The “ 20 Under 45: The Next Generation ” is an exhibition of seminal works by 20 Singapore registered architects aged 45 years and under. The second installment of the “20 Under 45” exhibition comes after the success of the inaugural exhibition in 2004. This time round, the exhibition will feature similar works ranging from landed and high-rise housing solutions to public buildings, while demonstrating the diversity, innovation, energy and talent of Singapore’s emerging generation of architectural talents.
Following the launch on 3 August, URA will be organising a series of dialogues & forums by the architects from both the first and second instalments of the “20 Under 45” exhibitions . The architects will share their experiences, design philosophies and projects.
Events are open to architects, designers, academic professionals, students and members of the public.
For more information on this dialogue and forum session, please contact Ms Danette Zhuang
DID: +65 6321 8167
The exhibition is running from 3 Aug-5 Nov at the URA Centre.
DESIGNERS DIALOGUE & FORUM 1: “Designing Domesticity”
Date : 21 Sep (Tue)
Time : 4-6pm (2hrs)
Place : URA Function Hall
Confirmed Architect-speaker: Nary Chea, Warren Liu, Seetoh Kum Loon, Gwen Tan, Alan Tay
Houses provide insights into their owners’ personal barometers of taste and serve as measures of the good-life. More than material accumulation and status-formation, the use of form and space in the house amplifies the personal values of their occupants. On top of that, houses also serve as extensions of and connections to emerging global lifestyle trends.
This cluster of work seeks to demonstrate how the nimble use of space, creative interpretations of housing shapes can re-define stereotypes of how houses should look like.
DESIGNERS DIALOGUE & FORUM 2: “Managing the Design Enterprise”
Date : 5 Oct (Tue)
Time : 4-6pm (2hrs)
Place : URA Function Hall
Confirmed Architect-speaker: Richard Hassell, Angelene Chan, Rene Tan, Frven Lim
Although they are often overlooked, subtle skills like how to lead, manage and coordinate a variety of stakeholders to realize a creative idea are critical factors to consider when successfully managing a design enterprise.
In this session, architectural works are analysed as examples of how to achieve high-levels of design success. The discussion will also focus on them as excellent examples of entrepreneurship as well – how these design teams have creatively organised ideas and processes to realise refreshingly-outstanding solutions.
DESIGNERS DIALOGUE & FORUM 3: “Forging Community”
Date : 15 Oct (Fri)
Time : 4-6pm (2hrs)
Place : NUS
Confirmed Architect-speaker: Chan Ee Mun, Patrick Lee, Tan Chee Kiang, Tan Shao Yen
Whether spontaneous or engineered socially, the birth of new communities in condominiums and new towns in Singapore is often the result of changing market conditions. Although designing to meet the various needs of the community is touted as a formulaic process, architects have to seek out creative expressions and solutions to meet these urban challenges, balancing the pragmatics of space efficiency while providing personal and communal areas for residents.
The main position of the project arises from the prevailing condi¬tion of cities striving to be unique through icons, but yet reinforcing the generic with cities made the same through the endless repetition of differences by the same set of building programs and signature ‘starchitecture’ styles. Therefore, rather than claiming uniqueness through cultural references in architectural expression or iconic figurative gestures; this project questions and rediscovers the uniqueness of urban spaces through the most ge¬neric and banal scenes of everyday life. Perhaps, the uniqueness of the city can only be revealed through celebrating the generic.
Using photography as a medium of observation, communication and representation, this project has been a series of ongoing conversations on generic spaces between six pairs of architects and architectural students in London and Singapore over the past year. Six key activity spaces (Transit, Eating, Leisure, Retail, Living and Occupational) that define our contemporary life have been identified as the basis for discussion. This exhibition showcases the collective findings by the correspondents.
Find out more details via www.generi-city.net
Talk by SIA Gold Medalist, Tay Kheng Soon: The Autobiography of an Idea: Rubanisation. The Life & Work of Tay Kheng Soon
The lecture will trace the development of original and indigenous ideas arising from a focus on Tropical Architecture expanding in scope towards Tropical City planning and finally to Rubanisation where simplistic distinctions between countrysides and cities are dissolved. The Speaker will discuss projects in hand in the implementation of Rubanisation projects in South-East Asia where a new economy and social setting is designed to achieve social justice, cultural justice and environmental justice concurrently.
While narrating the progression of thought and work, he will reveal his own growing-up process from childhood, formal education and work experiences up to the present that have contributed to such a progression.
This narrative is designed to address parents and children as they contemplate their future careers to know what is involved in the make-up of an architect and the nature of the speaker’s work and concerns. The lecture will also be of interest to the building industry as to what may be expected in the near future as the world restructures its unsustainable developmental paradigm, financial model and the climate-change crisis. A new sort of creativity is needed. The speaker will also underline the development of creativity itself and how it is best achieved through total immersive learning involving body and the emotions besides abstract book-knowledge.
His narrative will make the case for a more adventurous living and learning environment and pedagogy. He will argue that formal training and education in our schools has to be supplemented by broader layers of experience and tactility. Kheng Soon’s lecture will therefore address what sort of changes in socialisation are necessary as Singapore and the World moves towards the knowledge economy and environmental sustainability. He will further explain an integrative manner how creativity in architecture will illustrate the sort of shifts that are necessary in the World.
The lecture will be accompanied by an exhibition of my his both built and also those un-built design-research projects. The exhibition will feature a large collection of illustrative panels and models but will also be enhanced by interactive digital media. This will later be published electronically and be available online.
This exhibition showcases the eight winning projects from the 2010 URA Architectural Heritage Awards. Launched in 1995, the annual Awards recognises the efforts of owners, professionals and contractors who have painstakingly restored national monuments and fully conserved buildings, as well as their creative solutions to conservation projects by successfully combing old and new elements. Some 100 projects have been honoured to date. The exhibition will also prominently feature heritage houses, beautifully restored and given a new lease of life.
Joint National University of Singapore Department of Architecture - URA Seminar on Conservation.
Theme: Heritage Houses: Restoring & Reinventing the Home
Friday, 29 October 2010, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Function Hall, Level 5, The URA Centre, 45 Maxwell Road, Singapore 069118
Registration starting soon. For enquiries, please call 6516 7627 (Mr Jasper Tan, NUS DOA)
Designed by Boston-based, internationally renowned architect Moshe Safdie for the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, the 929,000 square meter (10 million square-foot) urban district anchors the Singapore waterfront, creates a gateway to Singapore, and provides a dynamic setting for a vibrant public life.
The district includes three hotel towers connected 57 stories in the air with a first-of-its-kind Sands Sky Park, The Sands Expo and Convention Center with a capacity to host 11,000 people, the atrium-style Sands Casino with multiple floor gaming and entertainment, two Broadway theaters with a total capacity for 4,000 visitors, an iconic museum anchoring the promontory for Marina Bay and two glass and steel framed island buildings known at the Crystal Pavilions housing world-class retail and night clubs.
All of the above is woven together on 4 levels by the connective street-style Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands that includes over 300 retail outlets in 75,000 square meters of premium retail space that opens out onto an 800 meter long public promenade fronting Marina Bay designed by the renowned landscape architect, Peter Walker of California.
The tour will include an introduction to the design of each of these facilities with emphasis on the both the engineering of this amazing structure and the way in which distinct architectural statements work together to form the greater Integrated Resort.
Recognising that Youths are the builders of tomorrow’s city, this programme is specially catered for students to Secondary Schools who are interested to find out more about the life and career of an Architect. For over 50 years, Surbana has been an instrumental thread in Singapore’s development as the world’s most vibrant and liveable city-nation.
17:00‐19:00 Preparing candles, floating lanterns
19:00‐19:30 Children’s parade &installation of floating lantern
19:30 ‐21:00 Light‐up! & Photo session
21:00‐22:00 Event wrap‐up
Visit The Lighting Detectives at www.shomei‐tanteidan.org
What is Candle Night?
“Turn off the lights and take it slow”. Candle Night, an environmental and energy conservation event that helps in finding one’s inner sense of time, is the brainchild of a non‐profit environmental group in Japan. During this one night event, main building facilities are “lit down”, and candle light events are held. Previous Candle Night events include the Candle Night @OMOTESANDO –
Eco Avenue held since 2003. It will be the first time that such a Candle Night event will be held in Singapore.
Who are the Lighting Detectives?
The Lighting Detectives are observers of nightscapes from all over the world for the past 20 years. Founded by Kaoru Mende and LPA (Lighting Planners Associates) as a non‐profit community engagement in enjoying lighting, the group has engaged in many events and workshops that focus on creating public awareness and making ordinary spaces feel special with light.
For the inaugural Light Festival at Marina Bay, the Lighting Detectives with public participants will create an atmosphere ofenchanting light. Candles in floating lanterns will be seen on the waterfront. Ambient lighting of the buildings in the vicinity will be dimmed in order to achieve the appropriate darkness required to enjoy the spectacle. Participating cafes and restaurants all along the waterfront will be able to enjoy a surrounding atmosphere of soft light.
Children from Kindergarten onwards and registered participants will create lanterns from recyclable materials in workshops and float them in the water around the Clifford Pier at twilight. Joining them will be art students both from Singapore and Japan for all to enjoy an evening of beautiful flickering candle light.
Marina Bay plays host to i Light Marina Bay, Asia’s first sustainable light art festival from 15 October to 7 November 2010. The Festival features a Light Walk comprising of over 20 light art installations and sculptures by international, regional and Singaporean artists and designers. Taking place along the newly opened Marina Bay waterfront promenade, the Festival aims to celebrate the nightscape with the use of energy efficient lighting and to create awareness for energy reduction in lighting. In addition to the Light Walk, the Festival also presents a series of fringe programmes which includes industry exchange opportunities, education and community outreach activities that spread the message of low energy lighting alternatives.
For more information, please log on to: www.marina-bay.sg/ilightmarinabay
This tour is envisaged to enliven and promote broad public and academic interests in the significance of cosmopolitan Melaka which recently listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It includes special visit to the “54-56 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock”, special viewing of “Layers” exhibition, combined with a walking tour around the historic core of Melaka.
The 54-56 is a unique academic resource of NUS Department of Architecture. It is tasked to advance the area of excellence in the study of historical architecture and urban environments of Asia. The buildings were generously donated to the DOA by Tun Tan Cheng Lock’s daughter, Ms Agnes Tan, in 2004. Tun Dato Sir Tan Cheng Lock was one of the Malaysia’s most illustrious sons, and a political and social leader of renown and repute. This facility becomes exemplar and pedagogical demonstrations of sensitive conservation, preservation and adaptive re-use of heritage and historical environments. The 54-56 is used mainly for two broad categories of activities: as Field School, and as a Resource Centre.
A public exhibition “Layers” is opened for viewing at the 54-56. It is a thematic exhibition of works of the Department of Architecture of the National University of Singapore. It showcases the works of the MAUD Studio’s “Melaka Conservation Links”, Year3’s Study on Melaka River, Year1’s study trip sketches and book, past years’ Design Thesis projects on Melaka. It also features the University of Malaya and NUS Joint Program 2010 Cultural Heritage Studies of Taiping, Perak.
Tour Leader: Dr. Johannes Widodo
Participant: Professionals, students, and Heritage enthusiasts
Date/Time of the tour: Saturday, 16 October 2010, day trip (SIN-MLK-SIN by coach)
Capacity: Minimum 20 – maximum 25 participants
$80/person (coach & light lunch inclusive, breakfast & dinner not included) (for those who join the full tour package by coach one-way or return)
$40/person (for those who do not join the return trip by coach, but only join the open house, light lunch, and walking tour from 12:00 to 15:00 in Melaka)
07:30 - 12:00 : Travel by coach (SIN-MLK), departure from NUS Dept of Architecture, 4 Architecture Drive, Singapore 117566, short break (for breakfast & toilet) on the way
12:00 - 13:00 : Visit 54-56 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock (viewing exhibition, house tour)
13:00 - 13:30 : Light lunch
13:30 - 15:00 : Short walking tour in the historic core of Melaka: former coast-line, Cheng Hoon Teng Temple (winner of UNESCO Asia Pacific Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation 2002), Kampung Kling mosque, Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi temple, Hang Kasturi mausoleum, Abdullah bin Abdul Kadir Munsyi house, Syamsyudin al Sumatrani tomb, shophouses, etc.
15:00 - 16:00 : Free (e.g. shopping @ Jonker Walk)
16:00 - 21:00 : Return travel by coach (MLK-SIN), dinner on the way, arrival at NUS Dept of Architecture, 4 Architecture Drive, Singapore 117566
(Note: each participant should check and comply with the requirement for Visa for entering Malaysia)
Registration & Information:
Ms. Clara Wong, e: email@example.com, p: +65 65167737, +65 65167737, f: +65 67793078
Tour manager: Mr. Philip Tay, mobile: +65 98783151, +65 98783151
When fertile imagination meets reality, could youthful aspirations shed light in the redefinition of architecture?
Undergraduates from the National University of Singapore present proposals that question preconceptions about architecture and the city, revealing tensions and potential between ideas, representation and form.
For enquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
David Holm, an Architect and Principal based in Woodhead’s Sydney studio, will be in Singapore for ArchiFest 2010 to share “Drawing Italy”, a unique drawing guide to Italian architecture and culture which combines his architectural drawing talent with his passion for Italy.
David has always focused on the importance of drawing throughout his architectural career. Specifically, David has been drawing the buildings, the people and the way of life during his travels around the globe for more than 25 years.
Featuring over 250 pages of drawings, the reader is taken on a captivating journey throughout the regions of Italy, visiting both the famous as well as lesser known architectural landmarks. The hand drawn sketches range from a pair of Romanesque towers within the Piazza di Porta Ravegnana in Bologna, the Byzantine Basilica di San Vitale in Ravenna, to the 6th century Via San Biagio dei Librai in Naples. Amongst the images of monuments and piazzas are delightful vignettes of Italian life today, reflecting the cafes, the food and the atmosphere.
Woodhead is pleased to encourage its team members to pursue design interests outside of traditional projects. This approach has encouraged and fostered David’s design talent, which he now shares with the wider group through regular studio walk and draw sessions, leadership of the design platform and mentoring.
David’s drawings and travel tales will delight and inspire architecture enthusiasts and fans of Italian culture alike. Hear and meet him during this one night only event at Books Actually, a charming boutique bookstore on Ang Siang Hill.
This Guerrilla Lighting movement started in the UK in 2007 and has spread all round the world recruiting fans, supporters and participants in many other countries. So far missions have been undertaken in England, Scotland, North Ireland and Ireland, Finland, Norway, Turkey and the Isle of Man. Others are being planned for Lebanon and USA. The idea has been developed with an open source approach and local design teams are always involved in the process. This year, for the Singapore Marina Bay Light Art Festival 2010, Light Collective from UK and Singapore’s whenlightswork collective are going to embark on the mission to ‘change’ the night time environment of 5 selected sites along the Marina Bay area, with five teams of tertiary students. Each team, comprising of 10 students each, will be working on design proposals for one of the five selected sites, under the guidance of passionate architectural lighting designers, during the 3-day workshop scheduled to be held in mid October 2010.
During the 3-day workshop, we hope to induct students into the mysterious world of light. Using simple tools such as torches, battery packed lighting fittings, students will be given the chance to unleash their creativity in lighting design and witness the transformation of seemingly mundane and forgotten urban pockets into a mystical wonderland, through the play of light in space.
Do find out more details via the event blog: whenlightswork.net/guerrilla-lighting
PROJECT 636 features 10 creative talents pitching their projects, ideas and portfolios to an audience of industry players, peers and you!
Inspired by the spirit of Pecha KuchaTM nights in Tokyo, PROJECT 636 is an event for young designers to meet, network, and pitch their work in 6 minutes and 36 seconds.
Be bold. Be inspired.
Come and network with the up-and-coming of Singapore’s creative talents for an inspiring and fun evening. There will be an extended Happy Hour at Wild Oats till 10pm for all guests and participants.
Write to Six Degrees at email@example.com to reserve your place.
Landscape architecture from Berlin has developed to be an international trade-marked article. Due to the high quality design education at Berlin Universities a young and self- confident scene of landscape architects arised following the already established Berlin landscape architecture offices. Their works – finished in high figures within the last few years – give the impression of a mature generation in terms of landscape-design combined with high engagement and distinct empathy related to the project-site and to the task. With this exhibition the association of German Landscape Architects, (Bund Deutscher Landschaftsarchitekten/BDLA) aimed to present this new generation of landscape architects to a wider public. The target of this exhibition is on the one hand to show the specific design quality of Berlin landscape architecture and beyond it to present the faces, the people behind these works by portraits both visual and written.
SIA is pleased to showcase the documentary series e2 design, Season 2. Narrated by Brad Pitt, an ongoing PBS series about the pioneers and innovators in the field of sustainable architecture, and how their work is producing solutions to pressing environmental and social challenges. This special screening will features 3 episodes of the second season: The Druk White Lotus School, Bogota: Building a Sustainable City and Adaptive Reuse in the Netherlands.
Can the designer of the Druk White Lotus School in remote Ladakh, India, help preserve the region’s cultural identity for future generations?
Enrique Penalosa, the former mayor of Bogota, Colombia, transformed one of the world’s most chaotic cities into a model of sustainable and civic-minded urban planning
Dutch planners tap their innate design sensibility and the industrial landscape to create a uniquely sustainable development in Amsterdam’s abandoned dockyards.
For the first time, Surbana International Consultants Pte Ltd opens the door of Expose - their bi-annual in-house architectural forum - to the public. The 11 studios will feature selected projects, both local and across the globe. Headed by Frven Lim, recently featured in URA’s 20 under 45 exhibition, it will be an evening where concepts are shared and ideas exchanged over light refreshments. All are welcomed to join in and be inspired.
Interested parties may email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 25 October 2010
Two monographs have been published on Doshi’s work and he is regularly published in architectural magazines. The scope of these printed articles is limited in capturing the spatial and qualitative aspects of his work and do not adequately present Doshi’s unique personality and his philosophy. Film is the perfect medium in which to capture architecture - it covers the spatial narrative and sequence, the quality of light and the impact of movement. It is also the best way to engage a person like Doshi. Having a conversation with him is to immediately understand his appeal and the reasons for his unique success. Not only is his work as an architect seminal but his contributions to academia through the setting up of the school of architecture in Ahmedabad and his own Vastu Shilpa Foundation are unparalleled. These successes are primarily due to his ability to communicate to and inspire the people around him, and his rigor as an architect. Both these aspects can be satisfactorily captured only on film.
The film will not only introduce people to a truly great modern architect, but also to an evolved, cultured human being and help redirect our attention to the truly important questions of our time.
His approach to the work, and the story of his practice would be great lessons for younger architects who struggle to negotiate the pressing commercial demands of running a practice with the ‘ideal’ project/ process. Doshi’s constant search for alternative ways in which to articulate persistent themes in his work, like community, layering, fragmentation, and rootedness set him apart from many of his contemporaries, and this is particularly relevant today, where often the underpinnings of formal and spatial compositions are merely stylistic.
He will also appeal to the non-architect as he talks about his work within the context of his philosophies about life. The film transcends the model of the architectural documentary focussing also on the person and not only on the architect. I believe his philosophy has universal appeal and his work demonstrates a way to simultaneously be modern/contemporary, local/of the place and sustainable.
Over 10 years, diving has brought us so much knowledge, experience, fun and friends. With that on our backs, we’ve decided to form a team and make our mark in the adventures of diving.
At Blue Reef, we acknowledge the very foundation of these values and we strive to provide the best in customer satisfaction by listening to the needs and wants of every individual and exceeding their expectations.
Blue Reef Scuba was established in 2000 and is now run by qualified scuba diving educators with highly-regarded PADI credentials. In addition, there are a number of highly- trained PADI Divemasters, Open Water SCUBA Instructors and Staff Instructors to complement our Blue Reef Scuba family.
Our mission is to treat everyone as an individual, we are committed to providing the safest, most enjoyable diving experience; educational yet fun as well as to expand our circle of friends.
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Our objectives is to conduct a seminar presenting the Terracotta building materials solutions (both for cladding and roofing applications) and their benefits when used in modern constructions for new projects or refurbishments, especially thanks to their green properties.
The architects will have the opportunity to visit one of our terracotta roofing tiles’ factories, located in Kluang, Johore, Malaysia and attend a presentation with the following topics:
The seminar will take place in Kluang city in Malaysia. We will take care of the transportation, meeting accommodations and lunch for all the participants.
Gain Insights from the World’s Best at the Inaugural International Skyrise Greenery Conference in Singapore!
Over 30 internationally renowned industry leaders from 10 countries will be sharing their insights at the inaugural International Skyrise Greenery Conference (ISGC). The Conference is the first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region that will cover not only rooftop gardens and green roofs, but also vertical green walls – a growing trend around the globe. To be held from 1 to 3 November 2010 at the National Library in Singapore, ISGC will feature multiple award-winning experts such as Emilio Ambasz from the US, hailed as “The Messiah” of green architecture; Patrick Blanc from France, the inventor of the vertical greenery concept; and Dr. Ken Yeang from the UK, one of the foremost designers and a recognised authority on ecologically-responsive architecture and planning.
Visit Skyrise Greenery Conference for more info!
The most anticipated design event is here and this time, with an even bigger bang! The Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC) is honoured to host internationally renowned design guru, TOM DIXON, as he shares his experiences on ‘Global Industry’. Tom Dixon's products have been acquired by some of the world's most famous museums and are now in permanent collections across the globe, from the Victoria & Albert Museum through Museums in New York, Boston, Paris & Tokyo. Recent Accolades include winning the "Designer of the year 2008" from Architektur and Wohnen Magazine.
The essence of his talk entitled “Global Industry” is to discuss the different processes involved in the manufacturing of Tom Dixon’s products. The pieces start from the material and the process upwards. Tom Dixon. use different types of industry in their products: BEAT uses cottage-style industry such as small numbers of highly skilled craftsmen in India to handmade the brass shade. PRESSED LASS uses mass manufacturing of solid glass in the same way as head lamps on cars and motorbikes are used. ETCH uses the digital industry, which also means that the light can be made all over the world. COPPER SHADE and MIRROR BALL use vacuum metallization process, which is a very technical and advanced process that is used in the space ships industry. These are the types of processing initiatives that Tom will be keen to talk about.
For enquiries, please contact Mr. Walter Lee at 6505 9198 / Ms. Joyce Lee at 6505 9165 or email email@example.com.
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