New Generations Festival 2021
Royal Academy of Spain in Rome
Rome, IT

The New Generations Festival is an annual event that brings together emerging architecture practices and professionals from various fields, creating a space for the contemplation and analysis of the architecture profession. Titled “New Urban Challenges”, the event will take place this June 30th, July 1st & 2nd at the Royal Academy of Spain in Rome, in a hybrid format with a combination of virtual and public events.

The 2021 edition of the New Generations Festival takes place at the Royal Academy of Spain in Rome on three days: June 30th, July 1st & 2nd. This festival is part of New Urban Challenges, the ongoing three-year edition of the New Generations Festival (2020, 2021, 2022) that explores the relation between the urban environment and six intertwined themes, two every year. The 2021 edition of the festival is based on the following two themes: ‘(City and) Technology’ and ‘(City and) Image’.

The Festival is curated by Gianpiero Venturini, on behalf of the New Generations Cultural Association, with the support of the Royal Academy of Spain in Rome and Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) through their mobility programme PICE. The project has been awarded by the public tender "Estate Romana 2020 – 2021 – 2022" and is part of Romarama, a cultural programme promoted by Roma Capitale.


CONCEPT
The festival will be based on a curated selection of editorial projects and publications realised by emerging architecture and editorial practices. Participants have been selected through an open call that saw diverse submissions by over 150 emerging practices from more than 20 different countries. New Urban Challenges will feature a programme including a series of online and public events at the Royal Academy of Spain in Rome, followed by a travelling exhibition that will all illustrate and present some of the most engaging and stimulating current theoretical innovation in the field of architecture.


PROGRAMME

JUNE 30th - FESTIVAL INAUGURATION

18:15Festival Inauguration + Pecha Kucha, Editorial Formats
The inauguration of the Festival includes a brief introduction with the participation of the New Generations Cultural Association and the Royal Spanish Academy in Rome. Afterwards, a series of seven guests will alternate short presentations. Entitled 'Editorial Formats', the presentations will exhibit a series of editorial projects that are developed through the use of different formats: digital platforms, print magazines, books, research editorial projects, and so on. The eight selected projects present their work through the Japanese Pecha Kucha format: 20 slides of 20 seconds each, for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds per project.


JULY 1st (CITY &) TECHNOLOGY

09:45Itinerary at the Royal Academy of Spain in Rome
A guided tour organised by the Royal Academy of Spain in Rome, including visits to the artist's residencies.

11:30Interviews with Festival Participants
A series of interviews with participants at the New Generations Festival, streamed live through the @newgens instagram page.

11:30Brainstorming session: ArchiZines Review Ep. 02, Curated by Järfälla
A series of short presentations gathering international experts in the editorial field, an event curated and moderated by Järfälla.

18:00Speakers Corner
Short public presentations with the participation of international guests., with each participant presenting their research with the (City and) Technology theme for around approximately 20 minutes, ending with a public debate.


JULY 2nd (CITY AND) IMAGE

11:30Interviews with Festival Participants
A series of interviews with participants at the New Generations Festival, streamed live through the @newgens instagram page.

18:00Speakers Corner
Short public presentations with the participation of international guests., with each participant presenting their research with the (City and) Image theme for around approximately 20 minutes, ending with a public debate.


THEMES

This year’s festival will tackle the following two topics:

(City and) Technology: while technology has always been a central part of human innovation, only recently have automation and hi-tech devices become such an integral part of our day-to-day lives. As we bridge the gap between our bodies and these devices, technology begins to visibly mutate the way in which we inhabit our domestic spaces. The rapid development of technology also paves way for speculation about the different possible futures that we are building in our contemporary cities and our collective imaginaries. How will the future of technological innovation affect our cities and the way in which architecture is not only conceived, but also produced and executed?
Keywords: technology, artificial intelligence, automation, devices, bodies, domesticity, isolation, loneliness.

(City and) Image: from Ledoux’s Architecture Parlante to Lynch’s Image of the City, urban theorists have always speculated on the city’s identity and the factors that influence the mental images we ascribe to our cities. However, in the heart of the information age where social media has become saturated with a panorama of methods to communicate architecture and urban space, how can we use research and experimental methods as a tool to reimagine the identity of our cities? Although social media spaces have fetishised the “architectural collage” and “pastel” aesthetic, perhaps its open and expansive nature can allow architecture to reconnect with a wider public. How can we rethink architectural representation in an increasingly virtual world where simulated environments are becoming more common everyday?
Keywords: communication, image, identity, representation, aesthetic, social media.


Stay tuned for other information regarding attending the events in person as well as the details on the live streaming of the various events.

Poster A3 ENG

09. New Generations Festival 2019 Rome Workshop ATLAS Museo Macro Luca Chiaudano
New Generations Festival 2019, Rome. Photo by Luca Chiaudano.

05. New Generations Festival 2018 Warsaw Speakers Corner lectures Kuba Mozolewski
New Generations Festival 2017, Warsaw. Photo by Kuba Mozolewski.

Real Academia Espanola Tempietto di San Pietro in Montorio
The Tempietto of San Pietro in Montorio. Photo courtesy of the Royal Academy of Spain in Rome.