World Architecture Festival begins – Common Ground Highly Commended
The 2012 World Architecture Festival (WAF) is underway in Singapore, with a series of awards already being announced and a wide range of events taking place over the past few days.
Among the award announcements, the HASSELL-designed Common Ground Housing project in Sydney was highly commended in the House category. The project addresses chronic homelessness by providing stable, high quality permanent housing and the HASSELL involvement in the project was partly on a pro-bono basis.
Tuesday night at WAF saw the traditional Pecha Kucha event, while Wednesday was the first official day of the Festival.
The first keynote speaker was architect and urban designer Moshe Safdie. He talked on the topic of invention, fitness and humanising the megascale. The second keynote speaker was architect and writer Peter Buchanan, who talked about rethinking architecture for the future.
Peter Duncan, HASSELL Chairman, was interviewed before the beginning of the Festival by Singapore's The Straits Times, and he noted that hosting the event is an acknowledgement of Singapore's international standing in urban practice and design.
Peter also noted that HASSELL is extremely honoured to be shortlisted for ten awards at the Festival, making HASSELL one of the firms with the most award entries in WAF this year.
"The projects are in categories spanning housing, residential, master planning and infrastructure, a reflection of the calibre, depth and range of our work. A third of our shortlisted projects are from China and this also reflects our leadership position in the various design fields," he said.
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