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Follow the 8th BIAU of Cádiz live via the Caja de Arquitectos Foundation from 10 to 14 September


You can see all of the 8th BIAU of Cádiz lectures at (as of 10 September)

The most prominent architects on the Latin American scene will meet in September at the 8th BIAU. The 8th Latin American Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (BIAU), promoted by the Ministry of Public Works of the Government of Spain, will bring more than 40 architects and town planners together from 10 to 14 September in Cádiz

It will aim to reflect on the ability of architecture to improve the lives of citizens on three different scales: buildings, cities and landscapes.

As indicated by the Ministry of Public Works in a statement, the Pritzker Prizewinner Alvaro Siza Vieira, the National Architecture Award-winner Oriol Bohigas, the Lifetime Achievement Award-winner of the 8th BIAU Juan Navarro Baldeweg and the Cervantes Award-winner Jorge Edwards will give the keynote speeches.

Alongside the lectures and debates with these masters, "who are the ones showing the way to others who will come later", there will be round tables and discussions with professionals whose work was awarded in the 8th BIAU and previous editions, as well as other personalities linked to Ibero-American architecture and urban planning as delegates and juries of the BIAU.

This "is largely a summary of production in the field of architectural culture in Ibero-America during the last two years, not only of what has been built, but of what has been published and researched. This review will reflect on the situation of the architect's work, on the mission of architecture in a changing world and in very different realities. That difference between urban and social or geographic realities on both sides of the Atlantic will make for a rich exchange".

The BIAU is an initiative of the Ministry of Public Works of the Spanish Government through the Directorate General of Architecture, Housing and Land, which, every two years, awards the proposals submitted in the 22 countries that make up Ibero-America, including Portugal and Spain, in the following categories: Construction work, urban planning and urban renewal; publications and research. It also recognises the career paths of architects. This edition has also given awards to projects of architecture students and to videos showing the perspectives of citizens with regards to the cities in which they live.

Along with these awards, each edition holds a series of academic activities with the aim of creating a space in which architecture and urban planning professionals from Ibero-America can exchange experiences, as well as a space for discussion of the major issues of architecture and urban planning.  

The 8th edition will be organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, the Superior Council of Spanish Colleges of Architects, the City of Cádiz, the Consortium for the Commemoration of the Bicentennial of the Constitution of 1812, the Association of Architects of Cádiz, the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces, the Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities, the Madrid Municipal Housing and Land Company and the Caja de Arquitectos Foundation.


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