Architects from across the world are today gathering for the opening of the World Architecture Festival (WAF), which in 2018 takes places in Amsterdam for the first time. The three-day event features conference programmes, exhibitions and live award presentations and this year will examine the theme of ‘identity’. Keynote speakers include Rem Koolhaas, David Adjaye, Francine Houben and Caroline Bos.
The 2018 awards programme received more than 1,000 entries, generating a shortlist of over 500 projects from 81 countries, with established world-leading architects vying with emerging practices across sectors from infrastructure and civic projects to interiors and landscapes. At the festival the architects and designers behind each shortlisted project will compete for category prizes, presenting to international juries made up of more than 100 international judges in front of festival delegates. On the final day of the festival category the ultimate accolades of World Building of the Year, Future Project of the Year, Interior of the Year and Landscape of the Year will be awarded.
Speaker highlights include Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang on moving beyond inherited notions of identity. At WAF’s sister event, the INSIDE World Festival of Interiors, which takes place at the same time, talks chaired by Nigel Coates include Eva Jiřičná on the ‘multi-faceted and ever-changing face of identity’ and Christina Seilern on her work at Studio Seilern Architects.
As well as leading architects and designers from global practices, the diverse programmes of both WAF and INSIDE include industry commentators from associated disciplines such as city planning, media figures including BBC special correspondent Razia Iqbal and eminent speakers from education including Professor Lesley Lokko and Aaron Betsky.
Fringe events this year include a WAF ‘street takeover’ networking zone, an architecture film festival and architect-led tours of Amsterdam’s historic heritage and latest contemporary buildings.
WAF and INSIDE run until 30 November 2018.