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Are you ready for the World Architecture Festival 2020? This year the event is going online, and you can join the global architecture community for this much anticipated annual event – promising to be the world’s must-attend virtual architecture festival. This is an event where architects and creatives can come together at such a challenging time for the industry, share concepts and pave the way for a brighter future.

Taking place from 30th November – 4th December 2020, you can listen to expert speakers, join live panel discussions and network with like-minded individuals from your own home. Best of all, attendance is free, so with that in mind, we wanted to share a few of the events that have caught our attention.

S.O.U.L @Morphogenesis | Building Resilient Communities – 30th November at 9:10 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it more important than ever to build sustainable and environmentally resilient building designs, reduce urban homelessness and enhance the quality of life in our communities.

Lead by Manit Rastogi, Co-Founder or Morphogenesis, this discussion aims to uncover the long-term value of urban buildings and their impact on the well-being of the communities in which they are housed. Manit believes that commitment to sustainable environments goes beyond the realm of architecture practice.  

Register here

Winning Work – 30th November at 11:30 AM

It has become increasingly important to win new projects and build business relationships. However, there is no denying that it has become much more difficult as many projects have been put on hold or budgets cut.

In a detailed talk, Susanna Sirefman, President of Dovetail Design Strategists and Lee Polisano, President of PLP Architecture will explore how individuals and practices can better understand the commercial side to architecture and successfully win more business.  

Register here

The Self-Sufficient City for Post-Covid Life – 30th November – 2:00 PM

Vicente Guallart, Founder of Guallart Architects will lead the way in presenting a lecture on the future generation of housing projects. Following the global COVID-19 pandemic, we will begin to see a new generation of projects that will be designed to combat both the health and climate challenges that the world faces.

To uncover this in further detail, along with the key challenges and procedures needed to make way for this new generation of project, register for the lecture here.

Open Building – Open City – 1st December 2020 – 9:10 AM

In this virtual session, key speakers will be focusing their attention on the waterfront city of Amsterdam as one of the greatest waterfront cities in the world. The Open City Forum will look at the unique 17th-century buildings of Amsterdam and how the city can be renewed to create a story of new conscious and sustainable urban housing designs.

Speakers include Marc Koehler – Founding Director of Marc Koehler Architects, Mirjana Milanovic – Senior Designer and Project Leader at Amsterdam Department of Urban Planning and Sustainability, and Paco Bunnik – Chief Urban Designer and many more industry experts.

If you want to see what the future could hold for the urban houses of Amsterdam, register here.

Lessons from a Zero-Carbon Era – 1st December – 12:30 PM

The future world will demand more buildings and therefore more materials and resources to build them. By 2060 it is estimated that we will have built double the infrastructure that we currently have on the earth. How will we continuously find the resources to achieve this?

Mario Cucinella – Founder of Mario Cucinella Architects will deliver a talk on why in today's world of architecture and design we must look towards a greener future to focus on plants as resources, leaning in on plant intelligence. This key talk will look at how the industry can learn from past challenges and how we can better respond to challenges of the future.

Register here  

Retail Reloaded – 2nd December at 1:20 PM

It is no secret that the High Street has faced unprecedented challenges over the past few years, but in this lecture, Laurie Chetwood – Chairman of Chetwood Architects will focus on the current challenges of 2020.

Laurie will closely examine the many opportunities that there are for architects and designers to repurpose, rebuild and bring back life to old redundant towns and cities.

Find out more and register here

International Question Time

Join past World Architecture Festival Contributors as they meet online for the final discussion of the week. This question time session will cover some of the major issues of the day and speakers will share their opinions and solutions to the chosen topics. In this session, you will have the chance to hear from some of the industry’s most successful experts and uncover their unique viewpoints.

Register here.

Networking opportunities 

Networking is one of our favourite aspects of the World Architecture Festival but even though face to face meetings cannot take place, there are still some fantastic networking opportunities on offer. WAF Virtual will be hosting online roundtable discussions, workshops, and live networking meetings that you will be able to access from the comfort of your own home.  

If you are keen to share ideas, collaborate, uncover what projects other designers have been working on, and make real industry changes as a community, WAFVirtual is the place to be.

Sign up and start networking with like-minded industry leaders here