A week of activities for the public to engage with architecture

Architecture Week fills the city with activities to help people engage with architecture. Films using Barcelona’s architecture as a backdrop will be screened and there will also be temporary exhibitions in cinemas, theatres, markets and libraries, along with itineraries and a series of talks.

The initiative, promoted by Barcelona City Council, the Architects’ Association of Catalonia (COAC) and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, in collaboration with Barcelona Building Construmat and Arquinfad, aims to get the public more familiar with architecture. Activities are detailed on the Architecture Week website and belong to very different spheres, including public spaces, the renewal of the city, housing, commerce and culture.

A family photo with participating institutions and entities has already been taken at the Palau de Victòria Eugènia, in Montjuïc, which is opening to the public to exhibit the works nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award for contemporary EU architecture.

Activities planned for the week include:

  • Film. A film series has been organised in conjunction with the Filmoteca de Catalunya, paying homage to important women in architecture and urban planning. The city’s civic centres will also be screening films shot in Barcelona which feature local architecture.
  • Exhibitions. Exhibitions on architecture and urban interventions will be on display at alternative locations such as cinemas, theatres, markets, libraries and the Hospital Vall d’Hebron. There will also be exhibitions at the Palau de la Virreina and the headquarters of the Architects’ Association of Catalonia.
  • Mies van der Rohe Award. The Palau de Victòria Eugènia, on the Montjuïc trade fair site, will open to the public for the first time to display the scale models of the projects presented for this edition of the Mies van der Rohe Award.
  • Museum Night. Architecture Week also features the programme for the traditional Museum Night (on 20 May from 7 pm to 1 am) due to its architectural interest.
  • Contest. To come up with a project for a party wall in the city. Projects will be chosen by local residents and the winner will receive a cash prize.
  • Shop window displays. There will be ten displays in shop windows in the Sant Antoni and Born shopping hubs, showing scale models and other things related with architecture.
  • Containers. Each city district will have a container to promote the Mies van der Rohe Award. The containers will display scale models for projects presented at various editions of the award.
  • Architecture routes. Tours and itineraries are being offered on different themes: social housing, engineering, economy and architecture.
  • Conferences. Various debates are being organised on topics such as housing and contemporary architecture.

Ultimately, the aim of the week is for citizens to engage with architecture in pleasant, informative and appealing way.