Gain a deeper appreciation for Singapore's architectural achievements

Be prepared to receive a truly hands-on experience this Archifest 2019, as the festival which celebrates architecture in all its glory is returning for its 13th edition, with two weeks of workshops, tours, exhibitions and more, from Sep 27-Oct 9.

This year’s theme of “Craft” highlights the fundamentals of architecture, and how craftsmanship is synonymous with it. The theme is then further broken down into topics such as Objects, Time and Digital, which offers different sets of programmes for all to enjoy.

If you’re not an architect, chances are you might want to give some of the heavier lectures a miss, and head straight for the more hands-on workshops or the truly insightful tours. The popular Architours organised by NUS’ architecture society will be held on two weekends, taking participants on a behind-the-scenes tour to find hidden gems alongside architects who will be sharing about their creative processes.


Architours 2019: The Living Grid House by L Architects (Image credit: Finbarr Fallon)

Or, head to The URA Centre for their headlining exhibition Making Architecture to examine the production and creative methods involved in the discipline.

Then get engaged and develop ideas at Finding Stories in the City, a drawing workshop where guests will be able to learn about the art of craft-making and drawing. Also, drop by teahouse Antea Social for Soma Folk, which showcases works made of natural fibers dyed with indigo and kaki shibu, plus some delicately hand-built woodworks.

Finally, forgive your broken bowls at New Kintsugi, where participants will learn the Japanese technique of repairing broken ceramics with gold, enhanced with a modern angle: recycling. Bring along unwanted ceramics and additional materials that are usually thought of as waste, and turn them into fashionable accessories such as earrings and brooches.


Archifest 2019 returns Sep 27-Oct 9 at The URA Centre and various locations from 9am-9pm daily. More information available here.