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Barcelona vs. Luleå

Published: 3 December 2017

Adolfo Sotoca is a new professor and subject representative in architecture at Luleå University of Technology. At his installation lecture, he compared his old hometown of Barcelona with his new residence Luleå and the similarities were probably greater than many could believe.

But the comparison between the two cities did not apply to spectacular buildings, but more about infrastructure such as streets, meeting points and public transportation, something that Adolfo Sotoca means is the foundation of all architecture.

”Urban landscapes are shaped not only by buildings, but by their integration into a much more complex system made of public spaces. The way that buildings are displayed around public spaces and private plots along time is what provides identity to cities” says Adolfo Sotoca, new professor in architecture at Luleå University of Technology.

At Luleå University of Technology, civil engineers are graduated in architecture, which provides skills closer to the construction and community planning than among traditionally educated architects.

”Seen as a process throughout time, architecture gains a undeniable cultural significance and transcends both pure technological and aesthetic meanings”, says Adolfo Sotoca

Adolfo Sotoca

Adolfo Sotoca, Visiting Professor

Phone: +46 (0)920 493970
Organisation: Architecture, Architecture and Water, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering