Scaling Architecture

Why the talk is inspiring?

As we are at the peak of the urban era, the question of the built environment has become a transversal concern, making architecture more necessary than ever. In this process architecture has been pushed to open and become more inclusive. We believe that architecture is not just for architects, and we have seen how the boundaries of the profession become diffuse and permeable. Why does architecture have to be distant, uncertain, unpredictable? As it has happened in many industries, digitalization has reduced complexity, lowered prices and empowered consumers. And it is happening to our industry, where an empowered and fast growing number of prosumers are engaging with architecture and architects in a new and informed way.



David Basulto

How the speaker is exceptional?

Chilean Architect David Basulto living in Berlin, Founder & Editor in Chief of ArchDaily.

Graduate Architect from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2006). Founder and Director of ArchDaily, and its global network of sites in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese. ArchDaily’s mission is “to improve the quality of life of the next 3 billion people who live in cities by 2050, by providing inspiration, knowledge, and tools to the architects who face this challenge.” David has served as jury for several awards, prizes and design competitions in Latin America, North America, Europe, and Asia. Member of the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize International Advisory Council in Chicago, of the Endeavor Foundation in New York, and member of the Academic Council of TEC de Monterrey in México. Curator of the Nordic Countries Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. 

David has been chosen as one of Chile’s 100 Young Leaders, and received the National Award of Innovation for ArchDaily, by the Government of Chile. Currently lives in Berlin.


The ArchDaily Guide to Good Architecture

Why the book is worth reading?

The sheer scale of ArchDaily is a reflection of how important architecture is today, as the deepening complexity of our world places increasing pressure and demands upon our built environment. To deal with issues such as the climate crisis, energy scarcity, population density, social inequality, housing shortages, fast-moving urbanization, diminished local identity, and a lack of diversity, architecture needs to open itself.