This 2018, Artkitektura is holding the Festival of Architecture and the Arts to celebrate holistic approaches to architecture and the built environment. Starting February 3, world leading designers and creative thinkers will engage the public and share ideas on design process, heritage, urban renewal, and life enhancing architecture.
The 2018 theme of Movement and Flow in the Built Environment will be explored through exhibitions, talks, workshops, artistic presentations and study tours.
One of the highlights of this year’s Artkitektura is the International Exhibition on Living Architecture, opening on February 3, 2018 at 5 PM at the Vargas Museum, UP Diliman Campus, Quezon City. Commissioned by Iona Foundation based in the Netherlands, this rare exhibition tours the English-speaking world for the first time with the Philippines as its first Asian destination.
Curated by Pieter van der Ree, 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. 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?
Artkitektura lecture series and workshops will be on February 3 and 4 from 8:30 AM to 5 PM. The lectures will be held at the Aretè, Ateneo de Manila’s newest building dedicated to arts and innovation, while the workshops will be at the UP Vargas Museum.
The February 3 speakers and workshop leaders include world leading environmental engineer Patrick Bellew who led the design team of the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore; award-winning Australian architect Gregory Burgess, notable for his organically designed buildings and participatory approach; and Filipino architect Jason Buensalido, whose experimental designs seek to contemporize the bahay kubo.
On February 4, the lectures will be led by Richard Coleman, a British architect specializing in heritage and townscape design; Colombian bamboo and timber engineer Luis Lopez; and Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte.
Different passes are available for the Festival. Regular Festival Passes, which cost Php 5,500 and Php 2,500 for students, get you access to lectures and the exhibit, a festival kit, and workshops. A Regular Lecture Pass is valid for only one-day and costs Php 2,500 and Php 1,500 for students which gives you access to all activities during that day. All workshops are on a first-come, first-served basis. Both Festival and Lecture Passes are available only over-the-counter. Present ID upon purchase at the venue.
The Partner Pass is available only to members of United Architects of the Philippines (UAP). For Php 4,500, you get a festival kit and access to lectures, the exhibit, and workshops that come at a first-come, first-served basis. Make sure to present your PRC ID upon purchase and at the venue.
For more information about the lectures and workshops, go to www.artkitekturafestival.com.