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The Great Repair at Pavillon de l’Arsenal, Paris

7 March to 5 May 2024

La Grande Réparation

Pavillon de l’Arsenal
21 Bd Morland, 75004 Paris
Exhibition run: March 7 to May 5, 2024

Opening: March 6, 7 p.m.
School of Repair: March 6, 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

After its successful initial run at Akademie der Künste in Berlin, our exhibition “The Great Repair” is coming to Paris. The Pavillon de l’Arsenal, the City of Paris’s Center for Urbanism and Architecture, will host a condensed version of the exhibition. We are delighted to see the exhibition is serving as a starting point for an international exchange on issues of sustainability. The Paris edition is supported by the Federal Foreign Office.

In a world scarred by the exploitation of resources and people and torn apart by wars, architecture canserve as a reparative force. Fueled by this belief, Pavillon de l’Arsenal presents the exhibition “The Great Repair”, a traveling project initiated by ARCH+ in collaboration with Akademie der Künste in Berlin, ETH Zürich, and the University of Luxembourg. Its aim, in light of the stark realization of the irreconcilable conflict between unchecked growth and ecological balance, is to advocate for a new architectural ethos centered around repair.

From the care provided by often-marginalized workers in maintaining buildings, to the political decision to refrain from demolition, and to architecture as an instrument of justice intimes of conflict, the exhibition challenges the ethical stance of contemporary builders. In a time of ecological and social emergency, every choice to build, not to build, or to build in a different way can either result in the destructive use of resources harming the planet and its denizens or to genuine repair. The exhibition seeks to explore the line between the two to better understand how to practice architecture ethically in today’s world.

The exhibition is structured around seven topics, shedding light on the processes related to the maintenance and upkeep of architecture and urban landscapes. It examines the sethemes at various scales, from the daily rituals of caretaking to examples of construction practices that prioritize working with existing structures rather than replacing them with new ones. Through videos, models, installations, original drawings, and prototypes, the exhibition showcases over twenty approaches from both emerging and established international artists and architectural firms that render repair tangible as a new design paradigm.

The European and global dimensions of the project are of paramount importance to us; when confronted with such challenges, the only viable response is a collective one, and dialogue between cultural institutions from different countries is therefore necessary. Proposals originating in Berlin, Mariupol, and Accra informinitiatives in Paris, just as Paris leads the way in advancing a more environmentally and socially conscious architecture.

When considered through the lens of repair, architecture also becomes accessible to everyone as the scale of care extends beyond the realm of professionals, allowing everyone to get involved in repairing their immediate surroundings and any injustices they observe there. Let’s repair!

With contributions by:
Assemble, Atelier Bow-Wow, Brenne Architekten with Jana Hainbach / TU München / HfBK Dresden / Akademie der Künste Baukunstarchiv, Matthias Brenner, Center for Spatial Technologies, Agnes Denes, Studio Anna Heringer, Florian Hertweck & Caroline Faber & Marija Marić & Céline Zimmer / Master Architecture University of Luxembourg, Interboro with Center for Justice Innovation & Patterson Houses NeighborhoodStat Team & Richard A. Chance & Coco McPherson, Folke Köbberling & Martin Kaltwasser, Lacaton & Vassal, Silke Langenberg, Limbo Accra, Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, Material Cultures, Fuminori Nousaku & Mio Tsuneyama, Bas Princen, Alexander Stumm, Takhayali, Paulo Tavares, THEMA (Sarah Nichols, Akshar Gajjar, Marion Moutal) with Syn Liu, Milica Topalović / Architecture of Territory ETH Zürich, Mierle Laderman Ukeles (curated by Bettina Knaup), UVW-SAW

Artistic direction: Florian Hertweck, Christian Hiller, Markus Krieger, Alex Nehmer, Anh-Linh Ngo, Milica Topalović
Associate curators: Marija Marić, Nazlı Tümerdem

Production manager: Felix Hofmann

Event programming: Markus Krieger, Daniel Kuhnert

Team: Elke Doppelbauer, Nora Dünser, Mirko Gatti, Arno Löbbecke, Victor Lortie, Mona Rauch, Lea Scherer, Barbara Schindler

Graphic design: Stan Hema

Exhibition produced by Pavillon de l’Arsenal and designed by ARCH+ in partnership with Akademie der Künste Berlin, Department of Architecture ETH Zürich and Master in Architecture University of Luxembourg.

The project is funded by:
Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation)
German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

Supported by:
Federal Foreign Office
Wüstenrot Foundation
Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb)
Hans Sauer Foundation
Kultur | lx – Arts CouncilLuxembourg

ARCH+ Verlag GmbH Friedrichstr. 23 A Berlin 10969 Germany.



7th International Conference on Contemporary Affairs in Architecture and Urbanism

Mode: Hybrid Conference (both online and in-person presentations)
Venue: Alanya University, Alanya/Antalya/Türkiye
Partner University: Anant National University

The organizing committee of the 7th International Conference on Contemporary Affairs in Architecture and Urbanism (ICCAUA 2024) invite you to participate in this recently-emerged platform for exchanging ideas and research studies in the field of Architecture and Urbanism. The ICCAUA 2024 is a unique opportunity to engage with international experts, share your research, and expand your professional network.

The ICCAUA 2024 conference will be held both in person and online in Alanya on 23-24 May 2024. Please see the extended topics of the conference from:

23-24 May 2024

29 February 2024: “Extended Deadline” for Abstract Submission

The Architecture Drawing Prize Exhibition at Sir John Soane’s Museum

31 January – 3 March 2024

The Architecture Drawing Prize Exhibition opens on 31 January 2024 at Sir John Soane’s Museum in London

Next month sees the opening of The Architecture Drawing Prize exhibition at Sir John Soane’s Museum in London, UK.  It features drawings by the finalists and category winners of the 2023 Architecture Drawing Prize

31 January – 3 March 2024

Sir John Soane’s Museum

13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3BP, England, UK

Entry is free

Louise Stewart, Director of Sir John Soane’s Museum says:

“Along with producing his own buildings, Sir John Soane sought to inspire young architects to learn from the built world around them, and did so through using drawings in innovative ways. The Architecture Drawing Prize continues this tradition, showcasing new work that celebrates draughtsmanship, skill and innovation.”

This year’s Architecture Drawing Prize exhibition at Sir John Soane’s Museum takes the visionary as its theme. The curators are combining selected drawings from the Prize with examples from Soane’s collection to showcase how drawing is at the very heart of expressing innovation and design intent in architecture.  A reading table dedicated to exceptional drawings through the history of architecture will enable visitors to contextualise the exhibited contemporary drawings from the Prize.

Other highlights of the exhibition are the 2023 Category winners’ works that are notable for their play on the idea of representation and pictorial conventions. The three winning drawings are:

Hand-drawn category: ‘Grundtvig’ by Ben Johnson – United Kingdom

Digital Category: ‘The Archatographic Map of the Incomplete Landscape on Pedra Branca’ by Eugene Tan – Singapore

Hybrid Category: ‘(Re)membering the See Monster’ by Eldry John Infante – Philippines

The Overall Winner of The Architecture Drawing Prize will be announced on 29 January ahead of the exhibition opening.

Ken Shuttleworth, founder of Make Architects who originally set up The Architecture Drawing Prize, comments:

“The annual exhibition at Sir John Soane Museum is what makes this Prize programme so special and we welcome seeing the selected entrants’ work celebrated in London in this way by both our profession and the wider public from around the world.”

Details of opening hours:

About The Prize

The Architecture Drawing Prize is now in its 7th year. It is a collaboration between Sir John Soane’s Museum,  Make Architects and the World Architecture Festival.

The Prize had a record number of entries in 2023, attracting submissions from around the world, representing today’s best and most innovative architectural drawings.  The extent to which drawings make a proposition about the possibilities of architecture is an important criterion in the judging process as are technical skill and originality of approach.  

The 2023 Prize was judged by:

  • Nikki Bell and Ben Langlands, Artists
  • Pablo Bronstein, Artist
  • Paul Finch, Director of World Architecture Festival (Chair of Jury)
  • Lily Jencks, Co-founder of Lily Jencks Studio, Jencks Squared
  • Federica Minozzi, CEO Iris Ceramica Group
  • Narinder Sagoo, Senior Partner at Foster + Partners
  • Ken Shuttleworth, Founder of Make Architects
  • Louise Stewart, Head of Exhibitions at Sir John Soane’s Museum

The Architecture Drawing Prize is generously supported by the Italian company Iris Ceramica Group, one of world leaders in the production of high-end ceramic surfaces.

Federica Minozzi, CEO of Iris Ceramica Group and Prize Judge, says:

“We are really honoured to sponsor the Award. The Architecture Drawing Prize is a brilliant opportunity to demonstrate the genius of people and the desire to experiment. Hence the importance of it: it assumes a prominent role in reflecting architectural creativity.”


Lord Hendy Bus Tour dates

4 March 2024 – tbc
3 June 2024 – London West End, UK
23 September 2024 – City of London


Will Palin Talk

18 March 2024

On Monday March 18th Will Palin CEO of Barts Heritage will be talking about the repair and renovation of the historic buildings at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. At the end of 2023, Barts Heritage embarked on a 2-year, £9.5m, landmark project to conserve and rejuvenate the Grade I listed North Wing, including its celebrated interiors, the Hogarth Stair (left) and the magnificent Great Hall.


Romanian Design Week 2024

24 May – 2 June 2024

#RomanianDesignWeek #RomanianDesignWeek2024 #rdw2024 #UnlocktheCity

Romanian Design Week, the multidisciplinary festival dedicated to creative industries, organised by The Institute and presented by UniCredit Bank, announces the complete agenda of this year’s edition, which will take place between May 24 and June 2.

With the theme “Unlock the City,” the 2024 edition of Romanian Design Week aims to explore the methods through which creativity and innovation can shape the cities of the future and contribute to the exploration of Bucharest and the discovery of its potential, its creative spaces, and the cultural projects or organisations that animate and define them.

“This year’s edition aims to facilitate a reconnection of residents with urban environments and local communities, highlighting the important role of creative industries in revitalising and reimagining the city. Romanian Design Week 2024 is a call to explore the creative potential of Bucharest and discover the unexplored layers of the creative-cultural organisations that inhabit it. Through the extensive programme of events on the festival’s agenda, we aim to encourage walking tours of neighbourhoods and meetings with the organisations, businesses, studios, designers, and architects that animate and define it, contributing together to the development of a dynamic and optimistic urban environment.” – Raluca Mirel, Project Director of Romanian Design Week.

In 2024, Romanian Design Week introduced eight unique formats to encourage Bucharest residents to explore the creative identity of specific areas of the city. This initiative aims to establish spaces for dialogue and actively involve the community in the co-creation of a more welcoming city, as follows:

RDW Design GO! redraws the city map alongside dozens of independent businesses and creatives, creating new routes and objectives and proposing themes for reflection. With a diverse programme, this format becomes a platform for multidisciplinary dialogue and exchange, addressing the general public, consumers of design, and professionals, highlighting the concentrated energy of the city and its creative richness.

RDW Exhibition promotes professionals in local creative industries by presenting the best architecture and design projects carried out in the past year. The exhibition features over 200 projects in six categories: Architecture, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Product Design, Fashion Design, and Illustration. The projects are carefully selected from a large range of entries and validated by the RDW Community, before being chosen by teams of local and international curators. The exhibition aims to connect specialists with the current architecture and design scene in Romania and to raise the standards of local projects collectively.

RDW Design Flags returns to the festival programme, bringing before the public a series of exhibitions, projects, and relevant creatives in their fields, at an international level. This format serves as a bridge between local architecture and design and the international community. It offers a range of themes, approaches, and representations of architecture and design. The event is developed in conjunction with cultural institutes, embassies, and local cultural-creative organisations, and it highlights the valuable contributions of designers and architects from around the world.

RDW Young Design presents the public this year with a series of young designers and architects who have distinguished themselves at the DIPLOMA Show festival. This exhibition aims to showcase the perspectives and ideas of the new generation of creative minds. It also encourages conversations between industry experts and the future professionals of the design world. The event celebrates graduates’ accomplishments and highlights their innovative projects, contributing to the development and promotion of young talent from Romania.

RDW Concept Store is a space dedicated to the consumption of Romanian design, presenting a selection of local designers and brands. Here, the public can explore and purchase unique products, thus encouraging the commercial relevance of local design. Apart from showcasing products, RDW Concept Store hosts a series of curated events, including designer meetups, product tastings, presentations, and informal meetings between brands and consumers.

RDW Social fosters a vibrant, creative community by organising events and facilitating dialogue and collaboration for local designers. This format offers a relaxed environment for meeting new partners and collaborators, discovering initiatives to support and encourage, and developing projects to raise the standards of local creative industries.

RDW Talks promotes the most creative minds in Romania in dialogue with international professionals, addressing current themes of the global architecture and design scene. This format aims to offer the public new perspectives on the evolution of creative industries, to outline the relationship and interaction with the city, and to stimulate discussions and exchanges of constructive ideas.

Noaptea Studiourilor de Arhitectură proposes a special evening where architects open their offices and workspaces to present the latest projects to the general public and to organise social events. This format offers the public a unique opportunity to meet the people behind the projects that are changing the city and to explore the diversity of local architecture through a circuit visiting several neighbourhoods of Bucharest.

The formats thus offer Bucharest residents the opportunity to explore and experience the creative diversity of the city. Through them, Romanian Design Week aims to create a more dynamic urban environment full of opportunities for exploration and interaction.

For further information, please visit the Romanian Design Week website, Facebook page, and Instagram account.
Romanian Design Week is a project by The Institute.

Despre The Institute

The Institute promotes the creative industries in Romania, aiming to contribute to the country’s modernization. The Institute has been initiating and organizing events for over 25 years and has built a community that brings together entrepreneurs, professionals, and audiences from the creative industries in Romania. Through all its activities, it contributes to building a strong infrastructure for developing creative entrepreneurship in the country, increasing and diversifying the audience for workshops, designers, small businesses, agencies, and manufacturers, and promoting entrepreneurs and creative professionals nationally and internationally. It is the founder of projects such as Romanian Design Week, DIPLOMA Show, Gala Societății Civile, and Internetics. It is the initiator of programs such as ASAP România, Cartierul Creativ, and Combinat.


First major retrospective of I. M. Pei

M+, Hong Kong’s Global Museum of Contemporary Visual Culture

June 2024 : Opening

Location: West Gallery, M+

M+, Asia’s first global museum of contemporary visual culture, located in the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong, announces details of major exhibitions, M+ Facade commissions, and the cinema programme for its third year since opening in November 2021. The 2024 programme covers a broad range of disciplines including visual art, design and architecture, moving image, photography, and fashion.

The programme includes the Special Exhibition I. M. Pei: Life Is Architecture, the first major retrospective of the seminal Chinese American architect I. M. Pei (1917–2019), opening in June 2024. Among the high-profile projects I. M. Pei realised over the seven decades of his celebrated career are the National Gallery of Art East Building in Washington, D.C., the modernisation of the Grand Louvre in Paris, Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong, and the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha.

To lend a contemporary lens to Pei’s work, M+ presents newly commissioned photographs of his iconic and lesser-known buildings by a new generation of photographers from around the world including South Ho, Naho Kubota, Lee Kuo-min, Giovanna Silva, Mohamed Somji, Tian Fangfang, and Yoneda Tomoko. Architectural models of Pei’s built and unbuilt projects will also be made in collaboration with architecture schools at The University of Hong Kong and The Chinese University of Hong Kong.


Service Design Global Conference

Helsinki, Finland

Autumn 2024

Service Design Global Conference 2024 in Helsinki brings top talents together

The Service Design Global Conference 2024 (SDGC24), a global event for professionals and design enthusiasts alike, will be happening in Helsinki next Autumn 2024.

The prestigious conference of the Service Design Network will gather world class service design cases, talents, innovators and other players. It aims to bring wider visibility to service design with the theme for the 2024 conference being “Designing for Impact: Strategic Leadership with Service Design”.

With more than 900 participants, the Global Conference has been organised for 16 years since 2008 and took place in cities around the world.The latest gathering in 2023 was hosted both in Berlin and online. In 2024, the event in Helsinki will be produced by the Global Service Design Network along with its local chapter SDN Finland. The event is organized with the support of Finnish designers association Ornamo Art and Design Finland, and other partners from academia to business.

Eliisa Sarkkinen, Head of SDN Finland and Lead Service Designer at Siili Solutions, is happy to have the conference finally in Finland. “The event will be a hub of creativity and a place to look into the future of our innovative capabilities. In SDGC24, we want to embrace design enthusiasts from early practitioners to global decision makers connecting tech and design, strategy and business”, Sarkkinen states.

The conference theme sets the stage for exciting keynotes, workshops, and networks about the role and impact of service design and how creativity is crucial for the service business. The stage will welcome all world class service design cases, innovations, businesses, and talents.

Finnish tech-driven companies are strong users of design

Salla Heinänen, Executive Director at Ornamo Art and Design Finland, has followed the growth and transformation of the design scene in Finland with positivity. The turnover in 2021 of the Finnish design sector was €15.4 billion euros, with an impressive 2/3 share in digital design. The development that has occurred in the software business is strongly linked to the digitalisation of society and business.

“Design is based on human understanding, and as a field of expertise, its potential as part of the digital economy is widely identified in Finnish companies. Thanks to our strong tech-intensive culture, Finland is one of the forerunners in service design”, states Heinänen.

Service Design Network in a nutshell

The Service Design Network (SDN), founded in 2004, is the leading non-profit institution for expertise in service design and a driver of global growth, development, and innovation within the practice. Through national and international events, online and print publications and coordination with academic institutions, our member-based network connects multiple roles.

Ornamo Art and Design Finland in a nutshell
Finland’s largest multidisciplinary design community, Ornamo, advances the profession of designers and promotes the role of design in society. Founded in 1911, Ornamo has 3,000 members.


2024 London Festival of Architecture

#LFAat20: Reimagine

In a time of climate and cost of living crises, social injustice and inequality, our role as active citizens has never been more important. As champions for change, LFA brings together a community of likeminded people and organisations to explore how the industry, and all Londoners we can shape a more equitable, accessible and sustainable city – a London by, and for, all Londoners.

The theme for the 2024 London Festival of Architecture is reimagine. From reclaiming underused spaces and considering how we work with materials, to creative approaches to retrofitting and engaging communities in the design process, 2024 will be the time to reimagine ways of working, explore long-term solutions for the future of London and reimagine how we can continue to work together to use the festival to drive change and create a better London for all.

The festival’s call for events will open in January 2024 but you can already get involved with LFA 2024 information sessions and Mentor Surgery Days happening over the next few months – key dates for 2024 can be found found here – 2024 London Festival of Architecture events, some key ones below:

8 May 2024 : LFA2024 Programme Launch

w/c 13 and 20 May 2024 : LFA Merch Collection

1 June 2024 : Festival Begins

#LFAat20 Call for Stories

As we celebrate 20 years of the festival, we will be showcasing your stories, reflections and visions for the future through our #LFAat20 call for stories. Share your favourite festival memory, or a time that inspired you. If you have been part of the London Festival of Architecture at any point in the past 20 years, we want to hear from you!

2024 Curation Panel

The London Festival of Architecture Curation Panel is made up of industry influencers, experts and community leaders that work with the LFA team in an advisory role to help shape the annual programme of the Festival, including the theme.

This year’s panel features Gurmeet Sian, Founder, Office Sian Architecture + Design, Jessica Neil, CEO, The Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation, Moira Lascelles, Executive Director & Head of Partnerships, UP Projects, Poppy Levison, Architectural Assistant, DSDHA and Architect, DisOrdinary Architecture Project, Ruchi Chakravarty, Director of Place, Urban Scale Interventions and Tom Ravenscroft, Editor, Dezeen.


Global Conference & Inspiration Tour

21 – 23 May 2024

London, UK

An optimal work-life balance is key to the majority of people and just goes to show why leisure activities are of such vital importance.

Healthy and attractive leisure buildings are key assets to create a sustainable leisure economy. Buildings for the leisure industry create an enormous potential for local and global economies. The leisure economy is the leading growth market segment today and this looks likely to continue in the years to come. Out-of-home leisure activities mainly occur in hotels and resorts, sports and shopping centres, amusement parks, museums, theatres, cinemas and even libraries.

Building Leisure Buildings is an invitation-only business community where global investors, leading architects, engineers and consultants, expert contractors and world-class operators meet to share knowledge, knowhow and knowwho about the leisure construction market. In this way, we want to motivate and inspire investors, both domestic and foreign, to create, develop and operate leisure buildings. We strongly believe that this will stimulate the national and international economies by generating more visitors and tourists thereby increasing overall employment in the construction and leisure industry. Attractive leisure buildings also have a significant positive impact on the well-being of the local population.

Welcome to London, the capital and largest city of England and the United Kingdom.

21 May 2024

Day 1 Global Conference

22 May 2024

Day 2 London City

23 May 2024

Day 3 East Bank

Programme and locations subject to change.

Today we focus on London East Bank, the UK’s newest cultural quarter at the heart of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The place where everything happens; entertainment, inspiration and discovery and open to everyone who visits, lives and works in East London.

The Mayor of London has set out his £1.1 billion vision that represents the most significant single investment in London’s culture since the legacy of the 1851 Great Exhibition, and will shape the cultural life of the city for the 21st century and beyond.

Opening from autumn 2023, East Bank is a unique collaboration between cultural institutions, world leading universities and the people of the Olympic boroughs.

East Bank is made up of Sadler’s Wells East, BBC Music Studios and V&A East and V&A East Storehouse as well as a brand new University College London (UCL East) and University of the Arts London’s London College of Fashion.

A powerhouse for innovation, creativity and learning in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, East Bank is rooted in the diverse communities of East London and is a reflection of the creative spirit and the legacy of the 2012 Games.

Discover the UK’s newest metropolitan center, together with Building Leisure Buildings.


The Gantry London, Curio Collection by Hilton

The Gantry is a multifaceted urban resort and hotel offering a truly integrated eating, drinking, socialising and entertaining experience under one roof. It’s the ideal destination for Londoners and international visitors alike who share our passion for the exceptional and the unexpected.

About the neighborhood

A creative community and world-class cultural destination. Explore a thriving food and drink scene, where park-side pop-ups rub shoulders with the best in modern fine dining. Track down something special at off-beat boutiques and international brands. Or dive into the best of the arts – from street art and galleries, to film and music.

Address: The Gantry London, Curio Collection by Hilton
40 Celebration Avenue
Stratford, London, E20 1DB, United Kingdom
+44 20 4549 7600
Guests are eligible for a reduced room rate. Please reach out to the hotel’s reservations departmentvia the link below and mention “BLB2024” to book a room.


Architecture Events Summer to Autumn 2024

Architecture Events in Summer to Autumn 2024, chronological:

11th edition International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam

Announcement Theme and Curator Team


26 June to 20 October 2024

Under the title Nature of Hope, the 11th edition of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam examines nature, culture and hope from the perspective of architectural thought and action, as a driving force for social change. What does it take to face uncertainty about the future in a time of profound and multiple transformations – in other words, what are the building blocks we need to remain hopeful?

The IABR 2024 will take place from 26 June to 20 October 2024 and will focus on a combination of hope and nature. This choice stems from the recognition that everything begins with the Earth and that our exploitation – or rather, depletion – of the Earth, each other, and the living world is leading to multiple ecological and social crises. As humans, we can no longer place ourselves above or at a distance from nature and nor do we wish to. How can we put the knowledge and practices of spatial design at the service of the planet and all the creatures that live on it?

Conditions for Hope

In 2024, the IABR will focus on the design of hope – not as a naive position or a binary choice between optimism and pessimism, but as an active practice. After all, change will only land in fertile soil if it comes with the lure and hope of a new dawn. In the face of urgent systemic change, the design disciplines have an opportunity to redefine themselves. How can we consistently engage in a conscious confrontation with the realities of our field of work and our relationships, and find space in them for potential improvement and systemic change?
By focusing on the conditions for hope, the IABR 2024 will contribute to rebuilding social and knowledge infrastructures so that problematic ways of working can be abandoned and alternative ways of working strengthened. Architectural thinking as a flywheel for change!

Beyond the Makeability of the Landscape

The (Western) paradigm of ‘makeability’ – social engineering – and the economization and rationalization of the political and physical landscape in the form of polderen are deeply rooted in Dutch culture and inextricably linked to exploitation, dependency, and inequality. But both our technocratic and our democratic foundations are under pressure. The dominant attitude towards nature and landscape – talking and thinking about and designing in spite of nature – has led to our current situation: overlapping crises of ecology, climate, and social relations.

It is high time for a new (design) attitude: to think and act from nature; to act integrally and collectively; to interweave the multiplicity of (cultural) perspectives, lived experiences, and forms of knowledge – including those of other life forms – and to take the promise of the possible future as a starting point.

Towards a Regenerative and Hopeful Architectural Practice

Spatial designers have a key role to play in imagining and establishing the conditions for urgent change. Many signs of this coming cultural shift are already visible. More and more natural entities, such as rivers, are gaining rights (notably in the Global South). Insurers and financial markets are making their voices heard in the climate crisis debate, taking a stand on the future they want. Architects, urban designers, landscape designers, and spatial policymakers are also increasingly focusing on integrated design solutions: from water and soil the drivers of spatial change, as described in new national policies, to working circularly and carbon positively, (re)using local materials and knowledge building.

In the run-up to the exhibition, the IABR 2024 will support these developments by focusing on exploring and transforming architectural culture and strengthening the conditions for regenerative architectural practices. In this context, the imagination is not a utopian blueprint, but a pragmatic search for what previously seemed impossible.


The IABR 2024: Nature of Hope Curator Team consists of architect and researcher Janna Bystrykh, architect-researcher and philosopher Catherine Koekoek, researcher and writer Hani Salih, spatial designer and researcher Alina Paias, and designer and writer Noortje Weenink. The curator team, whose members come from different backgrounds but share a common basis in spatial design, manifests the change that is already underway.


The main venue of the IABR 2024 will be the Nieuwe Instituut (NI) in Rotterdam, the national museum for architecture, design, and digital culture. The IABR thus returns to the place where it took its first cultural steps 20 years ago. The IABR and the Nieuwe Instituut share a common agenda and both want the design disciplines to play a key role in interpreting and furthering the development of pressing social challenges.


As a knowledge and cultural institution, the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) promotes and draws attention to the value of research by design. The disciplines of Architecture, Landscape Design, and Urban Design have an essential, connecting and imaginative part to play in the profound social transformations the world is facing as a result of climate change. The visualization of alternatives is crucial to designing a shared future.

IABR is generously supported by the City of Rotterdam and the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.



China Dialogues Book

Together with the Power Station of Art in Shanghai, China, we posted details of the presentation of a book by Vladimir Belogolovsky, that took place on 4 September 2022.

This online event was recorded and available for viewing at a later time.

The announcement link can be viewed here (in Chinese with an English translation feature):

China Dialogues architecture event

Blurb excerpts about the book by Vladimir Belogolovsky:

Li Xiangning: “With a refreshing query, engaging themes, and deep insights, Vladimir Belogolovsky’s dialogues with China’s cutting-edge architects investigate and illustrate a vivid scene of contemporary Chinese architecture.”

Kenneth Frampton: “…Each conversation is an extraordinary testimony to the energy of an undeniable renaissance, in which these talented and highly cultivated architects are engaged in the common project of creating a civic culture for a new society…”

Steven Holl: “…China Dialogues tirelessly presents the Chinese architects who have embodied new freedom and promise…”

Jean-Louis Cohen: “…Belogolovsky lifts the veil on a prolific new generation of designers, who have in common a highly intellectualized and conceptual understanding of architecture…”

Juhani Pallasmaa: “…Belogolovsky shares his deep personal knowledge of current Chinese architecture and the leading individual designers, as well as their thinking and intentions…”

Aaron Betsky: “…This book assembles some of the very best practices not just in Asia, but in the world, displaying their work with photographs of great depth while letting the designers tell us about their sources, dreams, and aspirations…”

Luis Fernández-Galiano: “In China Dialogues Vladimir Belogolovsky charts a panorama of Chinese architecture through the words of its main players. He draws his ‘landscape with figures’ with excellent prose, deep understanding, and outspoken wit…”

Cui Kai: “Belogolovsky’s book gathers an inquisitive collection of thoughts from outstanding Chinese architects; it is a critical documentation of the author’s in-depth conversations about the past, the future, and the current moment of our architecture.”

Vladimir Belogolovsky
Curatorial Project



AI and EPDs: Pioneering a Better Future through Environmental Building Design

5 December 2023 at 2pm ET

Join Sandeep Ahuja and Leise Sandeman as they discuss environmental building design.

join cove.tool’s CEO and Co-Founder, Sandeep Ahuja, and the Co-Founder of Pathways, Leise Sandeman, for an upcoming webinar exploring the intersection of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).

Join us this Tuesday, December 5th at 2pm ET for “AI and EPDs: Pioneering a Better Future through Environmental Building Design”. This session brings together industry experts and female founders to explore how these cutting-edge technologies are reshaping the landscape of building design.

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cove.tool, 100 Peachtree Street NW, Floor 5, Atlanta, Georgia 30303, USA, 404-998-5846


12th International Landscape Biennial of Barcelona

Catalunya, Spain

27 – 28 November 2023

It will delve into the theme of “The Poetics of Remediation”.

  • This year, 32 experts, including renowned professionals in the field, jury members, academics, and researchers, will be participating with their presentations.
  • Prominent speakers include the landscape architect and experimental vegetation activist Cassian Schmidt, the Thai landscape architect Koch Voraakkhom, theorists Gareth Doherty (Harvard University) and Tim Watermann (UCL), landscape architect Catherine Mosbach, and the author of “Water Lore” in Australia, Gini Lee, among others.
  • The Biennial returns as an in-person event, but with free and open streaming events for registered attendees.

Symposium in the Music Palace:

  • On November 27, 2023, a presentation day for projects chosen as finalists for the Rosa Barba International Landscape Prize in the 12th edition of the Biennial. Venue: Petit Palau.
  • On November 28, 2023, a theoretical reflection day on the theme “The Poetics of Remediation”, with input from the juries of the Rosa Barba and Ribas Piera Prizes, as well as invited keynote speakers. Venue: Petit Palau.
  • On November 28, 2023, as part of the Biennial’s closing, the winning projects for both the Rosa Barba and Ribas Piera Prizes will be announced in an event at the Palau de la Música.
  • On November 28, 2023, there will be a Pop-up Green ephemeral intervention and a closing celebration. Venue: Pavelló Mies van der Rohe.

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How Tall is Tall in Timber in the UK?

8 Fitzroy Street, London, England

CTBUH UK Chapter Presents:

How Tall is Tall in Timber in the UK? Challenges, Current Trends, and Future Prospects

(Thursday, 23 November 2023)


Join the CTBUH UK Chapter for an exploration of the opportunities, challenges, and potential of high-rise timber construction. Our expert panelists will discuss the topic “How Tall is Tall Timber in the UK?” This cross-industry discussion will delve into the potential for pushing the boundaries of sustainable timber buildings and uncover the critical factors that impact their height limitations.


  • Mads Kaltoft, Principal Partner, Schmidt Hammer Lassen
  • Adam Ozinsky, Senior Associate, 3XN
  • Judith Schulz, Fire Engineer, Arup
  • Carolina Bartram, Structural Engineer, Arup


Event details

Date: Thursday, 23 November 2023

Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: Arup, 8 Fitzroy St, London W1T 4BJ, UK

Cost: Nonmembers: £5, Members: Complimentary

Kindly Sponsored by: Arup.

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