Conversations—The Conversation series comprise themed panels of three to four Speakers, focusing on architecture’s expanded engagement with other fields such as art, media, writing, domesticity, gender, labour, education, and more. The sessions shall take place in various locations in the city throughout the duration of the festival. Some of these sessions are independent conversations while others are tied to Archi-Interfaces.
The Future Is Now

This year’s SIA Gold Medal recipient, veteran architect and urban theorist William Lim will be giving his award lecture on 14 October at the The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Centre on Maxwell Road. Dedicating five decades to causes against urban inequality, he is an advocate of Asian local identity and cultural plurality, and ardent supporter of Singapore’s art and culture. Lim is indefatigable in his urge for urban change through various non-governmental organisations he founded with others.

There will be a Book Signing session for Singapore Dreaming: Managing Utopia by Asian Urban Lab, and The Social Imperative by AA Asia at the event.

Sat, Oct 14 (*Postponed. TBC.)

10.30am – 12.30pm

The URA Centre Function Hall,
45 Maxwell Road, S 069118

William Lim (Asian Urban Lab / SIA Gold Medalist)

Richard Ho, MSIA (Richard Ho Architects)
Kwok Kian Woon (NTU)

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Architecture & Curation

This international panel of curators, place-makers and architects will explore the topic of architecture as both site and object of curation. Much has been made of the blurring of lines—between architecture and design, urbanism and art—in contemporary practice and perception, especially within the frame of the global proliferation of cultural infrastructure (museums, galleries, biennales, trade fairs, festivals etc). At the same time, the term “curation”, once the preserve of high-brow cultural institutions, has been appropriated by everyone from retail merchandisers to lifestyle bloggers. How then, might we best engage with the potentials, constraints and consequences of “curating” architecture, whether representing the built environment in exhibitions (and other cultural formats), or approaching buildings (and public spaces) as the grounds for curatorial intervention?

Thu, 5 Oct
6pm – 8pm

Singapore Institute of Architects,
79 Neil Rd, S089904

Sarah Mineko Ichioka (Independent Curator, Writer and Strategist)
Adib Jalal (Co-founder and Director, Shophouse & Co.),
Ong Ker-Shing (Director, Lekker Architects),
Shirley Surya (Associate Curator, Design and Architecture, M+)

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Media & Architecture

Other than built space, how do architects communicate our work to the public? Traditional print and broadcast media have lately been joined by social media and even augmented reality. Technology makes the consumption of content increasingly intuitive to users. Amidst these changes, has the practice of architecture shifted from a discipline of technical production to a mode of communication? Is the use of media only about marketing ourselves, or is it also changing how we design and build?

This conversation will bring together practitioners using various forms of media, old and new.

Sat, Oct 14
3 - 5pm

Singapore Institute of Architects,
79 Neil Rd, S089904

Teo Yee Chin, MSIA (The Singapore Architect)

Dr Erwin Viray, ASIA (SUTD ASD)
Khairudin Saharom (Kite Studio Architecture)
Narelle Yabuka (Cubes Indesign)
Ng San Son, MSIA (DPA)
Lim Zi Yuan (Vouse)

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Women & Architecture: Conversations On The Discipline

Architecture today is seeing an increased number of partnerships between couples, siblings, family and friends, as well individual women professional practices and academics. As one of the partners, women who are also spouses, daughters, mothers, sisters, mentors and teachers are often caught in work narratives and societal hierarchies that hinder equitable rights and access to options. In Asia, the deep sense of patriarchy further necessitates an adjustment of priorities. The (female) architect's allegiance between career and family, invariably challenges her social relationships, mental health and physical well being. This panel strives for a candid discussion on the discipline of the architectural discipline, in other words, what it means for women (and men) to practice, theorise, think and work within the current social-professional architectural schema.

Thu, 12 Oct
6pm – 8pm

Singapore Institute of Architects,
79 Neil Rd, S089904

Lilian Chee (NUS)

Angelene Chan (DPA),
Ute Meta Bauer (CCA, NTU),
Swinal Samant (NUS), Sue Seah (CPG),
Josh Comaroff (Lekker Architects/SUTD),
Adrianne Jorgensen (FCL/ETH),
Khoo Peng Beng & Belinda Huang ARC Studio Architecture + Urbanism)
Tan Pin Pin

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The Textual & The Visual

Why should we bother researching, writing and reading about architecture and design? Aren’t these visual fields that have artifacts that speak for themselves? Why should our experience of architecture and design be mediated with texts? Who are the writers of architecture and design? Why do they write? What do they write about? Who do they write for? In this panel, we invite three prolific writers of different visual fields—Imran bin Tajudeen, Justin Zhuang and Chang Jiat Hwee—to share with us their experience of writing and researching on Singapore in Singapore.

Sat, 7 Oct
1pm – 3pm

Singapore Institute of Architects,
79 Neil Rd, S089904

Fong Hoo Cheong, MSIA (HCFA)

Justin Zhuang (In Plain Words)
Imran bin Tajudeen (NUS)
Chang Jiat Hwee (NUS)

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Singapore Construction Innovation Road Map

Presentation on Shaping a more Productive Construction Industry in Singapore
by Ms Leong-Kok Su Ming, Deputy Group Director, Construction Productivity and Quality Group, Building and Construction Authority

In recent years, we’re beginning to see a transformation in how we design and construct buildings. Singapore is shifting towards a design for manufacturing and assembly (DfMA) approach where buildings can be delivered faster, safer and friendlier to the environment. DfMA harnesses design rationalisation to maximise off-site fabrication and optimise on-site construction. The presentation shares Singapore’s co-ordinated efforts and journey towards delivering higher productivity and quality standards in the built environment.

Presentation on Teambuild’s PPVC Journey
by Mr Johnny Lim, Executive Director, Teambuild Construction Group

Teambuild has been credited as the pioneer and leader in the Concrete Prefabricated Prefinished Volumetric Construction in Singapore. PPVC is a new construction method that is a game changer in how buildings are being constructed. It is a lego-style construction method whereby entire rooms are constructed and finished in factories and transported to construction sites to be assembled. It reduces the number of workers on site, and is a cleaner, less noisy and safer way to build. Teambuild embarked on their learning journey and proto-typing of the concrete PPVC and subsequently tested this new construction method in both the public and private housing projects here. Teambuild’s innovation and adoption of Concrete PPVC in the construction of residential projects have been well-received, as concrete is the more tested, and preferred construction material for homes here. To date, two of the PPVC projects have been completed with 4 other projects currently at the different stages of design and implementation. The Executive Director, Johnny Lim of Teambuild Engineering & Construction Pte Ltd, who is instrumental in the adoption of this technology will share some insights of the journey and learnings of this new construction methodology.

Presentation on Project Sharing on Woodlands Care Home Adopting PPVC
by Ms Ng Kim Hoon, Director, Healthcare Infrastructure Projects Division, Ministry of Health Holdings

Presentation on Mass Timber and Hybrid Structures in the U.K. – Cost and Performance Values
by Mr Nick Milestone, Managing Director of Steeltech Industries Pte Ltd (Singapore) and Head of Special Projects for the Tiong Seng Construction Group (Singapore)

The use of mass timber (Glulam and Cross Laminated Timber) has proven to be versatile combined with other structural materials such as concrete but more effectively combined with structural steelwork can offer a viable and cost effective structural solution. Due to the recent advancements in BIM (Building Information Modelling) Mass Timber has now found its way into the supply chain providing light weight and sustainable solutions in the DfMA (Design for Manufacture and Assembly) market especially where there is a high demand for Off-Site manufactured components for use in both the ‘2D flat pack’ and ‘3D volumetric’ market.

Time Programme
2.00pm Opening of “Seminar on Singapore’s Advanced Construction Landscape”
2.10pm Presentation on Shaping a more Productive Construction Industry in Singapore by Ms Leong-Kok Su Ming, Deputy Group Director, Construction Productivity and Quality Director, Planning & Innovation, Building and Construction Authority
2.40pm Presentation on Teambuild’s PPVC Journey by Mr Johnny Lim, Executive Director, Teambuild Construction Group
3.10pm Tea Break (20mins)
3.30pm Presentation on Project Sharing on Woodlands Care Home Adopting PPVC by Ms Ng Kim Hoon, Director, Healthcare Infrastructure Projects Division, Ministry of Health Holdings
4.00pm Presentation on Mass Timber and Hybrid Structures in the U.K. – Cost and Performance Values by Mr Nick Milestone, Managing Director of Steeltech Industries Pte Ltd (Singapore) and Head of Special Projects for the Tiong Seng Construction Group (Singapore)
4.45pm Q&A Session
5.15pm End of Event

Fri, 13 Oct
2pm – 5pm

Singapore Institute of Architects
79 Neil Road, S 088904

Lee Kay Lian, MSIA
(Chief Operating Officer,
Pod Structures Pte Ltd

Leong Kok Ming (CPCF/BCA)
Ng Kim Hoon (MOH), Nick Milestone (Tiong Seng Contractors)

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Admission: Free

Why Architect?

In conjunction with this year’s Archifest 2017, the Small and Medium Architectural Practices Committee (SMAP Committee) will be presenting another instalment of the popular “Why Architect?” forum.

This year’s Archifest theme is “Building Agency”—encompassing the participation of people in the agency of building our environment. Traditionally, this means the specialists of the building industry—architects holding a key role and responsibility. The consumption of spaces in today’s rapidly disruptive and digitised world, has made the art and science of building a common commodity. As the architecture discipline becomes increasingly more multi-faceted and multi-disciplinary to cater to the modern expectations, the questions that arise are who are the lead agencies in creating our buildings?

As designers of various inclinations take to the fore in their enthusiasm to be advocates of building, the consumer requires clarity and distinction on the roles these people play and the responsibilities that bear with these roles.

Sat, 7 Oct
3pm – 5pm

Singapore Institute of Architects,
79 Neil Rd, S089904

Presenter / Moderator:
Casey Chua, MSIA
Architect (ADX Architects)

Teh Joo Heng, Architect (Teh Joo Heng Architects)
Jason Lim, Engineer (TnJ Consultats LLP)
Martin Tai, Builder (Lifestyle Home Pte Ltd)
Au Foo Yien, House Owner
Jiaxin Chum, Architectural Graduate)

Building Agency On Screen

Filmmaking is akin to architecture when a cinematic space is designed and built from imagination. With construction tools like a video camera, filmmakers can present different perceptions to our lived world and alter its established compositions. Through increasingly democratic forms of filmmaking, cinema can offer an avenue to facilitate public participation in the re-making of our set environment. As a response to the festival’s theme of Building Agency, the Asian Film Archive (AFA) will be presenting a series of short films from Singapore and the feature film Meishi Street (2006) from China as examples of such cinematic interventions. From solid 3D structures to fluid 3D illusions, the film programme will seek to flatten the hierarchical impressions of our built structures and propose an expansion of possibilities.

Building Agency on Screen: Singapore Shorts. (Total Duration: 87 mins)
Fri 6 Oct, 8:30pm-10:00pm at The Projector
1. Building A New Singapore (1960s)
Commissioned by the Housing and Development Board (HDB) in the 1960s, the state documentary was an endorsement of the populace’s resettlement from low-lying kampongs to high-rise state-built housing during the early years of Singapore’s nation-building. The film captures this critical state of social environmental transition and projects a future for a fledging Singapore.
Source: Housing Development Board, courtesy of the National Archives of Singapore
Director: Toh Weng Kai
Producer: Tom Hodge
Production Company: Cathay Film Services Ltd
Duration: 17 mins
Rating: G

2. Blueprints for Volition City (2006)
A visceral assault of distorted guitars, juxtaposed with blistering found footages of Singapore’s urbanity, this piece was created entirely via stop-motion with hand-manipulated digital photographic prints. Featuring sounds by Toh Hun Ping, as well as guitar works from Kelvin Tan of The Oddfellows.
Director: Toh Hun Ping
Duration: 7 mins
Rating: PG

3. Come Out and Play at 8Q! (2009)
Ringmaster makes her own toys with wrappers from chocolates. A couple of chocolate-monsters start having a tussle with her. The stop-motion animation is created from drawings around the Singapore Art Museum 8Q building and unique silkscreen prints on water.
Director: Joo Choon Lin
Duration: 6 mins
Rating: TBA

4. Yangtze Scribbler (2012)
Debbie Ding has been documenting survey markings and graffiti in Singapore. One particular set of graffiti catches her attention. Found in the back stairwell in Pearl Centre, Chinatown, the anonymous drawer roughly sketches a man and a woman beside a series of three numbers. Several of these same scribbles are found in different parts of the stairwell. What does it mean? What is the writer trying to communicate? Debbie, like a detective tries to decipher the meaning of these scribbles and she talks also of graffiti in general. Are these acts of vandals or are they notes from people seeking to communicate with others? Or are they acts of memorialisation by the writers themselves? Perhaps it is all three. Recently, Debbie excitedly reports, in the Bugis area near the National Library Building, the same scribble. Has the Yangtze Scribbler moved?
This video is commissioned by the Singapore Memory Project 2012.
Director: Tan Pin Pin
Narrator: Debbie Ding
Duration: 6 mins
Rating: PG

5. Nobody’s Home (2010)
"You will need two pennies instead of one, to pay the ferryman."
After receiving a bunch of money from his agent, a man decides to visit the people close to him...
Director: Nelson Yeo
Duration: 21 mins
Rating: PG

6. Flat Dreams (2007)
Comprising 3 little shorts spanning 3 generations (Flat, Neighbourhood Watch, Void Deck), FLAT DREAMS is about public housing dwellers dreaming themselves out of their mundane existence.
Director: Eva Tang
Duration: 15 mins
Rating: PG

7. Void Decked (2010)
A Void Deck is typically found under apartment blocks in Singapore. With a constant flow of human traffic, the Void Deck is almost never a Void.
Director/Cinematographer: Azhar Shukor
Choreographer: Elysa Wendi
Main Dancer: Roslina Yusof
Duration: 4 mins
Rating: G

8. Waiting for the Elevator (2014)
The term “void deck” is a uniquely Singaporean one, referring to the ground floor of HDB blocks that has been left open as sheltered space. The void spaces occupy the ground level, while apartments are usually on the second floor onwards. Regulated by the government in Singapore, these public housing comprises of a fixed set of ratios of various ethnic groups within the country; with the void decks functioning as a space for community mingling and social integration. Drawing on normally unnoticed, trivial and repetitive actions, the artist reflects upon the social purposes of these sheltered environments. The composited panorama ultimately exists as a non-space; an accumulation of fragments over time.
Director: Sarah Choo
Duration: 5 mins
Rating: PG

9. Solitary Moon (2010)
SOLITARY MOON is at once a study of the windows of skyscrapers at night, a contemplation of urban isolation, and a perfectly matched series of compositionally haunting images.
Director: Eva Tang
Duration: 2 mins
Rating: G

10. The Lights Went Out (2017)
Pulsating in the stillness of the night, the flickering lights add a new sight to the nightscape in Singapore. When a light source malfunctions, the light is fixed the following night. The lights in the city never go out- it is always functioning as it should be.
Director: Adar Ng
Duration: 4 mins
Rating: G

Sat 14 Oct, 7:30pm-9:30pm at NTU CCA
The Single Screen, NTU CCA Singapore
Building Agency on Screen: Meishi Street (2006)
MEISHI STREET shows ordinary citizens taking a stand against the planned destruction of their homes for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In order to widen traffic routes for the Olympic Games, the Beijing Municipal Government orders the demolition of entire neighborhoods. Several evictees of Meishi Street, located next to Tiananmen Square, fight through endless red tape and the indifference of fellow citizens for the right to keep their homes. Given video cameras by the filmmakers, they shoot exclusive footage of the eviction process, adding vivid intimacy to their story. Acclaimed at over two dozen museums and galleries around the world, MEISHI STREET, by renowned visual artist Ou Ning, works as both art and activism, calling worldwide attention to lives being demolished in the name of progress. Courtesy Icarus Films.
Director: Ou Ning
Duration: 85 mins
Rating: NC16

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Fri 6 Oct,
Sat 14 Oct,

The Projector (6 Oct),
NTU CCA (14 Oct)

Thong Kay Wee (Asian Film Archive)

Free via registration
6 Oct
14 Oct

Building Agency & Inclusion

A more diverse and inclusive society can lead to a more resilient one – but what does this mean? There is greater wheelchair accessibility in our city. Public housing is believed to create a more dynamic multi-ethnic society. Today’s social organizations and social enterprises are seeking to address unmet social needs in innovative ways. This session welcomes a robust discussion on architecture, agency and inclusion with an interest in positive social change for vulnerable or marginalized groups in our society. To this end, the panel draws attention to collaborative strategies of inclusion in the overlap of the built and social space. What does it mean to be “inclusive”? What can different sectors, industries, organizations and individuals do to build a more resilient society? What are some assumptions about diversity and inclusion we should be aware of in taking on our next “integrative” project?

Sun, 15 Oct
2pm – 4pm

Singapore Institute of Architects,
79 Neil Rd, S089904

Ho Han Peng, Program Manager, Lien Centre for Social Innovation

Professor Chua Beng Huat, Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore
Seah Chee Huang, Director, DP Architects
Han Yah Yee, Group Director of Social Services, Montfort Care
Judy Wee, Senior Manager, Muscular Dystrophy Association (Singapore)

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Landscapes & Monuments Of Progress

When buildings go up, are they an emblem of our progress, or a means towards progress? What kind of social meanings, or social myths about progress do we invest in architecture? In particular, what myths and meanings have the Marina Bay Sands and the casino have taken on since their opening seven years ago? Join us for a dialogue featuring leading architects, urban planners and scholars on the hand architecture has in not reflecting, but creating ‘progress’ in Singapore. Participants can also look forward to a guided tour of the ArchiGallery at the National Gallery.

Sat, Oct 7

National Gallery, Rooftop Studio 1 - 3
Level 5, 1 Saint Andrew's Road, S 178957

Tay Kheng Soon

Foo Pei Ying
Elaine Lynn-Ee Ho
Lee Kah Wee

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WY-TO Connects

WY-TO Connects brings together architects, designers, thinkers and innovators intimately concerned with contemporary local, regional and global issues. The inaugural series was launched at the 2017 Singapore Design Week, and its initial focus on architecture and design has evolved to include a diverse range of pressing urban, social and cultural themes. The second edition at Archifest 2017 takes on an exciting, inclusive curation that introduces pertinent topics to both the public and industry. Find out how the evolution of workspace design affects productivity, mobility and sociability; how innovative forms of display are changing the retail landscape; how new definitions of classrooms are redefining the way we educate children, and the urban, social, economic and mobility consequences that Singapore’s new transportation hubs and modes will create. From the established and highly influential large practices, to the compact and inventive studios, understand how strategic design is the catalyst for social change at WY-TO Connects.

Sat 7 Oct
Crafting Workspaces (AM Session)*
10.00am - 10.05am: Opening introduction by Archifest festival directors Koon Wee &/or Eunice Seng
10.05am - 10.10am: Welcome speech by WY-TO Managing Director Yann Follain
10.15am - 11.00am: Strategic Workplace Design as A Business Toolby Derek MacKenzie, Managing Director, designphase dba
11.00am - 11.45am: The Role of Furniture Systems in Interior Design by Michael Henningsen, Director of Design & Workspace
11.45am - 12.30pm: Coworking Spaces: Collaborative Design for Innovation Organisations by Terrence Quah, Design Head, Architology

The Art of Display (PM Session)
2.00pm - 2.45pm: Innovative Exhibition Design by Yann Follain, Managing Director-Head of Design, WY-TO
2.45pm - 3.30pm: Museums of the 21st Century by Sujit Tolat, Principal & Executive Director, Gallagher & Associates Asia
3.30pm - 4.15pm: Design in the Sustainable Age by Ho Chiew Peng, Executive Director, Kingsmen Exhibits
4.15pm - 5.00pm: The Relevance of Displays: How the Retail Landscape is Evolving and Where It Is Headed by Mike Lim, Director DP Design, DP Architects
5.00pm - 5.45pm: Real Estate of the Future: The Intersection of Design and Technology

Sat 14 Oct
Education as Change Agent (AM Session)
Phan Pit Li, Director, MKPL Architects
Dr Jawn Lim, Programme Director, Singapore Institute of Technology

Design Innovation (PM Session)
2.00-3.00pm: Nigel Greenhill and Li Sau Kei, Directors, GreenhilLi
3.00-4.00pm: Phan Pit Li, Director, MKPL Architects
4.00-5.00pm: Dr Jawn Lim, Associate Professor, Strategy and Design Innovation, Singapore Institute of Technology

Sat 7 & 14 Oct
9.30am – 6.30pm

7 Oct:
Funan Showsuite, Junction of High Street and Hill Street

14 Oct:
National Design Centre Auditorium, Level 2, 111 Middle Road, S 188969


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Common Futures

“Amidst radical social, economic, and technological transformations, will the city become a driving force of creativity and sustainability or will it be a mechanism of inequality and environmental decay?” - Excerpt from the Introduction to The 2017 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, Imminent Commons

The National University of Singapore participated in The International Studio of the 2017 Seoul Biennale with its contribution entitled Cosmopolitan Atmospheres. The NUS Seoul Studio proposed 9 projects in Seoul that positions architecture as a host to the commons. This forum brings together a group of architects both in practice and academia who will share their views of the Seoul Studio projects and its implication on the Common Futures of Singapore and cities in general.

Wed, 11 Oct
5pm – 7pm

Singapore Institute of Architects,
79 Neil Rd, S089904

Khoo Peng Beng (ARC Studio Architecture + Urbanism)

Bobby Wong (NUS)
Calvin Chua (SUTD)
Erik G. L’Heureux (NUS)
Florian Schaetz (NUS)
Lee Jo Hee (NUS)
Joshua Comaroff (Lekker Design)
Tiah Nan Chyuan (FARM)

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A Playground Needs Only to Be Interesting

Viewing art and the world as a metaphorical playground can provide the basis to orient creative thoughts and processes. ‘A Playground Needs Only to Be Interesting’ is an explorative exercise to lay out playful contexts and gather unexpected associations. The programme consists of a presentation about Singapore playgrounds by writer Justin Zhuang interspersed by Cake Theatre’s recitations of Playground Manifesto, a selection of artists’ statements collected and ‘remixed’ over the years by artist Chun Kaifeng.

Wed, 11 Oct

7.30pm – 9.00pm

NTU CCA Singapore, The Single Screen,
43 Malan Road, Singapore 109443

NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA Singapore)

Chun Kaifeng,
Justin Zhuang (In Plain Words),
Cake Theatrical Productions,

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