For its third edition and as part of the London Festival of Architecture, "Unknown: Strategies and Solutions in Shaping the Built Environment" is the annual conference led by women in architecture co-curated by Melodie Leung, Senior Associate at Zaha Hadid Architects and the Museum of Architecture, supported by Finsa.
This year’s theme unpacks the notion of crossing into the unknown in design, architecture, art and science, discussing the boundaries and cultural borders created and traversed through drawing and communication, memory and imagination and collaboration.
In forging a new and previously unknown horizon of possibilities, how can we create relevant means of communication and ways of envisioning boundaries which are productive rather than limiting? How does memory affect the ability to respond to an unknown future? How can new strategies be fostered within the built environment when designing across scales, cultures and differences?
The three sessions will focus on the following themes: Collaboration, Memory and Imagination and Drawing and Communication.
Panel of speakers include: Kate Davies, A K Dolven, Efrén Garcia Grinda, Anne Beate Hovind, Hayfa Matar, Rona Meyuchas-Koblenz, Cristina Díaz Moreno, Vicky Richardson, Yara Sharif, Ellie Stathaki, Marina Otero Verzier, Jane Wernick and Yuge Zhou.
11:30 — Conference starts
12:00 — Welcome
Melodie Leung (Zaha Hadid Architects)
and Melissa Woolford (Founder of Museum of Architecture)
12:15-13:15 — Collaboration
Jane Wernick (engineersHRW)
Hayfa Matar (Diplomat)
Marina Otero Verzier (Het Nieuwe Instituut)
Rona Meyuchas-Koblenz (Kukka Studio)
moderated by Ellie Stathaki (Architecture Editor, Wallpaper*)
13:15-14:45 — Lunch
14:45-15:45 — Memory and Imagination
Anne Beate Hovind (Future Library)
in conversation with A K Dolven (Artist)
15:45-16:15 — Coffee break
16:15-17:15 — Drawing and Communication
Kate Davies (Unknown Fields Liquid Factory)
Yara Sharif (Ng Architects, Palestine Regeneration Team PART)
Yuge Zhou (Video Artist)
moderated by Vicky Richardson (Architectural writer and curator)
17:15-17:35 — Wooden Parliament Pavilion by Finsa
Presentation by Cristina Díaz Moreno, Efrén García Grind (AMID.cero9)
18:00-20:00 — Drinks Reception at Wooden Parliament Pavilion by Finsa on Granary Square