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  • Wed Oct 27 2021, 12:00am
  • Thu Oct 28 2021, 12:00am
  • Fri Oct 29 2021, 12:00am
  • Sat Oct 30 2021, 12:00am
  • Sun Oct 31 2021, 12:00am–11:55pm

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Archifest is back in October, as a bigger, better and more inclusive celebration of great design. With over 100 events spread out across the island and online, the month-long Architecture Festival - organised by the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) - promises to have something for everyone, appealing both to architecture enthusiasts, and to the general public.

From kayaking along the rich mangrove ecosystems of Sembawang’s shorelines to experiencing exciting midnight heritage tours in Geylang, the festival is designed for all ages, abilities and interest groups: from mainstream to niche.

Set to take place from October 1 to October 31, Archifest 2021 (#AF21) is centred around the premise that Architecture is everywhere. This year’s theme - Design Evidence - is an inquisitive attitude towards the way architects relate the complex parameters of our world to the creative process of designing it, creating meaningful and tangible value.

The AF21 team is extending an open and inclusive invitation to bring out your inquisitive selves, and come curious to uncover and discover the rich evidence of design in our everyday lives. Through its annual conference, interactive events and exciting exhibitions, the festival aims to educate, engage and excite, bringing festival goers along a thrilling journey of discovery.

Richard Lai, SIA president, said: “Already at its 15th edition, Archifest has become a yearly tradition the entire Architecture professional community looks forward to. The transformative power of architecture lies in its ability to build on the past, leverage on the present and project a better future.”

Razvan Ghilic-Micu, Archifest 2021 festival director said: “Design Evidence is an invitation to debate, discover and redefine what architecture could be. We believe that bringing together a diversity of voices is a step towards a more inclusive dialogue. Archifest is curated by architects for everyone to enjoy - whether you are a designer or not.”

With an eye on the fluid COVID-19 safe management measures, AF21 will depart from the traditional approach of housing most of the festival in a single location. Instead, there will be more than 100 events strategically decentralised across the island, each accommodating a lower number of attendees, in alignment with the prevalent measures. Many of them are exciting outdoors tours of our built and natural heritage, in addition to workshops and talks.

AF21’s take on a hybrid festival transcends physical activations and installations, into a seamless online experience for the digital natives. For audiences overseas and those who prefer online content, there’s a wide range of stimulating virtual events, from art exhibitions and film premieres to upbeat forums on hot topics like urban self-sufficiency, alternative paths in architecture and even feng shui! The social media, branding and website lend themselves well to various formats of online interactions while keeping the experience fresh at every touch-point.

The programmes are as diverse as AF21’s audience. AF21 will look at the world through five key “lenses” such as "Arts and Culture", "Community and Inclusivity", "Environment and Sustainability", "History and Heritage", as well as "Technology and Methods". Each lens will be explored through a wide range of events, complementing each other and inspiring new ways of thinking about the city and its Architecture.

For more information on Archifest and event ticketing details, visit the official AF21 website and AF21 social pages.

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