Main Stage Programme

2 - 4 December 2020, Lisbon

WAF 2015 thematic programme: 50/50 – looking back, looking forward

This year the WAF seminar and keynote programme is inspired by Singapore's 50th anniversary as an independent country which it is celebrating in 2015. We are taking this opportunity to think globally about how architecture and urbanism have changed during that period, how predictions have been fulfilled or denied, and how we think conditions may change or stay the same over the 50 years to come.

See below for key highlights from the programme or download the full programme here or learn more about this year's speakers.


Cities and urbanism

  • Singapore 50:50 - Liu Thai-Ker, Director, RSP Architects Planners & Engineers
    What assumptions were made when planning the development of Singapore 50 years ago and how is Singapore planning robustness strategies for the next 50 years?
  • Paris reconsidered - Manuelle Gautrand, Principal, Manuelle Gautrand Architecture
    How can a city allow space for sites to be dedicated to experimental, unexpected and innovative architecture?
  • Shanghai: imagining the next 50 years– Alan Balfour, former dean of the Georgia Tech College of Architecture
    What are the new challenges that young architects are addressing, which they will themselves experience over the next five decades?
  • Cooler Calmer Singapore - Gerhard Scmitt, Future Cities Lab, ETH Global                            
    Enhancing the quality of life in a tropical climate with high-density urban living
  • The evolution of public space: David Green, Urban Design Leader, Principal, Perkins+Will
    Balancing ownership, access and control
  • Reflections on 50 years of city evolution -Sir Peter Cook, Director CRAB Studio and Kerry Hill, Principal, Kerry Hill Architects          
    Overhaul, change and other urbanisms

View the full conference programme here.

Imagining the future...

  • Building worlds: future reality, not science fiction - Alex McDowell, Creative Director, 5D Global Studio; Director, USC World Building Media Lab, USC World Building Institute
    From Hollywood blockbusters to real world community building
  • Mapping the future - Michael Kokora, Principal, OMA
    How can’ big data’ be used to inform city design and planning to improve, energize and regenerate urban communities worldwide?
  • The way we thought then, the way we think now - Charles Jencks
    How has the way we think about the future changed?

​View the full conference programme here.

Designing for tomorrow

  • Building to extremes - Kai Uwe Bergman, Princpal, BIG
    Developing architecture that fits life as we want to live it no matter the climate
  • The future of food - Michael Sorkin and Rahel Belatchew, Principal, Belatchew Arkitekter
    Radical approaches that preserve ecological sustainability
  • Designing for age - Niall McLaughlin, Principal, Niall McLaughlin Architects and Stephen Pimbley, Principal, SPARK
    From1965 to 2065: how should architecture respond to changes in life expectancy?
  • Future proof design how buildings learn - Philip Turner, Director, AHMM and Johannes Bar Baarfenels, Principal Bar Baarfenels Architecture
    How do you design universal space that can be used in many ways over time?
  • Future of height - Scott Duncan, Lead Architect Pertamina Energy Tower and Tanjong Pagar Centre, SOM and Charles Jencks
    How will innovations in structure and servicing, and changing attitudes affect the future of tall buildings?


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