After a tour that began at Ibirapuera Park in São Paulo and passed through the Triennale of Milan and more recently through Seville, the 10th edition of the Ibero-American Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism – X BIAU – arrives in Portugal for the inauguration of Casa da Arquitectura’s new premises, where it will open Galeria da Casa’s program. X BIAU will be present at the Galeria until February 4, 2018.
This edition of the biennial — with the theme “Desplaziamientos – Dislocations – Displacements” and organised by the Spanish duo of architects Ângela García de Paredes and Ignacio G. Pedrosa, together with Álvaro Puntoni, deputy commissioner in São Paulo — received a total of 1,111 projects, of which 26 projects, six books, two publications and a collection of videos were awarded.
With a heavy Portuguese presence, the exhibition that now arrives in Matosinhos awarded the Ibero-American Prize to architect Eduardo Souto de Moura — and award which in each edition recognizes a specific modus operandi well-established over time.
The constant movement of everything around us reshapes the dynamic landscape in which our life unfolds. Those movements, coordinated by the rhythm of time, show us notable versions of our way of seeing and understanding reality.
The Ibero-American Urban Planning and Architecture Biennale brings together 22 countries of two continents, 660 million people that inhabit its immense territory, a wide physical space that holds more than 20 million square kilometres, determined by its diverse geography.
The movements that range from those that migrate from extensive rural peripheries to the magnetic urban centre, to those that in reverse entail the abandonment of the city, make for a complex frame of parameters.
From cities transformed into large megalopolis in a few decades, to the ones only recently described in an imaginary future, to the rural nuclei in remote places that retain the live testimony of ancestral cultures, all scales and nuances. These facts, combined with what comes out of the cultural shenanigans that inhabit each society, reclaim today attention that goes beyond the territory.
The 26 works that make the panorama of this 10th edition of the Ibero-American Urban Planning and Architecture Biennale show the flexibility of Ibero-American architecture. With them, research papers and publications in different formats, whether traditional, like the book or magazine, or new, will be awarded, and all aware of the necessity of improving the intelligence of architecture. The Ibero-American Award, given in each edition to a steady trajectory in time, will be given, in this X BIAU, to Eduardo Souto de Moura, whose work has value in creativity without losing touch with close reality and the identity of a place.
The central events of the X Ibero-American Urban Planning and Architecture Biennale (X BIAU), were celebrated in São Paulo, Brazil, on October 2016. BIAU is an initiative of the Ministry of Development of the Spanish government along with the collaboration of the Superior Council of the College of Architects of Spain, the Arquia Foundation and other public and private entities. The event was organized by the Executive Committee of Spain, formed by summoned institutions and by the Executive Committee of Brazil with the participation of the São Paulo Municipality and the Institute of Architects of Brazil. The General Consulate of Spain in São Paulo also gave its support. The permanent offices of the Biennale are housed in the Superior Council of the College of Architects of Spain.
Ángela García de Paredes (Madrid 1958) and Ignacio G. Pedrosa (Madrid 1957) graduated from the ETSAM, where they teach architectural design.
They have been awarded with the Spanish Gold Medal of Merit in the Fine Arts2014 and the Spanish Architecture Award 2007. Other awards: EUROPAN II and IV, ar+d Award, Europa Nostra, Madrid Achitecture Award, Mansilla COAM Award, Gold Medal for Sustainable Architecture, Eduardo Torroja Award, European Award for Architectural Heritage, Honourable Mention Europa Nostra and Piranesi Prix de Rome, Finalists Mies Van der Rohe Award and Aga Khan Award.Their works include: the Town Hall in Valdemaqueda, Valle Inclán Theatre in Madrid, Almería Archaeology Museum, Peñiscola Congress Centre, Torner Museum in Cuenca, Olmeda Roman Villa, Public Libraries in Ceuta and Córdoba and Lugo Auditorium, all of which were awarded first prize in public competitions.
Their work has been included in several Architecture Biennales — Spain’s, Venice’s and Iberoamerican Biennales.