Scan Magazine, Issue 136, November 2021

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Scan Magazine  |  Cover Feature  |  World Architecture Festival 2021

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Kirkkonummi Library, JKMM Architects. Photo: Marc Goodwin

enjoy a jam-packed, live-streamed programme of conference talks by leading architectural thinkers, awards, fringe events and a total of 18 digital crit rooms, making this the largest festival to date in terms of content since WAF first launched in Barcelona in 2008. Were there challenges along to road to a fully inclusive virtual format? Sure. “Particularly matching the time zones of award presentations with the zones of the juries,” acknowledges the programme director. “On the other hand, the pandemic forced us to think about accessibility in the digital age. We realise that what we are doing now could have been done before. The cultural shift

towards remote communication has transformed the world of events forever. We plan to be live again in 2022, but the nature of the event will be hybrid, with both live and online delegates.”

The 2021 WAF comprises: A thematic conference programme on the theme ‘Resetting the City: Greening, Health & Urbanism’ Electronic gallery of all award entries Virtual partner and exhibitor booths Live judging of finalists’ projects Online networking and social events, including partner fringe events

Hospital Nova, JKMM Architects. Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo

Fisksätra Folkets Hus, Sandellsandberg Architects.

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