Singapore hosts Archifest 08: Man + Environment

The Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) announces the launch of Archifest 08, to be held in Singapore during the month of October 2008.

This month-long festival celebrating architecture and the built environment is due to return for a second year after the success of last year’s event. Look forward to a myriad of exciting events including exhibitions, forum, architours and other fringe events at Archifest. Be inspired by the gallery of the year’s best architectural projects; learn from watching the presentations of a stellar lineup of world-renowned architects; and get up close with some iconic and very interesting buildings on a guide tour.

The festival is a public event packed with architecture-related activities and happenings in which all are welcome to participate. The theme “Man + Environment” provides a focus for Archifest 08, as the stage is set for us to re-examine the relationship between architecture and the environment. This complex relationship encompasses context, genius loci, history, culture, economics, and technology to the growing concern about the role of architecture in the degradation of our environment. With clear and present issues facing many countries all over the world, Archifest 08 aims to present the challenges in balancing man’s needs and the environment.

Organized by the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA), Archifest 08’s main events will be featured at the festival hub at the National Library Building on Victoria Street. Archifest 08 is an initiative supported and co-funded under the Architecture and Urban Design Excellence (AUDE) Promotion Programme by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), and is sponsored by BlueScope Steel and Johnson Suisse Bathroom Solutions.

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