The island’s annual festival celebrating architecture is back—this year with the theme “Building Agency”. Held across multiple venues from Oct 4-15, Archifest 2017 will see a lineup of more than 50 curated exhibitions, tours, talks and installations, to bring the public closer to appreciating our built environment. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss.
Running throughout the duration of the festival, this exhibition spotlights photographical perspectives of our pioneer generation. Through an open call, seniors over the age of 55 were invited to submit their impression of Singapore through photography. Good or bad, you’ll have to find out for yourself. Admission is free.
Where: Deck, Gallery 1 & 2
It’s exactly what it sounds like—edible installations. The exhibition brings together the city’s foodie architects to “feed the city” through the collaborative making of a supersized edible diorama. Curious to see how architecture relates to food and the public? This feast should satiate your hunger for knowledge. An accompanying series of films curated by the Asian Film Archive will be screened as well. Admission is free but registration is required.
Where: Intermission Bar, The Projector, 6001 Beach Road, Golden Mile Tower
Non-profit art space Grey Projects is presenting two exhibitions for Archifest—Migrant Art, a series of photographs documenting the lives of migrant workers (taken by migrant workers) curated by William Phuan; and Making Shadows, which explores Singapore’s built environment and public spaces through the eyes of migrant workers. Admission is free.
Where: Grey Projects, 6B Kim Tian Road
Edible Gardens (Oct 14)
Urban farming isn’t just a hip trend; it’s a viable means to create sustainable breathing spaces within our concrete jungle. Part of a series of workshops titled “Archicraft”, Edible Gardens will see Cynthea Lam, founder of Super Farmers, speak about urban farming, how it works, and its integration with architecture in cities. Time to turn that leftover space in your home into a mini farm.
Where: Wah Son Aerospace, 1 Seletar Aerospace Heights
The Great Architectural Bake-Off (Oct 14)
Architectural firm WATG is bringing their Great Architectural Bake-Off from London to Singapore—so everyone can publicly marvel at the sweet sculpting abilities of architects. Gather round to watch Singapore’s top architects and designers stretch their versatility, as they compete to build the world’s most iconic buildings entirely out of cake. Admission is free.
Where: The Working Capitol, 1 Keong Saik Road
But if you fancy yourself a proper archi buff, sign up for the various Architours available—a thematically curated array of works that takes you around specific architectural spaces in Singapore, complete with personal sharing sessions by the architects responsible themselves.
Archifest 2017 happens Oct 4-15. More information here.