WAF Main Stage 2017

1 - 3 December 2021, Lisbon

WAF 2017 Main Stage

Take a look at the first glimpse of the main stage conference programme at WAF - more sessions and details to follow!

All sessions are correct at the time of being published.

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Wednesday 15 November 2017

​10.00

Welcome to WAFX

Celebrating 10 years of the World Architecture Festival

Paul Finch, Programme Director, World Architecture Festival

  • The idea of performance
  • Looking back over the last decade
  • The WAFX awards programme

10.20 - 11.00

Keynote - Rafael Viñoly

Performance as space, time and architecture

Rafael Viñoly, Founder and Principal, Rafael Viñoly Architects

  • Rafael Viñoly is a former super-jury chair and keynote speaker at WAF
  • How does the concept of performance apply in his varied work?
  • How does projects range from the Tokyo Forum complex include a temporary mobile performance space he is designing in Berlin

​11.10 - 11.50

Performance in Context

Richard Francis-Jones, Design DirectorFrancis-Jones Morehen Thorp

  • Richard Francis-Jones is a multiple WAF award-winner
  • How does the approach to performance vary in his work?
  • Do we need to think about commercial buildings, residential and cultural as fundamentally different, or fundamentally similar?

​12.00 - 12.40

Performance Spaces

Alison Brooks, Creative Director, Alison Brooks Architects
Jacob Kurek, Partner and Principal Middle East, Henning Larsen Architects

  • Alison Brooks is the Architects' Journal architect of the year, and was the recent Women in Architecture winner
  • How do you assess the success in the way residential projects work?
  • Jacob Kurek is Partner in charge of international projects at Henning Larsen, with substantial experience designing complex cultural projects and site-specific public works.
  • How to design successful performance spaces? What are the key factors behind award-winning concert halls and opera venues? 

​LUNCH
13.00 - 13.40

Lunch time lecture

Francis Kéré, Principal and Founder, Kéré Architecture

 

14.20 - 15.00

Performance and nature, a collaborative story​

Christoph Hesse, Architect and Urban Designer, Christoph Hesse Architects

  • How can we successfully combine man-made environments with the natural?
  • What happens when international practices collaborate on the same programme?
  • What is the role of nature within buildings themselves?

16.00 - 16.40

Digital Performance - London newly modelled

Jason Hawthorne, Managing Director at Wagstaffs Design / Director at VUCITY
Gordon Ingram, Senior Partner, Gordon Ingram Associates

  • How we developed the first fully interactive 3-D model of a major city (London)
  • The implications and possibilities of this technology for designers
  • How can planning perform better as a result of accurate city modelling?
16.50 - 17.30

30:70 Icons vs. Background. Textures of building surfaces

Sergei Tchoban, Partner, Tchoban Voss Architekten

  • How can texture enhance the experience of building users?
  • What role does contrast play in establishing identity?
  • How does the idea of performance apply in buildings such as his Berlin Drawing Museum?​

The lecture is dedicated to the German release of Sergei’s book “30:70. Architektur als Balanceakt”, written together with the renowned Russian architectural historian Vladimir Sedov

18.15 - 19.15

Performative architecture: Robotics

Mathias Kohler, Co-Founder, Gramazio Kohler Architects

  • How will robotics affect the performance of the construction industry?
  • What are the implications of greater automation for architectural practice?
  • What design activities could be eplaced by machines?
19.15 - 19.25

Category winner announcements

 

Thursday 16 November 2017

10.15

Welcome

Paul Finch, Programme Director, World Architecture Festival

10.20 - 11.00

Intergrated performance - the World of WOHA

Richard Hassell, Founder, WOHA
Wong Mun Summ, Founder, WOHA

  • How can different aspects of performance be integrated in significant housing projects?
  • How can landscape improve and enhance buildings and public spaces?
  • How can designers balance individual user desire with community values?

11.10 - 11.50

Movement spaces

Charlotte Skene Catling, Co-Founder, Skene Catling de la Peña Architects
Andrew Whalley, Partner, Grimshaw

  • How does the idea of movement inform the architecture of homes?
  • What happens at the scale of Disney's Tomorrowland in Shanghai?
  • Does performance have the same meaning in small and large projects?

12.00 - 12.40

Starchitecture and the city

Davide Ponzini, Politecnico di Milano, author of Starchitecture
Michele Nastasi, Photographer, author of Starchitecture

The authors of the book STARCHITECTURE discuss key questions:

  • How do cities worldwide make use of 'starchitecture' projects?
  • What is the impact of similar towers and museums in different locales?
  • What lessons could we take from the design and visual spread that often results?

LUNCH

Lunch time lecture

Sir Peter Cook, Architect

14.20 - 15.00

The crisis of middle-ground architecture

Jason Flanagan, Design Director, Flanagan Lawrence

Andrew Todd, Director, Studio Andrew Todd

Chaired conversation

15.10 - 15.40

Transforming environmental performance

Manit and Sonali Rastogi, Co-Founders, MORPHOGENESIS

  • Can exemplary environmental performance be achieved in a climate such as India's?
  • What strategies can make a truly significant difference?
  • What performance measurements are relevant in assessing results?
16.00 - 16.40 Louisa Hutton, Founding Partner, Sauerbruch Hutton

16.50 - 17.30

Performing, performative, performance - an architectural comparison

Professor Stephan Gage, Professor of Innovative Technology, University College London and Fiona Zisch, PhD student, University College London

  • What roles can architecture play in respect of the broad idea of performance?
  • How do buildings play a part in the stage-set of the city?
  • What is the effect of different design attitudes to temporary and permanent?
18.15 - 19.15

Keynote - The Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, discussed

Pierre de Meuron, Partner, Herzog & de Meuron
Charles Jencks, Cultural Theorist, Landscape Designer and Architectural Historian

  • Critic Charles Jencks will present the recently completed Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg; Pierre de Meuron will respond to the presentation in a 'performance' where the role of critic and architect are reversed
19.15 - 19.25

Category winner announcements

 

Friday 17 November 2017

13.00 - 13.40

Lunch time lecture

Sir Terry Farrell, Principle, Farrells

17.40 - 18.40

Keynote - Life, spectacle and performance

Kim Cook, Burning Man

Burning Man is a spectacular annual event in Nevada, an impossible-to-define combination of art, life and design. Kim Cook, the programme's director of art and civic engagement will introduce this ultimate performance event.

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