Having a hand in a better tomorrow

Fahmi (right) trying out a guitar made of bamboo from the Bamboo Jungle Adventures booth while (from left) Dr Tan, Design Principles director Rahim Ismail and KLAF 2019 team leader Amzar Ahmad look on.

KUALA Lumpur Architecture Festival (KLAF) 2019 is highlighting the future of shelter, food, architecture and art this year.

The annual event with the theme, “Tomorrow”, is taking place at various venues until July 7 and is organised by the Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM).

“This two-week event brings people together and gives them a chance to do something great,” said KLAF 2019 director Dr Tan Loke Mun at the launch of the festival at APW, Jalan Riong, Bangsar.

“Visitors can learn how to use their hands again, from painting to repairing water pipes,” said Tan.

BambooArk’s Low Ewe Jin with his art installation during the launch.

BambooArk’s Low Ewe Jin with his art installation during the launch.

KLAF 2019 will take place at three main venues, namely APW and PAM’s headquarters in Bangsar, Publika in Mont Kiara and REXKL, Ruang@ThinkCity and the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

Visitors will be able to learn about the different materials which can be utilised in constructing a building such as bamboo as well as disaster and emergency scenarios.

There is also a talk by Kechara Soup Kitchen on how the public can donate their unused or unwanted food.

Global issues such as food security, environmental and ecological stewardship, ethical anthropocentrism and the future of agriculture technology will be addressed through exhibitions, talks and workshop by industry experts.

At the architecture and art component, KLAF 2019 will piece together art, science, history, technology and finance including an art auction, installations and architectural exhibitions.

KLAF’s main events are Datum:KL and Archidex which will see the introduction of a themed pavilion, ‘Tomorrowland’. This component aims to educate visitors on the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Two winning entries from PAM’s Tropical House for Orang Asli Design Competition are also on display at the Art, Architecture & Design District (A2D2).

Also present were Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil, PAM president Lillian Tay and Board of Architects Malaysia president Zairul Azidin Badin.

For details, visit www.klaff.my

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