In February 2022, Yo-Yo Ma brought the Bach Project to Madrid, Spain, for two days of conversations on culture’s role in building sustainable cities.


Playing Bach’s Cello Suites at Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional de Música.


Visiting Cañada Real’s Centro Sociocomunitario, a collaborative architecture project led by social architect Santiago Cirugeda and his team at Recetas Urbanas. Yo-Yo joined the Cañada Real community in a morning of conversation and creation, including painting a mural with AMAL (Asociación de Mujeres Árabes Luchadoras).

Joining students and faculty from the interdisciplinary Innovation and Technology for Development Center (itdUPM) at the Polytechnic University of Madrid for a “walkshop” — an outdoor walking conversation about the ways culture can help us to imagine and build sustainable cities and communities.


Participating in a roundtable hosted by COGITIM, Madrid’s society of industrial technical engineers, featuring Marta García Haro from the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Networks, social architect Santiago Cirugeda, and renewable energy expert Julio Amador, facilitated by engineer and itdUPM director Carlos Mataix.


All photos © Austin Mann