A festival in flow: Designing a more sustainable future As some of the world’s leading architecture firms join forces to declare a state of climate emergency, the entire industry prepares to gather for the 12th edition of World Architecture Festival (WAF) to crown the best architectural creations out there and discuss how the industry can play a major role in building a more sustainable future. By Linnea Dunne
With a shortlist of 534 impressive projects, narrowed down from more than 1,000 entries, the World Architecture Festival is the world’s largest annual, international, live architecture event. It boasts not just the industry’s biggest international awards programme in the world, but also a buzzing exhibition area, an inspiring conference programme, plenty of networking opportu46 | Issue 129 | October 2019
nities, and much more. This is where the global architecture community gathers to learn, exchange and be inspired – and more than 500 live presentations will take place. For the second time in its 12-year history, WAF descends on Amsterdam from 4 to 6 December this year. While sustainability will be at the very heart of many of
the presentations and discussions, the theme of the conference programme is ‘flow’ – meaning that speakers and contributors will be reflecting on everything from the flow of people and traffic through cities and buildings, to flows of energy and political power in trade and national policy.
Nordic contributions As part of an outstanding line-up of speakers, Kai-Uwe Bergmann of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Kasper Guldager Jensen of 3XN / GXN will represent Denmark and Scandinavia on the WAF stage. But Scandinavia is present in more ways than one at the festival, including with a range of shortlisted projects. BIG