Q9 is a magazine ( www.q9magazine.com ) , an open court, a platform and a source of useful information made by and for architecture students as a not-for-profit venture. The platform is a route for communication and creation built from contents generated by students within the university, school or the platform itself: round tables, conferences, exhibitions, ateliers and even the undertaking of projects and workshops that discuss and resolve topics connected with the professional world. Its objective is to generate movement, activity and dissemination, seeking to divulge architecture in a more intelligible manner to all.
The new generations of architects have much to say and through Q9 wish to provide a space (physical and/or virtual) for students and young architects in which to openly express new emerging proposals inside and outside current contemporary architecture.
REAL PROJECT: PLAYGROUND
The playground workshop involves the construction of a schoolyard in Castellví de Rosanes, from a participatory process in which students of the school, teachers, parents, administration, neighbors, members of X+X (as guest architecture office), and members of Q9 (as project managers) contribute to the execution of the project.
The idea is to move from academia, to a fully professional field, in which a real need must be remedied by implementing new processes and development. This project is being made by Architecture students from Barcelona La Salle School of Architecture.
MALLORCA SUMMER SCHOOL
Last summer Q9 started a series of architecture workshops that take place in Mallorca, for students and newly qualified architects of different schools for a week in 2014, 2015 and 2016. The title and theme of the proposed series of workshops is Local and visitor. The first one, directed by Jaime Coll (Coll-Leclerc) and Tomeu Ramis (Flexoarquitectura), had the topic Heterotopic Landscapes.
This initiative was born with the intention of recovering summer workshops, that were held in Mallorca years ago. In past editions, there participated characters like Juan Herreros, Rafael Moneo, Carme Pinós, Cedric Price, Peter Smithson, MVRDV …
Last summer, Q9 had the opportunity to participate in Rock Paper Pixel, an event organized by FAD. There, they explained their idea and partake of the full of new ideas in the world of communication in architecture and design.
FADfest is the Fostering Arts and Design‘s annual event celebrating creative excellence. It recognises the work of professionals and businesses and brings design closer to the citizens. One of the activities held is Rock Paper Pixel, which is proposing a session for exploring and reflecting on the present of communication on design. The session featured professionals from different fields of design and communication, who presented unique formats, models and initiatives and put them to debate, all of them noteworthy in an environment that seems to talk only about the future.
MOVIE FORUM: MEETING AT THE BUILDING
Last january, Q9 organized an event at Fàbrica Moritz, which consisted in the projection and discussion of a film made by 15L Films in collaboration with Flores & Prats, architects of the Building 111. “It’s a summer morning at the Building 111 of Terrassa. The courtyard hosts the daily activities of the neighbours and a newcomer is preparing to join the community”.
Attendance at the event exceeded 250 people. It was a successful participation of students and architects, who had the opportunity to share a space and a time to exchange views among student and professional.
DESTRUCTIVE ARCHITECTURES AND Q9 RECOMMENDATION
Destructive Architectures comes from the hand of illustrator Agus Coll, each month he offers to Q9 an illustration, which is a critical publication related to any of the current issues in the architectural field. Agus Coll was born in a family of builders of Barcelona and lives between the UK and Spain. His work has been exhibited in galleries in the UK and Japan and published in The Guardian and Mark Magazine.
In recent weeks, they have added another section on the website: Q9 Recomendation, following the recommendationsthey are already doing since the past year. Now, every week, every Q9 editors will recommend their own publication. There is also a guest recommendation, and include a small calendar of events of the week.