Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 30.05.2011 - Tagged as: Festival, Italy
Festarch, the international architecture festival founded by Abitare‘s Stefano Boeri, returns in June 2011 for its third edition, focusing on the theme of ‘The Anti-city’.
Taking place between 2-5 June in the medieval Italian cities of Perugia and Assisi, the event will gather more than 200 of world’s most prominent architects, designers and thinkers including: Elizabeth Diller, Rem Koolhaas, Ross Lovegrove, Michael Maltzan, Giancarlo Mazzanti, Alessandro Mendini and Kazuyo Sejima. The festival’s extensive four-day programme features lectures, debates and meetings dedicated to topics relating to politics and architecture.
With the 2012 Olympics coming round that last bend and into view, this year’s geographic-route-fixated London Festival of Architecture decided on ‘The Welcoming City’ as its theme. But just how welcome was that as an idea…
This coming September, at the Bat-Yam Biennale of Landscape Urbanism in Israel, architects, students, designers, artists and craftspeople are invited to participate a special real-time architecture and design competition under the title of 72 Hour Urban Action.
Selected teams will have three days and three nights to plan and build their projects in response to missions assigned to them on takeoff day.
Each team will get consultation with construction and safety engineers, sleeping accommodations, food, a central prefabrication camp, truck, documentation and budget for materials. A professional jury will select a team to win the first prize.
Teams and individuals are invited to apply by August 8th.
It is one of the most important places of remembrance of Berlin history: The former city Airport Tempelhof was built by the Nazis in 1941 and after World War II used for the famous Berlin Airlift, when Soviet guards halted all passenger trains and traffic on the autobahn to West-Berlin. Since the official air traffic stopped in 2008 the impressive building, which once used to be the world’s biggest building in terms of surface area, is used as event and exhibition area. The giant manoeuvring field with its landing strips is open to the public and partly dedicated to a nature reserve for ground-breeding birds.
Former Check-In at Airport Berlin Tempelhof, photo: flughafen-berlin-tempelhof.com
From 9 – 13 June the international design festival DMY Berlin will take place with over 11.000 square meters exhibition space, filled with inspirational prototypes and new product evolutions by over 400 designers. Architonic is delighted to be media partners of this inspiring event.
This year DMY Berlin offers a special discount for early adopters: In case your project will be selected for the festival participation, you will save 20 % for the stand rental, if you apply for one of the modules until December 31, 2009.
The next edition of the DMY International Design Festival Berlin will take place from Wednesday, June 09 until Sunday June 13, 2010 at tresor.m, Berlin.
DMY Allstars at the IMA Design Village, Photo: Tobias Götz
For five whole days the organisers of the DMY Festival invited designers and a specialist public from all over the world to a colourful design spectacle by the Spree. We were impressed this year by DMY Berlin in its role as a presenter and communicator of design. The DMY has now achieved a credible position as a pure design event, without leaving the unpleasant after-taste of being simply a product trade fair in disguise. With an enormous increase in the number of exhibitors and a much wider programme of events the festival has escaped from its ‘new kid on the block’ image, and has established itself as a well-curated platform for progressive design concepts.
DMY Symposium: Li Edelkoort, Daniel Schwaab, Arik Levy, Photo: Federico Testa
Focusing the exhibition on two main locations this year has proved itself to be a good decision, with the DMY Youngsters show at the Arena in Treptow for the first time being supplemented by an exhibition featuring the DMY Allstars at the IMA Design Village, an old brick factory in the heart of Berlin Kreuzberg. Here 150 more or less established designers, related festivals and curated exhibitions -for example Designhuis from the Netherlands –presented their creations. In the Arena up-and-coming designers and schools of design showed their works on a generous area of 7000 m². The size of the area provided plenty of space for extensive installations and created an inspiring atmosphere — giving it a decisive advantage over the effective but less original Milan ‘box system’ of the Salone Satellite. Another attractive feature was the refreshing mixture of established and up-and-coming designers, which rather undermined the differentiation between Allstars and Youngsters. As a result it was difficult to define specific differences between the two locations.
The attraction of the festival in terms of content was accentuated above all by a well chosen accompanying program: the DMY Symposium in the slightly shabby but all the more charming ‘Kunstfabrik’ included lectures, roundtable discussions and workshops led by prestigious designers such as Chris Bangle, Arik Levy and the well-known trend researcher Li Edelkoort, who had previously surveyed the work of the Youngsters in the Arena. One thematic focus of the symposium was ‘Alternative Strategies’. On this subject, for example, the designer Jerszy Seymour, a resident of Berlin, explained his almost ‘situationist’ interpretation of product design. With his often improvised and amateurishly implemented objects the Canadian calls into question the mechanisms of industrial production techniques. The Israeli designer Ronen Kadushin responded to the challenge of finding alternative design strategies with his interdisciplinary concept of ‘open design’, in which he transfers to product design the open source idea — in other words the global and creative cooperation among designers, manufacturers and dealers.
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