The aim of this series of debates is to explain the speakers’ creative processes during the development of their projects in their respective fields- architecture, music, cinema, landscaping, product design, etc. The Fundació will publish selected works of these artists, designer and craftspeople, all models in their fields. The common link between all these speakers is that creativity is a core value of their work and production, which successfully covers the need for originality, efficiency and success in the market and industry.
Toni Cumella, born in Granollers in 1951, son of ceramicist Antoni Cumella, studied industrial engineering at the University of Barcelona before deciding to devote his career to ceramics in the 1970’s. Following his father’s death in 1985, Cumella redirected the family workshop towards architectural projects, working in collaboration with the PER studio. The creative processes were based on a balanced combination of craftsmanship and technology. From 1989 to 1992, Cumella’s studio worked on two major architectural projects: the restoration of Batllo House with architect Josep Maria Botey, and Park Güell with architects Martínez Lapeña and Elies Torres. His studio’s many collaborations include, to name just a few, Parc dels Colors in Mollet, Diagonal Mar and the Santa Caterina Market by Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue, the Spanish Pavilions at Expo 2005 by FOA and Expo 2008 by Patxi Mangado, Villa Nurbs by Enric Ruiz Geli, and relevant facilities by artists Frederic Amat, Pep Duran and Joan Fontcuberta. Cumella Ceramics is currently working on projects by Renzo Piano, Esteve Bonell, Amanda Levete and Norman Foster, amongst others.
Diébédo Francis Kéré is an internationally renowned African architect whose focus is towards integrating traditional knowledge and traditions into contemporary African architecture. As the first son of the head of his rural village in Burkina Faso, he was the only child allowed to attend school. After excelling in his studies, Kéré was awarded a scholarship to study and apprentice in Germany where he was eventually accepted into architecture school. Parallel to his studies, he began to raise money for the purpose of building a new school back in his home village of Gando, Burkina Faso. He founded the charitable foundation Schulbausteine für Gando (Bricks for Gando) after graduating with his diploma in architecture and set out to reinvest his hard-earned knowledge back into the community that nurtured him as a child. He returned to Gando with a vision for an improved school design that would change the future trajectory of his village.
The combination of tradition, the desire to return to the community some of their input into his education, the participation of local residents and the capacity to find innovative solutions came together in a successful creative process.
Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, Barcelona