Archifest 2018 drew to a close last week, with a closing party at Millenia Walk. The two-weekend long annual festival, celebrating architecture and the built environment, took place from 28th September to 10th October and welcomed over 150,000 visitors. Over the course of the festival, visitors participated in activities island-wide, from architectural tours, workshops, symposiums and exhibitions, all surrounding the theme of “Design for Life”
This year, Archifest welcomed a number of firsts, including the First Symposium of Silver Generation, the First island-wide kids workshop, First partnership with Millenia Walk, the First collaboration with a Cinema (the Projector) for the screening of 5 movies and even the First Pavilion to be almost fully recycled, resulting in a total of 45 talks and 8 exhibitions, amongst other programmes across 16 venues.
This year, members of the public were also invited to play a part in creating a visual representation of the iconic Rochor Centre, where they could donate a minimum of $5 in exchange for Akzonobel’s easy-to-use Dulux Colour Play™ Tester to paint the Pavilion’s Walls of Connection mural walls. This raised a total of close to $4,000 over the festival period, with all proceeds going toward the Singapore Red Cross Society, focusing on the support for affected communities in Central Sulawesi in particular.
Archifest 2018 also brought together architects, experts and thought leaders from Singapore and around the world as they discussed topics surrounding the three sub-themes of People, Time and Environment, from innovative design solutions to address the needs of our ageing population, to questions surrounding conservation and development, to the way one can future-proof cities before disasters strike.
The annual SIA Conference also saw the attendance of multi award-winning international architect and designer, Borja Ferrater, who delivered keynote addresses on issues pertaining pertaining to liveability, sustainability, well-being and life satisfaction alongside local and regional bigwigs and stakeholders of the architecture community.
How will Archifest continue to grow and develop in the years to come? Stay tuned next year then, as Archifest returns for its 2019 edition, set for even greater heights and bigger things with the precedence set in 2018.
Photo Credit: Archifest 2018
Archifest 2018 ran 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