Built heritage personifies our origins and informs our understanding of who we are today. It helps define a sense of place, creating an identity for a community.
This is the starting point of the 14th JUNG Architecture Talks that will take place in Singapore on 28 August at the Asian Civilisations Museum. Entitled PAST.PRESENT.FUTURE. The importance of diversity in design, it seeks to examine what is the most sensitive and responsible way to manage historical buildings.
At the same time, the Talk will also cast its gaze towards today and tomorrow, examining the present context of climate change, urbanisation and demographic change, and how it will fit into a framework for the future that is surely structured upon technology.
Singapore is one of 12 cities around the world that JUNG is bringing its Architecture Talks to, and the only Asian city to host it. Marking its 14th year, the platform offers architects and planners an opportunity for a public and controversial discourse on current issues in architecture.
The format originated from the idea of the Hamburg Architectural Summer. Initially realised in a small group, the conversation focusing on themes in the urban development of, and the building industry in, Hamburg, took place at the Architekturbox.
Gradually, it became a more dynamic discourse on topics that moved the world of architecture, reaching as far as Asia, and taking JUNG's key idea of “Progress as Tradition” to a broader audience.
Among its aspirations is to inspire the next generation. With the Architecture Talks, JUNG is keen to open up a door for young architects to use this public discourse as a way to keep themselves updated with the industry.
To a medium-sized, traditional company like JUNG, its relationship with architecture is made through elements like colour, shape, style, materiality, taste, direction and encounter. It is also about sustainability and issues that arise in the daily construction business
These and more make up the Talks, with its expert-only format that is also synonymous with lively discussions about the latest topics in architecture and networking in a relaxed setting.
After 13 years and almost 100 events, it has hosted more than 150 top-class speakers and more than 22,000 guests, making it an established part of the architectural scene, both in Germany and abroad.
For JUNG, direct exchange with architects is essential and is a topical, trend-setting driver for the company's innovative strength. So lock in the Singapore event in your calendar and we look forward to seeing you there.
This story is brought to you by JUNG. It first appeared in Issue 111: August/September of d+a.