FWD: Exhibit!

The end of the year is here, and there’s surprisingly high number of exhibitions around about art, design and architecture! Well it’s largely because of the Singapore Design Festival, and it sure looks promising. Here’s the ones that I would like to attend (and you should too!):

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1 Utterubbish
City Hall 28th Nov – 16th Dec

Self-professed as a “UseLess” exhibition, Utterubbish stresses on how the transition from UseLess to Use is informed by design, and the importance of design in its ability to give value to society.

Utterubbish Website

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2 Neues Bauen (New Building) International 1927 / 2002
National Museum, The Canyon & The Concourse, 14th Nov – 06th Jan

Lissitzky

(Lissitzky's Wolkenbügel 1924-1925)

Architecture enthusiasts will be interested in tracing the “New Building” movement, a Modern architecture which emerged from the German-speaking Europe. Moving away from Expressionism, this movement advocated the expression of a building’s functionalism in its external form and sought to improve people’s standard of living.

There is a total of 105 projects by 66 architects or groups of architects, shown through architectural models and photography. This is a well-curated exhibition, and looks more like an art exhibition with orthographics and perspectives like paintings and models like sculptures. Moreover, it’s free!!
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ArchiFest: Forum & Architours
Forum: NTUC Auditorium, 30th Nov – 1st Dec
Architours: 30th Nov – 9th Dec

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This is a pilot festival aimed to increase awareness for architecture in Singapore and beyond. The Forum brings together many acclaimed and rising individuals in the field to discuss about their experiences and issues about the city / urban environment.

Architours (which I will be in involved in heh) will bring the visitor around various iconic and landmark buildings, discussing their relevance and importance in Singapore based on 3 themes about the global city, Singapore’s progress and entertainment architecture. We hope to engage more than a simple “tourist” explanation, and discuss what local architecture holds public eye. Do join us!

Archifest Website

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Alvar Aalto
NUS Museum, University Cultural Centre, 16th Oct – 08th Dec

Aalto's Furniture

(Aalto's Savoy Vase)

Alvar Aalto, a Finnish architect, has eluded many people with his idiosyncratic strategy and humanist approach towards design, and that perhaps is the reason why he has continued to intrigue and inspire many as one of their favourite Modern Masters. This exhibition focuses on his one-family houses, as well as NUS students’ works in analysing them. While this may not be an indepth survey of all of Aalto’s houses, it becomes interesting when they are seen via a student/learning perspective.

*Take note of a talk about Alvar Aalto on the 29th Nov 2pm at the NUS Museum.
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Shunmyo Masuno
PageOne, Vivocity, 30th Nov (1900-2000 hrs)

Zen Garden

(Inner Garden for "Rifugio" 2002)

“There is beauty in the incomplete. If we find something imperfect, then that is what we pursue.”

So says Shunmyo Masuno, who presents himself as Zen priest, landscape architect, professor “in that order”. Here in Singapore to work on the Nassim Park Residences, he will be sharing his design philosophy amongst the “landscape” of PageOne bookstore.
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6 Inventioneering Architecture
Level 1 Atrium, Vivocity, 21st Nov – 08th Dec

Swiss Flag

(Swiss Flag)

I appreciate Swiss architecture, for their materiality and clean lines. And for once, 3 Swiss schools will be coming in a travelling exhibition to showcase the works of faculty and students. But the highlight comes not from the exhibition, but from the talks! For one, Andrea Deplazes (ETH Zurich) of our architectural construction Bible will be giving a lecture on Dec 7th 5pm at NUS and I URGE you to attend it! Of course, the other lecturers Dirk Hebel and Jörg Stollmann, Prof Harry Gugger (H&dM partner), Prof Manuel Aires Mateus (USI Mendrisio/AAM) are also impressive heavyweights in this powerhouse troupe!

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(Constructing Architecture by Andrea Deplazes)
Talks Schedule (pdf)
Swisshouse Singapore Website
Inventioneering Architecture Website

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Singapore 1:1 (Island)
URA Centre, 16th Nov – 31st Mar

1 Poster

(Exhibition Poster)

A sequel of sorts to the Singapore 1:1 (City) Exhibition held in Nov 2005, this (Island) version showcases architecturally significant works outside of the city centre after a process of nominations. They bring to our attention some buildings which we pass by everyday but did not notice, as well as more prominent ones. Singapore 1:1 becomes like a catalogue of Singapore’s post-independence explored through architecture.

Exhibition Website

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5 responses to “FWD: Exhibit!

  1. man….! this is so exciting!! i don’t remember it being so exciting last year leh.. well, hopefully the exhibitions live up to the hype.

  2. heh the design festival is held once every 2 years… thats why i think last year wasn’t as exciting 🙂

  3. There’s a cool talk by a damn cool guy called Professor Werner Aisslinger on Dec 3rd at the NLB, cost money though 70odd bucks, but can get sponsership from red dot.

    wah this is exciting ah all the lectures OUTSIDE of school

  4. really exciting and encouraging to see all these events and intitiatives happening right here, our very own island… feels like an outburst 🙂 most are free too.. i feel greedy already. heeks

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