WORLD Architecture Day (WAD) is celebrated annually on the first Monday of October.
The event was created by the International Union of Architects (UIA), a non-governmental organisation of national associations of architects with the general secretariat office in France, in 2005 to remind the world of architects’ collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat in the vitality of the urban setting and in the well-being of its inhabitants. This year the UIA is celebrating “Healthy Cities, Happy Cities”.
The Public Works Department (PWD), Ministry of Development, through the Department of Technical Services, is holding its first Architectural Conference in the country in conjunction with the World Architecture Day on October 11 at the Rizqun International Hotel under the theme, “Architecture and Identity – A Country’s Challenge”.
The conference is part of PWD’s ongoing vision to build an environment of distinction. The conference seeks to share valuable knowledge and experiences between architectural experts and peers on issues in the search of the architectural identity of Brunei Darussalam.
The conference is expected to draw in some 300 participants mainly from government technical departments, architectural consultants and higher institutions within the design field. The conference is also open for registration to interested parties – both local and international.
Three international speakers and two local speakers are expected to share their papers during the conference. One such speaker is Dato Dr Ken Yeang, an architect, planner and ecologist best known for his eco-architecture philosophy. He is the Principal of Ken Yeang Design International whose offices are in Malaysia, the UK and China. The British newspaper, Guardian, referred him as ‘one of the 50 people who could save the planet’.
WAD14 Brunei Darussalam is also organising a design competition that is open to institutions in the secondary, higher technical and vocational level in Brunei.
The theme and concept of the design are based on architecture that celebrates the national heritage of Brunei Darussalam and the concept of Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) with green building or sustainable qualities. Top five entries will be selected for the finals which will be exhibited at PWD’s headquarters after October 11.
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