World Architecture Festival

The world’s largest, live, inclusive and interactive global architecture event, the World Architecture Festival (WAF) has begun in Singapore. Celebrating its fifth birthday, the three day event is being held at the Moshe Safdie’s award-winning Marina Bay Sands. The festival was officially opened by World Architecture Festival Programme Director Paul Finch and Lee Yi Shan, Singapore’s Minister of State for Trade and Industry and National Development.

This year’s festival is welcoming more than 1800 attendees from more than 60 countries who will experience an extensive and varied range of conference sessions, seminars, workshops and exhibitions as well as an extensive awards programme. Keynote speeches will be delivered by Moshe Safdie, Olympic cauldron designer Thomas Heatherwick, Austrian architect Wolf D. Prix and Malawi born architect and writer Peter Buchanan

Paul Finch, WAF Programme Director, said: “It’s fantastic to have brought the World Architecture Festival to as exciting a location as Singapore. There’s a real sense of energy and activity here, and with more architects, designers and press attending the festival than ever before, we’re looking forward to a very lively three days.”

At the core of the festival is the World Architecture Festival Awards, where 300 projects are shortlisted in the world’s biggest architectural awards programme. Projects entered this year, against a challenging economic climate, reflect the festival’s theme of ‘Rethink and Renew’, highlighting the need for innovative and creative approaches to existing buildings and areas, and questioning whether it is time for architecture to rethink whether it is fulfilling the role it should, and delivering for those it serves.

The awards programme will culminate with the announcement of the coveted World building of the Year Awards, which will be selected by the festival’s super-jury. It will be chaired by Neil Denari, Principal of NMDA (Neil M. Denari Architects Inc). The highly esteemed international judging panel also includes Ben van Berkel, Moshe Safdie, Mok Wei Wei, Jürgen Mayer, Yvonne Farrell and Kenzo Tange.

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Event Details:

  • When: 

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • Where: 

    Marina Bay Sands Resort
    10 Bayfront Ave
    , Singapore

  • More information: 

    Event website.

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