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Five architecture and design events in August from Dezeen Events Guide

The second virtual Burning Man festival, an architecture conference featuring Bjarke Ingels and an online talk by Venus Williams at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2021 are just some of the global events listed in Dezeen Events Guide this August.

Other additions to the August roster of events include Open House Prague, Summer Design Week Stockholm and Budapest Design Week.

Read on for details or head over to the Dezeen Events Guide to see a more extensive list of architecture and design events taking place around the world.

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This month's events include a digital version of Burning Man festival called Virtual Burn (top) and an exhibition showcasing original Tokyo 1964 posters, tickets and design guides (above)

Tokyo 1964 Designing Tomorrow
London, 5 August to 7 November

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics is well underway, and the design legacy of the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games will be explored at Japan House London.

The two-month-long exhibition looks at the history of the games as well as the influence it has had on the country's economic and creative growth.

Visitors are able to peruse exhibits such as original 1964 posters, tickets and the design guide, which was the first of its kind for a sporting event. Architectural models showcasing building design and uniforms from the games are also on display.

Virtual Burn
Online, 22 August to 7 September

For the second consecutive year, Burning Man festival will be held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Visitors to the iconic festival can enter six different metaverses through their phone, laptop, browser or virtual-reality headset. They can then freely roam the spaces and customise them with their own digital art.

The digital event will retain some of its in-person quirks: each venue within the metaverse will have a different theme.

"It has never been easier to participate in Burning Man culture than today via the six community-built Worlds," said Marian Goodell, Burning Man CEO.

Bjarke Ingels meets Brazil's president Jair Bolsonaro to "change the face of tourism in Brazil"
Bjarke Ingels is set to speak at The Lobby in Copenhagen

The Lobby
Copenhagen, 24 August

Architect Bjarke Ingels – who has been hailed as this century's Frank Lloyd Wright – IKEA's chief sustainability officer Pia Heidenmark Cook and designer Ilse Crawford are just some of the names speaking at The Lobby.

Comprised of a day's worth of talks and discussions, the Copenhagen-based hospitality event aims to address the current state of the hotel industry by encouraging debate, stimulating discussion and challenging thinking.

Africa Fashion Week London
London, 22 August

A variety of African designers and those inspired by African fashion come together for Africa Fashion Week London.

As the largest fashion week promoting African fashion in Europe, the event includes a collaborative catwalk, exhibition and business development programme.

Since its launch in 2011, Africa Fashion Week London has sought to bring awareness to Africa's growing fashion industry. Over 800 emerging designers and exhibitors from Africa, Europe and America have showcased their work to almost 70,000 visitors including buyers, retailers and industry professionals.

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Venus Williams will draw on her experience of change and resilience for the keynote talk at the AIA Conference

Venus Williams: The Need for Change
Online, 19 August

American radio producer Roman Mars is set to interview tennis champion Venus Williams to round off the AIA Conference on Architecture 2021.

Under the theme The Need for Change, the pair will discuss leadership, resilience and change. As the keynote speaker, Williams will draw on her experience as the founder of a commercial and residential design firm called V Starr.

Originally meant to be held in 2020, the AIA Conference on Architecture was postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. It brings together leaders in architecture and design over a four-day online event featuring celebrity talks, product demos, interviews and seminars.

About Dezeen Events Guide

Dezeen Events Guide is our guide to the best architecture and design events taking place across the world each year.

The guide is updated weekly and includes virtual events, conferences, trade fairs, major exhibitions and design weeks, as well as up-to-date information about what events have been cancelled or postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Inclusion in the guide is free for basic listings, with events selected at Dezeen's discretion. Organisers can get enhanced or premium listings for their events, including images, additional text and links, by paying a modest fee.

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