This week in Venice, the New York–based Van Alen Institute convened a group of leaders at 13 top architecture firms to brainstorm ideas that will guide the non-profit institution with an increased international perspective. The group will meet twice a year “to identify and investigate issues facing cities internationally, and to guide the impact of the Institute’s public programming, research, and design competitions,” according to a press release from Van Alen. The goal is to find topics that the institute can explore more deeply in its ongoing efforts such as Elsewhere: Escape and the Urban Landscape exploring our relationship with urban life.
“We are excited to elevate our work to an increasingly global perspective with the rigorous thinking and participation of the International Council,” David van der Leer, executive director of Van Alen, said in a statement. “I’m honored to begin with such a stellar list of participants, and I look forward to watching this community strengthen as a meaningful international network over the coming years.”
The list of firms participating this year includes: Chris Bosse, Tobias Wallisser, and Alexander Rieck of LAVA; Andrew Bromberg of Aedas; Carl Bäckstrand and Monica Von Schmalensee of White Architecture; Jay Berman of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners; Craig Dykers and Elaine Molinar of Snøhetta; Jonas Edblad and Gert Wingårdh of Wingårdhs; Christophe Egret and David West of Studio Egret West; Johanna Hurme and Sasa Radulovic of 5468796 Architecture; Tom Kundig and Alan Maskin of Olson Kundig Architects; Brent Linden of Allied Works Architecture; and Kim Herforth Nielsen of 3XN. The council is chaired by Kai-Uwe Bergmann of BIG.
“The International Council is a great platform to generate conversation around key urban questions with a truly global perspective, and I’m glad to see Van Alen bringing together expertise at this scale,” said Bergmann in a statement. “I’m pleased to have the opportunity to push it forward as Council Chair.”