Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival (KLAF) 2020
|Start Date||February 15, 2020|
|End Date||August 16, 2020|
13 January 2020 – Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM), the professional body for Malaysian architects has announced that the Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival (KLAF) is back and will be held from February 15 to August 16, 2020.
Open to the public, the annual festival is the premier event in Malaysia’s architectural calendar that explores art and architecture. According to the director of KLAF2020 Ar Dr Tan Loke Mun, the event is organised annually to inspire Malaysian architects with ideas and help stimulate the architecture industry in the country.
“KLAF demonstrates PAM’s commitment to drive excellence in the field of architecture as well as set the standard for practice and education. KLAF2020 is designed with different focus areas that include sketches, education, heritage buildings, building sustainability and Greening of Malaysia,” said Ar Dr Tan.
KLAF2020 will be launched in conjunction with PAM’s Chinese New Year Open House in Kuala Lumpur on 15 February 2020. There will be a tour around PAM’s Green building as well as a carnival sale with more than 50 stalls at APW, Bangsar as part of its sustainability and recycling promotion.
To be held at the PAM Centre on Jalan Tandok, Bangsar, the KLAF2020 launch event will be complemented by talks on the theme Beyond Architecture: The Architecture of Celebration by architects Ar Chong Yan Chuah and Ar Tay Kheng Soon. Ar Chong Yan Chuah, a digital artist and multi-disciplinary spatial thinker, builds worlds through film, drawing and installations. His works present an artistic vision of the imaginary reality of nature through an immersive and sensory experience. Ar Tay Kheng Soon was the founding chairman of Substation, an experimental centre of the Arts Community and a Fellow of the World Academy of Art & Science. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the School of Architecture in NUS, Singapore.
The KLAF2020 Beyond Heritage Conservation Launch will be held on 16 February 2020 at REXKL, Jalan Sultan, Kuala Lumpur from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Talks on heritage conservation will be conducted by Dr Dalila ElKerdany, Professor of Architecture & Urban Design at Cairo University, Egypt and PAM’s 2019 Gold Medallist Ar Laurence Loh Kwong Yu. Following the talks, there will also be a walkabout tour to various buildings, among them are Chocha, Lantern Hotel and Mingle Hostel + Cafe in Petaling Street, which are open to the public.