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Do We Care About The Spaces We Live In?

Do We Care About The Spaces We Live In?
By Dorynna Untivero
By Dorynna Untivero
January 30, 2018
Artkitektura hosts a living architecture exhibit that urges us to recalibrate our thoughts on architecture, spaces, and the environment.

“Our living environment is increasingly determined by manmade artefacts like buildings, machines and electronic devices. This has a profound influence on our lives, our wellbeing, social relations and cultural values.”

This was said by Pieter van der Ree, curator of the upcoming International Exhibition on Living Architecture Exhibit organised by Artkitektura and the Vargas Museum.

Opening on February 3, 2018 at 5pm at the Vargas Museum, the exhibition is intended to raise awareness of the relationship between architecture and the natural, social and cultural life of which it is part and to stimulate the creation of buildings that support these life-processes. The exhibition does so by presenting projects from all over the world, which consciously relate to nature and to all human needs and thereby bring this attitude to an artistic expression.

Van der Ree explains that our architecture can often have a devastating effect on our natural environment. Thus, this raises an important question: how can we create buildings that truly serve our physical and spiritual needs, enhance our lives and are in accordance with nature?

What to expect at the exhibition?

The exhibition will follow the search for ‘Living Architecture’ from the turn of the 19th century into our present time. Four phases can be distinguished during this period, each with its own specific character.

The first section will show the birth of ‘Organic Architecture’ around 1900 and explains the different approaches of its pioneers. The second will deal with ‘The Transformation of Modernism’ in the nineteen fifties and sixties. The third part will present an overview illustrating the ‘Regional Diversity’ that was created worldwide in the late decades of the 20th century.

In the final and most comprehensive section of the exhibition, new trends are shown, all pointing towards a more sustainable and life orientated approach to architecture.

The 2018 exhibition, commissioned by Iona Foundation based in the Netherlands, tours the English-speaking world for the first time with the Philippines as its first Asian destination. It will include site-specific works of Filipino artists Junyee and Indy Paredes.

Artkitektura Festival 2018

The Living Architecture Exhibit is but one of the many events under the bigger Artkitektura Festival. Festival Director Sarri Tapales mentions that the purpose of the festival is for world leading designers and creative thinkers to engage the public and share ideas on design process, heritage, urban renewal, and life enhancing architecture.

Tapales said, “Architecture affects us all, whether we are conscious of it or not, and the creation of healthier, more livable cities is our collective responsibility.” The 2018 theme of Movement and Flow in the Built Environment will be explored through exhibitions, talks, workshops, artistic presentations and study tours. Browse through the festival schedule and guest speakers below: 


For more information about the lectures and workshops, go to Tickets for the 2-day lecture event are available at TicketWorld. For more information, call 09175231968.


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