Bienala de Arhitectură Transilvania (BATRA)

Venue: Romania (Cluj-Napoca, Oradea, Baia Mare, Satu Mare and Alba Iulia)
Date: 20th October – 20th November 2023

The theme “(imp)ACT” reflects the aim of the 2023 edition of the biennial based on the curator’s belief that architecture has the power to change the world. The challenge is to identify means to bring about a change, not just a change but a change for the better.The exhibition takes places in 5 cities across Romania. In Cluj-Napoca, the exhibition will take place in Oradea, in Piata Unirii, in Baia Mare, on the walkway of the Maramures County Museum of Ethnography and Folk Art, in Alba Iulia, in Piața Cetății, and in Satu Mare, in the historical center. For more information visit batra.ro

Chicago Architecture Biennial

Venue: Chicago and across the city
Date: 21st September 2023 – 2nd January 2024

The Chicago Architecture Biennial also known as CAB, is a nonprofit organization that explores innovative design talents including architects, artists, designers, and performers, and brings them under an umbrella to showcase their unique ideas regarding built environment to the world. This is the fifth edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial and “explores how contemporary environmental, political, and economic issues are shared across national boundaries but are addressed differently around the world through art, architecture, infrastructure, and civic participation”. Additionally, CAB-5 will deconstruct some of the local ongoing projects and showcase site-specific installations which are distributed at selected locations around the city. The exhibitions of site-specific installations at the Chicago Cultural Center, the Graham Foundation, the James R. Thompson Center, and the Chicago Architecture Center be launched on 21st September and open to the public from 2nd November followed by a grand inauguration.

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Tribune Tower, 6a architects © Chicago Architecture Biennial, Tom Harris, 2017

Dubai Design Week 2023

Venue: Dubai Design District (d3) and across the city
Date: 7th – 12th November 2023

This is the ninth edition of Dubai Design Week features a series of events and activities, talks, pop-ups, exhibitions, installations, talks, workshops, a leading design fair, and a weekend market. The Design Fair is one of the festival’s largest events showcasing furniture, lighting, bathroom, and kitchen products. This event marks a collaboration of a range of design disciplines, including architecture, product design, interiors, and multimedia, hosting designers from across the globe. It aims to facilitate the exchange of ideas and demonstrate the positive impact that can be fostered through design. For more information, visit www.dubaidesignweek.ae

Herzog & de Meuron, Royal Academy of Arts, London

Venue: Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
Date: 14th July – 15th October 2023

Herzog & de Meuron exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts has been open to the public since 14th July. It is curated in close collaboration with the Royal Academy Vicky Richardson, Head of RA Architecture, and Drue Heinz curator. The exhibition organized in the three rooms of the Winkler Galleries gives insight into projects, practice, and work-life culture at Herzog & de Meuron. The first room displays a selective collection of archives from Kabinett in Basel to London of Herzog &de Meuron while the second room displays the everyday life in H&dM buildings through film documentation. Finally, the third room explains their approach to design and realization with the example of an ongoing project, Kinderspital Zürich. For more information visit www.herzogdemeuron.com

Metro! Greater Paris on the move

Venue: Paris
Date: 8th November 2023 – 2nd June 2024

On completing the first stations of the Grand Paris Express, the Cité de l’architecture et du Patrimoine and the Société du Grand Paris decided to host a one-of-a-kind exhibition focusing on the metro, its history, and the urban transformations it has undergone. As a part of the immense ongoing project of the Grand Paris express architects and artists have developed, together Sixty-eight new “stations” for serving residents. Addressing mobility challenges in large cities, this exhibition combines technological history, visionary projects, and a fictional universe linked to the metro, creating a new mental map of Greater Paris in the minds of the visitors. 

Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

Venue: Seoul
Date: 1st September – 29th October 2023

Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2023 marks a return for its fourth edition, hosting the Seoul 100-year Masterplan exhibition. The exhibition follows the theme of Multi-Layered Land Use and Green Network, which will establish long-term plans for the urban infrastructure of the city, including eco-friendly solutions and proposals for new projects. This year’s festival is curated by architects Byoung Soo Cho and Eui Young Chun and will focus on the exploration of ecology, topography, and views through their works. For more information visit 2023.seoulbiennale.org

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Byoung Soo Cho’s Earth project_©Wooseop Hwang
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Byoung Soo Cho’s Earth project_©Wooseop Hwang

Sharjah Architecture Triennial

Venue: Sharjah
Date: 11th November 2023 – 10th March 2024

The 2nd edition of Sharjah Architectural Triennial (SAT) is curated by Tosin Oshinowo, Lagos-based Nigerian architect and founder of cmDesign Atelier. Titled “The Beauty of Impermanence: An Architecture of Adaptability”, the exhibition explores how issues of scarcity in the Global South have created a culture of re-use, re-appropriation, innovation, collaboration, and adaptation and will explore how different professions can reorient global conversations to create a more sustainable, resilient and equitable future. For more information visit www.sharjaharchitecture.org

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Sharjah Architecture Triennial, The Beauty of Impermenence – Architecture of Adaptability_ © Limbo Accra

Venice Architecture Biennale

Venue: Venice, Italy
Date: 20th May – 26th November 2023

This is the 18th year of the international exhibition, titled “The Laboratory of the Future”, curated by Lesley Lokko, a renowned architectural academic, educator, and best-selling novelist. The exhibition is organized to be held in the Giardini, the Arsenale, and Forte Marghera. It is going to be the first of its kind in the profession, reflecting upon the themes of “decolonization and decarbonization”, in addition to exploring means to achieve “carbon neutrality”. For more information visit www.labiennale.org

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Lesley Lokko Curator_ © Jacopo Salvi
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Central Pavilion Giardini_© Francesco Galli

We Design Beirut

Venue: Lebanon
Date: 27th – 30th October 2023

Founded by Mariana Wehbe, in collaboration with industrial designer Samer Alameen and branding agency Bananamonkey, this event aims to commemorate Lebanon’s rich history of inspiring international designers and resilience to global design. The program features designer showcases, installations, talks, and workshops across various design fields such as interior design, architecture, furniture, product design, functional art, ceramics, home accessories, and rugs. The event is spread across Lebanon with exhibitions hosted in specific locations including Oscar Neimeyer Fairgrounds in Tripoli, the Villa Mokbel in Achrafieh, the Royal Cinema, and more. Significantly, PSLab will serve as the official headquarters of “We Design Beirut” providing a platform for artisans to exhibit their work and host discussions on empowerment. For more information visit wedesignbeirut.com

Villa Mokbel_©Karim Sakr

World Architecture Festival

Venue: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Date: 29th November – 1st December 2023

World Architecture Festival, also known as WAF is the world’s largest annual, international, live architectural event. It is renowned for its largest live architectural critic and awards program for commemorating excellence in architectural projects via live presentations to an audience of high-profile delegates and esteemed international juries. Architects and designers can submit their completed buildings, future projects, landscape design projects, and interior design projects before the final entry deadline of 22 May 2023 and shortlist entries will be further presented to the jury. In addition to the awards, there will be keynote talks, a product exhibition, and networking opportunities for the architects and designers. For more information visit www.worldarchitecturefestival.com

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Valliammai Tirupathi is a budding architect. She has an immense passion for research and writing, mainly in Architectural Theory and the History of Architecture. She believes that Architectural Journalism can bring about a change in the profession. She loves to analyze and break down heavy information and complex ideas into simple sentences.