The fourth edition of the New Generations Festival invited international architects and professionals to join the New Generations network by involving the public in an intensive program of activities in Rome to discuss the topics: Urban Vocabulary & Public Space, New Economies & Values and Digital Infrastructure & New Media.
The 4th edition of the New Generations Festival – Architects VS Rest of the World – displayed an intense program of discussions, workshops and cultural activities involving international guests, gathered to reflect on the profession of the architect from multidisciplinary points of view. From the 24th to the 26th September 2017, the festival invited local and international architects to join New Generations network, with the main activities being held in Casa dell’Architettura – the seat of the Board of Architects of Rome – and the Workshop Perestello 3.0 / Pecha Kucha night taking place in Largo Bartolomeo Perestrello.
More than 80 young designers and international experts participated including APPAREIL (ES), Architecture for Refugees (CH), Josep Bohigas (General Director Barcelona Regional, ES), ecoLogicStudio (UK), Emanuele Bompan (geographer and journalist, IT), Ricardo Devesa (editor-in-chief for urbanNext, Actar, ES), ENORME Studio (ES), Fosbury Architecture (IT), Luca Montuori (Deputy Mayor for Urban Planning at the Municipality of Rome, IT), Orizzontale (IT), Olga Polishuk (Chief Operating Officer of Strelka Institute, RU), SET Architects (IT), Jean-Benoit Vetillard (FR), U67 (DK), and WikiSpazioPubblico (IT).
Left: aerial view inside Casa dell’Architettura, right: speaking corner. Photographs @Giordano Solimando
A new urban vocabulary examined how architects are increasingly becoming mediation in complex urban processes, by proposing new ways of thinking in terms of urban planning and collaboration with communities, and with the overarching aim of reactivating and regaining public space.
PressBox by temporary installation by SET Architects to hold publications by mint LIST. Photographs @Giordano Solimando
How did the economic crisis of 2008 affect the profession? What do we mean when we talk about successful, sustainable and collaborative economic models in relation to the design field? The crisis of 2008 saw sustainable and collaborative economic models. New Economies & Values investigates successful, emergent and innovative practices, with particular emphasis on topics such as urban metabolism, circular economic systems and alternative enhancing models that characterize various large scale urban projects.
Left: Day 2 Keynote lecture, right: brainstorming session. Photographs @Giordano Solimando
New technologies and digital media have changed the way we work, by bringing new professionals into the architecture sphere. The technology systems that underpin the development and change of urban fabric, and their importance in the world of design, are under discussion.
The festival was followed by a one-week workshop lead by the local collectives Orizzontale and NOEO, which took place in Largo Perestrello between 18th and 22nd of September 2017. The workshop saw the participation of students, and local associations. Orizontale built a flexible installation to test the potential of the public space, with the cooperation of the local municipality – V Municipio.
‘Iceberg’ urban installation in Perestrello Square. Photographs by @Luca Chiadano and @Orizzontale