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Record-breaking numbers gather for WAF 2011

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The fourth World Architectural Festival (WAF) opened today (2 November) with more than 1,300 delegates expected to attend during the course of the week

This year’s WAF runs from 2 to 4 November and will feature a series of seminars and keynote talks discussing the themes of ‘disaster’ and ‘difference’ led by 35 industry experts.

An exhibition of more than 700 architectural projects entered into the WAF Awards 2011 will be on display throughout the week and visitors will have the chance to watch architects from all corners of the globe present their projects to a panel of esteemed judges.

A variety of drinks receptions will also take place during the week.

Welcoming delegates to the vent, WAF programme director, Paul Finch said: ‘The World Architecture Festival seeks to refresh one’s idea of why design matters, and remind us of the fundamental importance of architecture to culture. This year our combined entry is the biggest we‟ve ever had and with over 60 countries participating, the Festival is fast becoming the United Nations of Architecture.’

Later in the week David van der Leer, assistant curator of architecture and urban studies at New York‟s Guggenheim Museum, will present a selection of projects which explore ways of engaging new audiences around the world.

The festival also features an exhibition devised by the festival’s curators which focuses on ‘making a difference’ and ‘responding to disaster’

The exhibit shows how architects have led the way in the reconstruciton of Japan, Christchurch, Chile, Brisbane and New Orleans.

Later in the week the winners of the WAF Awards will be unveiled.

Before this happens however the shortlisted design teams will pitch their ideas to a panel of acclaimed judges and attendees. The best project in each category will be decided on the day.

At the end of the week, the category winners will compete in front of an esteemed ‘super jury’, led by Michael Sorkin, principal of Michael Sorkin Studio in New York, for the chance for their project to be crowned World Building of the Year 2011.

This year’s festival speakers will include Sou Fujimoto, principal of Sou Fujimoto Architects, David Mackay, founding principal, MBM Architects, Sangay Puri, principal of Sanjay Puri Architects and Pauline Nee, associate head of historic buildings at John McAslan and Partners.



For more information visit the WAF website


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