From 15-17 November, the World Architecture Festival, which is considered to be the largest international architecture event, absolutely knocked every one of their feet by creating yet again a unique platform of architectural excellence. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, World Architecture Festival (WAF) returned to Europe, more precisely to Arena Berlin, in Germany, where visitors and professionals were able to witness spectacular live presentations.
“This is the tenth anniversary of the Festival and we are delighted to be back in Berlin, for a second year. Our conference theme is an opportunity to review the contribution architecture and design makes to the economic, technical and psychological performance of buildings and interiors – with 2,000 professionals to share their experience and expertise,” stated Paul Finch, Programme Director of the World Architecture Festival
The highly respected festival was comprised of five crucial elements: the WAF Awards, a thematic conference programme, an exhibition of award entries, sponsor and exhibitor stands, and a series of networking/social events as well as WAF Fringe activities. As a whole, WAF is a diverse mean to allow architects and firms from all over the world to seek the opportunity to showcase what they are made of.
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The architectural projects shortlist all represented a wide variety of types and sizes, ranging from small family homes to schools, stations, museums, large infrastructure, and landscape projects. Out of the 434 projects chosen, it was the United Kingdom that widely led the pack, however, the USA, Australia, and Turkey also made their presence known at the Festival. Asia saw its participation increase by a third, with a distinctive rise in residential projects. This year organises introduced a new Villa category that features entries from Brazil, New Zealand and India. In addition, Zaha Hadid Architects, BIG, Neri & Hu, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, AL_A, Nikken Sekkei, Rafael Vinoly Architects, Grimshaw, and Heatherwick Studio were some of the most influential names highlighted.
In order to celebrate their 10th anniversary, the festival launched the WAFX Manifesto, with the purpose of identifying the major challenges in which architects will have to address in the next decade, such as climate, energy and carbon, water, smart city and building technology, water, cultural identity, and several other issues.
In regards to conferences and talks, the festival collected an incredible line of speakers consisting of world-class architects, from Pierre de Meuron to Alison Brooks, Rafael Viñoly and Charles Jencks. Numerous discussions and debates following the chosen them “Performance” was set, where speakers examined this topic to the fullest, namely its impact on perspectives like housing, public spaces, festivals, cultural institutions and new technologies. Lastly, it is stellar and memorable moments like the ones described above that make this festival, alongside its sistering venue, INSIDE, the world’s best and most innovative architecture platforms.
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Source: World Architecture Festival