Archifest 2019: Mark Your Calendar for These Design Events
Mark these interactive events in your calendar and learn about Singapore architecture and our built environment
From September 27 to October 9, enjoy exhibitions, installations, conversations, workshops and markets throughout the city.
Tay explains the theme of this year’s festival: “Craft is inextricably linked to the tradition of city-building. As an intrinsic part of architecture, we observe it in the way architects craft materials, space and form, translating the raw into spatial realities that interpret and manifest the genius loci (distinctive atmosphere) of a place. Through the festival, we pay homage to the talented craftsmen, and allow visitors a behind-the-scenes peek into the creative process and laborious work that go into designing the formation of our physical urban realities, and the betterment of lives,” he says.
The two anchor exhibits are Making Architecture (top image), which takes visitors through the architect’s creative process, and Craft is GREAT (above), which showcases some of the best bespoke designs by Singapore and UK architects.
Smaller exhibits at the URA Centre include On the Inside Of, which looks into the work of 12 master architects, Disruptive Digital Craft, which explores digital manufacturing technology and state-of-the-art materials, and five more.
Admission is free.
Also starting at the URA Centre is Archifest’s most popular event, Architours.
Each tour comprises three projects that embody different kinds of craftsmanship, and each project will be explained by its architect as visitors walk through them. Projects include the Aperture House by Formwerkz Architects (left), 30 Chartwell Drive and House Above 44 Kasai Road by ipli Architects, Theodore’s House by CIAP Architects Pte Ltd (in collaboration with MKJY Architects), as well as Design Orchard by WOHA, City Gate by SAA Architects, and more.
More information and ticketing for Architours
The SIA Conference, held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Hall on October 3 is for architecture practitioners and industry leaders. It will explore the artisanal aspect of architecture in terms of crafting space and form using digital technology and fabrication.
Public talks, which are free, include Why Lime Matters in Built Heritage Conservation, SMAP: Why Architect?, Indonesian Architecture at the Crossroads of Making, and more. Seating is limited, so book tickets in advance.
Because the festival theme is ‘Craft’, there’s plenty of craft workshops throughout the city. Architectural drawing and pottery hand-building workshops are held at the URA Centre. At various other studios: mason jar floral arrangement, artisanal tea blending, ceramic tea cup carving, kintsugi, indigo dyeing, framing, toy crafting, essential oil blending and candle-making, woodworking, kiln-formed glass making, spatial yoga, and scriptography.
Workshops are ticketed. Check Archifest to buy
What are you looking forward to seeing at Archifest this year? Let us know in the Comments section.