Archifest Conversations: SpaceCharacter

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Archifest Conversations: SpaceCharacter

September 30, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Supported by Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) & Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA)


For this series of conversations at Archifest 2016, discussions will follow two themes: Space­Character on 30 Sep, Fri, and Space­Event on 7 Oct, Fri.


This conversation focuses on the role of people and communities in the creation of urban spaces.



Mizah Rahman | Participate in Design (P!D)


Mizah Rahman is a designer and community organiser who is a strong advocate for a participatory and community-centric approach in the design and planning of cities and neighbourhoods. She is the Co-founder and Director of Participate in Design (P!D), a non-profit design organisation that helps neighbourhoods and public institutions design community-owned spaces and solutions.


Chia Aik Beng | Photographer


Aik Beng, also known as ABC, started photographing in 2008.  His vivid and gritty images that focus on the daily lives of people on the streets of Singapore have earned him a strong following on Instagram numbering over 20,000. He will present his ongoing project, The Space Between Us, a reflection on the bond between human social behaviour and public spaces.


Faiz bin Zohri | TANAH


TANAH, stands for soil, earth or land in Malay. TANAH are a fledgling multi-disciplinary collective engaged in the spaces around them. Through nature and food – themed interventions, research and dialogue, they explore symbiotic relationships and forms of everyday participation. Their SG Farm installation for ArchiFest is a pop up farm that seeks to envision farming in the city, in their own words: “a rejuvenation of our everyday scenarios, and one that invites the public to till this land with us”.


Lo Wan Ni | [email protected], National Library Board 


Wan Ni is the manager of [email protected] and oversees a team of librarians who curate the collection, content, programmes and services at the library. Wan Ni was previously involved in the development of My Tree House, the world’s first green library for kids at the Central Public Library. Wan Ni will talk about placemaking in boutique libraries, and will focus on how interior design, public programmes and curated exhibitions at each of the themed libraries ([email protected], [email protected] and [email protected]) contribute to a deepened user experience contrary to what one usually perceives libraries to be.


Octopus Residency 


Begun in December 2015, The Octopus Residency is an initiative that aims to foster a greater sense of community and belonging in Little India, through events such as the Kapor ChatParty. The group consists of three friends, Ms Faye Lim, Ms Yen Goh and Ms Yunn Chee: Faye is an arts practitioner with a focus on communal experience; Yen is an architect who runs a community arts practice and a design firm; and Yunn is an architect and an adjunct lecturer at Singapore Polytechnic.



Michaela Prescott: Based in Singapore since 2012, Michaela is a Landscape Architect with experience in both professional and academic contexts. Presently working at HASSELL, she recently completed four years of action research in communities living along the Ciliwung River in Jakarta, Indonesia. Her work focuses on the socio-environmental dimensions of landscapes and living environments, and the evolving relation of landscape, infrastructure and urbanisation.

Complimentary session, Registration encouraged.


September 30, 2016
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Archifest [email protected] Place Park
Raffles Place
Singapore, Singapore
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Singapore Institute of Architects
Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects