Since she moved to the city’s old town in the pre-gentrification 1990s‚ Italian-born architect Benedetta Tagliabue of EMBT has watched Barcelona’s design community navigate between respecting tradition and forging a new path. "What I like about Barcelona is that it created itself through its capacity for design and architecture‚" she says. "And I feel like it’s the same now as it has been for centuries, even if the shapes have changed and the style is more contemporary. There’s a consciousness about doing things that are simple‚ made with real materials‚ and very well built."
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