Barcelona is the setting for the 2011 World Architecture Festival (WAF) being held from Nov. 2 to 4. During this global event, more than 350 architects on the 2011 World Building of the Year short list will present their projects in person to attendees and judges. Some of the firms presenting for residential finalists include Studio MK27, Brazil, Faris and Faris Architects, Jordan, ian moore architects, Australia, Onix, Netherlands, MKPL Architects, Singapore, and EASTERN design office, Japan. New this year is the OpenBuildings People’s Choice Award supported by, which allows industry pros as well as architecture enthusiasts to comment on and vote for the short-listed projects. According to Paul Finch, WAF program director, “There is now an increasing need for innovative approaches to architecture, inspiring architects and designers to think in new ways about buildings. It’s encouraging that the quality of this year’s entries is the highest we’ve ever seen.”

A festival gallery will be created to showcase all 704 international entries into the official competition along with a curated exhibition highlighting other exciting new projects from around the world. In addition to the competition and project galleries, attendees will enjoy seminars, awards dinners, social gatherings with peers, product showcases, and public celebrations where architects can interact with clients, media, and manufacturers.

Go to for more details on the festival’s agenda. To view the projects, cast your vote, or provide comments for the People’s Choice Award, visit before the voting deadline of Oct. 28.