2016 seminar programme

WAF 2016 Main Stage Highlights – Theme: Housing for Everyone

Last year’s theme was prompted by a variety of influences, not least the situation of displaced communities (war refugees, natural and man-made disasters); the growing understanding of how demographics and global urbanization are forcing change; and the imperatives to create shelter at one end of the spectrum, and sufficiency for occupation and investment at the other. Download the full event guide here.

Wednesday 16 November 2016

Keynote: Superliving - from exclusive to inclusive

Contrary to popular belief, many of the luxuries commonly associated with high end residential developments are no longer limited to the affluent alone. A growing consciousness of all things beneficial to health and happiness is resulting in a trickling down effect and a widespread societal demand for healthy living environments. Today’s residents want convenient shared amenities which encourage a sense of community and promote physical and psychological wellbeing. On the one hand we are witnessing the global development of big data and smart cities, while on the other there is call for ‘social cities’ with a more creative mix of work, welfare, active leisure and community sharing. Health and wellbeing have recently evolved from a seemingly universal social right, to the responsibility of the individual. From experiments in human gene-editing and biohacking, to increased demand for affordable fresh and healthy produce for all, a new egalitarian ideal is emerging which increasingly renders the exclusive, inclusive.

Ben van Berkel, Founder, UNStudio

Opening Keynote: Berlin Babylon Revisited

Reflections on the continued reconstruction of Berlin from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the present day with Hubertus Siegert, filmmaker behind the acclaimed 2001 film Berlin Babylon.

Hubertus Siegert, filmmaker in conversation with Louisa Hutton, Principal, Sauerbruch Hutton

Thursday 17 November 2016

Berlin reconsidered

After the fall of the Berlin Wall there was a belief that a vision for Berlin could provide a model for new world cities and stage for new world citizens. How has the energy and ambition of so many contributors to this idea given life to the city that exists today?  

Alan Balfour, former dean, Georgia Institute of Technology School of Architecture, author of BERLIN The Politics of Order 1737-1989 and BERLIN: World City

What’s changed? How we live now, how will we live tomorrow?

How have population movements, demographic shifts and lifestyle trends informed how we live collectively and as individuals? How has this impacted on the function, design and servicing of dwellings today and how will these factors affect the housing, and life, of tomorrow?

Wolf Prix, Principal, Coop Himmelblau
Sir Peter Cook, Principal, CRAB Studio

Keynote: Patrik Schumacher, ‘Housing as architecture’

Discussion of housing is currently based on politics, migration, urbanisation, new cities and numbers. What has happened to consideration of this building type as architecture, and what lessons could we draw from the work of Zaha Hadid Architects in Berlin and across the world?

Patrik Schumacher, Director, Zaha Hadid Architects

Friday 18 November 2016

Keynote – Film, architecture and Berlin

Sorkin is the author or editor of 18 books on architecture and urbanism and is the architecture critic for The Nation. As President and founder of Terreform - a non-profit institute dedicated to
research into the forms and practices of just and sustainable urbanism – Sorkin is currently engaged in a long-term alternative planning project for a completely self-sufficient New York City.

Sir Christopher Frayling, historian, critic, broadcaster, former Rector of the Royal College of Art, Chancellor, University of the Arts, Bournemouth

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