A giant spider-like house made of recycled materials is just one of the many surprising projects that could emerge from the Bottom Up festival in Barcelona this weekend. Open to the public at no cost, this urban intervention project at eme3’s seventh International Architecture Festival will draw 50 participants from around the world. Artists, designers and architects will converge in different parts of the city to present a series of exciting design workshops that encourage uninhibited creativity – often using found materials. The Institute of Placemaking is among this year’s participants and they are planning to build fun new structures made entirely of recycled materials.

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The Institute of Placemaking will scour junkyards and recycling centers to locate materials for their exciting project at Bottom Up, but they’re not the only team that will be making waves. Berlin design firm Raumlabor will be there for the second consecutive year to work on Raval Generator – an on-site experimental workshop that encourages interaction between Axel Timm, architecture students and local associations of the Raval in the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona.

Madrid’s Pez Studio will also be there along with the collective BodyLab, which is planning an experimental workshop that will explore body and space through installations, images and sounds. Dozens of other installations and workshops will be available throughout the weekend, so if you happen to be in Barcelona, definitely stop in. You’re bound to walk away feeling inspired.

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Via Arch Daily