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15th Edition of BEAU

Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism

By Brian Gallagher 02.07.21

Visitors to the Mies van der Rohe and Lily Reich Pavilion in Barcelona will have the opportunity to walk amongst photographic representation of some of the architectural projects selected by the jury for this the 15th Edition of BEAU. The exhibition structure fragments each project in a zig-zag configuration of images that can be appreciated from either end of the linear arrangement of display stands. The 3 m high panels, located directly in front of the Pavilion, recreate a strange sense of enclosure.

BEAU is taking place over two physical locations as well as a third online virtual forum under the heading Under-populated Spain / Over-populated Spain. Reconciliation strategies. The exhibitions will be held at the Mies Van der Rohe and Lilly Reich Barcelona Pavilion between June 28th and September 16th as well as the Patio Herreriano of Valladolid by Juan Ribero Rada, between July 2nd and September 23rd with a selection of the most outstanding Spanish architectural and urban planning projects from the last three years (2018 – 2020) and is being curated by a team of architects drawn from two practices located in Valladolid and Barcelona: Óscar Miguel Ares, Anna Bach and Eugeni Bach. This year the official sponsor is COMPAC The Surfaces Company.

  • Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism
  • Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism


    The Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (BEAU) has been around since 1991 offering a view on architectural and urban planning trends happening in Spain, with a specific emphasis not only on refurbishment, reformation and promotion in different categories but also research and development carried out in Spain into work methods, products and new technologies connected with this field. Since its first edition different activities associated directly with architecture have been integrated, organised by different institutional collaborations, a travelling exhibition that brings together those works considered of merit awarded with special prizes by the Biennial under its various categories. The Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism is therefore conceived not only as an event but an open process over the intervening two years between editions.

  • Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism