October 18, 2020

The Future Architecture Rooms platform has constructed a context for exchange, knowledge transfer, discussion, education, and presentation. A space that can respond to the effects of the pandemic, without being disrupted by them.

The challenges the entire world has faced recently have also become challenges for designers, architects, and urbanists. Calls for new models that would transform decades of self-complacency into practices dealing with the politics of relations, neighbourhood, energy flows, and ever-changing urban dynamics have merged with calls for political commitments that demand care, empathy, and awareness of the other.

The current state of affairs has also brought changes into the functioning of numerous institutions in the field of architecture. Among them is the Future Architecture Platform, and its twenty-seven architecture museums, festivals, publishing houses, and other organizations were forced to find other ways to reach out to their audiences. 

How are they adapting to the consequences of an immediate health crisis? How are they going to work in the coming months? And how are they approaching their audiences?

Future Architecture Rooms - platform
The Future Architecture Rooms platform has constructed a context for exchange, knowledge transfer, discussion, education, and presentation

From rooms

In this pandemic era, we have become hyper-aware of the materiality and dimensions of our rooms. During periods of self-isolation, it is likely a room where you will while the time away. 

The era of video conferencing has exposed our private rooms online. These days, we glimpse each other’s decorated walls or books on shelves in call after call. The fragments of these rooms become part of our own spaces, blurring the boundaries of public and private spheres, of what is tangible inside and what is immaterial elsewhere.

Future Architecture Rooms - Estonian Museum of Architecture room
In the Estonian Museum of Architecture room, Triin Ojari gives a tour of the museum showing the different museum spaces both public ones and the ones behind closed doors

The opportunity to peek into these unfamiliar spaces of the others — and have our own projected outwards — is at once entertaining and unsettling. Such was the mindset of twenty-seven leading European architectural institutions when they opened their doors virtually through the Future Architecture Rooms platform

Want to know more about these rooms? Don’t miss Welcome to the Future Architecture Rooms, an unconventional digital environment.

Future Architecture Rooms - Driving the Human room
Driving the Human room is a scientific and artistic collaboration that develops and produces seven tangible prototypes responding to complex contemporary scenarios

Peek behind the scenes 

So far, more than 130.000 people have visited the rooms where the members of the Future Architecture platform, led by Anastassia Smirnova, concept curator, have constructed a context for exchange, knowledge transfer, discussion, education, and presentation. A space that can respond to the effects of the pandemic, without being disrupted by them.

In the rooms, the curators and producers, directors, and managers as well as their collaborating architects, critics, and the public are free to communicate as they wish. Every room features a short video allowing us to peek behind the scenes of some of the most interesting critical projects in Europe, joined under the common theme Landscapes of Care. 

Future Architecture Rooms - Lisbon Architecture Triennale Room
In the Lisbon Architecture Triennale room, viewers are invited to hear stories about the spaces and incidents that took place in the many rooms of the Palácio Sinel de Cordes

Help to shape the most groundbreaking architectural happenings through Europe

FA platform leader and director of MAO, Matevž Čelik, believes that the virtual sphere can function as a place to temporarily fill the void caused by this emerging situation and help stakeholders in architecture maintain genuine contact as well as exchange knowledge and ideas with each other.   

“Since everyone involved in international coalitions like Future Architecture has been chained to the screens by the pandemic, we wanted to provide a more enjoyable way to meet online and connect. I want the platform as a building to remain constantly open to everyone and I hope that in Future Architecture Rooms people will always find new potential partners, friends and inspirations.”

Matevž Čelik, FA platform leader and director of MAO
Future Architecture Rooms - Tbilisi Architecture Biennial room
Tbilisi Architecture Biennial room aims to catalyse a critical discussion within the city

The identification of new potentials is also the theme of the platform’s upcoming annual open call. 

Where emerging designers and architects with their ideas can help to shape the most groundbreaking architectural happenings and events that form the core of the European Architecture Program.

Titled Landscapes of Care, this year’s open call will provide a broader space for reflection, debates, and proposals about the future of architecture. Applications will be open from November this year. 

Future Architecture Platform has incredible initiatives in support of European cultural players in architecture, don’t miss What did we see at the event by Future Architecture Platform 2020?

Future Architecture Rooms - Design Biotop room
Design Biotop room is an experimental platform for discussing space and its autonomy in a very open form