WAF Announces 2015 Festival Theme

16:00 - 22 July, 2015

The World Architecture Festival (WAF), the world’s largest architectural festival and awards event held annually in Singapore, has announced the theme of this year's program: 50:50. The theme is inspired by Singapore’s upcoming 50th anniversary as an independent country, and will look back on how architecture and urbanism have changed during the last 50 years, as well as forward on what may change or stay the same in the next 50 years to come.

House at Poh Huat Road / Envelope Architects

22:00 - 15 July, 2015
Courtesy of Envelope Architects
Courtesy of Envelope Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Singapore
  • Architect in Charge

    Chin Kean Kok
  • Interior

    The Design Practice Pte Ltd
  • Area

    361.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Envelope Architects

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The Top 10 Most Impactful Skylines

09:30 - 8 July, 2015
Hong Kong Skyline. Image © Flickr CC user Brian H.Y
Hong Kong Skyline. Image © Flickr CC user Brian H.Y

Emporis, a German company that collects and distributes information on construction and the built environment, has released a ranking of the world’s 100 most visually impactful skylines, using statistical analysis to address a topic often made frustratingly subjective by civic pride. 

To create the rankings, Emporis used data from its archives to determine the number of high-rise buildings in the cities it studied, and applied a points system that gave each building a numerical value determined by the number of floors it has. To standardize their ranking process, the points system ignores spires and other ornament, and does not include television or antenna towers, masts, bridges, or similar architecture. 

Of the top 10 most impactful skylines, seven are in Asia, while North and South America combined have the other three. Notably, cities filled with rich architectural history fail to make the list, or fall surprisingly low in the rankings; London is number 44, Paris is ranked 66, and Rome does not make the cut. 

To see the top ten skylines, read on after the break, and click here to see Emporis' complete list.

AA Visiting School: Singapore Workshop

05:00 - 5 July, 2015
Singapore - Impermanence
Singapore - Impermanence

In a fast-paced and ever expanding city, looking at time as measure and inspiration will be this year's challenge. The workshop will investigate novel techniques of design for a crucial architectural and urban condition: time.

100PP Office Building / Ministry of Design

20:00 - 27 June, 2015
Courtesy of Ministry of Design
Courtesy of Ministry of Design
  • Architects

  • Location

    100 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118518
  • Design Team

    Ministry of Design: Colin Seah, David Tan, Jeremiah Abueva, Zsombor Baktay, Don Castaneda, Charissa Ho, Norberto Olegario, Ruth Chong, Arnel Anoneuvo
  • Area

    12600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Ministry of Design

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Christ Methodist Church / K2LD Architects

22:00 - 24 June, 2015
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Al-Ansar Mosque / ONG&ONG Pte Ltd

20:00 - 15 June, 2015
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© Bai Jiwen

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OMA Among 5 Shortlisted for Singapore Rail Corridor

12:25 - 3 June, 2015
Singapore Rail Corridor. Image Courtesy of OMA
Singapore Rail Corridor. Image Courtesy of OMA

MVRDV, OMA and DP Architects are among five shortlisted teams competing to design the Singapore Rail Corridor. Spanning the island south to north, from the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station to the Woodlands Checkpoint, the corridor is the site of Singapore’s previous rail link to Malaysia. With this competition, the Singapore government hopes to develop a feasible plan to transform the 24 kilometer stretch into a public greenway that connects four important urban nodes: Buona Vista, the Bukit Timah Railway Station area, the former Bukit Timah Fire Station, and Kranji. 

“The expanse of the corridor running through the centre of the entire country presents an unprecedented opportunity to develop a new typology of landscape with transformative effects for the country as a whole. This is a project that has the potential to improve quality of life for generations to come," says OMA Partner Michael Kokora. 

64 teams responded to the government's call for ideas, and now only five have been selected to move onto the competition's second stage. These five teams are...

Far Sight House / Wallflower Architecture + Design

17:00 - 31 May, 2015

CREATE / Perkins+Will

15:00 - 29 May, 2015
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© Tim Griffith

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CREATE - Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise / Perkins+Will

03:00 - 29 May, 2015
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© Tim Griffith

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7 Jalan Remis / Aamer Architects

20:00 - 28 May, 2015

The Interlace / OMA / Ole Scheeren

20:00 - 6 May, 2015
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Sou Fujimoto, Peter Cook and Benedetta Tagliabue Among WAF 2015 Judges

09:00 - 24 April, 2015
Courtesy of WAF
Courtesy of WAF

From November 4-6, the 2015 World Architecture Festival (WAF) will take place in Suntec in central Singapore, featuring three days of conferences, exhibitions and lectures, in addition to the awards ceremony. As the world’s largest architectural festival and awards event, the WAF awards honor exceptional architecture from around the globe across 30 categories. Over 70 judges attend the festival and critique the submitted projects. Among this year’s “superjurors” are Peter Cook, Sou Fujimoto, Benedetta Tagliabue, Manuelle Gautrand,  Charles Jencks, and Kerry Hill.

All entries must be submitted by May 22nd to be considered for the WAF awards. Shortlisted projects will compete for category prizes on the first two days of the festival. On the third (and last) day, the category winners will present their projects to the “super-juries,” which will select the World Landscape, Future Project and Completed Building of the Year. 

Past winners have included  Zaha Hadid ArchitectsBIGSnøhetta and Vo Trong Nghia. Prizes for small projects, use of wood and use of color will also be awarded.

booking.com / SCA design

20:00 - 21 April, 2015
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The Minton / DP Architects

20:00 - 15 April, 2015
© Marc Tey Photography
© Marc Tey Photography
  • Architects

  • Location

    146 Hougang Street 11, Singapore 530146
  • Design Team

    Tong Bin Sin, Mike Lim, Wang Tse Lip, Toh Li Chuin, Divino Carrillo, Firman Saleh, Jacob Sandoval, Joseph Chua, Mochamad Herman Irfany, Pek Hui Xian, Roslinah Ahmad, Ross Vinco, Rowell Mendoza, See Phei Kee, Tan Teng Siew
  • Area

    123900.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

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Green Collection / RT+Q Architects

21:00 - 13 April, 2015
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© Albert Lim KS

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Faculty Install Grid Structure for SUTD Open House

16:00 - 11 April, 2015
Courtesy of SUTD
Courtesy of SUTD

Associate professor Toni Kotnik and assistant professor Carlos Bañón have collaborated on the design of an exhibition platform for the 2015 SUTD Open House. Held in early, the exhibition was the main showcase for the department of Architecture and Sustainable Design at the Singapore University of Technology and Design.