ArchFest 2021 – Living cities

4. June 2021

This year’s conference will provide challenging films and inspirational key notes on urban development, and we are now open for sign ups! Norwegian ArchFest is a collaboration between Haugesund municipal county and the Norwegian International Film Festival, and is simultaneously an architectural film festival and an urban development conference.  The featured films will challenge our image of the city as our home. The lectures will shed a light on the challenges we face and inspire to the ideal.

Mind of Modernism

Fra Mind of Modernism, ArchFest 2021

– This years ArchFest program is now coming together. The films are more or less scheduled and the lectures are filling up. Some films will challenge ut to feel and mean something about both the physical and social side of urban development, says manager of city planning Kent Håkull. The lectures will inspire and give room to reflect on different issues we are trying to achieve or avoid.

Living cities: Social sustainability, modernism, architectural revolt, urban industrial development and more.

ArchFest opens Sunday the 22nd of August. Participants from all parts of Norway will get to see films from USA/Brazil, Canada, UK, France, Japan and Norway. The keynote speakers will be internationally acclaimed and local architects, and speakers specialized in architectural science, business and management. 

– Our ambition is to provide an annual national urban development symposium focusing on architecture, Håkull says. – We want to provide professional insight. The breaks and the evening events will provide the opportunity to be social again, with whatever restrictions are applicable at the time, and reflect on the different topics of the day. We are happy to welcome you again!

A preview of the program 

On August 23rd we welcome Kjetil Thorsen from Snøhetta. He will discuss how projects needs to balance both market and site analysis whilst aspire to an inspired, site specific and sustainable urban development – in a constructive symbiosis between different interests.

Monday afternoon will mark the world premiere of Paul Tunges Mind of Modernism in Rossabø church. The film is a beautiful portrait of brutalist churches, modernist cvic centers and magnificent architect drawn villas. In the evening the 2020 award for housing and urban development from the Norwegian Association for Housing and Urban Development (Norsk BYOB) will be awarded Haugesund municipal county for the development of Flotmyr.

The award for building customs will end ArchFest 2021, and will be decided Tuesday evening.

Upcoming films and keynote speakers will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

Sign up for the conference here.