This course, for the subject of Identity of Graphics Applications guided by Xavier Alamany, we have focused on creating a cultural festival located in the Montbau district of Barcelona. All of us conceived the project broadly designing the graphic identity and defining the type of activities.
To do so, Alamany helped us by insisting on the first step: to know the neighbourhood. Following his advice, we would offer useful opportunities ideally well welcomed by its residents. Would festivals be aimed at a family audience, youth or would it be for all ages? Would it pretend to create affinities in the neighbourhood or maybe attract other local people in the city? Before asking so many questions, it was essential to do research.
We recognised soon the singular personality of the area, built between 1957 and 1965. It was necessary to consider all the elements: its geographical situation (between Collserola and Ronda de Dalt), the architectonic interest (influenced on Bauhaus), the green footprint (60% of the surface is vegetation), the migratory diversity, the veteran residents (35.2% are over 65 years old), the drug addiction stigma, the associative life and more details that have been relevant along the Montbau’s history. Finally, stepping on it was one of the best ways, but the most priority, to discover it.
Here are some of the results developed in class:
JAM Jornades de Autogestión en Montbau – Àngela Balcells
The proposal consists on generate social relationships in the neighbourhood within a program that promotes reflection, new learnings and leisure opportunities through projects based on collective self-management. From here, several lines of activities and graphic elements emerge: Montbau expresses (triangle), invites (semicircle) and meets (rectangle).
Montbau Mural Fest – Blanca Garaluce
This urban arts festival puts the spotlight on the elderly, especially them because they are the ones who started living in the area since the inauguration of the land, rising later their families. For this reason, the purpose is to generate a history of the neighbourhood through the connection of arts and their memories.
New Urban Itineraries – Gemma Fontanals
N.I.U is a multidisciplinary offer with the intention of rethinking the neighbourhood based on walking it again and again. Through routes and itineraries aims to rediscover the area to perceive it with different eyes. The name that is attributed to it, “nest” means at the same time “a safe place, from where to be provided, to which to return”.
MAKE IT! Montbau Arts Festival – Emily Eldridge
This festival begins with the idea of taking advantage of the building’s facades that preserve the architectural style of the neighbourhood. The final visual result is identified easily for its colourful patterns. It takes as a source of inspiration the wide variety of them used in most of the constructions of the area.
Montbau Film Festival – Daniel Iglesias
This project bases its design on an element that works as a visual system, which appears regularly both in the world of cinema and in Montbau’s architecture: the rectangle of 2×1. The objective is not only to make the neighbourhood well known nationally but also to add to its personality a sense of seriousness and professionality.
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