The UB and The Gaudi Research Institute organize the Second Gaudí World Congress

In October 2016 the Historical Building of the University of Barcelona will host the Second World Congress on Gaudí (Gaudí 2nd World Congress, Barcelona 2016). The university hosted in October 2014 the first world congress dedicated to Antoni Gaudí, with about 350 attendees from around the world, among which there were researchers and scholars of great prestige. This second edition is the addition of three new day session in Shanghai, in collaboration with Fudan University and the support of the City of Shanghai.

Precisely, the 5th and 7th of December the Congress was presented in Shanghai. On Saturday 5, there was the presentation on the new headquarters of the Research Center of Gaudí, coinciding with the opening of this space. On Monday 7, official receptions and business meetings in the city of Shanghai and Fudan University were held. Several goubernamental agencies have joined as partners of the conference: the Architectural Society of China, the China Cuisine Association or the National Association of Architects of Taiwan, among others.

The objective of making this conference in Asia is to acknowledge the great work that has been done in this continent around the figure of Gaudí, both in the aspect of dissemination and research. For this reason, they will participate in the congress major Asian architects of today: Wang Shu, Toyo Ito, CY Lee, Kunio Watanabe, Kuo-Chao Lee, etc; with personalities from more than fifty universities and institutions such as UNESCO, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) or Sites and Neighborhood of the Modern Movement (Docomomo). Fudan University, one of the oldest and most prestigious in China and throughout Asia, is a leader in the study of the humanities. It was founded in 1905, shortly before the end of the Qing dynasty, and now always among the top twenty universities in Asia and worldwide. He is a member of the C9 League and Universitas 21.

The 2nd World Congress on Gaudí is a biennial event organized by The Gaudí Research Institute with the University of Barcelona, where Antoni Gaudí received the title of architect in 1878. Currently, the University of Barcelona has among its assets the pavilions Finca Güell, selected to join the 2014 Watch, the World Monuments Fund (WMF) program.
The conference will take place from 25 to 27 April 2016 in Shanghai and 5 to 7 October in Barcelona.

The congress will pay tribute to Gaudí, the only artist with eight works declared World Heritage by UNESCO, and international figures who have studied the person and work of the master. While not the sole issue, the 2nd World Congress will focus on Gaudí, the Park Guell and Torre Bellesguard, and the latest research on these jewels of humanity to ensure its preservation will be presented. Furthermore, the international scientific community and the general public, the current state of research and new findings on Gaudí and his work will be presented; as well as the immense field of current implementation of these searches. In this sense, application of the method of work of Gaudí and his great creative inspiration in fields like architecture will be engineering, design, sustainability, social welfare, the arts, and even business management, gastronomy and sports and health.

The promoters of this global event are Gaudi Barcelona Projects and Gaudi Shanghai Projects, world leaders in disseminating the research, development and innovation based on Gaudí. This year they will pay tribute to two of the main contributors in these events, transferred in 2015: the architects Frei Otto Bosch and Josep M. Aymerich. Dr. Frei Otto, 2015 Pritzker Architecture Prize, was the driving force of scientific research on Gaudí in Europe. Dr. Josep M. Bosch Aymerich was a direct witness of the presentations that made Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius on Gaudí at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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