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2021 Global Architecture Exchanges: People, planet, profession

The Global Architecture Exchanges are a unique online series of talks brought to you by the RIBA in collaboration with other professional institutes of architects across the world.

07 October 2021

Through a series of fast paced presentations, we are exploring four topics, which will be delivered via eight sessions between June and November 2021. Find out how challenges are dealt with in different parts of the world.

The topics explored are:

  • Topic 1: Climate change/sustainability – How do architects respond to climate emergency? – 9 and 10 June 2021
  • Topic 2 – The Future of cities – Revitalising/ reimagining cities post-Covid – 27 and 28 July 2021
  • Topic 3 – Affordable housing - what can architects do to address social inequalities? – 22 and 23 September 2021
  • Topic 4 – The impacts of COVID-19 on the way we practice architecture – 17 and 18 November 2021

All events are recorded and recordings will be made available following each event.

These events are jointly hosted by:

  • Royal Institute of British Architects
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Architectural Society of China
  • Australian Institute of Architects
  • Royal Institute of Dutch Architects
  • Council of Architecture and Urbanism in Brazil
  • Japan Institute of Architects
  • Korean Institute of Architects
  • New Zealand Institute of Architects
  • Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland

Te Whare Nui O Tuteata, SCION Timber Innovation Hub in Rotorua, New Zealand. Architects: RTAStudio and Irving Smith Architects. Photo by Patrick Reynolds

Topic 1, sessions 1 and 2: Climate change/sustainability – How do architects respond to climate emergency? – 9 and 10 June 2021

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 13 depicts that "Climate change is a global challenge that affects everyone, everywhere."

Explore how architects in different countries are tackling this universal challenge. How do architects across the world include sustainability and reducing the effect of climate change in their designs? We will be discussing not only the practical steps and measures architects need to consider when designing a new building or spaces, but also the links between technology, circular economy, and architecture.

Topic 1 programme (PDF)

Did you miss the sessions? Here is an opportunity to watch them back online.

Session 1 (9 June 2021)This session includes speakers from the UK, Ireland, Netherlands, USA, Brazil

Session 2 (10 June 2021)This session includes speakers from the UK, Ireland, Netherlands, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand

Leaning House. Photo by Kyungsub Shin

Topic 2, sessions 1 and 2: The Future of cities – Revitalising/ reimagining cities post-Covid - 27 and 28 July 2021

  • Have cities become obsolete? Is there a need to rethink our cities and manage future pandemics?
  • How to design cities that are more multi-functional; provide good quality of life for residents (better places to live and work); are inclusive to all groups in society; and built for the future instead of for the upcoming decade.
  • How has the pandemic affected the way we experience, think and design public spaces? How can we move biodiversity into designing cities that are more inclusive with nature?

Topic 2 programme (PDF)

Did you miss the sessions? Here is an opportunity to watch them back online.

Session 1 – 27 July 2021 This session includes speakers from the UK, Ireland, Netherlands, USA, Brazil

Session 2 –28 July 2021 This session includes speakers from the UK, Ireland, Netherlands, China, South Korea, New Zealand

Las Palmas Credit: Steinberg Hart

Topic 3, sessions 1 and 2: Affordable housing - what can architects do to address social inequalities?

How can innovative architectural ideas respond to social inequalities (housing, poverty, health)?

What are the different ways to deliver housing when it is managed and/or delivered at different levels (council/government authorities, private housing, community let housing etc.)

Look beyond the profession to supply solutions to the lack of infrastructure in some places

How to include the management of future crisis (be it another pandemic, Climate Change, or other) in our designs?

Topic 3 programme (PDF)

Did you miss the sessions? Here is an opportunity to watch them back online.

Session 1 –22 September 2021 – This session includes speakers from the UK, Ireland, China, Japan, Australia

Session 2 – 23 September 2021 – This session includes speakers from the UK, Ireland, USA, Brazil

 

Upcoming session

  • Topic 4 – The impacts of COVID-19 on the way we practice architecture – 17 and 18 November 2021

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