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Architect and urban designer Richard Coleman on CNN: “What's the essence of architecture? On the importance of heritage conservation”

 
 
 
 
 
 
Richard Coleman gives a Design Talk at Ayala Museum, Manila on November 4, the first of a series of pre-festival events organised by Architecture Steiner.  Richard is a founding member of Architecture Steiner and Principal of Citydesigner in London. 

Richard Coleman gives a Design Talk at Ayala Museum, Manila on November 4, the first of a series of pre-festival events organised by Architecture Steiner.  Richard is a founding member of Architecture Steiner and Principal of Citydesigner in London. 

Preparations are well underway for ARTKITEKTURA Festival of Architecture and the Arts to be hosted by Architecture Steiner and Citydesigner, in the Philippines in August 2017.  This outreach programme aims to share our group’s expertise to places in the world where this is needed. The festival concept was inspired by the International Exhibition on Living Architecture, which launches its tour of the English-speaking world in the Philippines in August 2017.  The Philippines is an  English-speaking nation in Southeast Asia, an ideal centre for hosting international conferences in the region. 

Curated by Pieter van der Ree and commissioned by Iona Stichting of the Netherlands, this rare and extensive exhibition features 50 worldwide projects.  It traces the history of living architecture, from the pioneers of organic architecture, to the enlivening of modernism, to contemporary worldwide expressions.  Provoking questions about the current and future significance of living architecture in this age of digitally driven design, this highly visual exhibition will be of great interest to students, professionals and the general public.

ARTKITEKTURA is conceived as a three part learning programme, to be delivered over three to five years.  Wholeness Through Architecture and the Arts is the theme of Part One.  Talks, workshops and study trips will be given by Filipino and international contributors.  Our international speakers for 2017 are —

Paulo Alcazaren, PHILIPPINES
living on the edge - Philippine urbanism

Gregory Burgess, AUSTRALIA
working with living architecture

Richard Coleman, UNITED KINGDOM
learning from heritage townscapes

Luis Lopez, COLOMBIA
bamboo, material of the future

Nicanor Perlas, PHILIPPINES
the twelve senses and the built environment

Nicolas Pople, UNITED KINGDOM
Rudolf Steiner and 20th century architecture

Pieter van der Ree, NETHERLANDS
philosophy of living architecture

Formalising partnerships.  We have just signed a partnership agreement with Ayala Museum, and are currently drawing up agreements with Ayala Malls and Ayala Land.  These leading organisations have granted us free use of prime exhibition venues right in the heart of the city. 

ARTKITEKTURA producers Mark Wilson and Sarri Tapales with British Ambassador Asif Ahmad, receiving a book on the making of the Gherkin building.

ARTKITEKTURA producers Mark Wilson and Sarri Tapales with British Ambassador Asif Ahmad, receiving a book on the making of the Gherkin building.

Inviting participation, building an audience.  Strong links have been established with leading architecture and design schools and associations, museums, social development organisations, local government, and community partners.  Among our newest partners is PIID, Philippine Institute of Interior Design, who will be offering Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points for any of their 3,000 members attending our events. We are now exploring plans for ARTKITEKTURA Part Two to be hosted by the UP (University of the Philippines) College of Architecture and UP Vargas Museum in 2018.  The International Exhibition on Living Architecture will be remounted in Vargas Museum in one generous, cohesive space, for a two-month run from February 2018.  This will enable schools across the country to make the most of this valuable educational resource.

In the months leading up to our main festival in August, we would like to hold one or two more pre-festival talks, possibly at other partner schools like Benilde and UST (University of Santo Tomas) College of Architecture.  We are also planning a design talk to be hosted by the UAP Makati Chapter (United Architects of the Philippines).

Engaging young people, forming a festival team.  In partnership with the London-based practice Citydesigner, a local festival team has been formed in Manila.  This includes a youth volunteer team of young professionals and students from various universities and the Manila Waldorf School.  These young people will be working together, developing events management skills through several pre-festival activities.  Volunteers can look forward to free participation at festival events, including pre-festival talks and special sessions with our guest contributors.  Our first such event was on 4 November with a talk given by Richard Coleman at Ayala Museum.  Despite rain and formidable Friday rush hour traffic, public interest proved very high, with an audience of over 180, including the British Ambassador.  Richard later met with the youth team for an exclusive Q&A.

Seeking financing, recent success.  In seeking funding from embassies and corporate donors in the Philippines, we have met the most positive response from the Netherlands Embassy, whose interests are much aligned with the aims of ARTKITEKTURA.  The British ambassador also suggested a collaboration with the British Council.  We are also in discussion with MasterCard for a straight participation sponsorship.  Our current fundraising efforts are aimed at embassies, European organisations and corporations in the Philippines and the UK. 

The event attracted a mixed audience of nearly 180 people, the largest for Design Talks at Ayala Museum

The event attracted a mixed audience of nearly 180 people, the largest for Design Talks at Ayala Museum

Preparations in Europe.  In the meantime in Europe, Architecture Steiner members have been collaborating with the exhibition’s curator, Pieter van der Ree, on plans for updating the exhibition for the English speaking world.  Since March, we have met in Brighton, Amsterdam, London and Basel, often also joined by the director of Iona Stichting, the owner of the exhibition.  I am grateful to the Hermes Trust UK for their support in enabling me to attend these important meetings.

At the Goetheanum World Conference last September, Pieter and I had an impromptu and rare opportunity to meet with an international group of architects and a museum director, to introduce plans for the festival in the Philippines and the tour launching in Asia.  Those present expressed enthusiasm for the exhibition to visit Taiwan, Japan, China, Canada and the USA.  Architecture Steiner will be hosting the exhibition in Manila in 2017 and London in 2019.  

Positive response in Asia.  In September we had an unexpected request by our corporate partner, Ayala Malls, to bring our festival themes to their leading shopping centres in Manila and Iloilo.  In line with our festival calendar, they will host local exhibitions and community events aimed at  the young followers of ARTKITEKTURA.  In November we discussed initial concepts, developed in consultation with our youth team, which were taken on board by the dynamic Ayala Malls team.  For the ARTKITEKTURA community, this opens up many exciting opportunities for creative collaboration.


By Sarri Tapales
ARTKITEKTURA Festival Director
9 December 2016