Architecture of Necessity encourages discussions about the fundamental values of architecture. A humble questioning of the living and consumption patterns that emerged over the past century, which cut right across many traditional political boundaries.
Sustainability issues are a central part of many of our exhibitions. In 2009, the international manifesto on the Architecture of Necessity was formulated. The manifesto was disseminated across the globe. 143 architectural firms from 28 countries submitted proposals for sustainable architecture, which were then displayed at the exhibition in 2010. In 2013, the Architecture of Necessity became a full-scale, international triennial for sustainable urban development; close to 300 contributions were received from 43 countries. A total of 98 of the best projects, as selected by an international jury, were showcased.