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PR 06/19 | Architecture is a discipline for the common good

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 “The focus will be put on architecture as a discipline that encompasses the right balance between cultural, social, economic, environmental and technical aspects for the common good”.

This quote is taken from the European Council Conclusions for the 2018-22 EU Work Plan for Culture, under the topic “High-quality architecture and built environment for everyone.” This important milestone signifies a paradigm shift within the European Union, which has recognised architecture as a discipline for the common good. This is an important recognition that can serve as the basis on which we can build our policies and work in the future.

In a statement issued on the 5th March 2019, Georg Pendl, current President of the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE), stated that this “shows that the EU institutions no longer define architecture as being solely part of the construction industry. Does our profession share this limited point of view? Mostly not, bearing in mind that over 90% of architectural offices are small and medium-sized or micro enterprises. But, this does not mean that we would cease to recognise our role as a part of the service sector tightly connected to the construction industry.

The Kamra tal-Periti, which is a Member of the ACE, had actively lobbied for the recognition of the practice of architecture as one of the pillars of culture. It had, in fact, met with MEP Dr Francis Zammit Dimech, who is a Member of the European Parliament Committee for Culture and Education, and who had pushed forward the views of the Kamra and of ACE on this matter.

It is therefore with great satisfaction that the Kamra welcomes this development, and looks forward to seeing this approach being adopted locally.

Kamra tal-Periti celebrates World Architecture Day, World Habitat Day and European Engineers Day

World Architecture Day is celebrated on the first Monday of October each year. The theme chosen by the International Union of Architects for this year is “Climate Change Action!” The threat of climate change is real. Rapid urbanisation and building developments are increasing our fuel energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Architects have an important role to play in combating the impact of climate change on the environment and humanity, and are called to mobilise efforts to respond to the initiatives of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement.

 

The United Nations has designated the first Monday of October as World Habitat Day, and this year’s theme is “Housing Policies: Affordable Homes”. A worldwide analysis of accommodation affordability over the last 20 years reveals that despite increasing demand, residential properties for sale and for rent have been largely unaffordable for the majority of the world population. Ensuring affordability of residential accommodation is a complex issue of strategic importance for development, social peace and equality. Promoting sound housing policies is also crucial for climate change, resilience, mobility and energy consumption.

 

European Engineers Day will be commemorated on the 5th October, and will focus on the theme “Concerns about Engineering Excellence”. The impact of engineers is visible in every aspect of human life, and engineers have the ability to enhance and change society. Many of the challenges faced by society today depend on the availability of excellent engineering solutions, and thus engineers are called to acknowledge this role and to deliver their services and innovative solutions with excellence.

 

All three commemorations have two common threads: the need for architects and engineers to recognise their particular role in society and the influence they have on combating some of the world’s most difficult problems, and the need for quality housing, affordable housing and engineered solutions that improve people’s quality of life and combat climate change.

In order to commemorate these three important dates, the Council of the Kamra tal-Periti, in collaboration with the Society of Architecture and Civil Engineering Students (SACES) will be launching Awards for the graduates of the Faculty for the Built Environment. This is the first time that these Awards are being held, and judging of final year projects and dissertations will take place this week. The students’ work will be exhibited to the public during Notte Bianca on the 7th October through to the 15th October, at the University of Malta Valletta Campus. The winners will be announced during an Awards ceremony to be held in January 2018.

The Kamra tal-Periti is establishing this Awards scheme to celebrate good quality, sustainable, and ethical design in architecture and civil engineering, particularly at a time when the rush to build is not accompanied by sufficient thought and care about what we are leaving behind for future generations.

PR 12/17 | Kamra tal-Periti celebrates World Architecture Day, World Habitat Day and European Engineers Day

World Architecture Day is celebrated on the first Monday of October each year. The theme chosen by the International Union of Architects for this year is “Climate Change Action!” The threat of climate change is real. Rapid urbanisation and building developments are increasing our fuel energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Architects have an important role to play in combating the impact of climate change on the environment and humanity, and are called to mobilise efforts to respond to the initiatives of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement.

 

The United Nations has designated the first Monday of October as World Habitat Day, and this year’s theme is “Housing Policies: Affordable Homes”. A worldwide analysis of accommodation affordability over the last 20 years reveals that despite increasing demand, residential properties for sale and for rent have been largely unaffordable for the majority of the world population. Ensuring affordability of residential accommodation is a complex issue of strategic importance for development, social peace and equality. Promoting sound housing policies is also crucial for climate change, resilience, mobility and energy consumption.

 

European Engineers Day will be commemorated on the 5th October, and will focus on the theme “Concerns about Engineering Excellence”. The impact of engineers is visible in every aspect of human life, and engineers have the ability to enhance and change society. Many of the challenges faced by society today depend on the availability of excellent engineering solutions, and thus engineers are called to acknowledge this role and to deliver their services and innovative solutions with excellence.

 

All three commemorations have two common threads: the need for architects and engineers to recognise their particular role in society and the influence they have on combating some of the world’s most difficult problems, and the need for quality housing, affordable housing and engineered solutions that improve people’s quality of life and combat climate change.

In order to commemorate these three important dates, the Council of the Kamra tal-Periti, in collaboration with the Society of Architecture and Civil Engineering Students (SACES) will be launching Awards for the graduates of the Faculty for the Built Environment. This is the first time that these Awards are being held, and judging of final year projects and dissertations will take place this week. The students’ work will be exhibited to the public during Notte Bianca on the 7th October through to the 15th October, at the University of Malta Valletta Campus. The winners will be announced during an Awards ceremony to be held in January 2018.

The Kamra tal-Periti is establishing this Awards scheme to celebrate good quality, sustainable, and ethical design in architecture and civil engineering, particularly at a time when the rush to build is not accompanied by sufficient thought and care about what we are leaving behind for future generations.

Events

International Biennale of Architecture Krakow 2019 // including 3 competitions

City of Krakow and the Association of Polish Architects Krakow Branch cordially invite to take part in the International Biennale of Architecture in Krakow, whose next edition (MBA Kraków 2019) shall take part on the 8th-9th October 2019 at the ICE Congress Centre.

Biennale is an event taking place since the year 1985. The title of this year’s edition of the Biennale is “CONNECTIONS ­— The Town and the River“.

 

 

As the role of the historic European city centres changes, from an industrial base to a recreational, cultural and educational role, the situation of the urban rivers changes as well. It is also the case of Kraków, whose architecture is an important part of the historic heritage and the Old Town is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Vistula River running through Kraków, was once the central artery of transportation for the urban economy. That has changed. The river now gives the city a major recreational quality, with calm waters and green banks. Could this relationship between the city and its river now be reinterpreted, be given a stronger connection, a boost with new facilities, some new life and new functions, a new significance for the whole urban environment?

 

The Old Town of Kraków is still dominated by the mighty Wawel castle, towering over the river banks. North of the Wawel hill, the town centre, with the grand public space Rynek as its centre-point, is contained within the boundaries of the old fortifications. This area, Planty, was turned into a lush urban park in the early 19th century. When this encircling park reaches the north side of Wawel and it is close to the river, for some reason it misses the connection. Could this area along the northern bend of the river, next to the castle, be ‘the missing link’ for the town, where the Old Town could meet the new recreational resources of the river and the historic significance of the castle? Could this area, between Planty and Vistula River, be where the 13 million annual visitors to the city could find new and exciting facilities, and where inhabitants could have an experience completing the urban narrative?

 

This area, squeezed in between the Old Town, the castle and the river, may give an opportunity to find some answers – through the uses of urban design, architecture and design – to some of the challenges that are raised. For new decades, with growing concerns for the environmental balance, with more frequent river flooding and also more emphasis on green and blue recreation, the connection between the town and the Vistula River could challenge a new generation of architects and designers to rethink their roles in historic urban development.

 

As part of the MBA Kraków 2019, three competitions have been planned:

1) Competition A – architectural and urban competition

2) Competition B – seminar competition

3) Competition C – multimedia competition

The sum of prizes amounts to 140 000 PLN.

 

All professionals, graduates, students, and scholars in such disciplines as: architecture, urban planning, photography, history, history of art, cultural heritage, urban studies, sociology, anthropology, urban transport, as well as tourism, natural history, or geography, are especially invited to participate in the competitions.

 

The works in their respective categories shall be assessed by a 7-person Jury, made up of architects and urban planners:

Peter Butenschøn, Curator of the MBA Kraków 2019, Jury President, architect and city planner, Oslo

Oana Bogdan, Founding Partner Bogdan & Van Broeck, Brussels

Lennart Grut, Senior Partner Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, London

Jan Kleihues, Founding Partner Kleihues + Kleihues, Berlin

Wojciech Małecki (Reporting Judge), Founding Partner Biuro Projektowe Małeccy, Poland

Ewa Kuryłowicz, Vice President Kuryłowicz & Associates, Poland

Marta Sękulska-Wrońska, Partner WXCA, Poland

 

Organisational structure of the MBA Kraków 2019 is as follows:

– Curator of MBA Kraków 2019: Peter Butenschøn / Norway

– Commissioner of the MBA Kraków 2019: Marek Kaszyński

– Commissioner of the Competition A: Marcin Włodarczyk

– Commissioner of the Competition B: Marta A. Urbańska

– Commissioner of the Competition C: Paweł Wieczorek

– Secretary for the External Affairs: Katarzyna Głuch

– Secretary for the Internal Affairs: Benita Strzałka

– Organizing Committee: Bohdan (Biś) Lisowski, Krystyna Łyczakowska, Mateusz Smoter, Marcin Ewý, Maria Gratkowska, Tomasz Jałocha

 

More information on the MBA Kraków 2019 and to be found at: http://www.mba2019.sarp.krakow.pl and FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/317745052164727/ . Rules of the Competitions to be found at: http://mba2019.sarp.krakow.pl/konkursy/

 

Questions regarding general organisational issues should be addressed to the SARP Office Kraków Branch:

Stowarzyszenie Architektów Polskich Oddział Kraków

Plac Szczepański 6, 31-011 Kraków

tel.: +48 12 422 75 40, mba-office@sarp.krakow.pl

 

Questions regarding organisational issues of competitions A, B, C, should be addressed at the respective Commissioners:

A: mba-competition@sarp.krakow.pl

B: mba-seminar@sarp.krakow.pl

C: mba-multi@sarp.krakow.pl