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Five architecture and design events in July from Dezeen Events Guide

UIA World Congress of Architects and the Ai Weiwei: Making Sense exhibition are among the architecture and design events featured in Dezeen Events Guide this July.

Among the other events taking place during the month are New Designers, Domaine de Boisbuchet – Summer Workshops and Hello Wood Builder Summit.

Photo of stones and design objects at the Ai Weiwei exhibition
The exhibition presents hundreds of thousands of objects. Photography is by Ed Reeve

Ai Weiwei: Making Sense
7 April to 30 July, UK

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei creates his first design and architecture-focused exhibition, hosted at London's Design Museum.

The exhibition, titled Making Sense, features hundreds of thousands of objects, including stones, tools, Lego bricks, porcelain balls, as well as photographs and marble sculptures.

The collaborative effort between Ai and the museum explores humanity, activism and art, and how design can represent changing cultural values.

July is the final month to visit the exhibition, which showcases the items on display in the UK for the first time.

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Domaine de Boisbuchet hosts more than 20 workshops. Photo is by Zito Tseng courtesy of Domaine de Boisbuchet

Domaine de Boisbuchet – Summer Workshops
25 June to 26 August, France

Each year architecture and design research centre Domaine de Boisbuchet hosts summer workshops, and this year it presents 22 events over two months.

The 2023 workshops explore the theme Grow with the Flow, focusing on how trees can supply energy, materials and inspiration to the design world.

Topics include biomaterials such as mycelium and algae, waste as materials, solar power, organic forms, food design and botanics.

The architects and designers leading the workshop are attending from around the world, including Europe, the US, South Africa, Japan and Brazil.

Domaine de Boisbuchet is located in Lessace, France.

Person holding a black sculpture made up of interlocking 3D crosses by a New Designers winner
Brutalist Sound by Rowan Lickerish is on display at New Designer 2023. Photo courtesy of New Designers

New Designers
28 June to 8 July, UK

Graduate exhibition New Designers returns to London's Business Design Centre and takes place over two weeks.

The first week showcases fashion, textiles, jewellery, glass, ceramics and contemporary crafts, while the second focuses on furniture, product design, industrial design, graphic design, illustration and digital art.

The exhibition presents over 3,000 graduates from more than 200 universities.

As part of the event, New Designers also hosts ND Selects, which presents new businesses, the ND Futures educational programme, the ND Educates talks and workshops programme, and ND Awards.

Dezeen is a media partner for New Designers 2023.

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The congress takes place in Denmark's capital city. Photo is by Cajsa Carlson

UIA World Congress of Architects
2 to 6 July, Denmark

The 28th edition of the UIA World Congress of Architects takes place in Copenhagen for 2023, as the city was announced UNESCO-UIA World Capital of Architecture for the year.

This year, the International Union of Architects (UIA) has set the theme Sustainable Futures – Leave No One Behind, which focuses on the industry meeting 17 United Nation's sustainable development goals.

The congress is made up of keynotes led by global industry leaders in architecture, science, business and politics, as well as tours and networking opportunities.

The talks address topics such as reliance on resources, the challenges of building in and for the future, rebuilding in Ukraine and architecture for health.

Dezeen is a media partner for the UIA World Congress of Architects 2023.

Photo of an installation at the Hello Wood Builder Summit 2023
Hello Wood hosts its Builder Summit in Zalahaláp, Hungary. Photo is by Gabor Somoskoi

Hello Wood Builder Summit
6 to 15 July, Hungary

Architecture studio Hello Wood hosts its ten-day Builder Summit for 2023, exploring the dynamic between humans and the local environment.

The 2023 event is the first for three years and this year, the summit integrates technologies such as augmented reality (AR) and the metaverse, alongside building installations and hosting talks.

The summit's themed around construction and demolition, with workshops and lectures led by team leaders exploring the topics.

The Hello Wood Builder Summit 2023 takes place in a quarry in Zalahaláp, Hungary.

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.

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