FESTIVAL BIG ARCHITECTURE 2019

April 17, 2019
City of Design, Dunajska cesta 13, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Big architecture is a leading business and educational event related to advanced architecture. It is intended to strengthen business success and attractiveness of South-Eastern Europe by researching, evaluating, and promoting architectural excellence. It serves as a catalyst of reflections about the crucial importance of architecture in the environment that takes into account and responds to the contemporary social challenges which are important for our existence, economy, and future.

The purpose of the festival is to familiarise architects and professional decision-makers with the new concepts of living, innovative technologies, building systems, services, and advanced solutions in forming and implementing a high-quality architectural envelope and interior.

The theme of this year’s festival is complexity.

CONFERENCE: NEW TECHNOLOGIES – NEW COMPLEXITY

Throughout history architecture has always been inextricably linked to technology. Breakthroughs in construction technology often signify progress in the architectural thought, creativity, planning and consequently in the way of living in architecture. Let’s take the example of concrete which represented a big revolutionary achievement when it was introduced into architecture! That revolutionary invention triggered the process of modernisation and permanently changed the way the buildings were built or planned as well as the way of living. One can only wonder which one of today’s fast-rising technologies could cause a similar revolution in architecture.

Are these smart materials, smart buildings or smart cities? What they all have in common is the fact that a certain material, building or a city can detect certain changes in the surrounding environment and consequently it reacts to them. Is it the architecture that automatizes the building process either by means of robots or by means of three-dimensional printers? It is primarily about the question of standardisation and optimisation as well as about making the building process either cheaper or faster. Is it about introducing a scientific way of thinking into the process of a project preparation, the use of big data when specifying project tasks? Or is it about the automatization of the planning process by means of computer programmes or the presentation of the architectural planning to various clients in in virtual reality?
The new complexity in architecture on one hand requires the use of technology during the planning processes, presentations and building processes and on the other hand it also necessitates the unavoidable deliberation regarding the complexity of fulfilling the clients’ demands and ensuring satisfactory, interesting, sustainable and quality living spaces. Architecture is, namely, an integral part of a complex field of various participants. It connects the system of building that includes building technology and provides a well-being in a certain building and the surrounding environment (in the sense of physical and cultural context) and people (the users’ needs and the clients’ demands). Architecture shall aim to find a balance among those three entities each of which already contains a complexity in itself.
Six world-renowned architects of various generations are going to present their projects and their reflections while at the same time trying to give answers to the following questions: How to use new technologies in architecture sensibly? How to provide pleasant living spaces by using hi-tech? How can technology save time and money in the process of building and planning? How to make buildings by using recycled materials? How does the use of technology stimulate creativity? Which new technologies are breakthrough technologies and which of them represent a useful tool? What will the architecture be like in the future?

Curator: Kristina Dešman

Speakers will be announced at the end of February.

Speakers 2008-2018

Simon Ewings; Snøhetta

Tom Frantzen; FRANTZEN et al architecten

Martin Josst; Delugan Meissl Associated Architects

Bas ten Brinke; 70F architecture

Dorte Mandrup-Paulsen; Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter

Ren Yee; UNStudio

Einar Jarmund; JVA

Antón García-Abril; Ensamble Studio

Carme Pinós; Estudio Carme Pinós

Bjarne Mastenbroek; SeARCH Architects

Tony Fretton; Tony Fretton Architects

Jürgen Mayer; J.MAYER.H und Partner

Jens Thomas Arnfred; Tegnestuen Vandkunsten

Paul Robbrecht; Robbrecht en Daem Architecten

Andrew Griffin; JDS

TRADE SHOW

Specialised Trade Show Big Architecture is one of the most prominent fairs for advanced architecture and construction in the region.

ARCHITECT MATCH (ARCHITECTURAL TABLES)

Architect Match are individual business meetings for networking professionals in architecture and construction with purpose to efficiently exchange expert opinions and information and to make new business contacts. They are unique opportunity to acquaint architects and investors with novelties and to connect architects to make new projects togather.

FORUM: INNOVATIVE USE OF WOOD IN ARCHITECTURE

What is the future of innovative wooden construction in a modern fast-changing world, where there are still unexploited potentials of wood use in architecture, and what are the trends and opportunities for greater use of wood in public and commercial buildings are the issues that will be addressed by top foreign architects in forum.

LECTURES: ARCHITECTURE 180˚

Architecture 180 ° is a series of short lectures by architects  aimed at confronting critical thinking about quality architecture, and establishing better quality communication within the profession and in relation to the lay public.

BIG ARCHITECTURE 2019 AWARD CEREMONY

BIG SEE ARCHITECTURE AWARDS recognise and expose excellence in architecture from Southeast Europe in three categories:
– Residential architecture
– Public and commercial architecture
– Landscape and urban space
Awarded project will be exhibited in national pavillions.

Projects for the award competition can be applied here.

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Regular and students tickets include:
– Big architecture Trade Show
– Lectures Architecture 180˚
– Big Architecture Conference
– Lectures Business-Architectural Forum
– Lectures Architecture 180˚
– Lectures BIG SEE visionary inside
– Gala evening Awards Ceremony
– Exhibition BIG SEE Architecture Awards
– Morning coffee, croissants, lunch, snack, evening BIG SEE buffet
– Participation certificate

Business tickets for two persons include:
– Big architecture Trade Show
– Lectures Architecture 180˚
– Big Architecture Conference
– Lectures Business-Architectural Forum
– Lectures Architecture 180˚
– Lectures BIG SEE visionary inside
– Gala evening Awards Ceremony
– Exhibition BIG SEE Architecture Awards
– Morning coffee, croissants, lunch, snack, evening BIG SEE buffet
– Participation certificate
– Distribution of promotional material at the info point