Peter Cook, Patrik Schumacher Lead List of Speakers at WAF 2016

Peter Cook, Patrik Schumacher Lead List of Speakers at WAF 2016, via World Architecture Festival
via World Architecture Festival

The program for the 2016 edition of the World Architecture Festival (WAF) has been announced. Being held from November 16-18 at the Arena Berlin, Germany, the festival will feature 3 days and 4 nights of events including conferences, lectures and seminars, architect-led city tours and networking opportunities, as well as live critiques of the 411 projects shortlisted for the 2016 WAF Awards. An all-star list of speakers will include leading architectural figures such as Patrik Schumacher, Ole Scheeren and Peter Cook.

This theme of this year’s festival is “Housing For Everyone.” Inspired by a variety of influences, markedly the condition of displaced communities of political and disaster refugees, lectures will focus on “the growing understanding of how demographics and global urbanization are forcing change; and the imperatives to create shelter at one end of the spectrum, and sufficiency for occupation and investment at the other.”

Keynote speakers will end each night with an hour long lecture or discussion. On Wednesday, filmmaker Hubertus Siegert will talk to Louisa Hutton, Principal of Sauerbruch Hutton, about his acclaimed 2001 film “Berlin Babylon” and the continued reconstruction of Berlin from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the present day. Thursday, Zaha Hadid Architects director Patrik Schumacher will examine the typology of housing as architecture, looking beyond the current discourse typically focused on politics, migration, urbanization and numbers. Wrapping up proceedings on Friday will be Sir Christopher Frayling, historian, critic, broadcaster, and Chancellor of the University of the Arts, Bournemouth, discussing film, architecture and the city of Berlin.

In addition to the Arena Berlin events, the WAF will offer architect-led tours of the city by Niche Berlin, a city guide company that focuses on introducing visitors to contemporary and hard-to-find architectural gems, including access to normally restricted destinations. The tours will present both important and under-appreciated building projects, as well as their history and context within the city and the history of architecture as a whole.

Attendees will also be welcome to attend the live project critiques, WAF’s Gala Dinner and late-night drinks. Additionally, the Festival Hall will provide the opportunity to meet with suppliers and manufacturers, and will feature installations and product showcases.

More information about the event can be found in the online event brochure.

A full list of city tours and additional information is available here.



Archasm invites architects, students, engineers, designers, artists and philosophers to send in their entries for our competition

  • Idea based competition
  • Single stage competition
  • Team of maximum three members
  • No professional qualification necessary for eligibility
  • Teams can be interdisciplinary

Civil and social justice are the two most important fundamentals of human rights. The issues unequal civil rights and social injustice are not confined to a particular region and country but are a global phenomenon. These issues are a result of unequal resource distribution and unfair treatment of individuals with different traits i.e. race, culture, sexual orientation etc. Civil unrest broods violence and forces retaliation against the segregation and unfair laws and rules. The issues of civil and social injustice are more complex as they involve a wide category of issues such as a racial profiling, LGBT rights, equal opportunities (jobs and healthcare), ageism, criminal justice, freedom of speech, social security, immigration, internet privacy, bullying etc.

The importance of civil rights still remains a non-issue at the global level. The champions of civil rights and social justice are often portrayed as enemies of the state, to hide the government inefficiencies.

Liberty Enlightening the World (Statue of Liberty), is a colossal statue given to the United States by France in 1886, standing at Liberty Island, New York in the mouth of the Hudson River in New York Harbour. The statue is the  symbol of civic freedom to the people of the world, since the civil war in USA. The broken shackles on the feet of the statue asks people to be free from oppression and resistance. Designed by Frederic Bartholdi, the statue was a modern day rendition of Roman goddess Libertas, who represented freedom from tyranny and oppression.

As the Statue of Liberty nears its 130th anniversary, the competition seeks to create a LIBERTY MUSEUM on the site of the legendary Statue of Liberty National Monument, located on Liberty Island in New York Harbour.


  • The museum should strive to create a new-world ideal and symbol for the cause of civil rights and social justice. The museum should become an icon that would generate mass awareness on the aforementioned issues and provide an interpretive learning experience for the visitors on various aspects and events of the civil rights movement, becoming a ‘virtual epicentre’ for the resistance against tyranny.


  • The architectural expression of the museum should be innovative, dynamic, accessible and contemporary. The aesthetic quality of the museum must be profound, powerful enough to teleport the visitor into another world. The spatiality and circulatory flow must be immersive and interesting, branching out beyond just organised space. It should not only provides the material built contexts within which museums exist, but also add meaning to the objects and interactions in the ‘spaces of encounter.’ The museum should also respect the strong context around it, merging with the existing envelope, yet managing to create its own presence.


  • The museum should aim to increase the visitor capacity to the Liberty island, adding a wide range of activities and programs (galleries, theatre, data centre, library, plaza, outdoor performance area etc.) which would increase the exchange between different people. The museum should strive to provide a multi-cultural and ethnic platform to the visitors, making it a socially active zone.




  • Start of Competition and Early Registration: 1st September 2016
  • Early Registration ends: 31st October 2016
  • Standard Registration starts: 1st November 2016
  • Deadline for Questions: 10th November 2016
  • Standard Registration ends: 29th November 2016
  • Closing day for Submissions 30th November 2016
  • Announcement of Winners: 24th December 2016


*Note: All deadlines are 11:59 pm – 00:00 IST (India).




Winning participants will receive prizes totaling INR 2,00,000 with the distribution as follows:

First prize- INR 1,00,000/- + Certificate

Second prize- INR 60,000/- + Certificate

Third prize- INR 40,000/- + Certificate

10 Honorable mentions

Winners and honorable mentions will be published on archasm’s website and several international architecture magazines and websites partnered by us.



Early Registration:

From 1st September to 31st October 2016

  • For Indian nationals- INR 1500 (per team)
  • For Foreign nationals- EUR 60 (per team)


Standard Registration:


From 1st November to 29th November 2016


  • For Indian nationals- INR 1800 (per team)
  • For Foreign nationals- EUR 80 (per team)

Entrants may register by filling the registration form and submitting it with the appropriate payment through our secure gateway on our website




Group discounts apply for a minimum of 5 teams from one particular architecture school/university as our initiative to promote more participation from students.

Send us the following details at to avail the offer.

  • Names of all the participating teams members and their respective team leaders.
  • Name of the university.
  • School ID proofs of the team leaders.



It will not be possible to amend or update any information relating to your registration including the names of team members once validated.




  • Participant teams will be disqualified if any of the competition rules or submission requirements are not considered. Participation assumes acceptance of the regulations.
  • Team code is the only means of identification of a team as it is an anonymous competition.
  • The official language of the competition is English.
  • The registration fee is non-refundable.
  • Contacting the Jury is prohibited.
  • archasm as the competition organizer, reserves the right to modify the competition schedule if deemed necessary.



Terms and Conditions


Please see the terms and conditions section on


Competition project disclaimer

This is an open international competition hosted by archasm to generate progressive   design ideas. There are no plans for the Liberty Museum to be built. The competition is organized for education purpose only.


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Second-Place Design Proposes Revitalization of Busan with Film in Korea

Second-Place Design Proposes Revitalization of Busan with Film in Korea, Courtesy of Selyong Kim, Yongwon Kwon, Seongyen Hwang, and Wonyang Architecture
Courtesy of Selyong Kim, Yongwon Kwon, Seongyen Hwang, and Wonyang Architecture

The collaboration of Selyong Kim, Yongwon Kwon, Seongyen Hwang, and Wonyang Architecture has won second place in the International Ideas Competition for Establishing Busan Station as The Cub of Creative Economy in Busan, Korea. The competition sought out proposals to revitalize the original downtown area, Busan Station is the starting point for a larger Busan North Port redevelopment project.

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Courtesy of Selyong Kim, Yongwon Kwon, Seongyen Hwang, and Wonyang Architecture

Courtesy of Selyong Kim, Yongwon Kwon, Seongyen Hwang, and Wonyang Architecture
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Courtesy of Selyong Kim, Yongwon Kwon, Seongyen Hwang, and Wonyang Architecture

Courtesy of Selyong Kim, Yongwon Kwon, Seongyen Hwang, and Wonyang Architecture

The second place proposal aims to reprogram the existing plaza of Busan Station Square with adaptive reuse, in order to create a new public space, including many activities centered on film.

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Courtesy of Selyong Kim, Yongwon Kwon, Seongyen Hwang, and Wonyang Architecture

Courtesy of Selyong Kim, Yongwon Kwon, Seongyen Hwang, and Wonyang Architecture
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Courtesy of Selyong Kim, Yongwon Kwon, Seongyen Hwang, and Wonyang Architecture

Courtesy of Selyong Kim, Yongwon Kwon, Seongyen Hwang, and Wonyang Architecture

By converting the existing structure into a film-based space, the proposal seeks to cultivate a place for culture and fun, which additionally creates jobs, all without compromising the existing plaza.

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Courtesy of Yongwon Kwon

Courtesy of Yongwon Kwon

Learn more about the project here.

News via Selyong Kim, Yongwon Kwon, Seongyen Hwang, and Wonyang Architecture.

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