Why Are Architects Needed? 8 Speakers Give Their Answers During Rising Architecture Week 2017

With the objective of developing new solutions to the societal challenges of tomorrow, the RISING Architecture Week 2017 was held in Aarhus, Denmark, between the 11th and 15th of September. It consisted of a series of events, exhibitions, and the RISING Exchange Conference, focusing on how architecture and construction can help to rethink existing paradigms.

During our visit to the city, we had the opportunity to talk with Jan Gehl, Pauline Marchetti, Ruth Baumeister, Daan Roosegaarde, John Thackara, Jacques Ferrier, Stephan Petermann, and Shajay Bhooshan – some of the speakers who shared their visions on these issues. We posed the question, "Are architects really needed?" to prompt them to reflect on a future in which different actors will be relevant in addressing such challenges.

Every time you put any brick down anywhere, you manipulate the quality of life of people. (...) If you just make form, it's sculpture. But it becomes architecture if the interaction between form and life is successful. – Jan Gehl.

You can watch the video above to see their responses and find pictures of their lectures on the official Facebook of the event.

The interviews were filmed and edited by Julie Due Steffensen and conducted by ArchDaily's Content Editor José Tomás Franco. The RISING Architecture Week will be held again in September 2019, and you can find all the details here.

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Cite: José Tomás Franco. "Why Are Architects Needed? 8 Speakers Give Their Answers During Rising Architecture Week 2017" 22 Oct 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/881418/why-are-architects-needed-8-speakers-give-their-answers-during-rising-architecture-week-2017> ISSN 0719-8884

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