The world’s architecture community will land in Singapore on Wednesday for three days of unrivalled architectural excellence from across the globe. With hundreds of live award crits, a stellar seminar programme, tours and talks aplenty, as well as the biggest architectural awards programme in the world, this year’s World Architecture Festival is a force to be reckoned with.
Kicking off this year’s festival will be Liu Thai Ker, Senior Director of RSP Architects Planners & Engineers, with his keynote speech, Singapore 50:50, which will look at the assumptions made when planning the developments of Singapore 50 years ago, and what strategies are in place for the next 50 years. Other keynote speakers at WAF 2015 include architect, critic and landscape architect Charles Jencks, Creative Director of 5D Global Studio Alex McDowell, and leading architects Manuelle Gautrand and Michael Sorkin.
Away from the main stage, an unmissable line-up of fringe events includes the Singapore Architectural Tour – a fantastic opportunity to experience Singapore through the eyes of local architects – and a fast-paced, fun-packed PechaKucha session hosted by Mark Dytham.
WAF kicks off in style with opening night drinks taking place in the Festival Hall at 7.15pm on 4 November. The event is supported by leading environmental design consultancy Atelier Ten, whose portfolio includes some of the world’s most celebrated high-performance buildings, including WAF’s Building of the Year 2012, Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay. Patrick Bellew, Principal and Founding Director, will be signing copies of the practice’s new book, Invisible Architecture, at the opening night drinks. The book has just been released to celebrate Atelier Ten’s 25th anniversary.
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The World Architecture Festival runs between 4 – 6 November 2015 at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.