2018 Programme

28 - 30 November 2018, RAI Amsterdam

Main Stage

9.40 - 09.50 - Welcome to WAF 2018

Paul Finch, Programme Director, World Architecture Festival

 

09.50 - 10.00 - Amsterdam Prize Announcement

Prize to be presented by Yvonne Franquinet, Director, Amsterdam Centre for Architecture

 

10.10 - 10.50 - Talk - What Is to Be Done? Burning Questions of Our Time

Reinier de Graaf, Partner, Office for Metropolitan Architecture

Chair Paul Finch, Programme Director, World Architecture Festival

 

11.00 - 11.40 - Talk - Beyond Binary

Jeanne Gang, Founding Principal, Studio Gang

Chair Paul Finch, Programme Director, World Architecture Festival

Many of our inherited binary notions of identity - female/male, nature/city, wild/tame - continue to influence architecture and urban design, though science and culture increasingly demonstrate their limits. How can our model of the city evolve when we think beyond oppositional relationships and focus instead on connecting for mutual benefit?

 

12.00 - 12.40 - INSIDE keynote - “Multifaceted and ever-changing face of identity”

Eva Jiřičná, Partner, AI – DESIGN

Chair Nigel Coates, Director, Nigel Coates

Looking at places, cities, buildings and their inside and design objects. Debating true and false identity - and branding.

 

13.00 - 13.40 - Lunch time lecture - Nutters of the North

Sir Peter Cook, Architect, Professor and Writer

Chair Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival

Invention and creativity inspired by the backdrop of the North Sea. This session will look at UK, Netherlands, Nordic, Baltic and Belgium architecture from the nineteenth century up to today.

 

14.00 - 14.40 - Talk - Creating engaging urban spaces through architecture and participation- New Central Library, Museum Amos Rex and suburban identities.

Anni Sinnemäki, Deputy Mayor for Urban Environment, City of Helsinki

Chair Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival

Session details to be announced.

 

14.50 - 15.30 - Queering Constructs

Aaron Betsky, President, School of Architecture at Taliesin

Chair Paul Finch, Programme Director, World Architecture Festival

Architecture not only contains us, it also frames us. How can architecture extend our identities in new ways, while sheltering who and what we are, could liberate us from the boxes in which we find ourselves and imprisoned, while an architecture of re-use and re-imagination can ground our self- and social constructions in familiar forms.

 

16.00 - 16.40 - INSIDE keynote - Balance of Identity

Christina Seilern, Principal, Studio Seilern

Chair Nigel Coats, Director, Nigel Coats

Session to be announced

 

16.50 - 17.30 - Talk - Hybridity

John Wardle, Principal, John Wardle Architecture

Chair Paul Finch, Programme Director, World Architecture Festival

Our conversations as an Australian practice constantly touch upon the specifics of identity. Much of the cultural knowledge of our region has been cultivated from practices created elsewhere and adapted to our specific conditions. Working constantly in this context has provided a framework of reference that celebrates the vigour of hybridity and cultivates expressions of specific identity

 

18.15 - 19.15 - Talk - Identity: Towards A Reflexive Regionalist Practice of Architecture

Li Xiadong, Professor, School of Architecture , Co-Founder, Gramazio Kohler Architects

Chair Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival

I have no intention here to promote the ‘form’ as a blueprint. It, at most, opens up possibilities. This is why that I dare not to use the word “contemporary Chinese architecture” to describe my practice, but “reflexive regionalist architecture”. Here, to be “reflexive” as in ‘dialogue with’ a situation, through which, an objective understanding of the situation could be established; to be “regional” is here different from the ‘picturesque’ or, ‘iconic’ regionalist architecture (by which, architecture was understood as a tool to demonstrate a cultural presence as a fixed entity), what I have been proposing is to understand the “regional” as comprehensive, dynamic and sustainable ‘condition’ of place – a tabula rasa, that solutions could be based on and emerged from.

 

19.15 - 19.25 - Category winner announcements

Festival Hall Stage

10.00 – 10.40 - Drawing Prize debate

Chair Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival

Panelists:

Ben Langlands & Nikki Bell, Artists, Langlands & Bell

Carlijn Kingma, Delft University of Technology

Owen Hopkins, Senior Curator of Exhibitions and Education Sir John Soane's Museum

 

10:45 – 11:25 - Panel discussion - Building Images

Chair Andres Ramirez, Managing Director, PLANE—SITE

Panelists: Caroline Bos, Co-Founder of UNStudio
Ippolito Pestellini, Partner, OMA

Architecture is increasingly flattened into two-dimensional images, given a tagline and circulated online instantly by thousands of social media users. The distinction between the built and virtual is blurring, as our encounters with the built environment are increasingly digital. This itinerant imagery turns buildings into memes that may be rich in meaning, but lacking in architectural value. The culture of the ‘Instagrammable’ presents challenges and opportunities for the discipline of architecture and its future, which this panel will explore according to three overarching themes: the participatory, the algorithmic and the discursive.

 

12.00 - 12.40 - Identity of architectural practice

Chair Peter Murray, Chairman, NLA

Panelists: Jennifer Dixon, Head of Architecture in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), AECOM

Katrin Foerster, International Key Account Manager, Architects and Interior Designers, ABB

Laura Iloniemi, Architectural Press and PR

 

14.00 - 14.35 - Water Research Programme Category winner presentation

Rainwater Collection System as a Bioclimatic Curtain Wall for the Amazon Rainforest: In the Peruvian Amazon, only 31% of the population has access to water, despite living in an area with the highest levels of annual rainfall worldwide. We propose a communal water management system that integrates capturing, storing, and treating rainwater and inserting it into pre-existing water networks. In particular, we explore the difficult integration of new human settlements to traditional water and sewage networks. We also seek to resolve the lack of access to water for rural communities that are far from pre-existing water networks. The proposed system serves as an expandable curtain wall with multiple configurations. By designing an independent system from conventional networks, we seek to reduce the costs of implementation and maintenance that they generate.

Belen Desmaison, Arquitectura PUCP , PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATÓLICA DEL PERÚ

Christopher Barger, Senior Vice President Global Projects , Grohe AG

Chair Paul Finch, Programme Director, World Architecture Festival

 

14.45 - 15.00 - WAFX - Power and Justice winner’s presentation

Chair Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival

 

15.05 - 15.20 - WAFX - Food winner’s presentation

Chair Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival

 

15.25 - 15.40 - WAFX - Cultural Identity winner’s presentation

Chair Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival

 

15.45 - 16.00 - WAFX - Water

Chair Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival

 

16.50 - 17.30 - Brutalism vs Post Modernism

Chair Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival

Simon Henley, Principal

Simon Henley’s book Redefining Brutalism was published by the RIBA last year. The book challenges the popular notion of Brutalism as a style. Instead, Henley reveals enduring Brutalist ideas and approaches to design that have emerged at different times and in different places, prompted by social and political ideals and technological conditions. Richly illustrated with unique, high-quality photographs, this book explores Brutalism – through the lens of 12 distinct, occasionally competing definitions – as a living and evolving entity. Henley offers insight into how Brutalist buildings were designed and constructed within their underlying local and universal contexts.

Owen Hopkins, Architectural Writer, historian and Senior Curator of Exhibitions and Education at Sir John Soane's Museum: The Return of the Past: Postmodernism in British Architecture

Focusing on a selection of pivotal works by the movement's principal protagonists – Terry Farrell, Piers Gough, Jeremy Dixon, John Outram and James Stirling/Michael Wilford – the exhibition will feature a range of stunning drawings, models and images, as well as full-scale replicas and fragments of actual buildings. Much of this material has never been exhibited publicly. Displayed the Museum’s exhibition galleries as well adjoining Soane-designed period interiors, the exhibition will forge a rich, complex and at times surprising dialogue with the Museum and Soane’s own relationship to the architectural past.

 

19.15 - 19.25 - Category winner announcements

Main Stage

9.20 - 10.00 - Talk - Project Sluisbuurt - Layering identities on Amsterdam Waterfront

Mirjana Milanovic, Senior adviser Space and Sustainability, Gemeente Amsterdam

Chair Paul Finch, Programme Director, World Architecture Festival

Urban design begins with a place and ends with architecture. In between, the chosen values define the future identity of a place. The urban plan for Sluisbuurt, one of the significant new developments emerging in the current growth of Amsterdam, is situated in a crucial site on the eastern end of the waterfront The question of identity of this area became a lens through which the relation between the past and the future of the waterfront and the city as a whole were re-examined.

 

10.05 - 10.45 - Talk - "It’s not about me – it’s about you"

Keith Priest, Partner, Fletcher Priest Architects

Chair Paul Finch, Programme Director, World Architecture Festival

An insider’s guide to exploring identity. Drawing on the worlds of design, business, movies and games, Keith assesses identity’s impact on how we live, work and play. And of course, the architectural ups and downs of riding this tiger!

 

10.50 - 11.30 - Talk - "What Pliny Said"

Prof Lesley Lokko, Head of Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg

Chair Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival

Just over two thousand years ago, Pliny the Elder uttered the following: 'ex Africa semper aliquid novi.' (There is always something new out of Africa). In this forty-minute talk, Prof Lesley Lokko, Head of School at the newly-formed Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg, will talk about the work of a pioneering group of African students whose three-year design research project, Créoles, has produced imaginative and innovative ways to explore the difficult theme of cultural identity in architecture. Drawing on their visits to the island nations of Zanzibar, Cabo Verde and Réunion, their design projects for way-stations, embassies and ministries all point to a much-anticipated emerging African confidence in architectural education and practice.

 

12.00 - 12.40 - INSIDE keynote - Polygot and Polychrome

India Mahdavi, Principal, india mahdavi

Chair Nigel Coates, Director, Nigel Coates

Session to be announced

 

13.00 - 13.40 - Lunch time lecture - Engineering in Relation to Architectural Identity

James O’Callaghan, Co- Founding Director, Eckersley O'Callaghan Engineers

Brian Eckersley, Co-Founding Director, Eckersley O’Callaghan Engineers

Chair Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival

 

14.00 - 14.40 - Talk

Nathalie de Vries, Director and Co-founder , MVRDV

Chair Paul Finch, Programme Director, World Architecture Festival

 

14.45 - 15.25 - INSIDE keynote

Maria Warner Wong, Design Director and co-founder, WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design

Chair Nigel Coates, Director, Nigel Coates

Session to be announced

 

16.00 - 16.40 - Talk - Mecanoo, the Asia experience.

Francine Houben, Founding Partner and Creative Director, Mecanoo

Chair Paul Finch, Programme Director, World Architecture Festival

Exploring the recently opened projects such as the Kaohsiung National Center for the Arts (Wei Wu Ying), Kaohsiung station and the work which is still in progress such as the Tainan public library.

 

16.50 - 17.30 - Talk - The influence of context, architecture and identity, in both local and global settings

Misak Terzibasiyan, Founder and Owner, Uarchitects

Chair Paul Finch, Programme Director, World Architecture Festival

Identity is very relevant in a globalising society, where local identity is often a common reaction to globalisation. Examples include Brexit, and various forms of trade protectionism, which stand in opposition to the logic of a global society. These are not new trends but are intensified by new technologies. My proposition looks are how we can explain the influence of context, architecture and identity, in both local and global settings.

 

18.15 - 19.15 - Talk

Sir David Adjaye, Principal, Adjaye Associates

Chair Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival

 

19.15 - 19.25 - Category winner announcements

Festival Hall Stage

10.00 – 10.40 - Talk - The Spirit of Place

Chad Oppenheim, Principal, Oppenheim Architecture + Design

Spirit of Place is a poetic rumination on how architecture connects with the earth. Chad Oppenheim discusses:

  • How boundaries can be blurred between nature and architecture, heightening our awareness of the beauty that surrounds us.
 

10.50 - 11.30 - Panel - Innovation and Identity

Panelists:

Andreas Enslin, Head of Design, Miele

Nicola Leonardi, Publisher & Founder of THE PLAN

Chair: Bob Sheil, Professor of Architecture and Design through Production, Head of Department, The Bartlett School of Architecture Faculty of the Built Environment

 

12.00 - 12.40 - Talk - Education and Identity

Peter Magyar, Professor of Architecture, Kansas State University

Yeoryia Manolopoulou, Partner, AY Architects

Chair:Jerónimo van Schendel Erice Spain Office Manager de Abalos+Sentkiewiczy Academic Director, IE Master in Architectural Management and Design

 

 

14.00 - 14.15 - WAFX- Building Technology winner’s presentation

Chair: Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival

 

14.20 - 14.35 - WAFX - Climate, Energy & Carbon winner’s presentation

Chair: Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival

 

14.40 - 14.55 - WAFX - Re-Use winner’s presentation

Chair: Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival

 

15.00 - 15.15 - WAFX - Ethics and Value winner’s presentation

Chair: Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival

 

15.40 - 15.55 - WAFX – Smart Cities winner’s presentation

Chair: Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival

 

16.00 - 16.15 - WAFX- Ageing and Health winner’s presentation

Chair: Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival

 

16.35 - 17.15 - WAF Book Club - Ornaments and Identity

David Dunster, Professor, Critic

Michiel Riedijk,, Founder, Neutelings Riedijik Architects

Chair: Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival

 

19.15 - 19.25 - Category winner announcements

Main Stage

13.00 - 13.40 - Lunch time lecture - Feminism & architecture. Is it a gender-neutral art? Is it possible to tell a building has been designed by a woman?

Razia Iqbal, Presenter of Current Affairs Programmes, BBC

Chair Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival

 

17.40 - 18.40 - Talk

Rem Koolhaas, Founder, OMA

Chair: Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival

Session to be announced

Festival Hall Stage

 

11.45 - Welcome

12.00 - 12.40 - Winners presentation and Q&A

 

14.20 – 17.30 - Emerging Architecture finalists’ presentations

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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