Must-Attend Architecture and Design Events

The world of architecture is buzzing with events starting in September 2023, we selected a top 5 for you!

Unveiling the Must-Attend Architecture and Design Events

As the vibrant hues of autumn prepare to paint the horizon, the world of architecture and design is buzzing with anticipation for an array of captivating events lined up starting in September 2023. This season marks a unique convergence of innovation, inspiration, and networking opportunities that you, as architects and professionals from design offices, won't want to miss. Prepare to immerse yourself in a realm of creativity, exchange ideas with peers, and glean insights from industry pioneers. Here's a sneak peek at the unmissable events that promise to enrich your professional journey.

1. Materials and Light  

Date: September 11th - 12th
Location: Centquatre 5 Rue Curial 75019 Paris

The 9th edition of Materials & Light will be held on September 11 and 12, 2023 at CENTQUATRE-PARIS. With over 2,000 trade visitors in 2022, the show enjoyed record attendance.Conceived by d'a magazine, the event features two days of exhibitions and conferences dedicated to innovative solutions for architecture, plus two evening festivities. Architects, landscape architects, interior designers, decorators and designers are invited to discover a selection of new products and materials, enhanced by sculptural scenography and original lighting.

The scenographic concept, initiated by Violette Cros, has now been developed by interior architect Kelly Pesah, a specialist in event and retail design who works mainly in the luxury goods sector. The inspiring scenography reinforces the show's positioning between showroom and art exhibition. Once again this year, Materials & Light will welcome some sixty exhibitors representing the different stages and specialities of architectural projects: building envelope, finishing work, decoration, lighting, public spaces...
Our team is there every year. If you're planning to come, let us know !

Click here to learn more about Materials and Light Event

2.  European Heritage Days (Journées Européennes du Patrimoine)

Date: September 15th - 17th
Location: Throughout France

The 40th European Heritage Days will be held on September 15, 16 and 17, 2023, on the themes of "Living Heritage" and "Sports Heritage".
The "Living Heritage" theme highlights practices, expressions, knowledge and know-how passed down from one generation to the next, such as traditional craftsmanship, knowledge of nature and the universe, and cultural heritage (songs, dances, rituals, festivals).
This theme coincides with the 20th anniversary of UNESCO's Convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH).The second theme, "Sporting Heritage", is being highlighted in the run-up to the Cultural Olympiad. Since the beginning of the twentieth century, the heritage of sport has grown considerably as the practice of sport has increased.

Find out more information by clicking here !

3. National Architecture Days (JNA - Journées nationales de l'architecture)

Date: October 13th - 15th
Location: Throughout France

The official dates for the Journées nationales de l'architecture (JNA) have been announced. This year, the event will be held from October 13 to 15, 2023, throughout France.
Since 2016, the JNA have invited public and private architectural establishments to open their doors to the general public in order to unveil the riches of remarkable contemporary architecture and develop knowledge, awaken curiosity and desire for architecture.

To get more information, check out our last article dedicated to the National Architecture Days or their website !

4.Zig Zag Festival - Architecture

Date: September 30th - October 15th
Location: Normandie - along the Seine

Zigzag - festival d'architecture et des arts de l'espace is an invitation to discover, understand and participate in the transformations of a territory in movement, that of the Seine Axis. It's the 5th edition of this festival organized by the Maison de l'architecture de Normandie - le Forum, to discover architecture in a different way, through visits, tours and immersive installations.

The Seine creates a variety of landscapes, with cities of all shapes and sizes, with links that are either historic or in the process of being reestablished. Today, the river's potential can be seen from an economic, cultural or environmental point of view, and articulates a narrative of the territory that is being built before our very eyes. Zigzag puts the individual at the heart of these questions and offers a sensitive approach to the spaces along the Seine.

Click here to visit their website and discover the detailed agenda !

5.Salon des Maires et des Collectivités Locales in Paris

Date: November 21th - 23rd
Location: Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, 1 Place de la Porte de Versailles

If you're an urban architect who likes to contribute to the improvement of cities and communities, then this show is the perfect opportunity for you. In fact, it will enable you to address public players and get closer to public markets.
Since 1996, the Salon des Maires et des Collectivités has collaborated with the Congrès des Maires de France. This is the only annual event that brings together all those involved in public institutions, as well as their partners and stakeholders.

More detailed information regarding the event on their official website !

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