Between Cultures

The city is the shared space for various cultures and therefore the setting for constant shock between the various views of each of the people living there on what the city ought to be like. So, everything urban needs to include not just celebrations and festivals but also peace and quiet. Being able to incorporate every newcomer and each of their histories and tradition, we also need to preserve a sense of shared identity and memory.

The city’s transformation is cultural above all, where we review errors of the past and incorporate new convictions on what is truly essential and what will improve our lives. Transforming the culture of 20th-century cars and proposing a new kind of mobility that is equally efficient is not something that is going to happen immediately and with ease. Reviewing the relationship between what is urban and what is rural in the 21st century is maybe not so obvious; nor is what a diverse and multicultural public space means. Even so, architecture in a city such as Barcelona in the 21st century requires new proposals from us that can help us to understand this complexity and turn it into a space that goes beyond the sum of its parts.

List of activities

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Exhibitions Want to see a photo exhibition that promises to be spectacular? At the headquarters of the "Agrupació Fotogràfica de Catalunya" you can enjoy the exhibition “MDD-BCN The Architectural Match” by the photographer and architect “Ei POiNT”. You will be able to see 39 photographs captured with large format and high quality cameras on display. Més informació

Exhibitions Since 1988, the network of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award has reported on the ground and highlighted the works of architecture that have the greatest impact on our ways of life. This exhibition shows a selection of an important group of projects from these two cities. Models, photographs, texts and audiovisual materials tell the particular stories of these architectures that build places for social interaction. Més informació

The square at the end of the metaverse

From 05/05/2022 to 30/06/2022

Augmented reality From 5 to 16 May 2021 and within the framework of the Model. Barcelona Architectures Festival, we will see the University of Barcelona in a different light, thanks to an augmented reality inviting us to reconsider what the future of education will be like, with the Space Popular studio, a team made up by Lara Lesmes and Frederik Hellberg. The square at the end of the metaverse is a virtual space that avoids settling down in any specific, tangible environment. What will Plaça de la Universitat be like in a future with the metaverse in it? What will learning spaces be like? Will they be the same all over the planet and in every culture? Més informació

Accommodating with care

From 07/05/2022 to 31/05/2022

Exhibitions Exhibition at the Hotel ALMA Barcelona of 10 models of buildings selected for the Mies Award that have in common the purpose to accommodate people for short periods of time. Some are in towns and cities, others in natural spaces but all stand out for the highest quality of their design. Més informació

Completed activities

Itineraries This walk takes place under the guidance of Barcelona City Council politicians and architects, where we discover personal stories and city policies through the voices of Janet Sanz, Xavi Matilla and Laia Grau. Més informació

Urban Kitchen

On Plaça Catalunya

Installations Model. The Barcelona Architectures Festival seeks to turn Plaça de Catalunya into a shared space between cultures, a scenario of constant clashes between the different visions of each inhabitant about what the city should be like. To that end, MAIO has come up with an installation where a kitchen stands in the centre of Plaça de Catalunya and activates culinary episodes for everybody who occupies the space, creating an encounter between cultures. This is a chance to discuss new models linked to food, the city, climate impact and social justice. With the participation of Cooking Sections, the “Aprofitem els Aliments” Platform and “Menjadors Populars” from Lima. Més informació

Llibreries d’Arquitectura


Model Books Llibreries d’Arquitectura is an initiative that groups the best bookshops and publishing houses of architecture of the city of Barcelona during the Model Festival d’Architectures of Barcelona 2022 with the aim of making them known and bringing their resources to all. Més informació