Keynote Talk: Prototypes for the Future recorded live at the World Architecture Festival’s online event, WAFVirtual in December 2020.
We live in extraordinary times and, in many ways, the challenges facing cities, cultures, and the planet have never been greater. Some have speculated that the global COVID pandemic is merely first tremors of a vast shockwave brought on by environmental decline, failed socio-economic policy, and cynical political manipulation.
Perhaps more than ever before, the need for reconsidering the fundamental values, agendas, and possibilities of architecture and urbanism is clear. We must begin to imagine fundamentally new questions and trajectories that go beyond the lifeless, recycled formalisms, neo-Darwinian ethics and vacant marketing speech—we must begin to answer the question of how can we, as architects, work towards a living future for our spaces, societies, and species?
In this talk, Ole Scheeren, Principal of international architectural practice Buro Ole Scheeren, will explore the role of this question in the work of the office and how the search for an answer has informed the development of several of the office’s unprecedented and city-defining structures.
Video courtesy of World Architecture Festival