Forum 

Singapore Archifest Opening Forum: How Can We Place Architecture at the Frontline

Date

25 September 2020

7:00 -8:15pm (SGT)

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Location

This Opening Forum will discuss the role of architecture in today’s world, featuring different leaders in the built industry on how they are tackling the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic through architectural responses and resources readiness, and how to restart safely and transform the building industry.
 

Guest- of-Honor

Mr. Desmond Lee         Minister for National Development & Minister-in-charge of Social Services Integration

Panelists

Ar. Richard Lai

Ms Hwang Yu-Ning

Ar. Chin Hang-Ping

Dr. Hossein Rezai

Mr. Ng Yong Sheng

SIA President

DCEO & Chief Planner | URA

Partner | ADDP Architects

Director | Web Structures

Marketing Director | SG-Glass

Moderator

Dr. Chong Keng Hua

Festival Director | Singapore Archifest 2020

URA Roundtable–Shaping a Distinctive City

Date

31 October 2020

1:00pm (SGT)

Virtual

Location

Join us in our Facebook Premiere of URA Roundtable. A brand-new series that brings together some of Singapore’s most lauded professionals across different disciplines to exchange ideas and share their perspectives on the most critical topics concerning our built environment today.

The giant pause caused by the crises that our world faces now gives us the opportunity to rethink what aspects of city design matters, and its widely agreed that we should use this moment to catalyze and push for positive changes to our built environment. Shaping of cities are no longer simply about distinctive and memorable aesthetic pleasure, but thoughtful and responsible design, with ground-up involvement that can benefit and build a resilient community, as well as creating healthier and holistic ecology for future cities.

In support of SINGAPORE ARCHIFEST 2020’s theme of “Architecture Saving Our World”, please join our first URA Roundtable as we conclude the forums for this year’s event with a discussion on design strategies, as well as positive outcomes that has risen from our current crisis, and how these can play a pivotal role in shaping cities in the future.

Panelists

Nayan Parekh
Goy Zhenru
Bjorn Low
Dr. Chong Keng Hua

Lead Design Consultant & Strategist | Gensler Singapore
Principal Architect | Goy Architects
Executive Director & Co-Founder | Edible Garden City
Festival Director | SUTD/COLOURS: Collectively Ours

Saving Global Heritage

Saving Global Heritage Forum - Image by Ronald Lim

Date

2 October 2020

7:00 -8:30pm (SGT)

Virtual

Location

In collaboration with the UK’s Department for International Trade and RIBA Singapore Chapter, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is delighted to be hosting a Sharing Session on the theme of Saving Global Heritage as part of Singapore Archifest 2020. Heritage has a wide interpretation and is not limited to any particular timeframe:  it does differ from one place to another. However restoration and protection of heritage buildings are important to society as these buildings are the visual representation of the journey a place has taken over time.  Saving our history is very much part of saving our world!     During this event, audience will hear from 10 expert panellists from Singapore, UK, Gulf, China and other ASEAN countries who will present their insights into heritage and conservation work from different parts of the world.

Panelists

Geoff Rich

Annalie Riches

Mark Powell Kyffin

Mustapha Kamal Zulkarnaih

Colin Ward

Khoo Peng Beng

Un Wai Kay
Jonathan Poh

Dong Hao

Ji Gan

Architect & Media Partner | Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios | United Kingdom
Founding Director | Mikhail Riches Architects | United Kingdom
Head of Architecture | Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism | United Arab Emirates

Principal | Arkitek Mustapha Kamal (AMK) | Malaysia

Senior Partner | Fosters + Partners | Hong Kong

Founder | ARC Studio | Singapore

Associate Principal | Architects 61 | Singapore

Principal Architect | Provolk | Singapore

Co-founder & Partner | Crossboundaries | China

Associate & Deputy Chief Architect | ARUP | China

Sliver Sponsor

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RETHINK : REBOOT : REVAMP – By Young Architects Studio

YAS Forum- Rethink Reboot Revamp - Image by NUS Bo

Date

17 October 2020

12:30 -3:30pm

Virtual

Location

“Architecture saving OUR world” has a special meaning this year. As the world is facing an unprecedented crisis of a pandemic, it is even more important for Architects and Designers, young and younger, to get together; to RETHINK our current practices; to REBOOT our outdated systems; to REVAMP our future. Following our previous successful “Open Studio”, YAL is back with the third edition! Rebranded as YAS (Young Architects Studio), this year’s event will feature students from multiple architecture schools, alongside 3 young architects, coming together to discuss and share their perspectives on the relevance of architecture through this year’s theme of “Architecture saving OUR world”. Come and join us and learn more about what architecture students explore academically and how they can be applied in reality!

Panelists

Jonathan Poh

Trecia Lim

Rudy Taslim

Founder | Provolk
Founder | WeCreate Studio
Founder | Genesis Architects

Moderator

Wong Ker How

Founder | ASOLIDPLAN

Student Representatives

RMIT

NUS

SUTD

Alban Mannisi | Fatima Zehra | Shota Saito | Edward Kermode

Bonaventura Kevin | Toby Fong | Fong Shi Yuan | Han Yi

Rebecca Tan | Jeanette Lee | Sean Lee | Ng Su Wen | Lester Lim | Grace Sim | Wen Qi

Sponsors

Archifest 2020 SP x SUTD Forum: Biomimesis in the Age of Climate Change

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Date

2 October

3:30 - 6:00pm

Virtual

Location

“If a house were a thing made by nature…” - Aristotle
The Forum first reviews selected histories and philosophies of biomimesis, leading to fresh views in the approach and translation of nature as design in the age of Climate Change. This enquiry has recently been delved into through a workshop conducted recently in the School of Architecture and Built Environment in Singapore Polytechnic. The workshop seeks to discover possible biomimetic design solutions for the built environments through an intense ideation process with teams of students looking at different biomimetic strategies. Preliminary works from the workshop will be presented during the forum. Alternative approaches to biomimesis will be presented by speakers from both SP.ABE and SUTD.ASD.
Image by Biomimetic Design Workshop, ABE, Singapore Polytechnic

Panelists

Dr. Faris Hajamaideen
Fa’izan Shah
Dr. Choo Thian Siong
Prof. Christine Yogiaman

Director | Singapore of Architecture and Built Environment, Singapore Polytechnic
Lecturer | Singapore of Architecture and Built Environment, Singapore Polytechnic
Lecturer | Singapore of Architecture and Built Environment, Singapore Polytechnic
Assistant Professor | Architecture and Sustainable Design, Singapore University of Technology and DesignLead Design Consultant & Strategist
Principal Architect
Executive Director & Co-Founder
Festival Director

Moderator

Assistant Professor | Architecture and Sustainable Design, Singapore University of Technology and Design

Prof. Michael Budig

Letters to Singapore: Speculations of Agrarian Urbanisms

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Date

9 October

7:00 - 9:00pm

Virtual

Location

Enthusiasm for agriculture - food production has grown in and around cities, while we have seen Singapore’s scene blossom in the last decade alone. As we work hard towards a better food future, it is always good to take a step back and reassess where we are at.

While much has been written and built with food as a key tenet of culture in mind, how might we consider the profound implications for the city itself? Perhaps we may draw from the possibilities that present itself with agrarian urbanism:

How might we rethink ecological design and practices within cities, thereby questioning our assumptions - unsustainable agri trends, numbers driven indicators.

How might we move forward, and build resilient, pluri- worlds for human and our non human allies alike?

We would like to use the opportunity to celebrate the farmers that have come before us, with that spirit work towards positioning our home grown produce as superior to those imported.

This panel invites practitioners and urban farmers, seeking to convene dialogue and bold imaginations with regards to how we ought to feed our cities, redefining and stretching notions of what it means to be a farmer in the city: as land stewards, community leaders, as designers of ecological principles.

Co- curated by Bjorn Low and Michelle Lai

Panelists

Mr. Mason Tan
Mr. Kenny Eng
Mr. Chua Ping Yit (Bing Yu)
Chintan Raveshia
Andrew Tsui
Sarah Williams
Khim Joe
Sammie Ng
Ms. Michelle Lai

Former President ( 1997-2002, 2006 | Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects
Director | Nyee Phoe Group, Gardenasia
Kampung Architect | Ground Up Initiative
Design Leader | ARUP Cities Planning, South-East Asia
Co- Founder | Rooftop Republic Hong Kong
Programmes Director | Sustain United Kingdom
Founder/ Permaculture Landscape Architect | Children of Soil
Resident Member | New Farm (日新農圃), Hong Kong University
Co-Founder | Tanah


Moderator

Co-Founder / Executive Director | Edible Garden City

Bjorn Low

Why Architect? Forum: All of what you have always wanted to know but never dared to ask!

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Date

10 October

3:30 - 5:30pm

Virtual

Location

In conjunction with this year’s Archifest festival, the Small and Medium Architectural Practices Committee (SMAP) are presenting another exciting session of the ‘Why Architect? Forum 2020’. All of what people have always wanted to know but never dared to ask!

This forum is an excellent platform for anyone interested in what architects do as a profession. Open to the public, the forum attracts people from all walks of life - from fellow practitioners to secondary and tertiary student and architecture enthusiasts.

Organised with a panel of professionals ranging from the Architect who runs her/his own practice, to the relevant built environment specialists there will be an enlightening sharing of the role of Architects in the creation of the built structures in which we live, work and play. What goes on in the Architect’s mind during the whole process? Behind-the-scene stories and secrets will be revealed!

This year’s Archifest theme is ‘Architecture Saving Our World’. The ‘Why Architect? Forum’ hopes to contribute to this bold dialogue by bringing to the public an understanding and appreciation of the profession, as well as our commitment to the Planet and Humanity.

Why Architect? organising team are Yann Follain (WY-TO), Wu Huei Siang (WASAA Architects & Associates) and Casey Chua (ADX Architects Pte Ltd)

Panelists

Ar. Kelvin Wang
Ar. Loh Zixu
Mr. Khor Tse Eng
Mr. Steve Goh
Ar. Catherine Loke

Architect | Richard Ho Architects
Director | ZIVY Architects
Director | YSCA Consultancy Singapore Pte. Ltd
Director | Just Build Pte. Ltd
Partner | Lander Loke Architects

Moderator

Director | WASAA Architects & Associates
Director | ADX Architects

Ar. Wu Huei Siang
Ar. Casey Chua

Pecha Kucha Penang Night x Singapore Archifest 2020: Let’s Go-Ro!

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Date

16 October

8:00 - 10:00pm

Virtual

Location

Gotong Royong: Architecture That Keeps Our Community Spirit Alive

Streaming live from Singapore and Malaysia, GO-RO is a newly incepted forum by Singapore Archifest 2020 co-organised with Pecha Kucha Penang, in conjunction with World Architecture Day. The virtual forum will connect social architects and community designers from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, encouraging dialogue, establishing network, and empowering movements, which embody the essence of “Gotong Royong”, i.e. mutual help.

GO-RO aims to bring participants the understanding on what the architects/designers/artists have been doing to bring about more cohesive community, and what can be done for the future. It also serves as a platform for passionate individuals to ask questions and gain insights on the community issues they are concerned about.

Panelists

Adib Jalal
Lin Shiyun
Kee Jing Zhi
Miya Irawati
Tan Bee Eu
Wong Wei Ping
Tey Tat Sing
Nicholas Ng
Noriko Deno

Director | Shophouse & Co
Managing Artistic Director | 3Pumpkins
Director | Freight Architects
Researcher | Urban-Rural Systems, Future Cities Lab
Founder | BETA Architects
Co-Founder | Tetawowe Atelier
Co-Founder | Tetawowe Atelier
Coordinator | VERNADOC
Community Designer | Studio-L

Moderator

Programme Coordinator | SUTD O-Lab / SURGe

Ha Tshui Mum

Championing Sustainability, Livability and Resilience : Rethinking Singapore’s Workers Dormitory Design

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Date

18 October

1:30 - 3:30pm

Closed Door Session / Tzu Chi Humanistic Youth Centre, 30A Yishun Central 1, Singapore 768796

Location

Feb 2020 saw the Covid-19 pandemic first hit the shores in Singapore and by April 2020, the virus had spread among the migrant worker community and many dormitories were placed under quarantine. As the migrant workers dormitories emerged as hotbed for covid-19, the living environments of our migrant workers in the dormitories were put under the spotlight.

As Architects, we asked ourselves how we could contribute to the conversation and give back to this community that is transient yet has become so integral to the development of both our industry and our country.

How could dormitories be more resilient and adaptable to potential future pandemics? Could we rethink how migrant workers live? Can the design of dormitories effect change in behavioural patterns? Can we reimagine an improved living environment for our migrant community who builds our homes and cities?

Come and participate in this dialogue where a panel of architects, who were part of a volunteer group of architects that collaborated with government agencies, share their studies and explorations on new ways of living for the migrant workers community.

Panelists

Teo Yee Chin
Quck Zhong Yi
Lim Chu Hwai
Melvin Keng

Principal Architect | Red Bean Architects, Singapore Institute of Architects
Partner | asolidplan, Singapore Institute of Architects
Architect
Principal Architect | Kaizen Architecture, Singapore Institute of Architects

Moderator

To be confirmed

SIA-PUB 2020 Joint Webinar

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Date

19 October

2:00 - 4:00pm

Virtual

Location

Topic 1: The Code of Practice on Sewerage and Sanitary Works (COPSSW) 2nd Edition – 2019

The presentation focus on the 2019 edition of the COPSSW that incorporated changes/updates made over the years to address new technical issues faced by the industry after feedback from the public.

Topic 2: PUB BIM e-Checker Portal - Towards Zero Submission

The Building Information Model (BIM) e-Checker – an online self-service portal which enables Qualified Persons (QPs), such as architects and engineers, to self-check their design for compliance with PUB’s Code of Practices before making a formal submission in CORENET.

Panelists

Mr Muhd Razis Rahim
Mr Low Yang You

Senior Engineer | Water Reclamation Network (WRN), Public Utilities Board
Engineer | Building Plan Unit, Public Utilities Board

Moderator

To be confirmed

Indonesia at Archifest 2020: PRAKARSA - A Roundtable Discussion

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Date

24 October

1:00 - 3:00pm ( SGT), 12:00 - 2:00pm (WIB)

Virtual

Location

The increasing urgency to tackle humanitarian and ecological issues worldwide, have compelled creatives to step into the role of activists in-and-beyond their domain practices, through a slew of initiatives – [prakarsa] in Bahasa Indonesia.

Many of them have architecture background.

What motivated them to undertake such mission? Why they stepped out of the comfort and safety of the establishment and re-oriented their work towards such undertaking? How architecture as a discipline enable them to do so?

We’ve invited some of these inspiring architect-activists – from Indonesia and Singapore, to share their stories in a roundtable discussion presented by the Singapore Chapter of Indonesian Institute of Architects.

Panelists

Tan Szue Hann
Rendy Aditya Wachid
Ronaldiaz Hartantyo
Diandra Pandu
Mirza Harahap
Stephen Cairns
Miya Irawati
Lim Masulin
Larry Yeung

Opening Address / Architect & Sustainability Professional | Singapore Institute of Architects
Founder | Parongpong Recycle and Waste Management
Co-Founder | Mycotech Lab
Design Team | Sekolah Indonesia Cepat Tanggap
Design Team | Sekolah Indonesia Cepat Tanggap
Programme Director | Urban-Rural Systems, Future Cities Lab
Researcher | Urban-Rural Systems, Future Cities Lab
Founder | BYO Living
Executive Director | Participate in Design

Moderator

Scenario Coordinator | Archipelago Cities - Future Cities Lab ETH Zurich

Devisari Tunas

SIA-NEA 2020 Joint Webinar

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Date

26 October

2:00 - 4:00pm

Virtual

Location

Topic 1: Common Mistakes for Noise Assessment Report by Speaker Mr Chan Ho Zong

The Technical Guidelines on Boundary Noise Limits for Air Conditioning and Mechanical Ventilation Systems in Non-Industrial Buildings was introduced in 2005 and revised in 2018. The speaker will share on methodology and common mistakes for noise assessment in non-industrial buildings.

Topic 2: Common Issues for Lodgement Scheme Applications by Speaker Mr Chan Ho Zong

The lodgement scheme was introduced in Jan 2018 for minor development projects and expanded to include all landed properties (with the exception of strata title landed properties with communal facilities) in Apr 2019. The speaker will share on the common issues encountered in lodgement scheme applications for minor development projects and landed properties.

Topic 3: SS642 PWCS Design Considerations for Architects by Speaker Mr Ong Leng Teck

This presentation will cover some of the design considerations for PWCS under Singapore Standard SS642: Code of Practice for Pneumatic Waste Conveyance System, relating to space management. The presentation is for architects implementing PWCS in new developments as DC submissions made to NEA from 1 Jun 2020 onwards will need to comply with SS642 as part of COPEH (2020 edition) requirements.

Topic 4: COPEH Section 1.10 On-Site Food Waste Treatment System by Speaker Mr Yap Jia Ji

Under the Resource Sustainability Act (RSA) enacted in Oct 2019, from 2021, the owners and operators of new commercial and industrial premises that generate large amounts of food waste are required to set aside space for on-site food waste treatment systems in their design plans to allow for the closed-loop management of food waste within their premises. They will also be required to segregate food waste for on-site treatment from 2024.

This presentation will cover the (i) Thresholds of commercial and industrial premises subjected to the food waste segregation requirements under the RSA and (ii) Requirements for the space and layout of the area to be set aside for on-site food waste treatment system.

Panelists

Mr Chan Ho Zong
Mr Ong Leng Teck
Mr Yap Jia Ji

Senior Engineer | Development Control and Licensing Division (DCLD), National Environment Agency (NEA)
Principal Engineer | Waste Management Division, National Environment Agency
Executive Engineer | Waste Management Division, National Environment Agency

Moderator

To be confirmed

SIA Research and Standard Webinar: Design for Infection Control Readiness

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Date

30 October

2:00 - 4:00pm

Virtual

Location

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the way we live and the way we use building spaces in an unprecedented way, specifically within our homes, offices, and public establishments, all of which will form the New Norm. This New Norm will transform the way architects design for the future. The architecture industry needs to re-evaluate space design and technology applications with pandemic readiness in mind to address the imminent demands. SIA organizes this Webinar to shed lights on design for the New Norm from two industry experts.

Ms Angela Lee will be speaking from the perspective of a healthcare planner about infectious disease mitigation principles and strategies for space design. Er Steve Perkins as a smart building engineer will be sharing about how technologies could be implemented to make a difference in the post-pandemic world.

Topic 1: Reboot Readiness: A Primer on How to Design for Contagions by Ms Angela Lee

Large metropolitan areas have been the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic globally, and in many ways has highlighted the fragility of our cities. This ever-present threat of contagion has already radically changed and continues to transform how we interact with each other. As we begin to reboot our lives into the New Norm, we will discuss operational, building, interiors and individual strategies that are effective against the spread of the virus from a healthcare standpoint. And since this has given us an opportunity to re-imagine our futures with a new lens of contagion management, we will also present longer term solutions on how to build resilience against the next pandemic in our buildings, our cities, and our societies.


Topic 2: Smart Building Design for a Pandemic and Beyond by Er Steve Perkins

Building owners and tenants have been using next generation information and communication technologies for a number of years to increase their operational efficiency, promote wellness, accelerate their environmental sustainability plans and improve the quality of services they provide to others.

They are now using these smart building technologies to make their buildings safer during the COVID-19 pandemic
In this presentation Steve Perkins will be discussing a range of new technologies that are being deployed n the fight against the pandemic, including tools for safe people movement, touchless building controls, social distancing management and indoor environmental quality enhancement.

To provide long term value these systems need to have a useful purpose once the pandemic has passed, and so a key consideration in their selection is ensuring they are solving multiple operational needs - ideally sitting at the centre of overlapping economic, social and environmental needs. Health & Safety management and Agile Workplace management are two areas where this technology will provide valuable long term service.

Panelists

Ms. Angela Lee
Er Steve Perkins

Regional Director for Asia Pacific | HKS Inc.
Senior Director | Beca Technical Fellow

Moderator

To be confirmed

Hokkien Mee Diplomacy Forum

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Date

30 October

7:00 - 9:00pm (SGT)

Virtual

Location

Examining the environmental issues to respond to the current crisis by relocalising the globalisation, Hokkien Mee Diplomacy Forum explores the various forms of local agriculture resilience and emerging Built Environment dynamics. Several international speakers will question the autochthonous practices and customs of revitalisation to resolve the food security issues in Singapore and the rest of the world. Animated by several international built environment designers--Alban Mannisi, Bjorn Low, Charles Anderson, Yazid Ninsalam, Ng Jin Xi, Andrew Lee, and Calvin Chua, the forum will discuss several built and research projects.

As the part of the series of international workshops Design Diplomacy, Hokkien Mee Diplomacy aims to provide an overview of the current Singapore/Malaysian environmental injustice situation; develop critical tools and methodologies of engaging in this arena; provide a systematic compendium of case studies of these complex phenomena for the enthusiastic new generation of landscape architects / planners / environmental designers concerned with the ethical behaviours towards humans and non-humans.

Panelists

Alban Mannisi
Charles Anderson
Yazid Ninsalam
Bjorn Low
Ng Jin Xi
Andrew Lee
Calvin Chua

Landscape Urbanist | Scapethical, RMIT Australia
Landscape Architect | CAStudios, SAALA, RMIT Australia
Landscape Architect | Superterrestrial / RMIT Australia
Urban Farmer | Edible Garden City
Design Strategist | Gensler Singapore
Director | Ong and Ong
Founder | Adjunct Assistant , Professor | Spatial Anatomy / SUTD

Moderator

To be announced later

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