Mouthful of Meetings –
South of North Virtual Dinner

Friday 19th September 2014
17:00-20:00 CEST,
Corderie dell’Arsenale, Stage D


Mouthful of Meetings was a discussion organized as part of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, the Venice Biennale, inviting contemporary African and Nordic architects to a cross-cultural dialogue on socially engaged architecture.

What are the challenges in Africa's current rapid socio-economic development that architects have the capacity to address? Can foreign architects play any role on the African continent today and during the coming decades? If so, how?

”Mouthful of meetings” brought together contemporary Nordic and African architecture practices and institutions with focus on socially committed architecture. The event was part of the programme of the Nordic Pavillion's exhibition 2014, ”Forms of Feedom. African Independence and Nordic Models”. 

Participants in the discussion

Peter Makachia, Technical University of Kenya
Mokena Makeka, Makeka Design Lab, South Africa
Maxwell Mutanda, Zimbabwe
Tomà Berlanda, Active Social Architecture, Rwanda
Victoria Walldin, White Architects, Sweden
Daniel Harald Baumann, Henning Larsen Architects, Denmark
Helena Sandman, HRS Architects, Finland
Ina B. Sem-Olsen, Rå Arkitektur, Norway

Andres Lepik, Architekturmuseum der Technische Universität Munchen
Justine Bell, South African architect

More information
Pilvi Vanamo +46 763 525 736


Mouthful of Meetings PODCAST

A quick video of the "Mouthful of Meetings" in Venice, produced by Jyri Rasinmäki based on Anna Autio's documentation of the event. "It is an issue of rights, fundamental rights: right to architecture, right to good design, right to having my own piece of land at some point." Download the whole podcast from Soundcloud.



South of North Dialogues:
A Nordic-African Discussion of on Film

The South of North Dialogues was produced for and premiered at the "Mouthful of Meetings" in Venice. The film was produced by Justine Bell and Luke Apteker.

The Dialogues is an online discussion between Nordic and African architects Peter Rich, Helena Sandman, Mathias Spaliviero, Pilvi Vanamo, Inari Virkkala, Olwethu Jack, Daniel Harald Bauman, Rashiq Fataar and Ina B Sem Olsen, Mariam Kamara, Nina Berre and Nina Frang Hoyum.