Seminar programme 2016

WAF 2016 Main Stage – Theme: Housing for Everyone

This year’s theme is 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.

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Wednesday 16 November 2016

​10.00 - 10.40

Keynote: Superliving - from exclusive to inclusive

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. How can architects respond to this
new egalitarian ideal is emerging which increasingly renders the exclusive, inclusive?

Ben van Berkel, Founder/Principal Architect, UNStudio

Chair: Paul Finch, Director, World Architecture Festival

11.00 - 11.40

Housing: a global perspective

According to the World Urbanization Prospects published by the United Nations (UN) in 2014, in the next three decades the global urban population will increase by 2,5 billion. So, where will all these people live? What sort of housing and cities will they occupy? What will be the role of architects and urban planners in the creation of new and/or intensified environments?

Dick van Gameren, Editor, DASH - Delft Architectural Studies on Housing, TU Delft, Principal, Mecanoo

Chair: Paul Finch, Director, World Architecture Festival

​12.00 - 12.40

Informal settlements - low cost poverty relief for acute need

Can a housing system designed and built for shanty towns around Cape Town also provide housing in Berlin? This session will raise fundamental questions about architecture’s potential to provide long-term solutions in two very different economic and cultural contexts

Jo Noero, Principal, Noero Architects
Rainer Hehl, Professor ADIP - Architecture Design Innovation Program, TU Berlin IfA Institut für Architektur

Chair: Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival



​14.20 - 15.00

From house to housing

The evolution of today’s mass housing model can be traced back from terrace houses, 5% philanthropy ‘rent slabs’ and Karl Marx Allee Soviet housing models. What are the lessons that can be learnt that might inform today’s approach to social housing?

Matthias Sauerbruch, Principal, Sauerbruch Hutton

Chair: Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival

​15.20 - 16.00

Temporary housing – refugee response

What long- and short-term needs should architects take into account when designing for refugees and the communities that they join?

Prof. Bernhard Franken, Principal, Franken Architekten
Bard Rama, Eastern, Europe Section Director, AIA Continental Europe Chapter; Architect, World Bank  
Chair: Paul Finch, Director, World Architecture Festival

16.20 - 17.00

Housing and longevity – the new aging 

Empowerment communities’ provide scalable support to inhabitants, enabling cradle-to-grave housing. Are occupiers and clients ready to take on board new approaches and housing typologies?

Matthias Hollwich, Principal, Hollwich Kushner (HWKN) 

Chair: Paul Finch, Director, World Architecture Festival

17.20 - 18.00

The spirit of Bhendi Bazaar and its metamorphosis

Which has more influence in terms of social outcomes, housing design or management? Can the way housing is designed or managed facilitate desired outcomes or bring together different social groups? How could this be achieved and what impact would this have for clients, occupiers and society at large?

Qutub Mandviwala, Founder, MQA, Mandviwala Qutub and Associates

Chair: Paul Finch, Director, World Architecture Festival

​18.15 – 19.15

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

19.15 - 19.30

Category winners announcement 


Thursday 17 November 2016

10.00 – 10.40

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

Chair: Paul Finch, Director, World Architecture Festival

11.00 - 11.40

Architect as instigator

How can architects address societal needs around the globe, using their skills to initiative help for people in need, rather than waiting for the next client? Whether acting as their own client or as advisors, how can professionals today advance the role of the architect as a way of actively nurturing the development of liveable spaces and environments for all? 

Carlos ZedilloDirector, Infonavit
Lars Krückeberg, Principal, Graft Architects   

Chair: Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival

12.00 - 12.40

Housing, energy and construction

How do you pitch, procure, and build housing with 0% or even negative energy use? How can you demonstrate that the development of cost-effective designs of components, construction systems and processes can add value for both occupier and client, through building performance evaluation, intelligence and data?

Silja Tillner, Principal, Architekten Tillner & Willinger
James Pickard, Principal, Cartwright Pickard 

Chair: Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival



14.20 - 15.00

Housing and density

How can greater urban density improve housing situations for all sections of society? How can architects create mass-density housing solutions that appeal to European sensibilities, do not alienate occupiers and provide an alternative to the rise and rise of the urban slum? Are all three goals intrinsically linked?

Ole Scheeren, Principal, Buro Ole Scheeren

Chair: Paul Finch, Director, World Architecture Festival

15.20 - 16.00

Housing and luxury – comparative trends

What do purchasers expect from individual luxury homes that differ from general market product? How can architects communicate their value to clients, in a sector where budget is a secondary concern?

Maria Warner Wong, Principal, Wow Architects and Warner Wong Design
Eric Parry, Principal, Eric Parry Architects

Chair: Paul Finch, Director, World Architecture Festival

16.20 - 17.00

Housing and the urban block

How can architects use their influence to ensure housing is woven into the urban fabric where it sits, creating communities or ‘urban villages’? What services, infrastructure and other considerations are required for the design of housing which recognises occupiers’ need for connectivity and a sense of place?

Coren Sharples, Principal, SHOP Architects
Morten Schmidt, Principal, Schmidt Hammer Lassen

Chair: Paul Finch, Director, World Architecture Festival

17.20 - 18.00

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

Chair: Paul Finch, Director, World Architecture Festival

​18.15 – 19.15

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

Chair: Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival

19.15 - 19.30

Category winners announcement 


Friday 18 November 2016

​17.30 - 18.30

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

Chair: Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival


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