How is architecture responding to the renewal of collective life post-pandemic? What does committing to combat climate change entail? These are a few of the questions that will be taken into consideration at the various talks, panel discussions and keynotes at World Architecture Festival 2022 (November 30 - December 2, Lisbon). The rich program of the three-day event represents an opportunity to discuss a series of issues and conditions which relate to the collective use of architecture and public space in a variety of very different settings.
Many influential national and international architects and designers are involved in this year’s festival, under the theme “Together”, which will kick off with a keynote speech from Ole Scheeren (principal, Büro Ole Scheeren) followed the next day by Reinier de Graaf (partner, OMA) and finishing up with a live presentation by Ana Pinto da Silva (co-founder & CEO at Minka Homes & Communities).
The list does not end here, though. The diverse speaking program for WAF 2022 includes commentators also from leading educational institutions and city planners such as Sir Peter Cook and Mirjana Milanovic, Senior Designer and Project Leader of Urban Projects at the Amsterdam Department of Urban Planning and Sustainability. Other panelists include Diogo Burnay and Cristina Verissimo (founders at CVDB Arquitectos), Jean Mah (principal, health at Perkins&Will), Marc Koehler (founder at Marc Koehler Architects – MKA), Alice Dietsch (director at AL_A), Mario Cucinella (founder at Mario Cucinella Architects – MC A), and Richard Francis-Jones (design director at fjmtstudio).
Paul Finch, program director of World Architecture Festival comments: “We are excited to be hosting inspirational speakers from such a wide variety of geographies and backgrounds. We look forward to stimulating presentations and thought-provoking ideas that will form part of the ‘big conversation’ that takes place at WAF each year”.
Cover photo: Rajasthan School by Sanjay Puri Architects, Ras, Rajasthan, India
Photography by Dinesh Mehta, courtesy of WAF