SFO 2019 is being built around the theme of "disruption / disruptors" and how they are driving Industry changes, and consequently the need for airlines, CAA's and all other aviation stakeholders, including international organizations like IATA, to acknowledge these changes and figure out quickly how to adapt.
This year’s agenda will focus the opportunities and ideas are out there to increase efficiency, with synergies between our existing frameworks and innovative approaches. At SFO 2019, we’ll be showcasing the disruptors and innovators etc. and inviting you to reflect on how we can work together.
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A city for visionaries
The fourth most visited city in Europe after London, Paris and Istanbul, and the most visited city in Spain, Barcelona is famous, above all, for its architecture. Aside from the visual impact, the architecture of the city presents shining examples of forward thinking, many of which can be found in its Eixample district, itself a vision of a new city.
In 1855, Barcelona city hall launched a competition to link the old city with the surrounding towns after the medieval walls were torn down. Ildefons Cerdà’s modernistic grid plan, with rounded corners to improve light, visibility and ventilation, and with long straight boulevards mixing residential buildings, markets, schools and hospitals won the day. And it provided the perfect setting for the next generation of visionaries.
Antoni Gaudí, whose Sagrada Familia needs no introduction, first cut his teeth on residential buildings. The Eixample district is home to the Casa Batlló, which Gaudí renovated in 1906 – known for its wavy lines and stunning decoration, and the innovative Casa Milà – known as La Pedrera, which was finished in 1912. The Casa Milà apartment building incorporates a number of pioneering features, including the very first underground parking garage, a common feature in today’s apartment buildings, and a clear sign that Gaudí anticipated the rise in popularity of personal transport. Its striking, wavy façade is a curtain wall, not a load-bearing one. Rare at the time, because of the difficulty in achieving it, it’s now very often seen in modern glass-walled office buildings.
Also in Eixample is the Casa de les Punxes by Gaudí’s contemporary, Josep Puig i Cadafalch, built in 1905. Actually three houses, blended to look like a single, medieval-inspired castle, it has open-plan commercial spaces on the ground floor, as modern apartment buildings often have, also created by eliminating load-bearing walls. The first examples of such walls can be seen at the Palau de la Música Catalana, designed by Gaudí’s and Puig i Cadafalch’s teacher Lluís Domènech i Montaner. His Casa Lleó Morera, which can be found alongside Gaudí’s Casa Batlló and Puig i Cadafalch’s Casa Amatller in the Eixample, has been described as a scaled-down version of the Palau.
There are many more examples of stunning architecture in Barcelona, ranging from the medieval in the Gothic Quarter, to the high-tech Torre Glòries, designed by Jean Nouvel. All bear witness to the ability to conceive of a world different from the one we know and to move with those times to come – an inspiration for us all!
Fira Center, for the very best views
The elegant Crowne Plaza Barcelona - Fira Center offers fantastic views over Barcelona, from the hotel’s rooftop terrace. The terrace also features an outdoor pool and a dining area where guests can enjoy Mediterranean cuisine and a selection of drinks and cocktails. This bright, airy and spacious hotel also offers a gym and a spa to help guests relax, and free premium wi-fi to stay connected.
The hotel is easy to get to via aerobus from the Barcelona–El Prat Airport, and the city’s historic center can be easily reached by bus or metro from the hotel. The Crowne Plaza is situated on Montjuïc, surrounded by the remnants of the 1929 World’s Fair, such as the Poble Espanyol open-air architectural museum, the grand Palau Nacional, the Estadi Olímpic (the Olympic stadium), the ornate Font Màgica fountains, which are just steps away. For art-lovers, the Joan Miró Foundation is also close by.
Hotel Address & DirectionsAv. de Rius i Taulet, 1, 08004 Barcelona, Spain
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