Barcelona, Jul 28 (EFE) .- Barcelona will host the Congress of the International Union of Architects (UIA) and will be the UIA-Unesco World Capital of Architecture in 2026, after its candidacy has been imposed on that of Beijing in the Assembly General of the UIA, in Rio de Janeiro.
As reported this Wednesday by the Higher Council of the Colleges of Architects of Spain (CSCAE), Barcelona’s nomination has obtained 147 votes, compared to 129 in Beijing.
“With its designation, Barcelona will once again be the world epicenter of architecture”, thirty years after the last occasion that this congress was hosted, the source said in a statement also endorsed by the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, the Generalitat , the Barcelona City Council and the College of Architects of Catalonia (COAC), promoters of the candidacy.
The celebration of the most important architecture event in the sector in Barcelona is “a great opportunity to strengthen the role of the city of Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain as centers of production and thought of contemporary architecture and urban design”.
Along with the UIA Congress, which will be coordinated by the COAC with the support of the CSCAE, throughout 2026 a multitude of cultural activities will be held in Barcelona, in which other countries will collaborate, “with the aim of transferring the whole of the society the importance and value of architecture and urbanism “.
With the slogan “One today, one tomorrow”, the UIA World Congress in Barcelona will take as an example the relationship of the city and its architecture to discuss a viable and sustainable future.
The UIA congresses have been held since 1948 and its objective has always been to address the challenges faced by society from the knowledge provided by architecture professionals.
These congresses, which are held every three years, are linked to the designation of the host city as the UIA-Unesco World Capital of Architecture.