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Archifest 2018 Announces Keynote Speaker and Full Programme Lineup


Archifest 2018 will be featuring multi-award winning international architect and designer Borja Ferrater as the keynote speaker for the SIA Conference. Ferrater is best known for his thoughtful designs that emphasise on improving the everyday life of its end-users, and is a renowned and well-respected educator and academic, often a lecturer and roundtable member across more than 20 countries around the world.

The Spanish architect will also be delivering the closing address at this anchor event, which gathers industry bigwigs and stakeholders of the architecture and built community to participate in an open forum on issues pertinent to the urban environment. Ferrater will be joined by 13 other eminent speakers from Singapore and the region that forms four panel discussions focusing on the overarching theme and sub-themes of the festival.

Cities Change. Image courtesy of The Substation

Says Yann Follain, Festival Director of Archifest 2018: “We are very honoured to have Mr Borja Ferrater as our keynote speaker for the SIA Conference this year. With his wealth of design experience and international perspective on the role of the built community in today’s society, we can look forward to insightful and fruitful conversations taking place at the conference this year.”

City Composition. Photo by Diane Lee

Archifest has also unveiled the lineup of events for this year’s edition, with over 50 events centering around the theme of Design for Life, divided and categorised into various sub-themes and taking place not only at the festival’s Pavilion at Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza, but also 11 other key locations within the city.

Design for Silver Generation Symposium. Image courtesy of Chong Keng Hua and Kang Fong ing

Under ‘Design For People’, the festival aims to curate activities that promote better life and well-being. Responding to the needs of the community, events under this category include Design for Silver Generation Symposium and Exhibition, which delve into the issue of Singapore’s ageing population and how design can address the needs of the elderly, alongside various film screenings curated by The Projector and an Archicraft workshop comprising a sharing session and site walk, helping participants better appreciate the city they live in via the medium of photography.

Conservations Conversations. Image Courtesy of Singapore Polytechnic.

Under ‘Design For Time’, the festival seeks to address the life span of buildings, charting deterioration with the anchor event Conservation Dialogue brings together experts from relevant fields and stakeholders to examine the issue of conservation from all angles beyond issues of nostalgia and economic value. Other programmes include Parasite Architecture, exploring how rooftop spaces can be revitalised and repurposed, and Conservations Conversations, an exhibition by students exploring how art installations can engage the masses and rejuvenate the historic district of Kampong Glam.

Future Cities Open Laboratory. Photo courtesy of Future Cities Laboratory.

In ‘Design for Environment’, architects attempt to promote and take responsibility for sustainability and enhancing the life of the planet. This is anchored by Design for Resilience Exhibition and Talks, exploring how resilient architecture can respond to climate change, while still using sustainable materials and building techniques that provide solutions for communities in need. Here, visitors can also take part in the Edible Gardens workshop introducing participants to the concept of Urban Farming, and explore Future Cities: Open Laboratory, where participants go to a imagined ‘future city’, designing for the future.

Activation Day. Photo courtesy of Lopelab

Finally, festival-goers can also look forward to the ever popular Architours, with eight tours to 24 locations that will take participants to see exemplary architecture around Singapore, ranging from the special education Rainbow Centre to the multi award-winning retrofitted Warehouse Hotel. Members of the public can also contribute to a mural that will be framed within the Festival Pavilion designed by local architecture firm Kite Studio Architecture, where they can paint bricks to re-present and remember the iconic Rochor Centre. This Archifest, get down and get intimate with the beauty of design across all walks of life, and imagine a world made better through great design.

Archifest 2018 runs from 28th September to 10th October 2018 at the Festival Village at Maina Bay Sands Event Plaza and other locations around Singapore. For more information, visit their Facebook here

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