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1,800 delegates descend on 5th World Architecture Festival

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The 5th World Architecture Festival opened today at Moshe Safdie’s stunning Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore

More than 1,800 architects, designers and writers from 60 countries are expected at the three-day event.

Keynote speeches will be delivered by Moshe Safdie, Olympic cauldron designer Thomas Heatherwick, Austrian architect Wolf D. Prix and Malawi born architect and writer Peter Buchanan.

Paul Finch, WAF programme director, said: ‘It’s fantastic to have brought the World Architecture Festival to as exciting a location as Singapore.

‘There’s a real sense of energy and activity here, and with more architects, designers and press attending the festival than ever before, we’re looking forward to a very lively three days.’

Around 300 projects are shortlisted in this year’s World Architecture Festival Awards which are themed on ‘Rethink and Renew’.

The coveted World building of the Year Award will be announced later this week. Chaired by NMDA principal Neil Denari, the judging panel includes Ben van Berkel, Moshe Safdie, Mok Wei Wei, Jürgen Mayer, Yvonne Farrell and Kenzo Tange. 

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