Dream-Play-Challenge WIA-Berlin, June 2021. © Sarahrivierearchitect

International Symposium - Dream - Play - Challenge: the Future of Residential Living

Part of the WIA-2021 Festival, Berlin, 24th - 25th June, 2021 at the Felleshus, Nordic Embassies in Berlin, Rauchstraße 1, 10787 Berlin 

The act of “residing“, so fundamental to humanity, faces unprecedented challenges today.

In the context of current socio-economic and cultural uncertainties, precarious ecological conditions, forced up-rootedness, re-defined concepts of gender and family, and recent pandemic realities, we have to decide:

How do we want to live together in the future? The symposium will discuss playful and creative responses to changing desires for a home in societies that find it more and more difficult to provide one.

PANEL MODERATORS: Katherina Bonnevier, architect, MYCKET, Sweden Sarah Rivière, architect, teacher and researcher, Berlin, Germany Wiltrud Simbürger, architect and independent scholar, Hamburg, Germany

PANEL RESPONDENTS: Sigrún Birgisdóttir, Prof., Iceland University of Arts Shivani Chakraborty, architect, Berlin Amy Kulper, Associate Prof., Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI Jane Rendell, Prof., Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London Jenni Reuter, Associate Prof., Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture Verena von Beckerath, Prof., Bauhaus University, Weimar, and partner at Heide & von Beckerath, Berlin


Thursday, 24th June, 2021, 10am – 5pm

Welcome from Anne Sipiläinen, Ambassador of Finland

Welcome from Theresa Keilhacker, President of the Architektenkammer Berlin

Welcome from the symposium organisers: Sarah Rivière, Wiltrud Simbürger & Daniela Urland

Cosmological Play: a Virtual Talk & Game

Panel One: COLLECTIVITY - DREAMS AND CHALLENGES 4pm: A Bed in a Community, keynote talk by Tina Saaby, architect, citymaker and placemaker.

Friday, 25th June, 2021,

9:30am – 5pm

Talk & Exhibition: The Metaphorical House



Round-up Panel Discussion with Moderators & Respondents

END / 5pm

The symposium is organised by Sarah Rivière, Wiltrud Simbürger and Daniela Urland / for n-ails e.V in co-operation with the Nordic Embassies in Berlin

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Keynote Tina Saaby by Agnes Saaby Thomsen

Keynote by Tina Saaby, image by Agnes Saaby Thomsen

A Bed in a Community

Keynote talk by Tina Saaby, architect, citymaker and placemaker, city architect of Gladsaxe, former chief city architect of Copenhagen and partner at WITRAZ architects + landscape.

24th June, 2021, at 4pm (in English)

In her keynote talk Tina Saaby, citymaker and placemaker, discusses housing and future residential living: large and small, collective and individual.

Embracing the wider scale of how we will develop society and our neighbourhood communities, and the smaller scale where future residential living and feeling "at home” can be the importance of having a bed on your own and feeling the daylight in your face.

Watch the Keynote on YouTube, and register here: https://seu2.cleverreach.com/f/294624... to receive symposium information

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