About WICONA Meets
WICONA is proud to announce the launch of its video series WICONA MEETS that will explore the future of architecture. WICONA has been hopscotching around Europe meeting with world-renowned designers and architects to find out more about the key elements to build a world beyond tomorrow.
“The idea with the series is to move away from the traditional panel debate and to turn the city into a stage,” says Hanna Bouveng, communication and content responsible at WICONA. “Of course, we want the episodes to be informative, but the goal is also to ask the hard questions, inspire and spark a debate about the possibilities of this fast-changing field.”
With accelerating speed, architecture is becoming an interdisciplinary space where no definition can contain its growing complexity. The professionals building our cities today need to balance aesthetics with the challenges brought by the housing and infrastructural needs of a rapidly growing urban population. Meanwhile, the global quest to restore the equilibrium of our planet has forced a pivot to building greener, smarter and more connected cities.
These are no doubt great challenges. But as its ushers in a new area of buildings methods, materials and technology, leading architects are taking advantage of an unprecedented opportunity to push the limits for design and creating a truly inclusive and collaborative new sector.
WICONA goes beyond material to provide the market with high-performance and circular products which contributes to reducing the carbon emissions, read more about it here
Episode 1. Meet Dieter Brell
In the first episode, our team heads to Berlin to meet one of the leading players in the avant-garde designer world - Dieter Brell. As well as having the cool factor, Dieter is the brains behind award-winning projects around the world including the Leonardo Glass Cube in Germany, the Butterfly Pavillion in Dubai, Michelin starred chef Mario Lohninger's designer restaurant and the D'fly store in New York. As co-founder of the interdisciplinary design firm 3deluxe, Dieter operates in a universe that embraces architecture and design, art and pop culture and the interface between analogue and digital space.Watch the full episode
Episode 2: Meet Rudi Scheuermann
In the second episode of WICONA Meets, our team traveled to Hamburg to find out more about how to make urban spaces more resilient, sustainable and cool. Specializing in building envelope design, Rudi is the “green hand” of Arup, a multinational firm at the forefront of some of the world’s most ambitious and challenging design and engineering projects.Watch the full episode
Episode 3: Meet Steen Elsted Andersen
In the 3rd Episode of WICONA Meets, our team traveled to Copenhagen to meet one of Europe’s leading facade designers. Steen Elsted Andersen is the Head of Façade Design at Henning Larsen Architects and has, throughout his 20-year career, participated in the design of buildings like The Copenhagen Opera, Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre and Nordea Bank Corporate Center. The Episode will be launched on September 30th.Watch the full episode here
Episode 4: Phil Sedge
In the latest episode of WICONA Meets, our team heads to London to meet the Head of Facades at Mace, Phil Sedge. Phil has worked in the Curtain Walling Industry for over 30 years. He has worked for facade contractors building prestigious projects across London for instance projects like one Hyde Park and the Cheese Grater before joining Mace in 2013. At Mace he has successfully operated a facade department and has a lot of experience in his backpack.Watch the full episode