The main activities that can be seen in the Barcelona Architecture Weeks

From today until June 28, Barcelona celebrates Architecture Weeks.

Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
14 May 2024 Tuesday 05:30
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The main activities that can be seen in the Barcelona Architecture Weeks

From today until June 28, Barcelona celebrates Architecture Weeks. The event, which lasts seven weeks, brings together 73 entities and 12 universities, will offer 180 activities, with proposals for all audiences to discover architectural heritage and its current relevance within an inclusive and diverse approach.

Since its first edition in 2017, this event has established itself as an initiative in the dissemination of architecture in the city, represented through social, cultural and artistic disciplines.

This edition offers conferences, exhibitions, guided tours and workshops for the whole family. The multiple activities are designed to bring this discipline closer to citizens in an interactive and stimulating way.

This Tuesday, the Palau Victòria Eugènia de Montjüic hosts the EUmies Awards Day, dedicated to the best European architecture. At this event, models, photographs and videos of the 40 works highlighted by the jury will be shown. During the event, the European Union Contemporary Architecture Awards (Mies van der Rohe Awards) will be presented, where the finalists and winners of the competition will hold conferences and round tables. The exhibition can be visited for free from May 15 to June 16.

On May 17, at the Escola d'Arquitectura of the International University of Catalonia, the conference by the Japanese studio Kengo Kuma will take place. On the same day, you can enjoy the fusion of music and architecture within the 48h Open House Barcelona through Música per Arquitectura.

Regarding the educational days, the College of Architects of Catalonia (COAC) promotes the program Architecture in the classroom, with the participation of 102 educational centers and 112 architects. Likewise, the COAC will celebrate the 2024 Architecture Festivals in all the districts of Barcelona (Saturdays and Sundays). On May 19, the Joan Miró Foundation will bring the Red Globus workshop La cuitat imaginada, where the universe will be explored to find another place where the human being can live.

On May 21, the international competition for architecture students UIA2026 will be launched, bringing together schools from around the world to participate in debate workshops that will take place in July 2026, when Barcelona hosts the world architecture congress.

From May 21 to 23, Construmat, the architecture and construction sector fair, arrives. Among the different events, there will be conferences by the winners at the Construmat Premis, focused on sustainability.

On May 24, you can enjoy Albada, a dance piece by Gisela Riba, designed by the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion.

For family plans, there will be different activities that encourage play in the public space at the Sant Antoni market every Saturday from May 25 to June 25, with hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Barcelona will be the headquarters of the world capital of architecture in 2026. In this sense, on May 30, the international competition of ideas for young architects will be launched to transform ten walls, one into a home district of the city.

During the week, several buildings will open their doors to the public, including the Faculty of Medicine of the Hospital Clínic, the building of the State Meteorological Agency and the Fábrica del Sol.

For its part, the Palau Robert will offer a look at ecosocial sustainability through the Dues pedres exhibition, which can be visited until June 2. In addition, you can enjoy the exhibition Suburbia, at the CCCB, with the objective of reflecting on the sustainability of the urban model related to the American dream. Other exhibitions will be those of the architect Alfonso Soldevila at the ETSAB and that of Josep Llinàs at the Open Architecture Center of the COAC.

On May 31, families will be able to enjoy various recreational activities at Mas Guinardó, where through them they will experiment with different renewable energies. In addition, on June 2, the Antoni Tàpies foundation will organize El museu deployable, in which architecture will be explored through games.

On June 5, the Interdisciplinary Association of Spatial Design organizes the series Casual Conversations, with the participation of architects, technicians or interior designers from different generations. Likewise, on June 6, another gathering will be organized by the Association of Senior Architects of Catalonia.

On June 11, the FAD Architecture and Interior Design Awards will be held, organized by ARQUIN-FAD.

During the week, you can enjoy other artistic disciplines linked to architecture. Thus, on June 12, La Modelo will host the contemporary dance event  Ballant ballàvem, with the aim of creating a dialogue with the viewer about the relationship with space. Additionally, on June 16, you can see Cortázar en convers(e)actions, an installation across the stairs of the Palau Robert.

On the other hand, on June 13, the exhibition Cities Connection Projects will open at the MUHBA Oliva Artés, with a display of 60 architectural projects that connect Barcelona with Wallonia, Brussels, Luxembourg and Great East. The exhibition will feature conferences and debates on the architecture of different cities.

On June 11 and 14, the Fort Pienc library will conduct a guided tour to discover the graffitied facades of the city. Apart from that, the Sert Solstice of the Miró Foundation will take place on June 16, a visit to contemplate the architecture of the building designed by Josep Lluís Sert with natural light.

In the penultimate week of activities, the Scalability of Home Renovation conference will be held, delving into the strategies, concepts and systems that allow large-scale rehabilitation to be promoted.

From June 17 to 21, La ciutat de les d'ombres will show ethnography and urban habitability in times of climatic mutation. For young people interested in this vocation, the city's architecture and design schools will open their doors.

In the last week, the pairing of music and architecture will take place at the Pavelló Mies van der Rohe, with the conference-concert by the architect and musician Gerard Guerra.

Finally, on June 27, the Night of Construction will be celebrated, organized by the College of Technical Architecture of Barcelona.