Lifestyle: Archifest 2013

Always felt city life to be too fast, too depersonalised, and wished that you had more means to engage in and enjoy the environment around you? If your answer is yes, then you’ll be delighted to find out that from this weekend onwards, Archifest is back! Lasting for 3 weeks till 13 October, this year’s Archifest will present a myriad of events and activities that explore ideas to make Singapore’s urban ecosystem more livable and sustainable.

With the theme of ‘Small is Beautiful’, Archifest 2013 will explore and celebrate projects, design studios, communities, businesses and ideas that may be small by choice and circumstance, but are large in ambition and impact. For one, we particularly are looking forward to the popular Architours, which are guided by architects and students, and will give participants a first-hand look into various projects. This year, don’t miss out on getting to know more about what goes on behind the scenes at these hidden gems in Singapore’s urbanscape — locations include Kam Leng Hotel, PARKROYAL on Pickering, BBH Office and so on.

Another event that got us excited was the Urban Picnic — scheduled to be held on 12 October as a closing event to this year’s Archifest, the festival’s pavilion at Dhoby Ghaut Green will be transformed into a vast picnic ground for visitors to enjoy their time outdoors. Held simultaneously with the Urban Picnic is Singapore’s first Experience Market. The Experience Market seeks to provide an alternative retail and F&B experience by not only involving the consumer in a buy-sell transaction, but more so, in the actual creation of the product. We’re definitely looking forward to the type of unique experiences that we might be able to buy!

On the philosophy and motivation behind Archifest, Festival Director, Adib Jalal shared, “Archifest was created to be a platform for everyone to propose and discover ideas for the city. We also want the festival to engage the communities and appreciate the finer details in our built environment. I hope through this year’s theme and various improvements to the festival experience, creative professionals, students, families and children will be inspired after attending the festival’s programmes. ”

Indeed, as our city lives grow more hectic, and interpersonal ties more distant, there is definitely a need for us to slow down and just to revel in the beauty all around, and more importantly, the company of our loved ones, that make the world we live in complete. With the extensive line-up of programmes in this year’s Archifest, we’re sure you will definitely be able to find something that you can enjoy — be it if you’re just looking for a quiet introspective time to reflect on city life; or if you’re looking for something adventurous and interesting to do with your friends.

Archifest 2013
27 September – 13 October 2013
Archifest Pavilion @ Dhoby Ghaut Green (Field in front of Park Mall, beside Dhoby Ghaut MRT)