Archinect - News 2014-07-24T10:33:24-04:00 What's the point of architecture and design festivals? Orhan Ayyüce 2013-09-07T22:49:00-04:00 >2013-09-16T23:01:42-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From Beijing to Belgrade, the world is inundated with design fairs. But what exactly are they for? "Are festivals and biennales dynamic catalysts to discuss and celebrate the city and architectural culture? Or are they calculated devices of tourism and industrial promotion?" While many such initiatives may have set out with good intentions to be the former, it seems that commercial expedients are increasingly forcing them to become the latter.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Architecture critic Oliver Wainwright asks the question and gets to the bottom line of what these things are about.</p>