The World Architecture Festival has announced the theme for the tenth edition of the conference: ‘Performance.’
The festival will focus on the topic of performance in architecture. This will include several new additions to the tour program, including a visit to Hans Scharoun’s revolutionary Berlin Philharmonie; Gerhard Spangenberg’s Radialsystem V, a former pump station transformed into a venue for contemporary dance and music; and Frank Gehry’s recently-completed Pierre Boulez Concert Hall.
Commenting on the selection of the 2017, WAF Programme Director Paul Finch said: “This year we will examine the multiple aspects of performance that architecture has to embrace: aesthetic, technical, economic and psychological. We will be discussing buildings designed for performance – for example theatres and concert halls – but also the role that buildings play in the life and spectacle of the city itself.”
Returning to Franz Ahrens’ Arena Berlin, this year’s WAF looks to build on a successful 2016 edition that saw the highest attendance numbers ever, with more than 2,300 architects and designers over three days.
Entrants for the WAF Awards programme can still take advantage of an Early Bird rate for two more days, until April 27, 2017. The final deadline for entries this year is May 18, 2017. Practices submitting three or more projects will be able to enjoy a 15% discount on entry fees.