World Ar­chi­tec­ture Fes­ti­val

World Ar­chi­tec­ture Fes­ti­val in Berlin

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The World Ar­chi­tec­ture Fes­ti­val is a three-day event for ar­chi­tects and in­te­rior de­sign pro­fes­sion­als, and where the ar­chi­tec­ture com­mu­nity meets to cel­e­brate, learn, and ex­change. Held from Novem­ber 15-17 this year at the Arena Berlin in Ger­many, the fes­ti­val will fo­cus on the over­ar­ch­ing theme of per­for­mance in ar­chi­tec­ture. This will in­clude var­i­ous ad­di­tions to the tour pro­gramme, in­clud­ing a visit to Hans Scharoun’s rev­o­lu­tion­ary Berlin Phil­har­monie; Ger­hard Span­gen­berg’s Ra­di­al­sys­tem V, a for­mer pump sta­tion trans­formed into a venue for con­tem­po­rary dance and mu­sic; and Frank Gehry’s re­cently-com­pleted Pierre Boulez Con­cert Hall.

The mem­bers of the Su­per Jury that will judge the awards pro­gramme in­clude jury chair Robert

Ivy Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of the Amer­i­can In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects along with Nathalie de Vries, Di­rec­tor & Co-founder of MVRDV; Ian Ritchie, Founder of Ian Ritchie Ar­chi­tects; and Christoph In­gen­hoven, Founder of In­gen­hoven Ar­chi­tects. These four join the list of over 80 fes­ti­val judges com­pris­ing in­flu­en­tial fig­ures from the ar­chi­tec­ture world such as Gert Wingårdh, Sergei Tchoban, David Ba­sulto, San­jay Puri, and Robert Konieczny. Af­ter the se­lec­tion of win­ners from across 31 cat­e­gories on the first two days of the event, cat­e­gory win­ners will present to the Su­per Jury, who will de­cide the win­ners of the World Land­scape, Fu­ture Project, and Com­pleted Build­ing of the Year Awards. Fur­ther­more, the Fes­ti­val also in­cludes the WAF Tour Pro­gramme, a tour pro­gramme around the city of Berlin. Since Berlin has a unique ar­chi­tec­tural land­scape, the mov­ing his­tory of the cap­i­tal city even to­day de­fines the built en­vi­ron­ment. Berlin’s va­cant spa­ces made the city a pi­o­neer­ing place for vi­sion­ary ar­chi­tec­ture as well as de­vel­op­ment.

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