2020 Festival Theme

WAF 2020 Festival Conference Theme: Greening the City

Lisbon is the EU’s 2020 European Green Capital, setting the scene for this year’s main conference theme. At one level, the idea of greening concerns landscape design, biodiversity and ecological concerns. However, the idea of the green city in the context of Covid-19 has taken on new dimensions.

Subjects for discussion will include strategies for clean air, greater use of public transport, water quality and supply, and the generation of ‘clean’ energy as part of urban planning strategies across the globe.

The idea of the green city is related to the concept of sustainability, which now includes ideas about the control of pandemics, and the extent to which health concerns can feed into planning and urban design, at both a small and large scale.

This year’s 'Isolation Transformed' competition, a new initiative for 2020, will generate presentations around the subject of  Isolation, including ideas about the future adaptation of existing city fabric to take account of potential future health hazards.


Talking Architecture Webinar Series
Episode 2: Greening the City
Thursday 18 June - 14:00 UK Time

As part of the World Architecture Festival's free Talking Architecture webinar series, we invite you to join us for the second episode which will be focused on this year's conference theme, Greening the City.

Patrick Bellew, Principal, Atelier Ten
Paul Finch, Programme Director, World Architecture Festival
Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival


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