The Jerusalem Seminar in Architecture
כנסי עבר // Speakers // 1998: Megaform as Urban Landscape
21 - 23 June 1998

Manuel de Sola-Morales

After studying with Ludovico Quaroni in Rome and Jose Luis Sert at Harvard, Manuel de Sola-Morales founded the Urban Laboratory in 1968, conceived as a research arm of the Barcelona School of Architecture, where he was then the Professor of Urban Design. Following a decade dedicated to teaching and urban research, both in Spain and abroad, Sola-Morales began his independent practice as an architect and urban planner, first with the reorganization of the Barcelona waterfront, known locally as the Moll de la Fusta (1982-90) and then with his design work for the Barcelona Olympics staged in 1992. Among his most recent realizations are a housing quarter in Alcoi, Valencia (1995) and the urban design for an area known as the "Winschoterkade" in Groeningen, Holland (1996). The mixed-use, megablock known as, "L'Illa Diagonal", realized in Barcelona in 1994 and designed in association with Rafael Moneo, is of particular relevance to this seminar. Lying on the famous Avenida Diagonal cutting through the centre of the city, it has a dimension that enables it to address both the immediate urban context and the scale of the surrounding megalopolis. In 1985 Manuel de Sola-Morales founded the magazine UR which has since become internationally known as one of the leading journals in the field of urban design. He is currently director of the Barcelona School of Architecture.

Manuel de Sola-Morales

L'Illa Diagonal, Barcelona, Spain
Photo: Lluis Casals








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