Art & Architecture Summit, London

RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London

4 October 2019




Amy Sherlock, Deputy Editor, frieze; Curator, Frieze Academy Art & Architecture

Opening Conversation: Re-thinking Everything: How Multidisciplinarity Can Change the World

What can the fields of art, architecture, design and technology learn from one another? In the Bauhaus’s centenary year, a reflection on why the pioneering school’s multidisciplinary approach is more relevant than ever in response to the urgent political, environmental and social questions of the day.  

New Spaces

Architects present some of the most interesting and innovative recently completed international museum projects.

Chasper Schmidlin & Lukas Voellmy (Voellmy Schmidlin Architektur, Zurich) – Muzeum Susch, Switzerland
Francesca Torzo – Z33 Kunstencentrum, Hasselt, Belgium
Tom Emerson (6a Architects, London) – MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK

Coffee Break

Panel Discussion: Insta-tutions? How Social Media Is Changing Exhibition Design

How are traditional arts institutions responding to the phenomenon of Instagram museums? How much does the selfie influence what artworks are installed and in which kinds of space? Does this democratize the art-viewing experience or do we risk making art more visible but less seen?

Moderator: Orit Gat (critic, New York)
Ralph Rugoff (curator, Venice Biennale 2019)

Lunch Break

Artist Session: What Else Can Art Be? 

How can the economies, institutions and materials of art be harnessed as a force for urban regeneration and social change?

In Conversation: Make It New: Traditional Methods for Sustainable Design

How architects are looking to traditional methods and materials to create public spaces that are both environmentally sustainable and help build communities.

Coffee Break

Panel discussion in collaboration with RIBA

Closing Keynote: Learning from Nature: Sou Fujimoto

From his smallest project – an all-glass public toilet set within an enclosed garden in Ichihara City, Japan – to his open, scaffold-like design for the 2013 Serpentine Pavilion, and the recently opened abre blanc, a mixed-use tower that seems to grow from the ground in Montpellier, France, Sou Fujimoto’s designs seek to incorporate nature into the built environment. In this lecture, he discusses what architects can learn from natural forms. 4.40pm Closing Remarks

5.00pm –7.00pm
Drinks Reception


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