Asking the big questions about how the city can change and adapt to new paradigms, swelling populations, climate change and global markets.
ArDe is a new annual international fair that for the first time, unites the disciplines of: Architecture, Landscape, Design, Public art, Property development and Technology.
Presented during an eight day Exhibition in the magnificent setting of London’s Somerset House and one day Conference at adjacent King’s College.
ArDe offers a sneak peek into how we’ll be living in the future – from the changes to our cities’ skylines, to the ways in which we can simultaneously compress and maximise our living space.
Spanish pavilion at The Milan Expo 2015 by B720 Fermin Vasquez Arquitectos
A range of design proposals address questions such as how will our daily lives change in the future? Will we be working from bed, or sleeping in the office? Will we wash in communal bathhouses or drink from public water troughs? Will we introduce playtime at work?
ArDe re-thinks the rituals of everyday life, from bathing to sleeping, from travelling to eating and adapts activities to safeguard our future, whilst savouring our present.
Exhibitors will present innovative schemes of today and tomorrow, ground-breaking developments that are responding to users changing needs, transforming districts and impacting on our urban landscape.
New urban development project for Battersea Power Station in London, UK
ArDe is showcasing high-end sustainable design, thinking and craftsmanship in furniture, lighting, bathrooms, kitchens, flooring, fabrics, décor, appliances, objects and accessories.
Barbecoa, Jamie Oliver Restaurant, London, 2011. Designed by Design Research Studio, Tom Dixon’s interior and architectural design studio
Innovative and inspirational urban landscaping that focuses on resource conservation, spacesaving solutions, underground agriculture and productive gardens.
B&Q Garden Tower, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2011 in London, UK. Designed by Laurie Chetwood
A curated selection of proposals to showcase innovative and inspiring architecture projects and art installations for public spaces that transform and enhance public space.
Excentrique(s)’ by Daniel Buren at the Grand Palais, Paris, France, for Monumenta 2012
ArDe showcases self sufficient and sustainable housing prototypes. Established and emerging talent will have the opportunity to present their visions.
City, an architectural installation with QR codes at the Russian pavillion for the Venice Architecture Biennale 2012, Venice, Italy
State of the art lighting creates a journey of luminous installations to lead visitors through the magical kingdom of the Deadhouse.
In Praise of Shadows, Jane Withers, LDF at the V&A, 2009
This section will allow visitors to trial experimental technology tools that could improve our domestic experience to those that could have significant impact on society and the environment.
Solaronix x Marjan van Aubel Current Table
An opportunity for exhibitors to display and sell limited edition products, objects, furniture, books etc, representing the diversity of today’s material culture and capturing the changing nature of materiality.
Santa & Cole
Through a series of debates and talks, the ArDe conference aims to tackle questions about urban living, architecture and the built environment. What are we doing to improve the urban environment? How we can implement new visions for future housing?
The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court at the Somerset House by Jeff Knowles
Seminars and talks on pressing urban issues will be held throughout the exhibition, complementing the conference programme.