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Schedule

international summit of architects, urbanists, designers

Summit theme «Architecture and Society»

Focus of attention:

  • pre-eminence of the principles of «sustainable architecture» as a response to the needs of the 21st century
  • the growing social function of architecture
  • professional ethics of the architectural community in the context of relationships with the authorities and business
  • readjustable architecture and mobile spaces
  • reconsideration of the concept of public space and home
  • design innovations for the social sectors (healthcare, sports, education, hospitality, etc.).
  • social activity and urbanism: the role of non-governmental movements in urban development

The summit program

October 1, 2020

«The social role of architecture». Panel discussion
Abstract: Following the “logic of maximum profit” for several decades has led to the exclusion of architecture from the rank of actors directly influencing the social sphere. However, the international architectural community is strongly opposed to this unfair status quo. Urban space is not just built up with architectural objects, but reflects social values: thus, architecture is inextricably linked with social practices and political institutions. Will an architect be able to resist the tendency to dehumanize the surrounding space? What design strategies exist today and what are they focused on? How to reverse negative trends – “designing not an environment, but an object”? The answers to these questions reveal the fundamental social role of architecture in the modern world.

October 1-3, 2020

HOW TO RECONFIGURE ARCHITECTURE: WHAT THE PANDEMIC HAS TAUGHT. Expert session

  • «Adaptation as a Key Feature of Contemporary Architecture». Panel discussion
    Abstract: Adaptability has recently become an obvious essential feature of urban development. This is due to the acceleration of various processes leading to rapid changes in requirements concerning the appearance and internal layout of buildings, materials from which these are constructed, etc., but also adaptability to new uses, new planning approaches and, most importantly, natural and social conditions. The pandemic of COVID-19 reinforces the need for buildings around the world to meet a new requirement of adaptability to new operation and maintenance conditions. In order to formulate it, the following questions should be addressed: what is adaptation from the standpoint of architecture and design, and how should it reveal itself; how could the degree of adaptability be measured to be able to draw comparisons between objects by this characteristic; which buildings would be more efficient in achieving this objective, etc.
  • «The Architect’s Role in the Handling of Disaster Consequences».  Panel discussion
    Abstract: Wars and post-war periods and various disasters and emergencies often result in cities losing their architectural qualities and sometimes in complete destruction of the urban fabric. In these situations, the architect’s role in the spatial development of such areas increases dramatically. In addition to dealing with the consequences of an emergency situation, architecture is expected to ensure prompt erection and simplicity or engineering solutions and optimization of the entire process in complicated economic contexts. To date, practice has seen various examples of reconstruction and renovation of destroyed and severely damaged buildings and sites, as well as examples of quickly erectable buildings for urgent provision with housing and healthcare. These experiences need to be summarized and systematized for the purpose of developing a methodology of rapid response and settlement recovery.
  • «Architecture of Educational Institutions: Transformation of Approaches to the Creation of Safe Contact Spaces for Education and Recreation». Panel discussion
    Abstract: Buildings and structures for educational and recreational functions present a unique vein in architecture since their users pertain to a very diverse social group: children, their parents, and teachers (staff of educational institutions). Their needs are so varied and quickly changing that the design and development of such objects should provide for the flexibility and transformability of the spaces, ensure quick re-configuration, change of size, color and lighting and, at the same time, be safe and esthetically pleasing. Internationally, theory and practice demonstrate a lot of examples of absolutely different approaches to the development of educational and recreational centers which are very popular with visitors. It would be interesting to identify their peculiar features and characteristics for creating a quintessence of buildings and structures for education.
  • «Strategies for organizing social spaces: how to get back to the streets, to offices, restaurants, gyms …». Research session

HERITAGE: REBOOT. Conference

October 2, 2020

«Sustainability and Resilience: ideology, definition, future». Panel discussion
Discussion for comprehensive inter-disciplinary consideration of sustainable urban development issues.

October 3, 2020

DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY. Expert session

«Designing human experience: industrial design for social industries». Open discussion
Abstract:  Modern industrial design transcends formal object boundaries and increasingly turns to a more conscious and deeper vision of product development. The influence of this strategy is especially growing in the development of products for social sectors: public health and fitness, urban infrastructure and transport, public facilities. Blind transfer of technologies to such areas leads to a decompensation effect, when technological innovation without taking into account user experience becomes a factor that increases the distance with the user.
By involving the user experience in the interaction process, we get a new emotional experience that manifests itself at all levels of sensory interaction: vision, hearing, tactile impressions – everything obeys a single chain of holistic perception.
By creating such scenarios for interacting with technologies, designers form new patterns of behavior, set standards for interaction with the subject environment, and create a special digital culture with a humane and respectful attitude towards humans.

Part 1. Sports / Fitness

  • Sports and design.
  • Fitness innovations: from interiors to integrated technological solutions.

Part 2. Medicine

  • Medicine around us. Decentralization of technologies in medicine.
  • Design in medicine. New reality trends.

Part 3. Space And Design

  • Urban design as a tool for social education.