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The Official Launch Of KLAF2017 Towards Better Architecture, Better Cities

Kuala Lumpur, 12 July 2017 — Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM) or the Malaysian Institute of Architects launched their annual flagship event, the Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival 2017 (KLAF2017) Publika, Solaris Dutamas today.

KLAF2017 Royal Patron YAM Tengku Zatashah binti Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah opened KLAF2017, which was witnessed by the Guest of Honour, Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM), Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Mark Rozario, PAM President, Ar. Ezumi Harzani, and KLAF2017 Director, Ar. Ang Chee.

KLAF2017, themed, “POWER is/ and/ to/ with/ of/ for ARCHITECTURE”, is an annual celebration of Architecture and Design that is open to all demographics beyond the architectural fraternity. They are expecting over 3,000 participants this year – architects, designers, economist, development agencies, planners, and academicians. KLAF2017 will be held city-wide from July 4 until September 3. Most importantly, the festival also aims to highlight the importance of creativity and innovation in creating sustainable architecture.

“We have designed KLAF in part as a platform to showcase creativity and innovation in architecture and design as both play vital roles in creating sustainable architecture as better architecture leads to better cities,“ said Ar. Ezumi Harzani, PAM President.

In addition, Ar. Ang Chee, the KLAF2017 Director highlighted, “After the worldwide boom in building iconic landmarks and cities, many questions are asked today as to what is the right architecture, where is it going and who does it serve? During the festival, we will frame the questions to our participants and look to develop an ongoing forum, launching discussions in a wide area, be it in the areas of housing, planning, urban infrastructure, transportation and much more.”

The KLAF2017 Royal Patron YAM Tengku Zatashah in her speech also stressed the importance of platforms such as the KLAF2017 in promoting creativity and design excellence that will enhance the quality of life for the Rakyat. She also urged Malaysians to celebrate talents that are catalysts of change in the Malaysian architecture industry today. “Our people, especially youths, are the game changers as they are the most important element of ensuring the viability of any city, she said.

Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM) Chief Executive Officer Datuk Mark Rozario also shared, “The objectives are in line with AIM’s efforts to help encourage innovation and cultivate a thinking culture especially amongst Malaysian youth – both innovation and creativity play a crucial role in creating sustainable architecture.”

This year’s festival will feature both local and international experts that will take on key roles as Datum:KL speakers such as the ground-breaking partnership of Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal from Paris, Akihisa Hirata from Tokyo, Ant n

arca-Abril an bora Mesa from Madrid-based Ensamble Studio, Bangkok Project Stu io’s Boonserm Premtha a, Kayoko Ota, curator an architectural specialist from Japan, and many more. This year’s festival will also include an expanded KLAF2017 exhibitions programme, Datum conferences, publications, public activities and events, education segments, heritage and conservation projects, etc.

The launch also highlighted one of the key KLAF2017 exhibitions – Tapak Cadangan, a multi-show exhibition aimed to construct a moment of contemporary architecture in Malaysia. Planned as a core exhibition project, it will also feature the first KLAF2017 Pavilion: Sebelas Rumah and host a series of exhibitions such as Ten Buildings, 10X: Projects for Kuala Lumpur in addition to events, workshops and impromptu talks.

The Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival is the main event of the architectural calendar in Malaysia. Organised by the Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM) – Malaysian Institute of Architects, KLAF began as the Datum:KL conference in 2003, before growing into a full-fledged festival starting 2011.

Also among the highlights of KLAF2017 is ARCHIDEX (International Architecture, Interior Design and Building Exhibition), South East Asia’s most successful annual industry trade event for the architecture, interior design and building fraternity – taking place on 19 – 22 July 2017, at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

The festival partner for KLAF2017 is NS BlueScope Malaysia Sdn Bhd and the platinum sponsors are Akzo Nobel Paints (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, Feruni Ceramiche Sdn Bhd and Sika Kimia Sdn Bhd. The strategic partners of KLAF 2017 are Think City and Gamuda Land.

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