The International Seminar on Urbanism SIIU was born in 2007 and was initially planned to offer students of UPC master's and doctoral programmes in Urbanism the possibility to discuss and enrich their work.
Gradually, SIIUs have opened up to researchers around the world. From the fifth edition on, held in 2013, every year in mid-June the SIIU is held jointly between the venue in Barcelona (Polytechnic University of Catalonia) and a Latin American venue.
In 2020, the XII SIIU will be based in São Paulo (Mackenzie Presbyterian University) and Lisbon (Lisbon School Architecture of the University of Lisbon).
The joint organization of the event, with two venues, is under the responsibility of the Lisbon School Architecture of the University of Lisbon (FA_ULisboa), the Graduate Program in Architecture and Urbanism - Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the Mackenzie Presbyterian University – (PPGAU FAU-UPM) and the Graduate Program in Architecture and Urbanism (POSURB-ARQ), of the Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas (PUC Campinas).
With each new edition, the seminar attracts the attention of a growing number of researchers from different international universities, encouraging the exchange of ideas to deepen the reflection about urban challenges. It keeps its vocation to create a reflection platform for sharing research from both sides of the Atlantic.