Last year, Barcelona City Council, the Catalan Architects’ Association (COAC) and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation joined forces with Barcelona Building Construmat and ArquinFAD to launch Architecture Week from May 20 to 26 at difference locations across the city.
Barcelona was transformed into the heart of a myriad of activities on architecture and the city. The goal was to contribute to increasing the value that residents place on their urban built environment by holding architectural activities and sharing knowledge and debate.
Architecture Week aims to promote exchanges of opinions and share innovative approaches to architecture and its future scenarios in a didactic and entertaining way.
With participation from public institutions, an extensive programme of events was put together, featuring film screenings and architectural activities, talks, tours, competitions and hubs in all the city’s districts.
Some of the highlights among the activities held in Architecture Week 2017 included ‘Made in Europe’, spread across the city’s districts in 11 different containers, including one in the Plaça d’Europa in Hospitalet; guided tours for discovering new and alternative aspects of the city; the relationship between architecture and cinema in the Arqu[in] FILM and ‘Barcelona, de pel·lícula’ screenings; and the exhibition hosted by Palau de Victòria Eugènia – designed by Puig i Cadafalch at the Montjuïc trade-fair grounds – with displays of the models, photos and videos of the projects presented at the EU Mies Award, which recognises the best European architecture from the past two years.
The last day of the event was May 26 with the Mies van der Rohe Prizes and a ceremony open to the general public.