Curator's Note


It seems that the future for the world and its built environment is bleak. Or so say many. A volatile socio-political environment, a shattered economic fabric, myopic patronage, rampant neglect towards conscious design… the list of what will cause an outage is endless.

And yet, the horizon exists.

Even the staunchest sceptic cannot deny the existence of the halo. For that, they have to be OPEN.

The idea of OPEN pre-supposes and embeds a willing consent to redefine, deconstruct, sometimes simply fail in one’s attempts to articulate the new and the unknown, all while enjoying the process more than the outcome.

The stimulus to build oscillates from ego gratification to enabling social good and everything in between but finally, it is inner alignment and a constant inner-seeking and unlearning that manifests as honest buildings that stand the test of time. There is a dire need for honesty, both in approach and in the process of the built form as a synonym for OPEN.

With the theme of OPEN, the FAB Biennale, 2018-2019 in its debut year will present new thinking and new materials as its anchor to fuel design flight. OPEN to interpretation, the invitation to address the future is being presented to all stakeholders as one that they see from their lens, undeterred by dogma or populist notions. Simultaneously the Biennale exhorts participants to be rigorous in their thoughts and creations and actively step out of their comfort zones to create an atmosphere where both, inclusivity and well-intentioned dissent thrive.

A differing perspective is welcome, one that is not aligned with the familiar, is encouraged and no takeaway is being designed.

FAB Biennale, 2018-2019 will present talks, installations, exhibitions, papers and films, which do not refer to some fantastic delusional frontier but which take their cues from the present to deviate in response, and which will stir the unknown.

The endeavour is to create a narrative that is open-ended. At the Biennale that is meant to celebrate “OPEN”, all viewpoints will be held valid.

There is no right or wrong. At FAB Biennale, 2018-2019, we will celebrate the space in between. Because, therein lie all possibilities.

Sarita Vijayan




Date: December 1 & 2, 2018
Venue: Famous Studios

The FAB Biennale 2018 - 2019 begins with a two-day inaugural conference titled, OPEN. In a formal, yet participatory environment, it will bring together some of the industry’s global thought leaders to talk and share their work in the disruptive design space as the way forward into the future.


Mark Burry
Mark Burry
Mathilde Marengo
Mathilde Marengo
Allison Dring
Allison Dring


Studio 2.0

Date: December 1 | 2 | 15 | 22 & 29, 2018
Venue: ISDI

Workshops titled, Studio 2.0 will explore and expose how constantly changing technology can impact design and construction for the future. The workshops will be conducted by experts from the world over and will cover a dynamic mix of topics that finds immense relevance in the current conversation.

List of workshops

Empowering the Inner Architect
Empowering the Inner Architect
The Future of Design
The Future of Design
Architecture of Hydroponics and Vertical Farming
Architecture of Hydroponics and Vertical Farming


Exhibition 01 - The Big Question
Exhibition 02 - New Materials
Exhibition 03 - UnEarth - The Human Phenomenon
Exhibition 04 - The Third School of Design
Exhibition 05 - Out of the Shadows


The Crucible of Hope

Date: February 28, 2019
Venue: Carter Road Promenade

At a biennale that explores new ideas and new materials, the Crucible of Hope is a sculpture that embodies the future of Architecture and Building at a venue that draws a million eyes.



Date: TBA
Venue: TBA

Storyboard, the films section of the FAB Biennale 2018 – 2019, will screen a specially selected bouquet of films, animation videos and documentaries delving into the future of architecture, urbanism, development and city culture.


Open Source

January 12 & 19, 2019 | February 2 & 9, 2019
Venue: Online

This series will discuss new innovations, challenges and solutions in the space of architecture, design and engineering. Five webinars of one hour each will feature speaker presentations followed by a Q&A session with the speaker.



Date: February 28, 2019
Venue: The St. Regis Mumbai

Details: TBA


Inaugural ConferenceInaugural ConferenceOpenDec 1 & 2, 2018Famous Studio
WorkshopsWorkshops - 01Studio 2.0Dec 1 & 2, 2018ISDI
Workshops - 02Studio 2.0Dec 15, 2018ISDI
Workshops - 03Studio 2.0Dec 22, 2018ISDI
Workshops - 04Studio 2.0Dec 29, 2018ISDI
ExhibitionExhibition - 01The Big QuestionDec 1 & 2, 2018Famous Studios
Exhibition - 02 New MaterialsDec 1 & 2, 2018Famous Studio
Exhibition - 03UnEarthDec 1 & 2, 2018Famous Studios
Exhibition– 04The Third School of DesignDec 5, 2018 – Feb 20, 2019TBA
Exhibition - 05Out of the ShadowsFeb 22 – 27, 2019TBA
InstallationInstallationThe Crucible of HopeFeb 28, 2019Carter Road Promenade
WebinarsWebinars - 01Open SourceJan 12 & 19, 2019 Online
Webinars - 02Open SourceFeb 2 & 9, 2019Online
FinaleFinaleDisruptor in Design AwardsFeb 28, 2019The St. Regis Mumbai


Famous Studios
Carter Road Promenade
Indian School of Design & Innovation
Rajkamal Studios
The St. Regis Mumbai




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Date: December 1 | 2 | 15 | 22 & 29, 2018

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