Ricastudio presents his prototype for Experimenta Urbana, Documenta Kassel

Ricastudio presents his prototype for Experimenta Urbana, Documenta Kassel 2017.

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Ways of Life

Exhibition opening and lectures: July 5, 6pm, with Christoph Hesse, Neeraj Bhatia & friends

Kulturbahnhof Kassel
Rainer Dierichs Platz 1

The time “after work” was traditionally where “life” began. Today, the line between work and life has never been so blurred. Work environments are in- creasingly organized through furniture arrangements and programs inspired from the domestic realm—from kitchens to dining areas to living rooms. These “brick-wall tech” environments have brought home to work, increasing its comfort as well as productivity. At the same time, the domestic realm is increasingly a location for new forms of labor that can be spatially distributed yet virtually connected. More people now work from home than ever before, which has also enabled a new nomadicism. The economic and spatial pressures of the city has fostered a new cosomopolitan-rural dweller, who wants to merge labor with nature. Ways of Life is an investigation into the new condition of work­ing in close proximity in nature. How we negotiate our domestic and immaterial labor, and how we relate to nature is indicative of who we are.

As the public and private realm as well as spaces for work and life overlap in previously unforeseen ways, a new condition of work has emerged: working in close proximity to nature. Away from the city, dwelling in nature is not only a key symbolic gesture of escape, it has collapsed urban labor in close proximity with the wilderness. This new domestic space type is significant because of this spatial collapse, as our relationship with work, family, and nature needs to be negotiated through architecture. The way that this negotiation occurs is the study of this project. How we work, how we interact with our environment, and how we navigate ourselves in the world after work or more fittingly, between work, speaks of our politics and values as a society. We hope that the prototype designs immerse work in nature while clarifying the relationship between work / life and the individual / collective. In this manner, we hope that the projects become architectural theses for new Ways of Life.

The following emerging offices from around the globe have been asked to develop a prototype dwelling that immerses work in nature while clarifying the relationship between work / life and the individual / collective. The projects will be present at EXPERIMENTA URBANA, a co-event with documenta14 in Kassel/Germany on July 5, 2017. Selected designs will begin construction starting March 2018.

Co-Curated by: 
Christoph Hesse
Neeraj Bhatia

Featuring Work by:
Studio Anna Heringer (Germany)
Atelier Alter (China / USA)
BIT Boris Bernaskoni (Russia)
Christoph Hesse Architects (Germany)
Dogma (Belgium)
Fake Industries Architectural Agonism (Australia / USA)
KWK Promes (Poland)
noa* (Italy)
Organization for Permanent Modernity (Belgium / USA)
Penda (Austria / China)
Pezo Von Ellrichshausen (Chile)
RICA Studio (Spain / USA)
SsD (USA / Korea)
Somatic Collaborative (USA)
Stinessen Arkitektur (Norway)
Tatiana Bilbao Estudio (Mexico)
The Open Workshop (USA / Canada)
Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop (Japan)

Exhibition dates and locations:
​July 5–30, 2017
Südflügel (South wing) at KulturBahnhof (Hauptbahnhof)
Rainer-Dierichsplatz 1, Kassel

August 1–September 17, 2017
Foyer ASL Building at Kassel University
Universitätsplatz 9, Kassel vom

RICA to design the stand for the Royal Spanish Academy in Rome at ARCO Art Fair in Madrid

RICA to design the stand for the Royal Spanish Academy in Rome at ARCO Art Fair in Madrid

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Cooperación Internacional tendrá por primera vez un espacio en ARCO


Madrid, 21 feb (EFE).- Cooperación Española tendrá por primera vez un espacio propio en la Feria Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo ARCO, que estará dedicado a la Real Academia de España en Roma.

Según ha informado hoy esta institución, este expositor de Cooperación Española que se ubicará en el Pabellón 7 de Ifema ha sido diseñado por el arquitecto Iñaqui Carnicero, quien ha ideado una “arquitectura de perfiles metálicos” que recrea el interior del Tempietto de Bramante, un monumento de estilo renacentista que se encuentra en el interior de la Academia de España en Roma.

Además de esta estructura principal, éste punto contará con varias proyecciones audiovisuales de trabajos colectivos de artistas e investigadores residentes en la Academia que muestran sus lugares de trabajo, las zonas comunes de la Academia o una panorámica sobre la ciudad de Roma.

Imágenes tomadas con cámara 360º que se podrán ver en los diferentes dispositivos electrónicos que han puesto a disposición de los visitantes.

El estand, añade la nota, se plantea también como un lugar de encuentro para residentes de promociones anteriores, aunque también dispondrá de información sobre la convocatoria de becas y sobre los becarios actuales, de los que se ofrecerán resúmenes biográficos o semblanzas de los proyectos en los que trabajan.

Con este espacio, el Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores, de quien depende Cooperación Internacional, apuesta por dar “visibilidad” a la Real Academia de España en Roma, una institución que “aúna tradición y contemporaneidad y cuya vitalidad invita a su participación” en la principal muestra de arte contemporáneo de nuestro país.

Desde su inauguración a finales del siglo XIX, la Academia de España en Roma promociona la formación artística y humanística de creadores e investigadores de diversas disciplinas a través de su programa de becas. EFE

Storefront for Art and Architecture exhibiting The Golden Loop by Rica

Storefront for Art and Architecture exhibiting “The Golden Loop” by RICA

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“Activating Pieds-à-Terre” by RICA | Iñaqui Carnicero, Lorena del Río and Steven Ren


noun \pē-ˌā-də-ˈter, -ˌā-dä-; ˌpyā-dä-\

-A small house or apartment that you own or rent in a city other than that where your primary home is located, in which you stay when visiting that city for a short time.

-French for “foot on the ground”

Owning a piece of New York or “putting a foot in the city” has become a shared aspiration for the global rich, from traditional American and European buyers to cash-flush Russians, Chinese, Middle Easterners, and Brazilians. In recent years, the demand for these super-elite luxury apartments has increased dramatically, creating a whole new typology of skyscraper, the “superslenders,” which are rising on the New York skyline.

The purchase of these trophy apartments is largely a status symbol, and competition for them arises not from a necessity for dwelling but from a battle of the egos. The proliferation of these properties has left large areas of the city “owned but not used.” Ghostly towers stand with dark windows, seemingly abandoned but ironically “SOLD OUT.” According to the New York Times, “In one part of [Midtown], between East 53rd and 59th Streets, more than half of the 500 apartments are occupied for two months or less. That is a higher proportion than in resort and second-home communities”

The problem with this is that not only is valuable real estate essentially wasted, but a high demand for these buildings makes them more profitable to construct than badly needed affordable housing that would address the city’s rampant housing shortages. Some have suggested a tax on pieds-à-terre to deter potential buyers, but the logic behind this is flawed, as extra costs will only serve to make these properties seem more elite, and therefore, more desirable.

The Golden Loop represents a satirical perspective on the extravagance and wastefulness of these real estate practices. As opposed to taxation or regulation, the project will engage these properties directly by providing access, both visually and physically, to otherwise forbidden domains. The goal of the project is to re-incorporate the territories lost to the insatiable appetite of the super-elite back into the public sphere by allowing universal access to the amenities that they hoard. Through the act of occupation instead of inhabitation, we are left to contemplate how these two vastly different worlds can exist simultaneously, oblivious to each other’s existence.

To illustrate the problem with pied-à-terres, golden volumes have been stacked onto the most significant residences, representing the percentage of each building that consist of underutilized homes. The volumes are, in fact, layered striations spaced 10 feet (3 meters) apart (a typical floor-to-ceiling height) to illustrate the magnitude of the phenomenon.

The project’s intervention, an elevated promenade that circles Central Park South and “Billionaire’s Row,” shows how, through occupation instead of inhabitation, the city can gain back its lost space. Through a series of catwalks and elevators that branch off towards each building, views previously reserved for penthouses will be opened to the public, liberating vistas from empty windows.

In a city short on space, The Golden Loop makes use of pied-à-terres while owners are absent, blurring the lines between what is public and private, and providing a setting to contemplate how the other half lives.–


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Iñaqui Carnicero and Lorena del Rio at Storefront with the exhibition Sharing Models Manhattanisms

Iñaqui Carnicero and Lorena del Rio at Storefront with the exhibition ¨Sharing Models: Manhattanisms¨

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We are experiencing the emergence of a culture that is marked by a return to, redefinition, and expansion of the notion of the commons. The increasing complexity and interconnectedness of globalization is reorienting us away from trends that have emphasized individuation and singular development, and toward new forms of collectivity.

Over the last decade, emerging technologies and economies have affected aspects of our everyday life, from the way we work and travel, to how we think about shelter and social engagement.

How will the sharing movement of today affect the way we inhabit and build the cities of tomorrow?

Manhattan, one of the most dense and iconic places in the world, has been a laboratory for many visions of urbanism. Sharing Models: Manhattanisms invites 30 international architects to produce models of their own visions for the city’s future.

The models, each a section of Manhattan, establish analytical, conceptual, and physical frameworks for inhabiting and constructing urban space and the public sphere. Together, they present a composite figure; a territory that is simultaneously fictional and real, and one that opens a window to new perceptions of the city’s shared assets.


Archi-Tectonics, NYC
Asymptote Architecture
Atelier Manferdini
Bureau V
Buro Koray Duman
Iñaqui Carnicero and Lorena del Río
Matilde Cassani
Future Firm
Höweler + Yoon
Huff + Gooden Architects
Leong Leong
Manuel Herz Architects
The Open Workshop
Pedro & Juana
Renato Rizzi, IUAV Venice (It)
SITU Studio
Tatiana Bilbao Estudio
TEN Arquitectos
Urban Agency

Research support for this exhibition is provided by Juan Francisco Saldarriaga and the Center for Spatial Research at Columbia University.

Specific model support provided by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E).

July 15th – September 2nd, 2016

July 14th Exhibition Opening
6 – 7 pm: Press and Members Preview [RSVP] 7 – 9 pm: Public Opening [RSVP]

Download the information related to this event here.

Giornale della Architettura interviews Iñaqui Carnicero about the Venice Biennale

Il Giornale della Architettura interviews Iñaqui Carnicero about the Venice Biennale

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Paesaggio spagnolo con rovina, Julia Schulz-Dornburg, “Moderne Ruinen, eine Topografie der Bereicherung”, mostra, ottobre 2013


2016 Venice Biennale: the “unfinished” Spain

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Interview with Iñaqui Carnicero, co-curator of the Spanish Pavillion with Carlos Quintáns Muxía


The curator of the 15. Biennale Architettura 2016, Alejandro Aravena, has proposed “Reporting from the front” as general theme of the exhibition in Venice. Can you comment the title and the first declarations given by Aravena?
He is inviting the curators from every country with representation at the Biennale to share what we think it has been the major issue that Architecture has suffered in the past years. By doing this after visiting the pavilions one get have a wider perspective of major issues affecting different cultures and communities around the world. The proposal calls for a reflection on the mistakes in order to share solutions that may allow other countries to anticipate and avoid similar situations
What will be the answer of Spain and the Spanish Pavilion?
During the last period of economic growth in Spain, construction became the main driving force of the economy. Today, reality reveals us the built presence and the unfinished remains of what once was the largest edificatory enterprise in Spanish history, leaving behind a difficult situation in which to deal with partially constructed large volumes which are not consolidated.  Under the title “Unfinished”, the exhibition in the Spanish Pavilion draws attention to these unfinished architectures in order to discover virtues that can become design strategies. “Unfinished” wants to be a reflection on the architectures born out of the resignation to respond to certain aspects. In order to do so, the exhibition will promote creative speculation about how to subvert the past condition into a positive contemporary action.
As a young architect, what are your experiences on the relations between architecture and society today? how architecture can give the right answers to the difficult challenges of our times?
If we really want to become relevant for our society we need to find strategies to engage with problems that we can solve by means of design. My experience designing Hangar 16, an intervention in an abandoned building at the former Slaughterhouse in Madrid, was very successful in terms of returning the building to the community. With a very small budget we were capable to transform the space that was neglected for years by designing a very simple mechanism of rotation that allowed movable panels reconfigure the space in multiple ways. This helped the client to held very different events such as contemporary art exhibitions, concerts, fashion walks, spaces for artists, etc, making the investment really profitable, but what it is more important activating the space with daily life activities.
Last semester at Cornell University we worked in collaboration with the World Bank Group to design a series of crisis centers in India to help women who have suffered from gender based violence. It was a fascinating experience studying the specificities of indian culture and the material qualities of vernacular architecture in the state of Kerala to give an answer to a cultural problem architecturally.
The great thing about architecture is that we can contribute in solving the big challenges of our times by means of design.
Active in both the academic field and a professional practice, Iñaqui Carnicerois an internationally awarded architect, European PhD and Visiting Professor at Cornell University. He has built projects that engage with contemporary issues at different scales and programs such as: CEU University building, Social housing in Madrid, the Arab tower in Guadalajara, Hangar 16 Matadero-Madrid at a former slaughterhouse of Madrid, and the Pitch´s house. His work has been recognised with international awards such as: the AIANY Housing Award 2015, Design Vanguard Award 2012, Hauser Award 2012, Emerging Architecture Award Architectural Record 2011, Rome Prize 2009, COAM Award 2012, FAD Spanish Architecture and Public Opinion Award 2012, 2013 Barbara Cappochin Award (Honorable Mention), BSI University of Mendrisio  (selected) 2007, shortlisted Architectural Digest award 2009, Luigi Cosenza 2004 and exhibit at the RIBA exhibition International Emerging Architects 2011, Architecture week in Prague, GA Gallery Japan 2012. Since 2012 he runs the office Rica Studio with her partner Lorena del Rio, with offices in Madrid and New York.

2016 Venice Biennale: the “unfinished” Spain

El estudio invitado en la Architectureweek de Praga 2011 representando a España.

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This year the organizers are preparing special Arch Cities – Universal City Project within Architecture Week Prague 2011 which will present architecture of world metropolises through models, photos and multimedia programs and will be
located at the Prague Castle in the Royal Summer Palace of Queen Anne (Belveder), together with Architecture and Urbanism of Visegrad 4 exhibition. The visitors will thus have an opportunity to see aims and directions of contemporary
architecture from all over the world in one place and to compare and evaluate it. Each of the participating countries will have its space for model of architectonic project characteristic for the given country and a screen for image presentation
showing typical architecture of the country. Expositions will have unified character and graphic design. The expositions will be approved by the Prague Castle Administration. At the end of the exposition documentary films about architecture of the participating countries will be screened. The exhibition will be presented in festival catalogue Architecture Week 2011.

Press conference will take place on October 10, 2011 at 11am in the garden of Royal Summer Palace of Queen Anne. The press conference will be opened by a Prague City Hall representative, who will introduce the guests of the project and
of the festival.
Gala evening will take place on October 10, 2011 at the Royal Summer Palace of Queen Anne and will be attended by representatives of all participating organizations, associations, city halls, institutes and others. During the gala evening the
festival Architecture Week Prague 2011 will be opened and guests from 36 countries will be invited to participate