2019 Programme

Main Stage

10.00 - 10.05 - Welcome to WAF 2019

Paul Finch, Programme Director, World Architecture Festival


10.05 - 10.15 - Amsterdam Prize Announcement

Presented by: Yvonne Franquinet, Head of Visual Arts, Heritage and Film, Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK)


10.20 - 11.00 - Talk


The ‘flow’ of Architecture in the Anthropocene is one of increasing acceleration. An exponential level of development is destroying the range of key planetary characteristics of Earth that enable it to support Homo sapiens and a whole range of other species. The United Nations has categorically stated that the only way forward is a rapid deployment of energy-efficient and low-carbon building designs. Along with the inclusion of intelligent operational systems, construction will need to be optimised and natural resources reconsidered. In 1961, President Kennedy committed the US to, within a decade, send a man to the moon and bring him back safely to earth. It was an unprecedented technical goal bordering on insurmountable. In 2019, over the next decade we need to set ourselves an even more ambitious target for the built environment. We need to increase the number of high-performance, low carbon buildings by six-fold from the current trend. To reach that milestone, near zero energy, zero emission buildings must become the construction standard globally by 2030. Only then will we be able to appropriately limit rising global temperatures. A performative design approach that searches for optimized solutions is the critical and only way forward. This must be our generation’s ‘moonshot’ moment.

Andrew Whalley, Chairman, Grimshaw

Chair: Paul Finch, Programme Director, World Architecture Festival


11.20 - 12.00 - INSIDE Keynote

The Flow of Ideas

For me spontaneity in design ensures the vitality of the outcome. But if I look back over decades of drawing and making, a handful of themes pop up repeatedly, often appearing when I least expect them. For example, confounding scale, meddling with time and organising space in spirals. These recurrences are like ticks, or stubborn musical phrases, albeit ones that carry my creative DNA.

Nigel Coates, Director, Nigel Coates

Chair: Paul Finch, Programme Director, World Architecture Festival


12.10 - 12.50 - Talk

The World of Data: The Architecture of Instant Information

To fully grasp the impact of the new data revolution, it is worth taking a holistic view of Industry 4.0. Previous revolutions were erratically distributed across the world, with change taking years or decades before affecting communities. In today’s industrial revolution we have almost instantaneous knowledge-driven dissemination. This is a socio-technological phenomenon with effects yet to be understood and, needless to say, controlled. It is expected that the fourth industrial revolution will transform the world with a far higher speed, scope and impact than any previous technological revolution we have experienced. In this presentation, Dr Abel Maciel discusses the new data revolution and how it is set to disrupt how we create, sustain and transform our built environment.

Abel Maciel, Principal, Design Computation

Chair: Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival


13.00 - 13.40 - Lunchtime lecture

Jeddah Metro: Building a Sustainable Vision for Infrastructure

By taking a long-term, sustainable approach, which anticipates growth well into the next century, the vision for Jeddah’s transport network includes the design of metro, tram, ferry, bus, cycle, park and ride systems, as well as new bridges, public spaces, energy infrastructure and nodes of development. Angus Campbell’s talk will outline the practice’s innovative approach, using the project as a catalyst to create new public spaces from linear parks to sports facilities, as well as a new network of data, energy and communications, allowing the metro system to become an integral part of the city’s infrastructural spine. He will also discuss how infrastructural development can be underpinned by environmental and economic sustainability by promoting densification and strategic planning that leverages future land values to fund such projects, while also drawing on lessons from history and local culture with an aim to create a diverse and vibrant city.

Angus Campbell, Senior Partner & Deputy Head of Studio, Foster + Partners

Chair: Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival


14.00 - 14.40 - Talk

What We Learn from Water

There are two waters in design. The first is somewhere in flows and gatherings: in rivers, oceans, channels, pipes, reservoirs and lakes. The second water is everywhere, a ubiquitous wetness that does not necessarily flow. It precipitates, soaks, seeps, osmotes, and evaporates in ways that defy delineation. If the first water is in a crisis today with rising seas, melting glaciers, increasing floods, pollution, and scarcity, the second holds a way forward for design.

Anuradha Mathur Professor, Landscape Architecture, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

Dilip da Cunha, Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Chair: Andreas Enslin, Head of Design, Miele


15.00 - 15.40 - Talk

Designing with Flow

Maximising flow efficiency is a key driver in all Dyson products, and it’s not just about air. The performance of our Vacuum Cleaners, Hairdryers, Purifiers and Hand Dryers is highly dependent on how efficiently we can generate and manipulate airflow, as well as managing the flow of electrons, and in many cases, the flow of heat. Fortunately, there are some basic design principles to help us, many of which seem to have interesting parallels in other areas of design, including aspects of architecture.

Ben Morse, Head of Engineering for Personal Care, Dyson

Chair: Paul Finch, Programme Director, World Architecture Festival


16.00 - 16.40 - INSIDE keynote

Flow: Surrendering to the Passing of Time

According to Petra Blaisse’s practice, landscape can be considered as an interior and, conversely, interiors are treated as a landscape. Their commonality is movement: landscapes and interiors both introduce carefully choreographed trajectories that lead the visitor through a series of experiences and spaces. These trajectories become underlined by an unceasing sense of flow – as they trigger different visual and sensual effects and, at the same time, introduce various, often flexible, forms of use. Inside Outside’s work constantly gives a different meaning to the idea of flow. As the studio’s work is about time and movement that affects both the viewer and the object; as the studio primarily works with living materials that change according to climate and in reciprocity with people; as every new condition and commission invites for unique solutions through thorough technical or biological research; and as every intervention in a space addresses its initial context and, in turn, influences the subsequent human behaviour that defines it. All Inside Outside’s designs are at the start of a spatial story that permits to be re-written, charged with expectancy and open endings.

Petra Blaisse, Founding Partner and Lead Designer, Inside Outside

Chair: Nigel Coates, Director, Nigel Coates


17.00 - 17.40 - Talk

Embracing Constraints

Innovative use of space, aesthetics which create a dialog with the surrounding landscape, and use of latest generation materials and technology are fundamental to 3XN Architects’ work. Mindful of ecological issues, in 2007 the firm established a Research & Development division, GXN Innovation – the G stands for ‘Green’ – which focuses on research into sustainable and environmentally aware construction solutions and how to create human centered buildings. The knowledge from GXN has been put into practice in many of 3XN’s buildings, most recently Quay Quarter Tower and Sydney Fish Market in Sydney. Integrating research and practice, by combining 3XN professionals and GXN innovation, has demonstrated that complex challenges often benefit from holistic yet simple solutions. As the lecture title, “Embracing Constraints”, concisely implies, the specific limitations of each project are an opportunity for innovation, a chance to introduce creative new ideas.

Kim Herforth Nielsen, Co-Founder & Principal, 3XN Architects

Chair: Paul Finch, Programme Director, World Architecture Festival


18.15 - 19.15 - Keynote

Open Building: A Future Perspective on Habraken’s Heritage

Marc Koehler’s term as the Architect in Residence of Arcam (Architectuur Centrum Amsterdam) is drawing to a close in December, concluding a period of three months of studying new initiatives according to the principles of John Habraken’s Open Building.

Architect and academic Habraken composed the first guidelines of Open Building in the sixties: he described ways to compose buildings with a multipurpose structure and flexible infill, to address the different wishes and needs of inhabitants.

As co-initiator of a new online platform featuring current developments in Open Building - developers, architects, and inhabitants - Marc will present an overview of new initiatives and projects. He will elaborate on three themes: Open Architecture, Open Development, and Open Systems, and connect the principles of Open Building to new ways to incorporate circularity, sustainability and the influence of individuals and communities into residential projects.

Marc Koehler, Principal, Marc Koehler Architects

Chair:Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival


19.15 - 19.25 - Category winner announcements

Festival Hall Stage


Indira van 't Klooster, Director, ARCAM Architecture Centre of Amsterdam


10:15 Screening

‘De Drager' by John Habraken



Marc Koehler, Architect and Principal, MKA | Superlofts
A word from John Habraken (video/stream)


11:20 Introduction

Open Bouwen - The Open Building NL initiative
Caroline Kruit, Owner and Publisher, DAX Creative Company | Editor for Open Building NL


11:35 Opening Lecture

Open Building, Innovation and Circularity
Kasper Guldager Jensen, Architect and Partner , GXN/3XN | Circularity Expert and Strategic Advisor for the City of Amsterdam


11:50 Lecture: Open Architecture

The Future of Open Architecture
Tom Frantzen
, Architect, Frantzen et al | Developer, Lemniskade Projecten


12:05 Panel Discussion: Open Architecture

Panel: Olaf Gipser, Architect and Principal, Olaf Gipser Architects
Robert Winkel, Architect and Principal, Mei Architects & Planners
Andy van den Dobbelsteen, Professor of Climate Design & Sustainability TU Delft
Chair: Indira van 't Klooster, Director, ARCAM Architecture Centre of Amsterdam


14:00 Introduction

Indira van 't Klooster, Director, ARCAM Architecture Centre of Amsterdam


14:05 Lecture: Open Systems

A View on Open Building and the Future of the Timber Building Industry
Bjarne Mastenbroek
, Architect and Principal, SeARCH


14:20 Lecture: Open Systems

Architecture on Demand - the Playlist of Architecture

Hans Vermeulen, CEO, Aectual


14:35 Panel Discussion: Open Systems

Panel: Bjarne Mastenbroek, Architect and Principal, SeARCH

Esther Stevelink, Architect and Principal, GAAGA

Pieter Stoutjesdijk, Architect and Engineer, TheNewMakers and TU Delft

Hans Vermeulen, CEO, Aectual

Chair: Kasper Guldager Jensen, Architect and Partner , GXN/3XN | Circularity Expert and Strategic

Advisor for the City of Amsterdam


15:15 SHORT BREAK - Festival Hall


15:45 Lecture: Open Cities

Towards Inclusive Cities by Open Buildings

Marthijn Pool, Architect and Principal, space & matter | Founder, Crowdbuilding


16:00 Lecture: Open Cities - New financial scenarios for affordable living

Robert van Ieperen, Partner, Fakton Capital


16:15 Panel Discussion: Open Cities - The business case for Open Cities

Panel: Robert van Ieperen, Partner, Fakton Capital

Pablo van der Lugt, Principal, Green Matters Consultancy

Pepijn Duijvestein, Director and Senior Business Developer, Dr2 New Economy

Chair: Remko Zuidema , Founder, BRIQS


16:45 OPEN BUILDING SUMMIT CLOSING SESSION - Adding a European Perspective

A reflection on today; discussing Open Building from an international perspective.

Julia Erdmann, Principal, JES Socialtecture (Hamburg)

Alice Cabaret, Founder, The Street Society (Paris)

Flavian Menu,Director, Office for Cities (London)

Jonathan Rose, Principal Design and Planning, Aecom (London)

Chair: Caroline Kruit & Indira van ‘t Klooster



Founding Partners of Open Building NL sign and officially handover the OPEN BUILDING


Main Stage

10.00 - 10.40 - Talk

Flow and the Expansion of the Profession

The digital revolution has brought about many and varied cultural effects – both good and bad - yet is only now starting to truly affect how we design the built environment. In both art and science, objective observation has always been paramount. However, with new technologies and data collection, objectivity alone cannot lead to progress. If we want to successfully design healthy, safe and human-centric environments, data application needs to be carefully guided and directed. We need to learn to design with data; to understand and guide its potential analogue effects. In his keynote, Ben van Berkel speculates about the future of the built environment and presents a number of scenarios that outline how technology, developments in mobility, and finding a balance between cultural versus economic values can change our cities and buildings for the better.

Ben van Berkel, Founder/Principal Architect UNStudio & Founder UNSense

Chair: Paul Finch, Programme Director, World Architecture Festival


11.00 - 11.40 - Panel

Knowledge Flows: Radical, Restorative & Regenerative Approaches

In the context of resource scarcity and climate crisis, it is imperative to discuss a new system that meets industry demands within planetary boundaries. With the construction sector using globally 20% of water, 25% of the virgin wood and 40% of energy in the world, the scale and impact of architecture has shifted from single buildings to economic systems of re-invention. Terminologies such as “Cradle to Cradle” and “Circularity” have entered the day to- day vocabulary of designers, pushing design ambitions to fields never explored before. Sustainable design reduces the harmful effects of construction, but it’s simply not enough. Architecture that is truly sustainable must be regenerative and able to have a measurable positive impact, treating the environment as "an equal shareholder". Knowledge Flows looks at current methodologies and design approaches that practitioners can rely on in order to reverse the trend. The emphasis will be on research and learning processes within trailblazing practices,and their forecast for the future.

Chair:Solène Wolff, Managing Partner, PLANE-SITE

Panel: Kasper Guldager Jensen, Architect MAA, Senior Partner 3XN, Director GXN

Kristian Edwards, Senior Architect, Interior Architect, Snøhetta


12.00 - 12.40 - INSIDE Keynote

Creating the Kilometre-Long Parametric ‘Flow Wall’ at the New Istanbul Airport

A flowing, ribbon-like wall has been installed in the new Istanbul Airport that unites a suite of lounges, forming an intuitive route through space that transcends barriers of language and culture. It is the result of an international competition won by Softroom to deliver lounges that embody Turkish Airline’s new brand philosophy of ‘Flow’. Designed by Softroom and fabricated by Ikoor, the Flow Wall is over a kilometre long, making it one of the longest parametric interior forms in the world. It provides the visual signature that weaves through the six new lounges, creating a series of unified areas that cater for the differing needs of passengers. Softroom founder Oliver Salway will discuss the creative process, and lessons learnt from the its fabrication and installation.

Oliver Salway, Director, Softroom

Chair: Nigel Coates, Director, Nigel Coates


13.00 - 13.40 - Lunchtime lecture

Coming Up for Air

A discussion of lost souls, forgotten souls, and some new kids on the block… including a sideways glance at the significance of being in the irritatingly right place or the creatively wrong place at the time.

Sir Peter Cook, Architect, Professor & Writer

Chair: Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival


14.00 - 14.40 - Talk

The Flow of People

Usually we think of the flow of people as being something to do with the number of people trying to move through a space in a given time, and we then design the space accordingly. However, this is a very restricting and rather antisocial way of looking at the way we design our space. Two inherent characteristics of the human species, genetically evolved over 100,000 years ago are the inherent sociality that enabled humans to collaborate and cooperate (to find and secure food) and the inherent appreciation of space as something to be in, rather than to move through. This suggests that in order to make space fit for people we should design it to accommodate, not the flow of people in the sense of how they move, but the flow of people in terms of how they socialise, cooperate, converse or collaborate. So, flows of people we need to consider are those of information, energy, senses, ideas and words. This talk explains how this conceptualisation of the flows of people informs the design of the space in which we live and thrive.

Nick Tyler, Chadwick Professor of Civil Engineering, Director, UCL Centre for Transport Studies

Chair: Paul Finch, Programme Director, World Architecture Festival


15.00 - 15.40 - INSIDE Keynote

Eva Franch i Gilabert, Director, AA School

Chair: Nigel Coates, Director, Nigel Coates



16.00 - 16.40 - Talk

BIT.BIO.BOT - Green Architecture in the Age of Ecological Crisis

The impending ecological crisis has spurned a race towards re-greening our cities and our architecture. However, “green” ideology hides a nagging paradox. It proposes a sanitised vision of urban nature that renders it ineffective towards establishing a new circular economy of matter, information and energy. The PhotoSynthetica project proposes an architectural habitat for the urban microbiome, foregrounding nature’s “dirty” side. Powered by the sun and monitored by AI, it hosts cultures of living cyanobacteria that feed on what buildings expel (CO2, pollution and heat) to grow high value biomass (energy and food). Their in-human efficiency engenders a new kind of architecture. No longer a mere container of functions, like in the modern machine for living, it becomes itself a dynamic process of production, a living machine.

Dr Marco Poletto, Co-Founder & Director, ecoLogicStudio

Chair: Paul Finch, Programme Director, World Architecture Festival


17.00 - 17.40 - Talk

Who Owns the City?

There was a time when modest housing in our major cities was simply that – and of interest only to the modest families and the modest businessmen who sold or rented those houses.It all still looks that way. But the basic conditions in play have changed radically. One key example: The main owner of modest housing in several cities across the world is now a major financial firm. It has bought up thousands of large housing complexes for low-income renters. Most recently it has acquired + 308,000 modest residential units + homes. Why?? When its $140 billion portfolio contains 231 million feet of office space, 151,000 hotel rooms, 75 million feet of retail. Why, given all those high-end properties, would it bother with low-income housing?

Saskia Sassen, Professor of Sociology, Columbia University, Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University

Chair: Paul Finch, Programme Director, World Architecture Festival


18.15 - 19.15 - Keynote

Massimiliano Fuksas, Co-Founder, Studio Fuksas

Chair: Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival


19.15 - 19.25 - Category winner announcements


Festival Hall Stage

10.30 - 11.10 - Talk

7D BIM: Integrating Whole Life Costs and Life Carbon Estimation with BIM

Our current research into 7D BIM will provide an innovate method for estimating the whole life costs and whole life carbon of buildings from the earliest stage of design through to completion and occupation.

James Pickard, Founding Director, Cartwright Pickard

Chair: Katrin Förster, International Key Account Manager - Architects & Interior Designers, ABB


11.20 - 12.00 - Talk

Water Research Prize Category Winner Presentation, Supported by Grohe

Recycle Build Introduces Recycle Build Brazil. This session will comprise of a discussion about how Recycle Build Brazil came to fruition and how the founders intend to apply their learnings to build solutions to complex issues around waste and water consumption.How can we as designers awaken the collective mindset regarding the global community’s use and management of water? Projections for a rising population fuel suburban residential developments; water from households disappear from site as soon as it is contaminated, never to be seen or thought of by the user again. Recycle Build Brazil was born from the realisation of this disconnect, working to reengage the community with regards to their water consumption and impact on the surrounding rivers.

Maria Kuzma,Founder, Recycle Build Brazil

Chair: Paul Flowers, Chief Design Officer, Lixil


12.10 - 12.50 - Drawing Prize - Panel

Chair: Owen Hopkins, Senior Curator, Sir John Soane’s Museum

Narinder Sagoo, Art Director, Senior Partner, Foster + Partners

Anton Markus Pasing, Professor, Peter Behrens School of Arts – overall winner of the 2019 Architecture Drawing Prize


14.00 - 14.20 - WAFX Smart Cities & Overall Winner Presentation

Verform for X-Space | Urban Fabric Regeneration, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Chair: Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival


14:25 - 14:35 - WAFX Ageing & Health Winner

New Wave Architecture Studio for Pars Medical & Health Center, Bandar Abbas, Iran


14:40 - 14:50 - WAFX Power & Justice Winner

Cafasso NV with B2Ai / EGM Architecten for Prison Haren, Brussels, Belgium


14:55 - 15:05 - WAFX Cultural Identity Winner

Jasmax, Grimshaw, designTRIBE, Alt Group for City Rail Link Auckland, New Zealand


15:10 - 15:20 - WAFX Water & Food Winner

Arup for Ulsoor Lake, Bangalore, India


15:35 - 15:45 - WAFX Re-use Winner

Herzog & de Meuron and APEX project bureau for Badaevski Brewery, Redevelopment, Moscow, Russia


15:50 - 16:00 - WAFX Building Technology Winner

Aravia Design & +FUN for Skypark Business Centre South, Luxembourg


16:05 - 16:15 - WAFX Climate, Energy & Carbon Winner

SOS School of Sustainability for MO(O)D A Prototype for an Office Building, Changzhou, China


16:20 - 16:30 WAFX Ethics & Value Winner

Maisam Architects & Engineers, for The School in a Park, Amman, Jordan


16:35 - 16:45 - WAFX Water & Food Winner

STUDIO V Architecture for The Tanks at Bushwick Inlet Park, Brooklyn, United States of America


17.00 - 17.40 - Book Club

Simon Allford, Director, AHMM

Ian Ritchie, Founder, Ian Ritchie Architects

Chair: Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival


19:35 - 20:05 - Screening

Why Does Beauty Matter?

A documentary on the Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2019 by Mies. TV

The Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB 2019) curated by Yael Reisner, raised the issue of beauty in architecture. A term often ignored by today’s architects is the focus of the exhibition and symposium. Reisner has invited not only architects, but also experts from philosophy, mathematics and neurosciences to discuss their research on beauty. The film features in-depth interviews with curator Yael Reisner, along with participating architects, Sou Fujimoto, KTA, March Studio, Space Popular, Fologram as well as Nick Luscombe (DJ), Graham Harman (philosopher), Ron Aharoni (mathematician) and Taylor Enoch (neuroscientist).


Main Stage

13.00 - 13.40 - Lunchtime lecture

Space Between

Architecture must create a new resonance with the world since our current relationships have become impoverished by hyper-abundance and accelerated obsolescence. For us, the space-between is the privileged path that initiates a design of the resonance. At various scales, our projects work on this indeterminate spacetime, which leaves open all possibilities of creating links with people, nature and climate. Our approach is one which moves beyond the purely aesthetic consideration of objects to create meaningful relationships: buildings are catalysts for interaction, movement and lived life.

Pauline Marchetti, Founder, Ferrier Marchetti Studio

Jacques Ferrier, Founder, Ferrier Marchetti Studio

Chair: Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival


17.40 - 18.40 - Keynote

Elizabeth Diller, Partner, Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Chair, Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival

Festival Hall Stage


10.00 - 10.40 - Space-Time – Rethinking Office Futures

Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival

Andrew Chadwick, Owner, Chadwick International - Space Strategy + Design


12.00 - Emerging Architecture

Chair: Manon Mollard, Editor, The Architectural Review


12.15 - Session 1, Winner Presentation

Manon Mollard, Editor, The Architectural Review


14.00 - Session 2, Public Buildings

Beals Lyon, RAUM, Luo Studio, Cauce, O’DonnellBrown, and SO-IL


15.00 - Session 3, Home

Home - FRPO, MMX, Clancy Moore, SO?, and Lenschow & Pihlmann


16.00 - Session 4

Vernacular – TAKA, Estudio Gustavo Utrabo, Office Off Course, Terrain and Comunal


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