This year marks the 13th Archifest (Singapore Architectural Festival) which began in 2007 as an annual festival for the city to celebrate architecture and the built environment. Organised by the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA), it is a platform for people from all walks of life to discuss, debate and dream about possibilities surrounding architecture, our city and the built environment at large. This festival promotes the importance of sustainable architecture and urban design in creating a vibrant and delightful atmosphere. Architecture fosters a sense of community and a deeper sense of place by allowing us to shape common goals and visions in the making of a progressive Singapore. Our theme for Archifest 2019, Craft, expresses our ambition to reinforce this fundamental role of architecture.
This year marks the 13th Archifest (Singapore Architectural Festival) which began in 2007 as an annual festival for the city to celebrate architecture and the built environment. Organised by the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA), it is a platform for people from all walks of life to discuss, debate and dream about possibilities surrounding architecture, our city and the built environment at large. This festival promotes the importance of sustainable architecture and urban design in creating a vibrant and delightful atmosphere. Architecture fosters a sense of community and a deeper sense of place by allowing us to shape common goals and visions in the making of a progressive Singapore. Our theme for Archifest 2019, Craft, expresses our ambition to reinforce this fundamental role of architecture.
Craft
A discussion on Craft is especially relevant today in a landscape where existing ways of practice, making and construction are exponentially evolving and disrupted by technology. This begs the question: where does Craft fit within the modern reality of fast-paced, mass-produced and rapidly consumed architectural work? We celebrate Craft because in the act of making, we discover a sense of joy and wonder - elements vital to being human.
About Craft
Throughout the ages, architecture has always been preoccupied with the bespoke. Working alongside artisans, architects develop deep understandings of materiality and technique to reflect the genius loci of a place. This year, we are pleased to reveal that the theme for the festival is Craft.

This discussion is timely and relevant as the practice and the construction landscape is rapidly evolving. If the broadest definition of craft is about precision that demands laborious attention and skilled handwork, where would we locate it within the realm of architectural production or construction in an age where expediency and efficiency are privileged?

While we wish to focus on the role of craft in the discourse of architecture, the theme has the potential to encompass far more. The maker culture that leverages highly on open source and technology hacks the longstanding artisan mode of production. While the cut and paste approach democratizes and demystifies what used to be exclusive to a select few, it does raise questions on issues of equity and ethics.

Through the series of master lectures, panel discussions, exhibitions, tours and workshops, we wish to engage the fraternity, academics, agencies and the public alike in a richer understanding of craft. In understanding Craft, the festival seeks to explore its multi-faceted manifestations through three different allegories, Objects, Time and Digital, each distinctive in its influence on the evolution of Craft.

The festival wishes to honour and recognize those among us that have dedicated a lifetime to perfecting their craft of architecture. Craft has always been an intrinsic part of architecture since time immemorial. We celebrate Craft because in the act of making, we discover a sense of joy and wonder - elements vital to being human.
About Craft
Throughout the ages, architecture has always been preoccupied with the bespoke. Working alongside artisans, architects develop deep understandings of materiality and technique to reflect the genius loci of a place. This year, we are pleased to reveal that the theme for the festival is Craft.

This discussion is timely and relevant as the practice and the construction landscape is rapidly evolving. If the broadest definition of craft is about precision that demands laborious attention and skilled handwork, where would we locate it within the realm of architectural production or construction in an age where expediency and efficiency are privileged?

While we wish to focus on the role of craft in the discourse of architecture, the theme has the potential to encompass far more. The maker culture that leverages highly on open source and technology hacks the longstanding artisan mode of production. While the cut and paste approach democratizes and demystifies what used to be exclusive to a select few, it does raise questions on issues of equity and ethics.

Through the series of master lectures, panel discussions, exhibitions, tours and workshops, we wish to engage the fraternity, academics, agencies and the public alike in a richer understanding of craft. In understanding Craft, the festival seeks to explore its multi-faceted manifestations through three different allegories, Objects, Time and Digital, each distinctive in its influence on the evolution of Craft.

The festival wishes to honour and recognize those among us that have dedicated a lifetime to perfecting their craft of architecture. Craft has always been an intrinsic part of architecture since time immemorial. We celebrate Craft because in the act of making, we discover a sense of joy and wonder - elements vital to being human.