Young architects find in the Arquia Festival a way to publicize their work, emerging artists who, through the platform that the Arquia Foundation makes available, show their projects and concerns through exhibitions, debates or conferences. “We live in a constantly changing world. Be it political conflicts, social inequalities, ecological disasters or pandemics; the planet and humanity face a continuous state of transformation and necessary adaptation. In the VII edition of the Arquia Festival, curated by Gonzalo Herrero DelicadoWe will collectively examine how emerging architecture in Spain and Portugal is meeting these challenges. An opportunity to reflect on those practices that are responding with risk and innovation, generating a new radicalism in architecture ”, they say from the organization itself. On October 21 and 22, the festival will take place with an extensive program of debates, conversations and presentations with the architects and studios selected in the program. Arquia / Next, as well as other guests including Anupama Kundoo, Carme Pinós, and Peter Cook.
“Arquia / Next It is the cultural program conceived to offer support to architects in the first ten years of professional practice, based on the dissemination, promotion and enhancement of their achievements, ”says Sol Candela, director of the Arquia Foundation. “Through an open registry on the web, young architects can publish their works, showing the new tendencies and currents of thought in the world of architecture. The program has a network of ambassadors, a name that is assigned to the representatives of different areas and whose important role consists in identifying teams of young architects who have solved projects that, according to their point of view, should be included in the registry. Finally, as the culmination of the program, the Festival is held every two years, which in an open debate format analyzes the architectural and sociological conclusions drawn from the works presented at each biennial. Created in 2008, and after being held in Valencia (2008), Madrid (2010 and 2018), A Coruña (2012), Granada (2014) and Malaga (2016), it now virtually reaches Barcelona.
The virtual platform arquia2020.com will host a parallel program, where through any medium you can visit the exhibitions with the winners of the Arquia / Scholarship program, and learn about the 24 finalists among the more than 300 presented in the Arquia / Próxima program this year, explained by their authors and selected by the jury formed by Gonzalo Herrero, Juan Antonio Serrano, Arturo Franco, Ester Roldán, Marta Pelegrín, Naiara Montero, Fran Silvestre and Ana Luisa Soares from Fala Atelier. The winners of the Arquia / Próxima Award endowed with 15,000 euros and the Arquia / Innova Award endowed with 3,000 euros will be announced within the framework of the Festival.