European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture

3 August 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, Design & Products, European Union

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© europa.eu

The European Union Prize for Contemporary ArchitectureMies van der Rohe Award is a Prize given biennially by the European Union and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, Barcelona, “to acknowledge and reward quality architectural production in Europe”.   read more…

The Harmony of the Seas

1 October 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month

Harmony of the Seas © flickr.com - FaceMePLS/cc-by-2.0

Harmony of the Seas © flickr.com – FaceMePLS/cc-by-2.0

MS Harmony of the Seas is an Oasis-class cruise ship built by STX France at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire in France for Royal Caribbean International. She is the largest passenger ship in the world, surpassing her older sisters Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas. For the inaugural season, Harmony of the Seas will offer seven-night western Mediterranean cruises originating from Barcelona and Rome (Civitavecchia). In late October 2016, the ship will cross the Atlantic to the United States, where she will offer seven-night eastern and western Caribbean cruises originating from Port Everglades, Florida, starting in November. The homeport is Nassau in the Bahamas.   read more…

Union for the Mediterranean

30 August 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Union for the Mediterranean © NordNordWest/cc-by-3.0

Union for the Mediterranean © NordNordWest/cc-by-3.0

The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) is a multilateral partnership of 43 countries from Europe and the Mediterranean Basin: the 28 member states of the European Union and 15 Mediterranean partner countries from North Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Europe. It was created in July 2008 as a relaunched Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (the Barcelona Process), when a plan to create an autonomous Mediterranean Union was dropped. The Union has the aim of promoting stability and prosperity throughout the Mediterranean region. In the historical context, one could speak of an Imperium Romanum 2.0, but without the centralization and as a confederation.   read more…

La Boqueria in Barcelona, the second largest market in Europe

18 December 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

La Boqueria © flickr.com - Alain Rouiller/cc-by-sa-2.0

La Boqueria © flickr.com – Alain Rouiller/cc-by-sa-2.0

The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, often simply referred to as La Boqueria, is a large public market in the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona and one of the city’s foremost tourist landmarks, with an entrance from La Rambla, not far from the Liceu, Barcelona’s opera house. The market has a very diverse selection of goods. La Boqueria ist the second largest market in Europa, after Albert Cuyp Market in Amsterdam.   read more…

Torre Agbar in Barcelona

1 November 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, House of the Month

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© ArquiWHAT/cc-by-3.0

The Torre Agbar is a 38-story skyscraper / tower located between Avinguda Diagonal and Carrer Badajoz, near Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, which marks the gateway to the new technological district of Barcelona. It was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel in association with the Spanish firm b720 Fermin Vazquez Arquitectos and built by Dragados. The Torre Agbar is located in the Poblenou neighbourhood of Barcelona and is named after its owners, the Agbar Group, a holding company whose interests include the Barcelona water company Aguas de Barcelona.   read more…

Barcelona, “la gran encisera”, the great enchantress

28 March 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General, UNESCO World Heritage

Plaça Catalunya © tango7174

Plaça Catalunya © tango7174

Barcelona is the capital and the most populous city of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain, after Madrid, with a population of 1,621,537 within its administrative limits on a land area of 101.4 km2 (39 sq mi). The urban area of Barcelona extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of over 4,200,000 on an area of 803 km2 (310 sq mi), being the sixth-most populous urban area in the European Union after Paris, London, Ruhr area, Madrid and Milan. About five million people live in the Barcelona metropolitan area. It is also Europe’s largest metropolis on the Mediterranean coast.   read more…

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