V International Architecture Congress: Less Architecture, More City
Baluarte de Pamplona, 13-14 June 2018
Written by Luis Fernández-Galiano
The four previous international congresses held by the Fundación Arquitectura y Sociedad under the mottos ‘More for Less’ (2010), ‘The Common’ (2012), ‘Necessary Architecture’ (2014), and ‘Change of Climate’ (2016) brought to Pamplona’s Baluarte Convention Center over fifty architects, historians, and critics from five continents, gathered to strengthen the links between architecture and the social environment, sustainable development, and rational use of materials and energy sources. Bringing eminent figures of the discipline – among them ten Pritzker laureates – side by side with emerging architects and distinguished representatives of the academic world, the congresses upheld austerity and solidarity as the way to address the crisis. The first one was inaugurated by the Prince and Princess of Asturias, Felipe and Letizia, and the fourth by them again, as King and Queen.
Architecture and architects were the protagonists in the four editions held so far. The fifth initiates a new cycle focused on the city, hence the title ‘Less Architecture, More City.’ The opening session will present writers examining the city as a place of freedom, introducing the dilemmas of municipal government that will take center stage in the second session, assigned to mayors of great cities, and day one of the congress will close with a session comparing the urban visions of a photographer and an architect. Day two will begin with a session where women architects will show their work from an urban angle, followed by leading figures of theory and criticism known for their attention to the political ecology of the city, and the congress will wrap up with a final reflection on sustainable mobility and the future of the city led by pioneers of contemporary urban transformation.
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