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MAS Context supports Germane Barnes’s installation during Concéntrico 08

May 23, 2022

MAS Context is thrilled to be the organization supporting Germane Barnes’s installation during this year’s Concentrico Festival in Logroño, Spain. The event will take place September 1–6, 2022. Germane Barnes, along with with Shawhin Roudbari, guest edited our Vigilantism issue and we collaborated with Germane and Shawin for an installation presented during the 2021 Chicago Architecture Biennial.

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Germane Barnes.

Germane Barnes’s award winning research and design practice, Studio Barnes, investigates the connection between architecture and identity, examining architecture’s social and political agency through historical research and design speculation. Mining architecture’s social and political agency, he examines how the built environment influences black domesticity.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Germane Barnes received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Architecture from Woodbury University where he was awarded the Thesis Prize for his project Symbiotic Territories: Architectural Investigations of Race, Identity, and Community.

Currently he is an Assistant Professor and the Director of The Community Housing & Identity Lab (CHIL) at the University of Miami School of Architecture, a testing ground for the physical and theoretical investigations of architecture’s social and political resiliency. His work has been featured in international institutions most notably MoMA, Chicago Architecture Biennial, MAS Context, SFMOMA, LACMA, The Graham Foundation, The New York Times, Architect Magazine, DesignMIAMI/ Art Basel, Metropolis Magazine, Domus, Wallpaper* Magazine, and The National Museum of African American History where he was identified as one of the future designers on the rise.

Germane Barnes is the 2021 winner of the Wheelwright Prize by the Harvard Graduate School of Design, winner of the 2021 Architectural League Prize, a 2022 USA Architecture & Design fellow, and a 2021–22 Rome Prize Fellow at The American Academy in Rome.

Participating teams in Concéntrico 08

Invited teams

Izaskun Chinchilla / Spain / Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation.
Associates Architecture / Italy / Istituto Italiano di Cultura
Konstantin Grcic / Germany / Goethe Institut + LIF 2002
Piovenefabi / Brussels / Wallonie-Bruxelles Architectures
Matali Crasset / France / Insitut français
Tudor Vlăsceanu / Romania / Romanian Institute of Culture
SKULL studio / Czech Republic / Czech Center
Germane Barnes / United States / MAS Context
Rintala Eggertsson Architects / Finland – Norway / Ins. Iberoamerican Institute of Finland
architecture uncomfortable workshop / Hungary / Embassy of Hungary
BUD CUD / Poland
Tableau / Denmark
Yemail Arquitectura / Colombia
Pawel Grobelny / Poland
Inventaires + Dallas + Pool is cool / Wallonie-Bruxelles Architectures

Winning Teams of the Call for Proposals

AAA / Uruguay / Plaza Escuelas Trevijano
Ander López + Sarai Olabarrieta / Spain / Obispo Bustamante St.
Collective X / Mexico – Poland / Viña Lanciano + Quinta do Seixo

Invited schools

Escuela Superior de Diseño de La Rioja / Spain / Spain – La Rioja
Central Saint Martins – Gonzalo Herrero + Pati Santos / United Kingdom / British Council

About Concéntrico

Concéntrico is Logroño’s International Festival of Architecture and Design that proposes to reflect on the urban environment and the city. The latest edition, Concéntrico 07, was held from September 2 to September 5, 2021.

The Festival invites visitors to tour the city through installations, exhibitions, meetings, activities, and performances that create a connection between the venues, squares, streets, courtyards, and hidden spaces that usually go unnoticed in their daily lives.

Since 2015, the festival has brought together 91 urban installations created by teams of Spanish and international architects and designers who experiment with new fields of environmental design. In this way, a dialogue is established between the city, heritage, and contemporary architecture that activates citizens’ reflections on these spaces.

For more information, please visit the official website.