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SG Archifest 2020 kicks off in September

THE Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) has organized Singapore Archifest 2020, a signature annual festival, which aims to bring together the construction and architecture
community from around the world.

Themed “Architecture Saving OUR World,” Singapore Archifest 2020 aims to be a timely exploration of the role of architecture in today’s global climate and a celebration of the individuals and groups who have dared to envisage new direction in architecture, take action to bring about change, and use design as a means to encourage others to join them.

Festival goers can look forward to a plethora of immersive programs such as online forums, virtual exhibitions, hybrid workshops, decentralized island-wide pop-up activities, and an inaugural virtual pavilion.

An international discussion on architecture and its impact

“The SIA Conference will follow the journeys of notable industry icons and provide an open forum for conversations around issues that are pertinent to the urban environment around the world.”

The conference will spotlight three sub-themes: Radical Indigenism (September 28), Design Empowerment (September 29) and Empathic Interventions (September 30), looking at the context, process and impact of design respectively.

William Ti Jr. of WTA Architecture and Design Studio from the Philippines will be speaking on September 30 under the theme of Empathic Interventions.

Ti’s topic will be on social architecture, which is a reflection of their ideas on social intimacy, freedom of movement and social scale.

“Social architecture dictates a social scale that functions as a purpose-driven agenda to bring our communities closer together on top of whatever program or function a space has initially. It is an architecture that focuses on building communities,” he explained.

Ti will also be sharing the earliest projects his firm has made such as the book stop project, emergency quarantine facilities and master planning for reclamation projects.

Also speaking are other renowned architects from around the world such as Anna Heringer of Studio Anna Heringer, Vo Trong Nghia of VTN Architects, Kelly Alvarez Doran from MASS Design Group, Xu Tiantian from DnA Design and Architecture, and Prasoon Kumar of BillionBricks.

“There is so much that architecture and responsible design can do to make a positive change in our world, and we are excited for the festival to be the platform that opens up this discussion to more people,” shared Dr. Chong Keng Hua, Festival Director of Singapore Archifest 2020.

Singapore Archifest 2020 is scheduled to run from September 25 to October 31.

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Article and Photo originally posted by The Manila Times last August 18, 2020 and written by Aaron Ronquillo.