World Architecture Festival

Theme announced for 2015 World Architecture Festival

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) has announced that the theme for this year’s program is “50:50”.

The world’s largest architectural festival and awards event is held is annually held in Singapore and this year’s theme takes its inspiration from Singapore’s 50th anniversary as an independent country.

It will look back on how architecture and urbanism have changed during the last 50 years as well as look to future of what may change or alter in the upcoming 50 years.

The conference will revolve around three topics including “Designing for Tomorrow”, “Imagining the Future”, and “Cities and Urbanisn”.

The sessions will include such topics as “The future of food: Radical approaches that preserve ecological sustainability” by Michael Sorkin and Rachel Belatchew, Belatchew Arkitekter.

In addition to the conference, WAF includes an awards ceremony that recognises projects across 30 categories.

Shortlisted projects include projects by Foster + Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects, OMA, BIG, and Herzog & de Meuron.

Projects from the Middle East have also been included in the list with projects like the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi by Pattern Architects and WSP Engineering, a courthouse in Doha and a cultural facility in Istanbul by MuuM. 

The “superjurors” of 2015 include Sir Peter Cook, Sou Fujimoto (who will also be key note speaker at DesignMENA Summit this year), Benedetta Tagliabue, Charles Jencks, Kerry Hill and Manuelle Gautrand.

The event will take place from November 4-6.

View full program here.