From the 3rd – 7th August, 2014, Durban was privileged to be the host of the International Union of Architects (UIA) Conference. Architects, engineers, designers, technologists, planners, thinkers and writers from all over the world gathered at the Durban ICC and engaged the public with lively and challenging talks, workshops, events and happenings.
The theme of this year’s conference was ” Architecture Otherwhere”. Quoted from the website, the heart behind this name:
” The Congress will ponder the OTHERwhere by exploring ANYwhere-but-HERE – it creates a vagueness and uncertainty – stimulating creative engagement with the title and dialectic between concepts of uncertainty and certainty by defining what kind of OTHERwhere – suggesting an alternative way of existing through connectivity, togetherness – in Durban, in South Africa, in Africa, on the planet; personally and collectively.”
We wanted to give an inside scoop on the conference so we interviewed architect Gareth Knox, who was able to attend the renowned event.
Hey Gareth, please give us a brief description of the UIA event:
“The International Union of Architects World Congress is a triennial event held in an established host city, with the 25th edition of the event being hosted by Durban.
There were some excellent speakers such as Toyo Ito and Mokena Makeka. Who was your favourite speaker/s and why?
“My favorite speaker was an architect by the name of Cameron Sinclair who is the CEO of a company called Architecture for Humanity. They are a volunteer non-profit organization set up to promote architecture and design to seek solutions to global social and humanitarian crisis. Cameron’s address was both highly entertaining (he won a Ted Talks award in 2012, so is a very accomplished public speaker) and the work put on display was of a high quality.