Barcelona named the World Capital of Architecture in 2026

The Catalan city got another reason to visit it… as soon as the pandemic passes.

After Copenhagen and Rio de Janeiro, Barcelona was declared the UNESCO World Capital of Architecture in 2026, and will also host the World Congress of the International Union of Architects. Barcelona and Beijing competed for this flattering title, but the Catalan city won thanks to an obviously better application called „One today, one tommorow“, which explores the topic of sustainability and the future of the built environment.

The Sagrada Familia should be completed for the centenary of Gaudí’s death

Barcelona beat Beijing in the competition for the title of World Capital of Architecture.

Significant architectural events await Barcelona in the coming years. First of all, the long-awaited completion of the Sagrada Familia is planned for the centenary of the death of Antonio Gaudi.

The city is also working to host the New European Bauhaus event, and will also host the 25th edition of the Spanish Biennale of Architects and Urban Planning (BEAU).

Pandemic capital

UNESCO has declared Rio de Janeiro the first World Capital of Architecture in 2020. However, due to the pandemic, the world congress of the International Union of Architects was held digitally.

The city has prepared numerous events that promote the 11th principle of the 2030 Agenda – to make cities more inclusive, safer and more sustainable – however, a large number of them have been canceled or held in electronic form.

The 1994 Museum of Contemporary Art de Niterói in Rio, designed by Oscar Niemeyer

Title every third year

The International Union of Architects was founded in 1948 as a non-profit organization within UNESCO, with the aim of emphasizing the role of architecture and urban planning in shaping cities.

The title of World Capital of Architecture is awarded to cities around the world every third year starting in 2020.

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