With the World Architecture Festival (WAF) just around the corner, the festival's full program has been unveiled, featuring three days of fascinating talks, an impressive list of key-note speakers and networking opportunities.
"Architects and the City" is the overarching theme for this year’s main conference sessions, and the talks will focus on the contributions architects can make to cities and how they affect – and are affected by – politics, infrastructure, planning communities and technology. Conference talks include “Greening the urban landscape: strategies for environmental urbanism,” “Question time- is ‘iconic’ architecture out of control?" and “Connecting the city; regenerating communities.”
The festival also features an impressive line-up of key note speakers, including Rocco Yim of Rocco Design Associates who will speak on his involvement in the West Kowloon Cultural District, the largest arts and cultural project in Hong Kong to date, and Richard Rogers who will speak candidly about his life as one of the most influential global figures in architecture and his future agenda. Moshe Safdie will close the Festival, looking back over his extensive career to talk exclusively about the defining moments that shaped its path.
More WAF program highlights after the break...
In the Festival Hall Stage attendees can listen to architects from top practices, such as 3XN, AHMM and BIG, speak about the decisions and projects that led them to where they are today. In addition, new this year to WAF is the opportunity for all attendees to attend client introductory sessions.
Held annually, WAF recognizes the world’s most amazing architecture projects. The shortlist for its 2014 awards has been announced, with almost 300 projects competing, including the likes of Zaha Hadid Architects, Foster + Partners and Aedas, alongside other smaller practices. This year WAF will take place from October 1-3 in Singapore. Make sure you check out the full program and register to attend the event.