Amsterdam or the Venice of the North is this year’s host of the World Architecture Festival 2018 that takes place from 28 to 30 November 2018. The festival in its 11th edition will again celebrate, share, and inspire outstanding architecture, the profession and the people who make it all happen. Between keynote talks by industry leaders, live judging presentations, international product exhibitions, and many social events, delegates will certainly not be bored with the program. The shortlist was evaluated by the world-class jury ahead of the events. Over 500 finalists of the global awards program present their completed buildings or future projects in front of a panel of 130 international and national jury members. They are rooting for the best of the best in one of the 35 categories. Among the projects that stand out is Zeitz MOCCA, a research center in Riyadh, stilted guesthouses in China, and a mosque without a minaret in Iran. Delegates can attend these highly interesting showcases or attend the conference sessions to learn more about the latest trends, materials, concepts, and more. In addition, iconic tours around Amsterdam are offered to have a look at the historic and contemporary architecture that makes this city charming, artsy, and a serious player among European capitals. The tour guides will point out the unique architecture landscape, contemporary buildings, art spaces, and little-known locations for a quick coffee break or a nightcap. Mostly though, attendees will crowd around the two stages to catch the discussions and debates led by well-known architects and designers. Among them are Sir David Adjaye and many others. The topics range from the challenges in the industry, hurdles practitioners face, and innovations. The INSIDE World Festival of Interiors 2018 has already evaluated their top prizes. Entries for these awards came from 81 countries. On the last day of the World Architecture Festival 2018, the winners of each category compete for the grand prize of World Building of the Year, the Future project of the year, Interior of the year, and Landscape of the year. The WAFX prize winners presenting future projects that will tackle ecological and societal challenges in the next ten years have already been selected. Some of these challenges include climate change, energy saving, carbon emissions, water wastage and shortage, aging populations, health issues, reusable materials, smart cities, building technologies, cultural identity, ethics, power, and justice. An overall winner will also be crowned during the gala dinner on 30 November at the RAI Convention Center. The jury and supporters have been astounded by the variety of innovation that was presented for these awards. They include solar panel fields in the Netherlands, urban green corridors in Bangkok, eco farms in rural Vietnam, and river parks in Columbia. The World Architecture Festival 2018 is going to be one of the most important events of the architecture and design industry this year with everyone looking at the best and most iconic projects.
Check out the World Building of the Year 2017.