Coronavirus: Canceled or Rescheduled Design Events

How the global health crisis is rewriting the 2020 Architecture and Design calendar

by Rossana Vinci
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Not just the Salone and Venice Biennale of Architecture. Since its emergence in Wuhan, China, last December, the ongoing 2019-2020 coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on the worldwide events calendar.

Among the various sectors that have been heavily affected is the art and the design world. Typically, during the spring the calendar is crammed with high-profile fairs, exhibitions, and more. But as the public health crisis escalates, the disease caused by coronavirus accelerates and continues to wreak havoc around the world, the usually active season is taking a turn.

With health and safety as the ultimate priorities, some of the most anticipated industry events have been forced to reschedule or downright cancel.

Here's a look at some major Architecture and Design events around the world that have been affected by the new coronavirus (updating).





ICFF, New York

The International Contemporary Furniture Fair at New York City’s Javits Center, is North America’s major platform for global design.

Originally scheduled for: May (canceled per a March 17 statement).


NYCxDesign, New York

Festival suspended, new programming planned for October.

Originally scheduled for: May 12-20.


NeoCon, Chicago

Festival canceled.

Originally scheduled for: June 8–10 (canceled per a March 17 statement).


Vectorworks Design Summit, San Diego

Originally scheduled for: April 22–24 (canceled per a March 13 statement).


Legends, Los Angeles
The annual Los Angeles festival that lures thousands to La Cienega Design Quarter’s shops, showrooms, and galleries with windows transformed by interior designers, has scrapped plans for what would have been the 12th edition.

Originally scheduled for: May 7–9.


Kyoto Biennale International Exhibition of City and Design 2020 

Originally scheduled for: March 27–29 (Canceled per the exhibition website).



Festival of Design
Meant to run in tandem with the now-postponed Design Shanghai, the interdisciplinary Festival of Design will return in 2021. Presented by Shanghai architecture practice Neri&Hu’s Design Republic, the conference typically features talks, workshops, installations, and exhibitions.

Originally scheduled for: March 12–15.


Art Basel Hong Kong
The Far East sibling of the Switzerland and Miami Beach powerhouses, Art Basel Hong Kong is forgoing this year’s iteration at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre entirely, and will reappear in 2021.

“We remain committed to Hong Kong and look forward to welcoming you to the next edition of Art Basel Hong Kong on March 25-27, 2021,” the Art Basel website reads.

Originally scheduled for: March 19–21.


Art Central Hong Kong

Besides the Art Basel also Art Central has also been cancelled.

Originally scheduled for: March 18–March 22.



Jingart, Beijing

Beijing's Jingart has also been cancelled while Gallery Weekend Beijing, now expects to announce its new dates on Sunday.

Originally scheduled for: May 21–24.



Copenhagen Architecture Festival

Copenhagen Architecture Festival is the largest annual architecture festival in Scandinavia and the biggest film festival for architecture in the world.

Originally scheduled for: April 23 - May 3, new dates to be announced.







Venice Architecture Biennale

The opening of the seventeenth edition of the Architecure Biennial has been pushed back three months.

Originally scheduled for: May 23–November 29.

New dates: August 29–November 29.


Salone del Mobile, Milan

Originally scheduled for April 21–April 26. The exhibition has been moved to June.

Originally scheduled for: April 21-26.

New dates: June 16–21.


MiArt, Milan

Originally scheduled for April, the fair will now take place in September, with a VIP preview day on September 10.

Originally scheduled for: April 17–19

New dates: September 11–13





Light + Building, Frankfurt

One of the largest annual lighting and home automation trade shows in the world, originally scheduled for March at Messe Frankfurt, has been postponed after “extensive consultations.”

Originally scheduled for: March 8-13.

New dates: September 27– October 2.



Berlin Gallery Weekend

Organizers have downsized the event, which is scheduled for May, and have moved large-scale programming to September, coinciding with Berlin Art Week.

Originally scheduled for: May 1-3.

New dates: September 11–13.





Clerkenwell Design Week

The annual design week in London's central Clerkenwell district will now take place from 14-16 July, almost two months later than its original planned dates of 19-21 May.

Originally scheduled for: May 19-21.

New dates: July 14-16.




Art Paris

Originally scheduled for April, the fair has been moved to May.

Originally scheduled for: April 2-5.

New dates: May 28-31.




Art Dubai

Considering its large global presence, the 14th annual art fair is put on hold, with no new dates set. However, on March 25–28, at the Madinat Jumeirah as planned, Global Art Forum and a more Dubai-specific program will unfold, highlighting local and regional gallery presentations.

Originally scheduled for: March 25-28.

New dates: Updating.



Design Shanghai Fair

Originally scheduled for March, the fair will now be held in May.

Originally scheduled for: March 12-15.

New dates: May 26-29.





MEXTRÓPOLI 2020, Mexico City

Originally scheduled for March, the event will now be held in September.

Originally scheduled for: March 20-23.

New dates: Postponed until September per event website.


AIA Conference on Architecture 2020, Los Angeles

Originally scheduled for: May 14-16.

New dates: will be postponed, as of March 13; rescheduled date TBD.


Architectural Digest Design Show, New York

Originally scheduled for: March 19–22:

New dates: postponed until June 25–28.





 Cover photo: The Arum Shell, Installation at Venice Architecture Biennale 2012. Ph. Sergio Pirrone.