BRAND NEW WORLD CONFERENCE / ARCHITECTURE DAY / KEYNOTE : NL AMBASSADOR

The focus of the first session of the day was architecture. Visitors had the opportunity to learn why in architecture it is important to reconsider one’s own work and what are the challenges that we have to cope with nowadays, what clients can expect from architects, and why a constant social debate is needed. The speakers talked about the concept of sustainability, about the necessity of understanding the material, and how to design long-term! The amazing international experience of architects such as Massimiliano Fuksas and 3XN can enrich our ideas and definitely influence our perception of architecture. We heard how the famous Italian architect Massimiliano Fuksas designed the Shenzhen airport in China, with the world’s most complicated structure, and Head of the Danish studio 3XN, Kim Herforth Nielsen revealed what needs to be considered when designing, in order to comply with “green building” requirements, and why he believes architecture can shape our behavior, and that buildings, like humans, are more than just a sum of their parts. There was a lecture by Astrid Feldner from the studio Bleed, who spoke about creating a mix of cultures and disciplines that challenge today’s conventions around art, visual language, interaction, media and identity.

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Belgrade was an unexpected, inspiring and energizing experience. A very unorthodox & charismatic host, harems of beautiful hostesses, less beautiful speakers with their advantages too (mainly the speaking part) and finally some recognition of my talent as a DJ.  Biomega & KiBiSi colonized Belgrade for a brief moment. Actually, for the first time my KiBiSi partners, Lars Larsen, Bjarke Ingels & I were speaking at the same event – a seal of grandeur I gather. Some day I want to be remembered as the Caliph of Belgrade - & the designer bicycle pioneer.

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