Oct 16th 2013

Iñaki Alday - “Hyperreal Vectors”

District Heating & Cooling, Zaragoza, 2008

Founder, Aldayjover Arquitectura y Paisaje, Barcelona/Charlottesville
Quesada Professor and Chair, Department of Architecture, University of Virginia

Iñaki Alday (Zaragoza, 1965) founded Aldayjover Arquitectura y Paisaje in 1996 with Margarita Jover, a public works and landscape architecture office with a careful and specific approach to site, the varied constraints and values of which are understood as a hyperreality which, when embraced, allows for beauty as an astonishing result.

The firm has designed such outstanding and awarded buildings as the Mill Cultural Center (Utebo, 2004) and the District Heating and Cooling Station (Zaragoza, 2008); landscape works The Water Park (Zaragoza, 2008) and the Recovery of the Gallego River waterfronts (Zuera, 2001); as well as urban public spaces including the integration of the new Tramway (Zaragoza, 2011).

Currently Aldayjover has works under construction in Pamplona, Ibiza and Zaragoza, and is designing the most relevant ongoing public intervention in Barcelona: The Green Diagonal, 2.5 miles of public space on top of the structure covering the rail tracks that cross the north part of the city.

Alday has been awarded the FAD Award (2009), the European Prize for Urban Public Space (2002), and the García Mercadal Award (2001 & 2005). He is the author of the books “Learning From All Your Houses” (UPC), “ARQ CAT” (COAC), and “Water Park” (Actar). In May 2011, he was appointed Chair of the Department of Architecture & Quesada Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.