*Limited Seats* / 28 Sep / 7:00 - 8:15pm Singapore time
How to Save OUR World while Running a Sustainable Architecture Practice
By Anna Heringer, Studio Anna Heringer | Germany
“I strongly believe that what we have in architecture…is a very important and powerful tool to improve lives. Because in the end…it’s a lot of money that is in our hands and we are responsible for it…and we need to take care of our beautiful planet. We need to find an architecture that helps reduce the injustice that is happening all over the world and we can…and should contribute to cultural diversity. And I think for these, architecture is a wonderful tool.” Anna Heringer
Special Dialogue with Anna Heringer
< DESI Training Center, Bangladesh by Studio Anna Heringer.
Photography: Naquib Hossain
28 September 2020
3:00 - 6:00pm | Conference ( + full schedule here)
7:00 - 8:15pm | Special Dialogue with Anna Heringer
Anna Heringer, Xu Tiantian, Vo Trong Nghia, Prasoon Kumar
Architecture is a Tool to Improve Lives
Studio Anna Heringer | Germany
For Anna Heringer architecture is a tool to improve lives. As an architect and honorary professor of the UNESCO Chair of Earthen Architecture, Building Cultures, and Sustainable Development she is focusing on the use of natural building materials. She has been actively involved in development cooperation in Bangladesh since 1997. Her diploma work, the METI School in Rudrapur got realized in 2005 and won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2007. Over the years, Studio Anna Heringer has realized further projects in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Anna is lecturing worldwide at conferences, including TED and has been visiting professor at various universities such as Harvard, ETH Zurich and TU Munich.
She received numerous honors: the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture, the AR Emerging Architecture Award, the Loeb Fellowship at Harvard’s GSD and a RIBA International Fellowship. Her work was widely published and exhibited in the MoMA New York, the V&A Museum in London and at the Venice Biennale among other places.
Building with natural locally available materials is my big passion. I believe that there is so much attraction and beautiful materials being given by nature for free. All we need is our sensitivity to see those materials and our creativity to use them…and that’s what I am trying to do with my architecture. My favourite material is mud, just the material below our feet… and bamboo that is growing in abundance.
30 September 2020
7:00 - 9:30 pm | Conference ( + full schedule here)
Stefan Sjöberg, Kelly Alvarez Doran, James Shen, William Ti Jr., Ar. Michael Leong,
Kjellander Sjöberg | Sweden
Stefan founded the practice with Ola Kjellander in 1998 and over two decades he has established an active and sustainable approach to the design and programming of the built environment. His work is firmly developed from an understanding and analysis of the urban fabric, culture, place, climate, use and local conditions, where his architecture always tells a story. With an engaged and creative mind-set, he believes in shaping integrated and successful projects for quality lifestyles; vibrant surroundings and new placemaking. He is driven by his passion for innovation and craftsmanship, with a pragmatic and technically coherent methodology. His design vision is to contribute to neighbourhoods and meeting places, for healthy and thriving communities. Stefan has received a range of awards and prizes for KS competition-winning designs and completed buildings. Alongside his architectural practice, Stefan is a frequent public speaker and initiates research through think tanks, workshops and exhibitions.
We focus on the urban level in our projects, looking at transformative place-making as the foundation of our work. We lean on the sustainable principle that creates good living environment for everyone.
Meet our moderators
Day One Low Shi Ping
Low Shi Ping is the Contributing Editor of design and architecture magazine d+a and Director of content development consultancy LSP Communications. Based in Singapore, Shi Ping is a proficient freelance writer and editor who has accumulated more than 15 years of experience in the media industry and communications roles. She previously laid the corporate branding framework for then-start-up Italian lifestyle design firm Mercurio Design Lab, and later, was Deputy Editor of high society magazine Prestige Singapore. Among the subjects she is well-versed in include design, architecture, hospitality, luxury lifestyle and soft business news. Since stepping out on her own in January 2015, Shi Ping has successfully amassed a diverse portfolio of clients in the media and companies across a broad range of industries. More recently, she was the Editor of d+a and worked on book projects for RSP Architects Planners & Engineers and Spanish surface cladding firm Cosentino.
Day Two Dr. Ar. Lai Chee Kien
Lai Chee Kien researches on histories of art, architecture, settlements, urbanism and landscapes in Southeast Asia. He is an architectural and urban historian, and a registered architect in Singapore. He graduated from the National University of Singapore with an M Arch. by research , and a PhD in History of Architecture & Urban Design from the University of California, Berkeley . His publications include Building Merdeka: Independence Architecture in Kuala Lumpur(2007), Building Memories: People, Architecture, Independence(2016) [Book of the Year, Singapore], The Merdeka Interviews: Architects, Engineers and Artists of Malaysia’s Independence (2018, co-authored), and Singapore Chronicles: Architecture (2019). He is a Vice-President of the Society of Architectural and Urban Historians of Asia (SAUH-Asia), a Board Member of the Spatial Language Foundation of Arts and Culture (Taiwan), and an Advisory Council Member of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE).
Day Three Dr. Jeffrey Chan Kok Hui
Jeffrey Chan is an assistant professor at SUTD. He is jointly appointed in the Humanities, Arts, and the Social Sciences, and the Design and Artificial Intelligence program. His research focuses on design ethics and the city. Presently, he is working on three research projects: the design of sharing systems with collaborators from NUS and Tsinghua University (China), the ethics of flood control with collaborators from National Taiwan University and Academia Sinica (Taiwan), and the design ethics of trustworthy AI with collaborators from Chung-Ang University (South Korea). He has written for The Singapore Architect, and the AsiaGlobal Online Journal of the Asia Global Institute, a think tank at the University of Hong Kong. He has co-edited a special issue of Built Environment journal, and is an editorial board member of journal, Socio-Ecological Practice Research. Jeffrey is also the author of two books, Urban Ethics in the Anthropocene (2019) and Sharing by Design (2020).