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FUTURE ARCHITECTURE PLATFORM - Successful Creative Exchange 2020

MAR 2020

The 2020 Creative Exchange – the largest Future Architecture Platform gathering of the year – took place from 12-13 February 2020 at MAO Ljubljana, Slovenia. Attended by over 100 international creative professionals, the inspiring event brought together the freshly selected Future Architecture Fellows, the platform members, prominent thinkers and Future Architecture enthusiasts to discuss the future of architecture. This marked the start of the 2020 European Architecture Program — a series of exhibitions, conferences, talks, workshops, summer schools, and Archifutures publications throughout 12 European cities.


Relive the 2020 Creative Exchange and take a look at the photos and videos below!

Matchmaking Conference


The first day of the Matchmaking Conference featured 25 submitted ideas that were selected by curators and artistic directors of 26 platform members, Future Architecture alumni and the public through online voting: Critical Practice (United Kingdom), Unfolding Pavilion (Italy), Agustin Schang (USA), Institute for Linear Research (Liechtenstein), Diego Sologuren, Brad Downey (Switzerland), TEN Studio & Alexis Kalagas (Australia), Jason Rhys Parry (USA), CIVIS (USA), Amigdala (Italy), Mies. TV (Austria), Goda Verikaite (Netherlands), Architects Climate Action Network (United Kingdom), Sonja Lakić (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Architecture of Shame (Italy), Proyecto Colectivo (USA), Grégoire Deberdt (France), Un-war Space Lab (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Will Jennings (United Kingdom), Renzo Sgolacchia (Netherlands), Constantinos Marcou (Cyprus), Forty-Five Degrees (Germany), Office of Human Resources (USA), Itinerant Office (Spain), TiriLab (Greece) and pais(vi)agem (Spain). Most of the applicants address social and environmental issues in architecture, while other deal with challenges related to technology, planning and heritage. Also featured was Monique Besten (Netherlands), who is the recipient of this year's Writers Grant awarded by dpr-barcelona. Besides this, Marina Otero Verzier, architect and director of research at Het Nieuwe Instituut, rounded up the first day with her annual reflections summary. The full written summary will be shared on the Future Architecture Platform website soon.


The second day of the Matchmaking Conference was the first opportunity to hear details about the upcoming 2020 programme: All the Beauties of the Cities, VI PER Gallery (Prague), Building Narratives, Architektūros fondas (Vilnius), Urban Talks, BINA Belgrade International Architecture Week (Belgrade), The Open Bookshelf: Future Architecture Library, dpr-barcelona (Barcelona), In Practice: Architecture education for the Future, MAO (Ljubljana), MAXXI Architecture Film Summer School, MAXXI (Rome), Design Biotop 2020: Systemic Approach in Design, Design Biotop (Ljubljana), OAT Autumn Programme, Oslo Architecture Triennale (Oslo), Future Architecture Summer School, KAF (Prishtina), Staged Nature, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon), The Publishing School: Publishing Acts I-II-III, DAI-SAI (Pula), Tirana Architecture Week 2020: Catalysts of Change, Polis University (Tirana), Living in the Country, Reinventing the Non-Urban Condition, HDA (Graz) and Future Architecture Collection, Lisbon Architecture Triennale (Lisbon). We also had the pleasure of meeting our new members: Theatrum Mundi (Paris and London) and BETA, Timișoara Architecture Biennial (‎Timișoara).


Video interview with 25 selected creatives

Photos Day 1

Photos Day 2

Focus Talks


This year’s speakers at the inspiring Focus Talks event were James Taylor-Foster, writer, editor and curator of contemporary architecture and design at ArkDes in Stockholm, Mariana Pestana, architect and curator of the Istanbul Design Biennial, Marina Otero Verzier, architect and director of research at Het Nieuwe Instituut, Léa-Catherine Szacka, architect, historian and critic, and the author of Biennials/Triennials: Conversations on the Geography of Itinerant Display, and Thomas Geisler, design curator and cultural producer, and curator of the BIO 26, Common Knowledge. A highly animated discussion with all speakers followed their interesting talks. The full video lectures of this talks will be available soon.


Photos Focus Talks



Future Architecture Fair


During the Creative Exchange, the Future Architecture Fair provided a forum for architects and architecture offices, institutions, producers, curators and other professionals to present their projects, connect and collaborate, and stay up to date on the latest developments in architecture. The highlight of the fair were the Pitch Cocktails, an evening event that is part of the official program, where all the fair participants introduced themselves and their work in short five-minute public presentations. This year, we welcomed School of Waters - Mediterranea 19, Creative Food Cycles, Distributed Design Market Platform, Architectural Thinking School for Children, DesignWanted, Tbilisi Architecture Biennial, off_gallery graz, Lemonot UK, Dragana Ćirić, BETA CITY, Sadia Mounata, Ana Antunes Perdigão, MELEEM Skopje, Monique Besten and City Triennial Gothenburg.

Photos Future Architecture Fair



About the Future Architecture Platform


Co-funded by the Europe Union's Creative Europe Programme, Future Architecture is the first pan-European platform of architecture museums, festivals, and producers, presenting ideas on the future of cities and architecture to the general public.


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