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World Architecture Festival: 5 events you shouldn’t miss

OCT 28, 2015 | By Tasneem Merchant
The three day-long gala at Marina Bay Sands will see over 2,200 delegates from 60 countries gather to celebrate the finest in interiors and architecture

Beginning next week, Singapore will be hosting the eighth edition World Architecture Festival (WAF). The three day-long gala at Marina Bay Sands will see over 2,200 delegates from 60 countries gather to celebrate the finest in interiors and architecture. Themed “50: 50 – Looking Forward, Looking Back”, the event marks Singapore’s 50 years of independence.

Several programmes, workshops and displays have been lined up from November 4 to 6. We pick the top 5 events for you to attend across the three days.

1. Pecha Kucha night sponsored by Glastrosch: Hosted by Mark Dytham, the man who founded the fun presentation format himself, the session promises to be extremely entertaining, informative and intriguing.

2. Fringe Programme: It covers two events – the opening night drinks and student competitions. Both are aimed at creating more avenues for delegates to meet, interact and increase their network while also giving pupils a chance to get a taste of the real world.

3. Documentary Screenings at the National Design Centre as part of the 50 Years of Singapore Design exhibition: What is life in this country like? The four-part documentary gives an in-depth insight into the lifestyle of its people. After the screening, the attendees get an exclusive look at the showcase that celebrates 50 years of Singapore.

4. Seminars by newsmakers: There will be talks on all three days by renowned experts such as Sir Peter Cook, Lyndon Neri, Michael Sorkin, Kerry Hill and more. The topics cover issues such as future of design, evolution of architecture, macro thinking among others.

5. WAF Awards ceremony: WAF follows a process of “live judging” where the shortlisted participants present their projects to a panel. You can attend the presentation on all three days! The winners across all categories are announced on the last day.

What: World Architecture Festival, Singapore
When: Nov 4-6, 2015
Visit: www.worldarchitecturefestival.com