Cosentino Group and the Foundation of Contemporary Architecture Present C-Guide
Cosentino Group and the Foundation for Contemporary Architecture have collaborated to present and launch a new global guide to contemporary architecture, under the pseudonym C-Guide. This digital tool was created with the primary objective of promoting awareness and recognition of current architectural excellence across the globe, and particularly beyond the academic world. C-Guide facilitates the connection between the digital environment and real-life architecture of a city via a website and mobile app, which encourage users to visit the selected works, while also aiding their understanding of them. C-Guide aims to raise awareness of the importance of cities, their public spaces, and architecture to the life of each citizen. The official presentation of C-Guide took place at Cosentino City London, the company's Clerkenwell-based showroom and exhibition space. The event included a short panel discussion around the theme of Bringing Contemporary Architecture to Society'. The panellists included Tom Dyckhoff, the British writer, broadcaster and historian on architecture, design and cities with Rafael de la Hoz and Jorge Martin Gacia from the Foundation of Contemporary Architecture. Representing the Cosentino Group, was Santiago Alfonso, Vice President of Communication and Marketing. The event was hosted by the journalist and writer, Anatxu Zabalbeascoa.
C-Guide can be found here:Web: http://c.guide/ - App (Apple and Android): C-Guide Given its contemporary subject matter, C-Guide only includes works built from 1979 onwards, providing a perspective of 40 years that helps to reflect on global architecture as a whole. The works included in the guide are chosen by a scientific committee from the Foundation of Contemporary Architecture, who take into account three categories of interest:
- Global-local tension: projects with two opposing views that look to reinforce the local specificities of each city and/or that are more inclined towards representing the world's spatial homogenisation.
- Symbolic function: projects that generate collective participative processes, spaces that symbolise the emergence of geographical identities and/or places that have generated a special relevance in the collective imagination because of their appearance in cinema or the media.
- Public space: works that play an urban role - in particular those that become a meeting or exchange point in the city and/or that play a crucial role in our understanding of today's cities.