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Archit. & design.  Buenos Aires,  05/10/2017

The city of Barcelona is the guest of honour at the Buenos Aires International Biennial of Architecture, which starts on Monday and lasts until 20th October at the Usina del Arte in the Argentine capital. This Biennial has been held since 1985 and has become one of the most important events in the region, a pioneer of the Latin American Biennials and acknowledged as one of the top three, together with Venice and São Paulo.

Barcelona City Council and the Institute Ramon Llull have organized a programme of lectures and an exhibition, which includes an academic programme, and which will take place at the Usina del Arte. Besides this official representation, Barcelona will be present in other cultural spaces of the city through an extensive programme of performing arts, film and lectures bearing the name “From Barcelona to Buenos Aires”.

Exhibition, “Barcelona, Architectures of a City”

The exhibition presents architecture as perceived by local people through the projects of the La Borda housing cooperative, the facilities of Fort Pienc, the restoration of the Turó de la Rovira, the refurbishment of the Fabra i Coats factory and the Torre Júlia homes for the elderly, examples of the harmony and the involvement that are generated by the interaction of architecture and architects with local people. The exhibition does not set out to explain the architecture of Barcelona, but the dialogue that this discipline establishes with the city’s associations and cooperatives. The exhibition is curated by architects David Aceves and Juan Carlos Ariel Cavilli and the visual artist Toni Casassas.


The lecture programme, Barcelona, Architectures of a City, sets out to take a look at architecture based on its value as the patrimony of the whole population. Barcelona no longer speaks about classical town planning, but about urban architecture, changing the tools to place the focus of the city’s urban support on the lives of its inhabitants.

Besides the exhibition, the Usina del Arte will be presenting the following dissertations:

  • Daniel Mòdol. Barcelona, Architectures of a City
  • Mar Santamaria. 10 (Possible) Ways in which Barcelona could Disappear.
  • Adrià Goula. Rebuilding. 
  • Oscar Guayabero. The City as a Place of Happiness.
  • Ramon Faura Coll. The Other Architecture (Questions from a House-museum).
  • Josep Maria Montaner. Contemporary Barcelona: the Culture of Living and Public Space.
  • Flores & Prats Arquitectos. The Discipline of What Exists. Concerning the New Sala Beckett in Barcelona.

Moreover, in the Barcelona exhibition space at Usina del Arte, there will be an exchange session between architecture students from Barcelona and Buenos Aires in order to share their projects. A forum of debate will also be generated between the people participating in the Biennial’s dissertations programme and the exhibition curators.

From Barcelona to Buenos Aires

Alongside the presence at the Biennial, a cultural programme has been prepared to strengthen the presence of Barcelona in Buenos Aires, in collaboration with bodies from the city such as the Buenos Aires International Theatre Festival (FIBA), the Casal de Catalunya, UNTREF- Margarida Xirgu Theatre, the Recoleta Cultural Centre and the La Tangente theatre.

The Casal de Catalunya in the city will present a season of films in which the Catalan capital and its architecture play a leading role. These will be Barcelona nit d’estiu, Los Tarantos, Cerca de tu casa, En construcción, Ocaña, retrato intermitente and Barcelona era una fiesta (Underground 1970-1980).

Albert Pla’s concert, A pleno pulmón, and the performances of Titzina Teatre, with Distancia siete minutos, Joan Català, with Lo pelat, and the Vero Zendoya company, with La partida, will make up a programme of performing arts that can be seen in emblematic venues of the cultural life of Buenos Aires like Centro Cultural Recoleta or La Tangente.

Finally, there will be a series of lectures on the subject of architecture, some of them in the framework of the FIBA. The programme includes Àngels Margarit, Franc Aleu, Toni Mira, Antoni Hervàs, Toni Casares and Flores & Prats.

At the same time a cultural programme with film, music and the performing arts has been organized

Sponsors of IRL projects

The Institut Ramon Llull

is a consortium that comprises the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia), Balearic Islands Government and the Barcelona City Council, and its mission is the promotion of Catalan language and culture abroad.

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