the Catalan architect's practice as the axis, exemplified in six of her projects, the central exhibition of this new edition of Mugak/ explains the process from the initial creative ideas or sketches to the construction process of each commission. Pinós is one of the few women to lead an architectural practice of international stature. Her projects include buildings as unique as they are different from each other, such as the CaixaForum in Zaragoza, the rear façade of the Boquería market in Barcelona, the Massana school, also in Barcelona, the building for the Vienna University of Economics and Business in Austria and the Cube I and Cube II office towers in Guadalajara (Mexico).
The lehendakari, Iñigo Urkullu, stressed that "Mugak/ is an invitation to approach architecture and better understand its influence on our way of life and coexistence, and Carme Pinós contributes to this endeavour from her own professional experience, in which she has combined her activity as an architect with research and teaching". "Pinós has invested part of her talent in the construction of social housing, which is what our Department is dedicated to, with the conviction that architecture reaches its maximum expression when it is at the service of all people, whatever their condition", remarked the councillor, Iñaki Arriola.
As Pinós explained, his creative process "always starts from a careful reading of the context, both physical and cultural, and from an understanding of the requirements of the project, with the desire not only to resolve its functionality, but also to create experiences beyond it". Despite not having its own calligraphy, there is a common philosophy that is reflected in six concepts that structure the exhibition. "For each one of them we grouped together a series of works that explain and demonstrate it, and then unfold through sketches, plans, models and images the entire creative development of one of them", he added.

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