Vision 2017 – An international outlook

Vision 2017, taking place at Olympia in June, will offer a global insight into the latest design, research, technology and materials as it partners up with the brightest experts and exhibitors from the UK and beyond.

Taking place at Olympia London on 6-7 June, Vision 2017 will see the meeting of minds from a range of disciplines to discuss architecture, design, technology and fashion. Across two days, a host of projects and products from across Europe will be presented, with technologi- cal innovation at their core.

The free-to-attend event has partnered with various international trade authorities from countries including Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Latvia and the Czech Republic. These nations will be represented at the event through a number of pavilions, each housing multiple participants. Live demonstrations and networking will provide opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with our continen- tal counterparts.

Conference with a global reach

This international theme will be further explored through a carefully curated talks programme from researchers and practi- tioners from around the world. Dutch architecture practice UNStudio will reveal the findings of a new piece of research that explores the impact of the circular economy on the built environment. The Costa Rican rising star Benjamin Garcia Saxe will explain how he marries simple materials with innovative construction methods to create highly sustainable projects in tropical climates. Experts from the US and further afield will be speaking at the conference through a series of live link-ups, connecting the exhibition directly to every corner of the globe.

New London Architecture will return to the Vision programme with their PechaKucha series, but this time they will invite speakers from their membership to discuss their projects abroad as part of International Dialogues. All the talks and presentations at Vision will take place under the umbrella topics: Materials Innovations, Technological Insight and Architectural & Design Evolution. The organisers hope this framework will help delegates rethink the built environment and the manner in which places and spaces can be shaped.

Encapsulating trends and research

The exhibitors at Vision will lead the way on ways to innovate, offering a wide range of products, materials and solutions as well as an insight into the complexities of the latest legislation and software research and development.

The international representatives will bring a broad range of new products, from intricate glass panels to timber structures. Examples include Argex, an eco-friendly clay from Belgium that can be used for building, horticulture and public spaces, such as the Place Saint-Lambert, a square in the centre of Liège, Belgium. Lumitrix, landing at Vision from the Czech Republic, can produce smart projection mapping for interior spaces as well as external equipment with the power to turn a building into an interactive work of art.

A network of opportunities

Partnering with key professional and organ- isations including RIBA, BRE, the London Festival of Architecture, New London Architecture and the Museum of Architecture, the exhibition is designed to educate and inspire, with international solu- tions to local problems. In addition, Vision 2017 will provide a ‘match-making’ service to help facilitate meetings between compa- nies that can work together to create better buildings for the future.

The free-to-attend exhibition is open for registration and will take place at Olympia in Kensington, south west London, featur- ing established companies alongside the brightest start-ups. For more information about exhibiting at Vision, contact Elliot Gard or Andrew Brabazon today on 020 3409 0623 or visit