It’s not just Venice and Mipim – the academic conferences are being cancelled too

Laura Martínez de Guereñu professor of IE School of Architecture at Mies van der Rohe Pavilion

As all the big architectural events are hit by covid-19, Laura Martínez de Guereñu reports on how months of work by researchers is being salvaged

The chain reaction continues. Already confined to our homes, not a day goes by without news that another architectural exhibition or conference has been cancelled or postponed. On March 4 Italy, already hit hard by the spread of coronavirus, announced it was suspending the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale. A global architectural event that has attracted more than 275,000 visitors in recent years, it’s to be cut short to three months from six, and in theory, will run from August 29 to November 29: a disturbing warning of what awaits us over the coming weeks.

On March 5, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), which represents more than 7,000 professors and professionals, announced the cancellation of its 108th annual meeting, in San Diego, due to start on March 12. It is now working on an online alternative.

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