World Architecture Festival 2017 Highlights

Creative Director Jason Flanagan discusses designing spaces for music at this year’s festival

22nd Nov 2017

We had a great time at the 10th World Architecture Festival in Berlin last week. ‘Performance’ was the theme for this year’s programme which included a number of seminars, talks, live crits, and architecture tours across the European city.

WAF Programme Director and Editorial Director of the Architects’ Journal Paul Finch said the aim of the 2017 edition of the festival was to ‘examine the multiple aspects of performance that architecture has to embrace: aesthetic, technical, economic and psychological.’

Our extensive cultural portfolio meant that we were well placed to contribute to the exploration of this topic. Inspired by his experience designing public buildings for the performing arts, and his special interest in acoustics, Creative Director Jason Flanagan spoke about ‘Designing Spaces for Music’.

Senior Associate Director Paul Bavister led a seminar – ‘Designing Buildings to Perform’ – which prompted a mention from Paul Finch in the Architects’ Journal WAF highlights article: ‘Finally, Paul Bavister of Flanagan Lawrence gave a fascinating presentation about the way sound moves through space/volume, explaining among other things why some music sounds so good in certain spaces. He also explained how site-specific music has been commissioned since we can now analyse digitally what would work best.’

Paul is currently leading the team for Riverside Studios, a project which will provide a new state of the art facility for the historic venue and create a ‘Digital Arts Centre’.

Next week, Jason is leading a tour of our most recently completed cultural project – Live Works, in Newcastle, as part of the RIBA Young Architects Practitioners Forum. The tour is on 30th November.

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