First RIBA International Week to consider United Nations’ 20-year blueprint for urban development 20.06.17

Written by 

RIBA international week MAD Architects

At next month’s conference, architects and urbanists will discuss how the profession should help shape the cities of the future

Ma Yansong, Francis Kéré, Amanda Levete, David Chipperfield, Elizabeth Diller and Odile Decq will be among the speakers at the RIBA’s inaugural International Week.

Taking place next month, the festival will comprise a series of events, speeches and exhibitions that consider the implications for architects of the New Urban Agenda – the United Nations’ 20-year global strategy for sustainable development and housing that emerged from the Habitat III conference in October.

The main element of the festival is the conference on 4 July, where UN Habitat executive director Joan Clos, sociologist Saskia Sassen, the former mayor of Rio de Janeiro Eduardo Paes, the director of the Aga Khan architecture award Farrokh Derakhshani and Victoria & Albert Museum director Tristram Hunt will join the architects in discussing what the profession could contribute in shaping 21st-century cities – from housebuilding to fostering communities to protecting cultural heritage.

‘Architects need to play a vital role in shaping our urban future,’ said RIBA president Jane Duncan. ‘RIBA’s International Week will connect with architects to help them understand the potential impact and opportunities of global urbanisation. The week will provide explanation and inspiration, showing how the architecture profession can use its skills over the next two decades to make a valuable and long-lasting contribution to our future cities and society.’

As well as the conference, the RIBA will host masterclasses in city-making for students and an exhibition of site-specific architectural installations around the theme ‘Beyond Borders’. It will also launch the call for entries for its second International Prize, which will be awarded next year.

RIBA International Week, 3-7 July 2017




Leave a comment

Click to show