A new blueprint for global change.

Calling all architects! Be there and speak up when the WDS Congress brings together 6 major design disciplines with the mission of charting a new way forward for a future driven by design.

Programming features keynote addresses from Architecture’s leaders and luminaries, such as Jan Gehl and Alejandro Aravena, while delegates are invited to speak up and take an active role in the Congress by submitting proposals that can provide answers to the 108 provocative topics. Panels, workshops and sessions will focus on the transformative power of design and explore a new vision of the designer as a creative leader in society, business, culture and governance.

With the participation of the International Council on Monuments and Sites and the Ordre des Architects du Québec, the Congress promises to be the world’s premier gathering of visionaries and trailblazers in design and architecture.

Architecture Topics

108 open and provocative questions drive the Congress program and have been designed to stimulate answers from all design-related disciplines.
    Here are some of the topics that relate specifically to Architecture:
  1. 12 Environmental methodologies
    The inclusion of environmental protection in design has led to the emergence of protocols and standards (like LEED, for instance). What type of relationships do design disciplines keep with those systems and protocols? From a prospective standpoint, what can design disciplines contribute to environmental protection and environmental methodologies?.
  2. 48 Thinking for the long term
    Architecture is a foundation of cities. In the face of urban sprawl and growing mobility, how can architecture sustain and reinforce the permanence of cities? Is monumentality part of the solution? Which alternative solutions could come into play?
  3. 49 The effects of ephemeral projects
    Temporary interventions have become commonplace, but between the grand pavilions created at Biennials, the calls for tenders from cities or festivals and citizen initiatives, the stakes and impacts of ephemeral projects can vary greatly. What are the effects of these diverse project scales on the evolution of disciplines, on city governance and on citizens’ engagement in building their own cities?
  4. 64 Universal design perspectives
    Universal design (or barrier-free design or design for accessibility) is required to be usable by everyone without modification, at all stages of life and to work within both aesthetic and functional frameworks. And yet, while designers strive for accessible environments, people who are in need of accessible design solutions are often not well served. How can design be a better vehicle to provide solutions for all?
  5. 85 Heritage: Revitalization without Disneyfication?
    Revitalization without “Disneyfication”? : Our living environments usually develop in a sequence of well-defined eras, yet some areas retain their heritage elements and arouse especially strong enthusiasm. However, this can create friction and cause prices to climb, excluding some people. How can we maintain the quality of life for citizens already living in an area while meeting the needs of new residents? How can we forge links between ancient and modern heritage?
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Call for Proposals

August 6th 2017

Show us how you are drafting the blueprint for global change.

Share your ideas and projects at one of the most ambitious events of the year.

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