Impressive Line-Up Scheduled for UIA's World Congress 2014

From August 3rd, the International Union of Architects (UIA) will once again host their World Congress, a triennial event that focuses on one critical topic in our architectural culture. Whereas the Tokyo 2011 Congress was focused on the future, this year's congress in Durban will concentrate not on a different time but a different place: the "otherwhere", or as they put it, the "anywhere-but-here". The Congress will explore ideas about how connectivity might shape our experience and alter the course of our social progress.

Read on for more about the themes of the 25th World Conference and the Keynote Speakers...

This "otherwhere" also suggests Africa, which might offer us alternative ways of living with nature and with other people. "The ideologies we have lived by in the last 100 years have done their time and failed", states the conference brief, asking if we might look to different (less Western) ways to fight for social progress.

To explore these themes, the UIA has lined up an impressive set of expert speakers from both African countries and beyond:

Parallel sessions that will focus on specific areas of the themes of the conference include investigations into the role of Built Environment Professionals in Spatial Transformation; Sustainable Human(e) Settlements; Housing and Healthcare - especially creating sustainable architecture under conditions of change; Open Building; and Addressing Informality through Design Education and Practice.

The conference will also act as a launch pad for a series of urban regeneration projects around Durban: the creation of a pedestrianized public space on a section of Pixley Ka Seme Street to provide residents and workers in the city a high quality environment for relaxation and exercise; arts and culture initiatives and exhibitions will be run in the Rivertown Precinct to show the opportunities that exist for bringing investment, sustainability and vibrancy back to the area; and 'pocket parks' will be created in spaces throughout the city to bring nature into the city and provide recreation spaces to Durbanites.

Finally, the conference will also play host to a variety of fringe events, such as exhibitions, film screenings, tours and walkabouts, cultural events, social and networking activities. It will also host a public trade expo in the Durban Exhibition Centre (DEC), offering insight into the latest product developments and technological innovations.

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Cite: Rory Stott. "Impressive Line-Up Scheduled for UIA's World Congress 2014" 08 May 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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