2 July 2018: Malaysia’s premiere event for architecture and design brings an assemblage of programmes, exhibitions and screenings
The Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival (KLAF) kicked into gear recently with an official launch at the National Art Gallery Malaysia. Organised by Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysian (PAM) – Malaysian Institute of Architects – the event runs until 26 August and is expected to draw up to 40,000 visitors from around Southeast Asia.
With the theme ‘Changes’, the aim of this year’s festival is to explore the new roles that architecture and design play in the configuration of environments, and how this marks a new bearing towards a more engaging and transformative architecture.
Present at the launch were KLAF2018 Royal Patron Tengku Zatashah binti Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, Member of Parliament for Lembah Pantai YB Ahmad Fahmi bin Mohamed Fadzil, BSN Director-General Prof Datuk Dr Mohamed Najib Ahmad Dawa, President, Board of Architects Malaysia Ar. Zairul Azidin Badri, PAM President Ar. Ezumi Harzani, KLAF2018 Director Ar. Ang Chee and guests.
Ar. Ezumi Harzani, YB Ahmad Fahmi bin Mohamed Fadzil, Tengku Zatashah binti Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, Prof Datuk Dr Mohamed Najib Ahmad Dawa and Ar. Zairul Azidin Badri
During his welcome speech, Ar. Ezumi stressed on the importance of preparing for change: “the fast-approaching Fourth Industrial Revolution will bring greater automation and digitalization, which may disrupt the way we operate. Rapid urban growth, increasing demand of sustainable lifestyle, fast paced advancement of technology and alteration of modern social constructs are all factors to take into consideration and it is pivotal for the construction industry to adapt to the changes whilst catering to the needs of the Rakyat.”
Among the many visitors expected over the two-month festival are architects, interior designers, developers, urban planners, engineers, academicians, students, related industry professionals and members of the public.
KLAF’s line-up has been expanded considerably since 2017 and will this year include an exhibition series and new initiatives including the ‘KL Chair’ to find the best chair design to represent Kuala Lumpur and the ‘MY.HSE” project which addresses the critical housing issues through in-depth case studies.
A series of screenings and cinematic offerings are part of this year’s programme, which will see award-winning films such as REM by Tomas Koolhaas and Taste of Cement by Syrian filmmaker Ziad Kalthoum. World renowned architectural filmmakers and artists Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine will also be premiering their latest work during the KLAF:BOX exhibition.
Visual artist and architect Mariani Bisti from Greece will lead the first KLAF Artist-in-Residency programme, where she will present her aerial video essays as well as host an Architecture Photography Workshop at the National Gallery.
Visitors have the chance to go on newly devised Heritage and Study tours around the capital, while Badisan Warisan Malaysia will organise a special site visit to the Masjid Diraja Sultan Suleiman mosque. Student and youth programmes showcasing the best youth architecture and designers will also be part of KLAF this year.
Finally if you’re looking to get your hands on the KLAF catalogue The Logbook: CHANGES + RE:POSITION, as well as major publication The Merdeka Interviews: Architects, Engineers and Artists of Malaysia’s Independence by architecture historian Dr Lai Chee Kien and KLAF2018 Director Ar. Ang Chee Cheong, head to online store www.pamonlinestore.com.
Where: Various locations in Kuala Lumpur
When: 30 June-26 Aug
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