Ricardo Bofill Jr on India’s 100 New Smart Cities

More than 50 years after its founding, Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura (RBTA) remains at the forefront of the urban design and architectural professions. RBTA, founded in 1963 and led by Ricardo Bofill, Ricardo Bofill jr and Pablo Bofill, applies its visionary humanism and cultural intelligence in settings across the world. Centralized in a repurposed former cement factory — La Fabrica — on the outskirts of Barcelona, RBTA consists of a diverse, driven, and cohesive team of talent. Originating from over 20 countries, the staff ranges in specialty from architects and urban planners to graphic and industrial designers. This multidisciplinary and global perspective fosters a unique cultural sensitivity that informs the work of the internationally renowned architecture, urban planning and design practice.

RBTA cultivates an established, collaborative, and empowering design methodology centered upon the ongoing dialogue between the firm and the local developers and partners. Specializing in urban scale developments, transportation infrastructures, commercial ventures, and public housing, RBTA’s reverence for the nuances of a given place manifests in the ability to navigate a seemingly endless diversity of projects, staff, clients, locations, styles, and scales. The firm demonstrates a comprehensive capacity for approaching the massive urban plan and the modest domestic project with equal commitment and contextual sophistication. These clearly defined forms act as urban centers that forge meaningful relationships between an environment and its inhabitants. With a body of work spanning over 1,000 projects in 40 different countries, RBTA team continues to set itself apart from its peers.

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