Chapel of Sound by Open Architecture

Tadao Ando and Open Architecture to take part in The World Around Summit 2022

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando, Chinese studio Open Architecture and Italian design studio Formafantasma are among the speakers at The World Around Summit 2022, a day of talks that Dezeen is live streaming on 5 February.

Throughout the day, experts will share recent architectural projects that explore a range of global issues, including racial and social equity, climate change, ecology and indigenous rights.

Founded by Beatrice Galilee, The World Around is an online non-profit organisation that hosts critical discussions with experts on design, architecture and culture.

This year's summit is co-presented by The World Around, the Guggenheim Museum, and Het Nieuwe Instituut. The in-person event will be held at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, from where it will be live streamed.

Other speakers include filmmaker Matthew Heineman, curator Camila Marambio and author Amitav Ghosh.

Read on for the full line-up and register for more information.

Still from film by Formafantasma
Above: a video still from Cambio, 2020. Courtesy of Formafantasma. Top image: Open Architecture will discus its Chapel of Sound project

Session One
12:00am New York time (5:00pm London time)

The summit's first session will focus on educational projects and architectural ideas that "moved the world".

Curator Lesley Lokko will discuss the African Futures Initiative, a postgraduate school of architecture based in Ghana while architect Chris Hildrey will discuss ProxyAddress, a digital platform created to address homelessness.

Author Amitav Ghosh will speak about his new book called The Nutmeg's Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis, 2021, while curator Camila Marambio will discuss the Turba Tol Hol-Hol Tol, a project that aims to develop a community focused on peatland conservation.

Other speakers include designer Eva Pfannes, design collective Top Manta, artist Ursula Biemann and Italian design studio Formafantasma.

A photograph of the restoration of Bourse de Commerce in Paris
Tadao Ando will speak about the restoration of Bourse de Commerce in Paris

Session two
2:15pm New York time (7:15pm London time)

The World Around's second session, presented by Aric Chen, director of the Het Nieuwe Instituut, will explore how "visualising the networks and processes behind materials can generate action and visibility for complex or otherwise invisible issues".

Architect Tadao Ando will speak about the restoration of the Bourse de Commerce in Paris and its conversion into the Pinault collection.

Speaking from Beijing, Open Architecture will talk about the Chapel of Sound, an open-air rock-like concert hall located outside Beijing.

Architect David Chipperfield will speak about the renovation of the Neue Nationalgalerie built by Mies van der Rohe in Berlin.

Artist Himali Singh Soin will discuss her series of works exploring ice and design collective Design Earth will speak about its book called The Planet After Geoengineering.

Other speakers include architect Dominique Petit-Frère, architect Winy Maas and designer Amie Siegel.

Photo of Rio Adentro
Rio Adentro photographed by Sebastián López Brach

Session three
4:30pm New York time (9:30pm London time)

The summit's final session will be presented by Cyra Levenson of the Guggenheim Museum and will focus on how opinions towards monuments and ecological preservation have changed over the past year.

Designer Miriam Hillawi Abraham will present Abyssinian Cyber Vernaculus, a virtual reality project, and photographer Sebastián López Brach will discuss his photography of Rosario's forest fires.

Filmmaker Matthew Heineman will present The First Wave, a documentary exploring the effect of the pandemic in New York.

Other speakers include Monument Lab and architect Paulo Tavares.

The World Around will also be streaming a series of short films made by designers in Liam Young's Film and Entertainment MSc Program at Sci-Arc university.

The World Around takes place online on 5 February. See Dezeen Events Guide for an up-to-date list of architecture and design events taking place around the world.

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