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July 19
Summer 2012 Architecture and Design Festivals

​We couldn’t help but notice that the world is celebrating spectacular architecture in the great outdoors this summer. Several upcoming architecture and design fairs starting in the summer months and continuing into the fall offer inspiring and striking creations you don’t want to miss. Here are a few of these special festivals across the globe that embody architectural design at its finest.


June 1 – October 14
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion – London, U.K.

Serpentine Gallery Pavillion

For the 12th annual commission of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, Architect Al Weiwei unites with Herzog & de Meuron to create a design that invites visitors beneath the lawn to explore the hidden history of the pavilion series. The pavilion features 12 columns beneath a floating platform roof – created with clad cork, a sustainable building material. The inspiring setting will operate as a public space and venue for Park Nights, the gallery’s high profile public talks and events.


June 23 - September 30
International Garden Festival – Grand-Metis, Quebec

IGF Sculpture
IGF Garden
For the 13th edition of the International Garden Festival in Grand-Metis, Quebec, more than 65 designers worldwide have pushed the boundaries of contemporary horticulture. Unique garden installations embellish the banks of the St. Lawrence River illustrating extraordinary originality while renewing the art of the garden.​



June 28 - September
Wendy – New York


New York’s HWKN built Wendy for the annual courtyard installation at MoMA PS1. Caged within two nested cubic grids, massive spikes form enthralling microenvironments for visitors to wander through. The nylon fabric coating even neutralizes airborne pollutants for an impact comparable to removing 260 cars off the road. The structure was recently recognized as the winner of the annual Young Architects Program in New York for its striking design and sustainable focus.​
August 29 to November 25
Architecture Biennale – Venice, Italy
For the 13th edition of the greatly anticipated Architecture Biennale festival, curator David Chipperfield explores the role of the architect as social collaborator in this year’s theme, Common Ground. The exhibition will feature 63 projects – by architects, photographers, artists, critics and scholars – to highlight the rich network of connections and similarities between architects around the world. Chipperfield seeks to reassert and celebrate the existence of an architectural culture of shared ideas over individual authorship.