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Five ongoing and upcoming architecture and design events taking place online

We've chosen five current and upcoming online events listed in Dezeen Events Guide taking place in January and February 2023, including a series of online talks hosted by the British Museum called Egyptomania! and the design festival DesignTO.

Also featured are Showcase Japan, a series of talks from RIBA, and The Architecture of Virtual Space.

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Knives by Seki Kanetsugu are exhibited at Showcase Japan

Showcase Japan
1 August 2023 to 31 January 2023, online

New York-based homeware platform Shoppe Object and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) have partnered to create an online marketplace exhibiting and selling Japanese products.

The exhibition, titled Showcase Japan, highlights 25 Japanese brands and aims to make them accessible to the US market.

The marketplace includes homeware, fashion and lifestyle products, such as jewellery, candles, vases, bedding, clothing and kitchenware.

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DesignTO hosts online and in-person events. Photo is by Huy Tran

20 to 29 January 2023, various locations across Toronto, Canada and online

DesignTO is a design festival taking place across Toronto in January. Alongside the in-person events, including exhibitions, installations and tours, the festival is hosting online events for global attendees.

The virtual events include talks addressing topics such as waste management, circular construction and health equity in public spaces.

DesignTO is also hosting online portfolio reviews with support from local design communities who will provide feedback and analysis for Toronto-based brands.

RIBA January talks
24 to 31 January 2023, online

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) presents a series of online talks in January.

Two of the talks are part of the organisation's Building Stories series, in which architects discuss the process of developing a RIBA award-winning building.

In January, director and sustainability leader at Max Fordham, Hero Bennett discusses the Harris Academy in Sutton with architects at Architype, while partner at Glenn Howells Architects, Dav Bansal talks about the design of Ibstock Place School Refectory and public house The Alice Hawthorn with architects from Maccreanor Lavington and De Matos Ryan.

RIBA also hosts a mastermind on sustainability, which is for members to gain support from each other and discuss the AECB Building Standard.

The final talk addresses neurodiverse-friendly architecture as part of its Just Equity Diversity Inclusion (JEDI) programme.

The talks take place on 24, 25, 26 and 31 January 2023.

26 January 2023, online

Egyptomania! is a series of online talks hosted by the British Museum that addresses how ancient Egypt has influenced 20th and 21st century architecture.

The three talks will address tourist art and its origins in Egypt, the work of modern artists such as Alberto Giacometti, Henry Moore and Mahmoud Mokhtar, and the buildings informed by the period, including cinemas, mills and synagogues.

Aart historian Dan Cruickshank chairs the discussions with Egyptologist Dr Benjamin Hinson; curator of art and visual culture at the Science Museum, Anna Ferrari; and writer and researcher, Chris Elliott.

The talks take place alongside the Hieroglyphs: Unlocking Ancient Egypt exhibition, which runs from 13 October 2022 to 19 February 2023.

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Ricardo Solar designed a virtual meditation space for the exhibition

The Architecture of Virtual Space
9 February 2023, online

Five American and South Korean architectural studios have partnered with the online gallery The Unbuilt Gallery to exhibit virtual meditation spaces.

San Francisco-based Ricardo Solar, New York-based Forma Rosa Studio, Beom Jun Kim and No Architecture and Seoul-based Saul Kim are the studios showcasing their work in the exhibition.

The spaces are developed with virtual reality and real-time graphics and can be explored on 9 February at 6 pm New York time or 11 pm London time.

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.

In addition, events can ensure inclusion by partnering with Dezeen. For more details on inclusion in Dezeen Events Guide and media partnerships with Dezeen, email [email protected].