Michel Rojkind confirmed to speak at reSITE 2018
First keynote speakers and a new guest curator announced for reSITE 2018
According to ArchDaily, "Today, Michel Rojkind is widely known as one of Mexico's most successful, and at times flamboyant, architects of the 21st century. But in spite of his success, his path to architecture was never straightforward; before founding Rojkind Arquitectos, he spent over a decade as a drummer in pop-rock band Aleks Syntek y La Gente Normal, an experience which he actually credits with sparking his interest in architecture." reSITE 2018 is excited to feature Michel Rojkind as the first keynote speaker of the June Prague's conference.
Michel Rojkind's latest achievement, the Foro Boca concert and culture hall in Mexico, was inaugurated last December. He has amazed the planet by "Portal of Awareness", spatial installations made of Nescafe mugs. (photographs Jaime Navarro, Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos).
Another keynote lecture will be given by Richard Burdett, a Professor of Urban Studies at the London School of Economics and Director of the Urban Age and LSE Cities. As a member of the Mayor of London's Cultural Leadership Board, Professor Burdett is one of London's Mayor's closest advisors.
Theme: Housing and Quality of Life
“The convergence of housing and quality of life in the city will define this year’s work and events for reSITE. We will explore new forms of housing, check out the cost of living and identify cultural and architecture projects that enhance our lifestyle. I’m really excited to change the format this year with a new program curator, Greg Lindsay, who will help us see new ways of living and working in the city – a sort of theory of relativity for the positive impacts that may arise at the intersection of change, tradition and new thinking.” – Martin Barry, Chairman of reSITE
"I’m honored to join reSITE as guest curator after having had the pleasure of watching it evolve as a speaker and attendee since 2013. I’m also humbled to tackle the biggest issue cities face: where and how people live, and how to do it fairly, equitably, and sustainably. The right to the city begins with housing, and so that’s where the theme of reSITE 2018 begins,” explains the new program curator of the event Greg Lindsay, a writer, journalist and urbanist.
The annual international forum showcasing better solutions for our urbanized world will be back at Prague’s Forum Karlin on June 14–15, 2018. reSITE 2018 that has been called the most interactive architecture and urbanism event will present 50 international speakers from 30 countries surrounded by a 1000+ audience gathering architects, planners, bottom-up innovators and municipal and private sector leaders.
Carl Weisbrod, Commissioner of New York City Planning, discusses the economic and cultural history of New York City, culminating in today's booming economy that is accompanied by a housing crisis. City growth leads to rapid social change, and transformation towards more affordable housing will allow the city to continue to thrive with healthier citizens.
Over one thousand visitors attended reSITE 2017: In/visible City on June 22-23 in Prague. Architects, municipal leaders, city planners and investors in the audience were blown away by lectures from the universally heralded Kazuyo Sejima from SANAA, Deputy Mayor of Paris Jean-Louis Missika, Winy Maas from the envy of the architecture world, and many more.
Mimi Hoang, co-founder of New York based nArchitects, discusses methods of solving the overcrowding and housing shortage of New York City and her projects on improving public spaces. She explains her latest project creating more affordable micro living apartments for lower income or single person households in the city, as well as her past work in Chicago turning the pier into a public space for locals to enjoy.
Urban planner, architect, and co-founder of MVRDV interdisciplinary studio, Winy Mass, is reimagining cities and public spaces. He shares with us many of his innovative projects and his curiosity about how future cities will rethink functional space in the public domain.
The event happening at Prague’s Forum Karlin on June 14–15, 2018 catapults Prague to the center of the international design and policy world again, presenting50 international speakers from real estate development, architecture, design, investment and innovation; focusing on top quality housing and quality of life, bringing inspiration from the world’s most desirable cities
reSITE aims to do its part in elevating female voices as an opportunity to achieve social balance in architecture and design. By bringing together all different backgrounds we can create provocative conversations around housing and quality of life that reflects the different needs of everyone.
Oke Hauser, Creative Lead of MINI Living, an initiative by MINI that aims to address the shortage of affordable urban housing and public spaces.