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ZAHA HADID: REIMAGINING ARCHITECTURE
Venue: Galeri Petronas, Level 3, Suria KLCC
Duration: 4th – 3Oth July 2O17 (except Mondays),
1O.OOam – 8.OOpm
Admission: Free
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Zaha Hadid Architects’ (ZHA) pioneering vision redefined architecture and design for the 21st century and has captured imaginations across the globe. Their architecture sees form and space pulled into breath-taking, fluid spatial progressions. Enticingly contextual, these buildings transform notions of what can be achieved in concrete, steel and glass; combining an unwavering belief in the power of invention and optimism for the future with concepts of connectivity. The evolution of ZHA’s buildings — from the interlocking forms of the Vitra Fire Station to the awesome, flowing urban spaces of the MAXXI Museum of 21st Century Art in Rome, the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre in Baku and the Aquatics Centre for the London 2012 Olympics — demonstrates a consistent desire to question and innovate. Form and space are woven within structure. These are buildings which emerge from their context and are also capable of knitting disparate programs together; always surprising and always making connections.
 
Theory is inscribed implicitly within each of ZHA’s designs, and a careful reading of the works yields an understanding that the quest for beauty alone is not their modus operandi. The work is beautiful, even exquisitely beautiful, and beauty may account for its strong and seductive urban presence, for its hold on the eye. But beauty does not account for its importance or virtuosity. ZHA’s work is not simply formalist, its beauty and virtuosity are married to meaning. This architecture breaks social ground with its democratic attitude, offering generous expanses of articulated public space inside and out, accessible and civic, while inviting exploration within. There is method to the practice, and principle. ZHA is one of the most consistently inventive offices anywhere — and has been for almost 40 years.
 
ZHA introduces a fluidity into their work that is both architectural and structural, bring- ing a continuity between the disciplines of engineering and architecture in designs for tall towers that achieve much greater levels of social and ecological sustainability. Transform- ing skyscrapers from isolated objects within the urban landscape into vertical villages and collective hubs, ZHA integrates human-scale spatial qualities with the dynamism of the metropolis, creating spaces where collaboration and interaction between individuals and groups can flourish.
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ATLAS OF AFRICAN SPECULATIONS (2005–2017)
by University of Pennslyvania School of Design (USA)
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Today, according to recent United Nations data, there are just under 1.2 billion people living on the African continent. By 2050, this number is projected to double to approximately 2.4 billion people. By 2100, there is presumed to be somewhere in the realm of 4.4 billion people living in Africa, accounting for roughly 40% of the total population of earth.1
 
While Africa is currently home to a hugely diverse range of urban formats vis-à-vis their degree of maturity, the politics that guide them, and the economies that support them, the overall urban condition is substandard—both in terms of the infrastructures upon which it relies, and the building stock of which it is composed. In this regard, there should be little question regarding the need for substantial upgrades to Africa’s urban settlement and infrastructure.
 
Not coincidentally, in the decade or so since the peak of the global real estate bubble in 2005, these population projections, in combination with the extreme deficiency of urban services and settlement seen across the continent, have led to a growing wave of proposals for new large-scale urban development throughout Africa. Acknowledging the urgent need for upgrades mentioned above, what is of particular interest regarding these proposals is the radical incongruity of their scale, scope, format and program relative to the actual demographic and market demands of the contexts they are being proposed within.
 
For example, many of these proposals are heavily reliant on models of urbanization-driven economic growth that unapologetically borrow from dubious exogenous pursuits recently employed in places like China and the Middle East. This appropriation ignores the fundamentally different set of material and demographic resources characterizing the contexts from which they are drawn, as well as the radically different governance and land tenure systems on which they are based. In turn, beyond their clear misalignment with the near-term realities of the African milieu, what many of these proposals for new settlement and infrastructure imply is the threat of further exacerbating deficient urban conditions by shifting severely limited capital resources away from more basic urban services. 2 What complicates this process—or, in fact, what motivates it—is the emergence over the last 30 years of a phenomenon we refer to as speculative urbanization. 3 This categorization describes endeavors, both public and private, that actively instrumentalize proposals for and the manufacturing of new urban settlement and infrastructure expressly in pursuit of uncommon economic and political returns. As opposed to urbanization activities that are undertaken to meet real social or market demands, these speculative endeavors often rely on aggressive projections for economic and demographic growth, as well as hyperbolically aspirational rhetoric to argue for their pursuit.
SOUTH LINE: ARCHITECTURE OF A RAILWAY LINE
by Projek Keretapi Kita
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The story of the railways is the story of Malaysia. It is the steel thread that binds all of our unique histories and cultures together.
 
Projek Keretapi Kita celebrates this living heritage by documenting it — what the line is like today, how it is remembered, and what do the people who rely on it hope for the future. The first part of this long-term project explores the old ‘southern line’ between Gemas, Negeri Sembilan and Tanjong Pagar, Singapore.
 
Beginning in 2017, after more than a century in operation, Phase 2 of the double-track- ing project will see the line being upgraded, and most of the old stations will be demolished. Through pictures, videos, and interviews, the project gives voice to the histories of the railways, the people, and the places they call home.
 
At the KLAF2017, Projek Keretapi Kita presents a photographic survey of the southern railway stations and how they have developed over time, changing in both design and function as the railways accommodate the needs of the people, and state.
VERNADOC: AN EXHIBITION
by Vernadoc Malaysia
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Vernadoc word refers to a methodology for vernacular architecture study that emphasises the collecting of data and information on site by basic techniques to produce high quality measured drawings. It is expected that the results of field measure working will inspire building owners as well as people in the community to realise the values of their property as perceived by outsiders, so that they will co-operate in conserving those buildings.
 
Beginning of VERNADOC
At the last evening of the CIAV (International Committee for Vernacular Architecture) meet- ing in Ehime Japan 2004, we were discussing about the documenting of vernacular archi- tecture. To the question of interest in a possibility of an international project, next year in Finland, the Thai representative Sudjit S. Sananwai said immediately: Yes! (Markku Mattila, Finland: 2011)
 
VERNADOC Method
The work method is very simple. All the measured knowledge will be drawn to the final card- board immediately without any notes in-between. The tool can be the cheapest one, only pa- per, pencil, ruler, tape measure and water balance are needed. All the drawings will be inked and some of them so lively, that even the local layman can recognise the familiar buildings and in a good possibility to understand the value of those.
 
The camp arranging princile in that the participants will pay their travelling to the working site and the organiser will take care of the costs during the camp. The working is naturally on volunteer basement. The process in two weeks will cover the step for measuring to the field exhibition of the finalised drawing.
 
Targets of VERNADOC
The targets of these projects are: by the international interest to point the value of the local building tradition, to build an international network for common use and to collect international comparison material about vernacular architecture.
 
For CIAV the target can be: to have practical activity in connection to the meetings, to give international help for local heritage work and to recruit young professional to the work of CIAV.
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