World Architecture Festival
World Architecture Festival in Berlin
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.