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 millions 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 nucleus, to those that in reverse entail the abandonment of the city, make for a complex frame of parameters.
From cities transformed in large megalopolis in a few decades, to the ones only recently described in an imaginary future, to the rural nuclei in recondite 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 loosing 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 also 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 their support. The permanent offices of the Biennale are housed in the Superior Council of the College of Architects of Spain.