The purpose of the Archi-Feast is not only to allow for architects and related professionals to socialise, exchange ideas, and network over food and drinks, it has a larger ambition to question architecture’s relationship to food and the public. In keeping with this year’s theme of Building Agency, we are reaching out to foodie architects to 'feed the city' by the collaborative making of a supersized edible diorama and screening a series of films curated by Asian Film Archive (AFA). Given Singapore’s reputation as a food paradise, there is no better way to bond and celebrate architecture through an evening of food, music and film!
Fri, 6 Oct
7pm - 10pm
Intermission Bar, The Projector, 6001 Beach Road, Golden Mile Tower, #05-00, Singapore 199589
Darren Zhou (SKEW)
Dennis Cheok (UPSTAIRS_)
Ng San Son, MSIA (DPA/reDPan)
Wong Ker How, MSIA (asolidplan)
Admission: Free (by registration only)
The idea was borne out of photographer John Clang’s fascination with space and time. More specifically, he is inspired by a diasporic space and a time eroded by distance. The curatorial team has put out an open call to invite all the seniors of Singapore, and their families and friends to submit an impression of our nation through photography. At the end, all submissions will be included in a landmark collaborative exhibition curated by Clang, curator Gwen Lee, architect Ho Tzu Yin, and Archifest 2017 festival directors, to expose the built environment from the perspective of the pioneer generation.
Date: Weds, 4th Oct, 7pm - 9:30pm
4 – 15 Oct
Tue - Sat 12pm - 7pm, Sun 12pm - 5pm
Closed On Mondays
DECK Gallery 1 & 2
120A Prinsep Street, S187937
Gwen Lee (DECK)
Singapore Institute of Architects
This year’s Archifest theme of Building Agency describes the empowerment of people through stakeholder participation in the shaping of architecture and the built environment. In the design of the extension wing to Rainbow Centre, an organisation that seeks to empower persons with disabilities so they can lead thriving lives, such an act of agency underpins every act of negotiation-each stakeholder, be it the owner, funder, authority, user, or designer, campaigns for their needs and their beliefs to be materialised in the lines, texts and geometries that will eventually constitute the building blueprint. This is evident through the project stages, from writing the first brief, to procurement, design, construction, and finally throughout occupation.
The conversations that arise during such a design process often tread the fine line between the overprovision, against that of normalisation, of accommodating within reason. Whichever the case, building agency is the manifestation of this collective consensus, where architecture becomes physicalised as a spatial and functional framework upon which activities can be built upon. As Rainbow Centre gets ready for occupation, join us for a panel discussion on how this mediated approach is especially relevant in light of current discussion on the design of spaces for children and youths with disabilities. The event will end with an inclusive art workshop that will engage all children, staff, volunteers and visitors alike.
Sat, 14 Oct
Rainbow Centre Singapore,
501 Margaret Drive, S1493062
Fauziah Ahmad (Rainbow Centre)
Tan Sze Wee (Rainbow Centre)
Choy Kah Kinn, MSIA (The Architects’ Circle)
Loo Pei Wen, MSIA (The Architects’ Circle)
Victor Lee, MSIA (Plystudio Architects)
Jacqueline Yeo, MSIA (Plystudio Architects)
Migrant Art and Making Shadows: Two Exhibitions
Grey Projects present two exhibitions for Archifest. Migrant Art, originally conceived by William Phuan, co-founder of The Select Centre, as a book, is a sequence of photographs documenting the lives of migrant workers by the workers themselves.
Making Shadows by Moses Tan explores the claims on the built environment and public spaces through the eyes of a much-discriminated group. Moses Tan conceived an installation that could facilitate cruising, the set of unspoken physical movements and signs that form the vocabulary of private communication across public space. Using partition walls, the installation is an imagination of an interior space that could facilitate looking. Slits are cut out amidst a maze-like interior with works placed amongst the space to guide the viewer to be viewed. The space itself is inspired by configurations of bookstores, parks as well as toilet facilities. The installation itself includes a suite of drawings and video works. Shadows of trees on ground, empty bottles and backpack in public toilets and close-up of individuals form the images that can be seen within the installation.
Panel Discussion with the artists from Migrant Art and Making Shadows
Date: 15 Oct
Time: 4 to 5pm
Venue: Grey Projects, 6B Kim Tian Road, S 169246
7 – 18 Oct
Wed – Fri, 1 – 7pm
Sat, 1 – 6pm
Sun 15 Oct, 4 – 7pm
6B Kim Tian Road, S 169246
Jason Wee (Grey projects)
William Phuan (The Select Centre)
Alex Au (TWC2)
Walking Tours by Gilles Massot: From Black and White to Color
Tour 1: 7 Oct—Walking tour will starts 5pm from Farrer MRT station, City Square entrance on Serangoon Rd and end at National Library at 7pm.
Tour 2: 14 Oct—Walking tour starts 5pm at National Library lobby and end in Keong Saik road at 7pm. Gilles Massot is a much-respected photographer and art educator who has practiced his art in Singapore since the 80s. These special walking tours led by Massot will explore the changes in the built environment within the city centre through the eyes of a heritage photographer who has photographed, exhibited and published on these areas for close to three decades. Questions of core and periphery, old and new, heritage and conservation will form part of Massot's conversations with his participants.
Sat 7 & 14 Oct,
5 - 7pm
6B Kim Tian Road, S 169246
Free (by registration via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Limited to 25 per tour)
Poetry and Music: A Performance by Migrant Workers:
Join us for an afternoon of poetry and music with the migrant workers! Featuring winners from the Migrant Worker Poetry Competition and musicians from the migrant worker community, the celebration marks the closing of their photography exhibition at Grey Projects. Let the many talents among them entrance you with their poetry recitals and musical performances.
Sun 15 Oct
5.30pm – 6.30pm
6B Kim Tian Road, S 169246
Limited to 60 people. Please RSVP to email@example.com.
How does the past visit the present? Planting Building aims to bring back two aspects of Singapore’s urban memory: topiary and lost buildings. Join us to witness past architecture resurrected as living plants!
Panel Discussion: Building Gardens: from Landscaping to Pavilion Design and Topiary
How have architecture and landscape in the Singapore Botanic Gardens responded to changing tastes and circumstances? In this lively discussion, we review the relations between buildings and nature in the contexts of the evolving garden city concept, particularly the city-state’s botanical gardens. We will share changes to horticultural practices and structural designs and recount the research and design processes of the recently completed Visitor Services Counter at the Garden’s Bukit Timah Gate. Michael Lee will share on Planting Building, a series of topiaries modelled after Singapore’s lost buildings and planted in the Gardens during Archifest 2017.
Date: Sun, 15 Oct
Time: 10am - 11am
Venue: Visitor Services Counter, Bukit Timah Gate, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Discussants: Yvonne Tan (DP Green), Wu Yen Yen, MSIA (GA) Michael Lee (Studio Bibliothèque)
4 – 15 Oct
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Eco Garden near Botanic Gardens MRT Station Exit A
Michael Lee (Studio Bibliothèque)
Patterned Flow exhibition highlights current efforts and new tools being added to the discussion of how we shape sustainable cities. Comprised of simulation imagery and experimental models the exhibition peeks into ongoing research utilising physical and digital testing to help design novel building forms and patterns which intensify and/or pattern airflow. A case study of an exterior canopy is used in the project to propose formal and surface texture variations that change local and ambient patterns of air flow. These studies build on physiological experiments which indicate that particular patterns and an increase in air movement generally increase how comfortable people feel in warm environments.
The research collaboration is funded by the SUTD-MIT International Design Centre. Collaborators: Pablo Valdivia y Alvarado, Assistant Professor Engineering Product Development Pillar Kenneth Tracy, Assistant Professor Architecture and Sustainable Design Pillar Christine Yogiaman, Assistant Professor Architecture and Sustainable Design Pillar Sunil Manohar Dash, IDC researcher in Fluid Mechanics and Simulation Pamela Dychengbeng Chua, IDC researcher in Architecture and Urban Environment.
Panel Discussion: Beyond Permeability: The Future of Air Flow Design
“What if it was within the architect’s power to design the transient environment? To design the way a space feels rather than just how it looks?” Good-bye, Willis Carrier (Michelle Addington, 1997)
This panel discussion will consider how new methods of design could change the look and feel of Singapore’s naturally ventilated spaces. BCA’s Greenmark guidelines evidence the current interest in air flow design for urban environments in a chapter devoted entirely to natural ventilation; this section highlights a progressive stance towards passive cooling design, stressing the need for simulation and other advanced methods to inform the building design process. Do these subtle, sophisticated tools merely confirm past, rule-of-thumb guidelines for creating permeability, or is there something new? This dialogue aims to provoke speculation and reflection on how the use of sophisticated design tools and new materials might impact the form and experience of the urban environment.
Chair: Kenneth Tracy, Christine Yogiaman
Date: Fri Oct 13
Venue: The URA Centre, City Gallery 3F City Canvas, 45 Maxwell Road, S 069118
Panellists: Tan Szue Hann, MSIA (Surbana Jurong, Lee Boon Woei (DPA)
Oct 6 to 15 (Reception: 6 Oct, 5 - 7 pm)
Mon – Sat
9am – 5pm
The URA Centre City Gallery 3F City Canvas,
45 Maxwell Road, S 069118
‘Subterranean Singapore’ is an exhibition of works by Finbarr Fallon. Combining architectural design, digital animation and photography, it speculates about the possibilities of subterranean space in an increasingly vertical urban environment.
The modern, urban underground serves city dwellers in a myriad of ways. Besides underpinning the logistics of day-to-day life, they form a crucial part of a city’s mythology. As sites of memory, places of work, or even the hidden headquarters of resistance movements, subsurface spaces can tell a city’s oldest stories or foresee its most distant futures. The works question the role of underground space and policy in a country such as Singapore, a city-state which has literally defined itself: refusing to be circumscribed by its geographical constraints, it has reshaped itself through artificial and technological means. Yet the premium placed on aboveground space mean that traditional uses of underground space must make way for the national narrative of need for spatial efficiency. As graveyards are razed and caverns are built, the underground is no longer synonymous with fear and death, but symbolises planning and progress.
We are now living in a world where the ground beneath our feet is constantly in flux, where layer upon layer of things, people and substances circulate, dream and dwell. As cities worldwide awaken to the potential offered by sprawling tendons of tunnels and caverns below ground, what are the possibilities and pitfalls for Singapore’s subterranean future?
‘Subterranean Singapore 2065’ is an architectural film project that offers a speculative proposal for large scale underground living in land scarce Singapore. Driven by an entrepreneurial and effective state focused on national survival, the underground city is a feat of the technological sublime. It is organised around a master section, supported by modular super frame structures, vast inflatables, and artificial weather systems that create an optimally habitable and attractive subterranean environment.
Date: Sat, 14 Oct, 2pm - 4pm
Panellists: Finbarr Fallon, Randy Chan, MSIA (ZARCH), Charles Lim
5 – 15 Oct
Mon-Fri, 10am - 6pm, Sat 11am - 5pm
No 6001 Beach Road #04-00,
Golden Mile Tower, S199589
‘Architecture in Print’, presents a diverse collection of print media, showcasing a range of published books, articles, features and printed ephemera of Singapore architects on their built projects, speculative works and design processes. As an ongoing initiative by Singapore Institute of Architects, this collection will be exhibited at NLB where the public can view and browse the copies during the library opening hours. This showcase would be a meaningful platform for the public to better understand the work of an architect and how it has influenced and shaped the built environment for Singaporeans.
Date: 15 Oct, 2-4pm
4 – 15 Oct
10am – 9pm
National Library Building, Promenade,
Level 8, 100 Victoria Street, S 188064
Pioneered in the spirit of curation and experience, 1KM is an exclusive discovery of creatives who live and work within one kilometre radius in the same neighbourhood. Like-minded entrepreneurs in art, design architecture, retail and F&B are putting together ‘satellite events’ for curious eyes and potential collaborations with some of Asia’s most imaginative minds. One neighborhood at a time, the 4-day event celebrates passion that have helped transform the city into brewing grounds for innovation, and personalities who have continually challenged conventions to spearhead art and design on the creative landscape. Offering a host of exhibitions, installations and workshops on their respective turfs, the public is invited for a peek into their world of passion and specialties.
Through informal sharing and playing, homegrown piano movement, Play It Forward Singapore, will share their experiences in giving old pianos a new lease of life through activating public spaces. A pair of old pianos, newly transformed by design students, will be unveiled. All are welcome to come and play! Pianos will be displayed from 7 Oct to 30 Nov 2017.
Sun, 15 Oct
6pm – 7pm
(Under Esplanade Bridge)
Play It Forward Singapore
Lee Yan Chan
The Discursive Picnic is a format to build agency amongst different people in so-called public spaces. Conceived as a pre-launch event of Mapletree Business City II (MBC II), the Discursive Picnic starts with a walking tour of MBC II by architects of the development, DCA Architects Pte Ltd and SHMA, and curators of MBC II’s public art commissions, Professor Ute Meta Bauer and Khim Ong from NTU CCA Singapore. Featuring poetry readings by well-known local poet Isa Kumari that look into stories behind urban architecture and stand in dialogue with poetry interventions by young poet Samuel Lee. The tour will be followed by a discussion, moderated by Assistant Professor Sophie Goltz, amidst the lush garden landscape at MBC II. Participants, curators, and architects will have the chance to share their ideas of working with space between business/work and art/leisure.
Sat, Oct 14
2pm – 6pm
Maple Tree Business City Plaza
("Arts in the City"),
10 Pasir Panjang Road
Central Atrium, outside Kitchen Loft.
NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA Singapore)
Ute Meta Bauer
Free (by registration to NTUCCAevents@ntu.edu.sg. Limited capacity.)
The open house will bring participants on a journey to the ‘future city’ through several research themes developed at the Future Cities Laboratory. Through a series of presentations, demonstrations and discussions, participants will learn about how innovative approaches can shape future cities and improve the life of their citizens.
Fri, 13 Oct
2pm – 4:30pm
Future Cities Laboratory, Singapore-ETH Centre, 1 Create Way, CREATE Tower,
Future Cities Laboratory
Free (by registration via http://peatix.com/event/302436)
Huai Mo Village, Thailand, 2012, 8 min 20 sec
Ruins of the intelligence bureau, Thailand, 2015, 13 min 30 sec
White Building – Sva Pul, Kong Nay, Sisters, Rooftop, Cambodia, 2016, 18 min
The artist will be present.
Chia-Wei Hsu’s 10-year long engagement with the moving image and the forgotten stories of the Cold War in Southeast Asia resulted in a complex body of works which address major historical events through the lens of minor narratives, often embedded in remote locations, that weave together reality and fiction, myth, and history. Delving into the history of the Huai Mo Village in northern Thailand, the artist collaborates with soldiers and children to trace the story of the exiled Chinese soldiers who settled at the Thai-Myanmar border and were never able to return home. In Cambodia, the artist looks at the White Building in Phnom Penh to reference the violent history of repression during the Khmer Rouge occupation, where 90 percent of performance artists were executed. After liberation, the surviving artists were assigned accommodation in the White Building. In the wake of its upcoming demolition, Hsu invited four second-generation performing groups to engage with the White Building, their former home. This event is part of the public programme of the exhibition Ghosts and Spectres – Shadows of History, currently on view at NTU CCA Singapore.
ArchXpo 2017 will be the key showcase of relevant technologies, products and related services in the architectural and built environment industries. It will also be a key gathering of industry experts and talents that makes for excellent architectural and built environment design, as well as an invaluable platform for the exchange of research and innovation in architectural design, practice and education. It will also be held in conjunction with the International Facility Management Expo 2017, LED+Light Asia 2017, Safety & Security Asia 2017, Fire & Disaster Asia 2017 and Work Safe Asia 2017, making it a comprehensive and integrated platform for all building needs under one roof! Together, the repertoire of exhibitions will be geared towards providing an integrated marketing platform for Southeast Asia’s architectural and building industries.