Kuala Lumpur
Architecture Festival 2018

06 - 26 August 2O18, 10:00am – 10:00pm, Damansara City Mall

Housing is a pressing critical issue here and everywhere. With the mismatch between demand and supply, between expectations and reality, there needs to be a re-think and overhaul in how we address the issues today, in order to engage with new societal aspirations and the current conditions for the future.

In the KLAF2018 Pilot Project new prototypical housing typologies are developed to address the imbalances of current housing solutions. We believe this is the right moment to question, disrupt, reinvigorate, provoke, intensify, reconfigure the housing space and practice.

The Pilot Project is a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency effort with a wide range of stakeholders, organizations and institutions to develop new possibilities in housing architecture for the Malaysian cities. In tandem with the design aspects of the research and design development for future affordable housing, the Pilot Project will also look into areas of policy and delivery systems with our project partners and relevant agencies, institutions and organisations. convallis lectus at mi eleifend, non elementum metus accumsan. Etiam et feugiat justo, eget aliquet est. Nullam at tellus sit amet risus commodo condimentum.





31 July - 26 August 2O18, 10:00am – 6:00pm (Closed Mondays), RUANG by ThinkCity

DIS-POSITIONS represents the youth and student segment of KLAF, combining the initiatives of the younger members of the profession and academies towards representation in the festival. This year, the venue will once again be located at RUANG with several events and forums organised by the students themselves. The occasion also creates a network focal point for the energetic groups of young architecture and design students, ready to take on the world.

As a showcase, the participants will feature their thesis graduating projects highlighting the concerns and preoccupations, explorations and objectives, of the next generation of architects joining the profession. The works displayed will be featured from the recently concluded first instalment of the new cycle of the PAM Student Awards 2018 (Silver medal category) and the graduating class of the Faculty of Built Environment, University Malaya.





30 June - 12 July 2O18, 10:00am – 6:00pm, Balai Seni Negara-National Art Gallery

As part of a collaboration and partnership between the Balai Seni Negara (National Art Gallery Malaysia) with KLAF and Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM), KLAF:BOX is a multimedia group show located at the REKA gallery on the Ground floor of the Balai Seni in central Kuala Lumpur. The space will be transformed into a show room space, a cinema and a video wall in addition to its usual function as a gallery space.


For KLAF2018, w e launched a two-stage competition to find the best designer chair from all spectrums of Malaysian creativity. Like the iconic Barcelona Chair by Mies van der Rohe, a chair can embody the identity and idea of the city it is named after. Thus, we are searching for the best design for the Kuala Lumpur Chair, a functional object embedded with the essential qualities of Kuala Lumpur the capital city. The exhibition displays the actual full size constructed designs from the shortlisted submissions of the KLAF2018 Kuala Lumpur Chair competition. Judging of the winning Kuala Lumpur Chair will be conducted by a selected jury panel in conjunction with a Peoples’ Choice award based on votes from the public.


Each of the exhibited chair submissions will be placed in an open auction during the term of the exhibition with the proceeds, after expenses, allocated to charity.




is a series of 5 films by world renowned architectural film makers Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine.

Walking in unknown cities to collect impressions, to catch a vibration, to gather situations and things seen at the angle of a street, on a crossroad, from the top of a building. Depicting a city in its present, in the simplicity of its daily life. Listening to its rumble, the sound of its depths.

Slipping into its rhythm. To be on the lookout, in a continuous wonder towards the imagination and creativity men have managed to develop to find a way to live together. Asking ourselves what makes a city, trying to understand its silent rules, its habits, its imperfections, its difficulties, and its unique way to answer the endless question: Where do we go?

This project tries to collect a few elements of answer. These visual notes, made on the fly, look at the urban inhabitant within his group and in his deep solitude, redrawing the outline of each city following a sentimental geography. This work is a long-term research project developed until now in 5 different cities over the world: Seoul, Bogota, Naples, Saint-Petersburg and Rabat. The 6th step of this project being currently shot in Japan.




AIR/SPACE by Mariana Bisti
Taking cue from Henri Lefebvre’s bibliography on the social production and politics of space, alongside Guy Debord’s invented term “psychogeography”, Bisti’s 2-channel aerial video essays ‘The 14th Resolution’, ‘IN TANDEM’ and ‘W?ndìng Fánróng’ go beyond the traditional modes of seeing, experiencing and interpreting the City, its History and the spatiality of its Politics. With the use of a drone, perspectives are twisted and multiplied, while new types of visuality arise through a disembodied and remote-controlled gaze.

All three films can be described as urban ventures that explore and map the modes of organisation of social and cultural life in a predominantly intuitive but also systematic fashion; they are the result of perpetual walking (Hong Kong), cycling (Taipei) or driving a motorcycle (Kuala Lumpur) across various districts, which involve personal projections of previous urban experiences on the current cityscape while each city reflects on “the greatness and the strength of the people who built it and against whom it was built’. [H. Lefebvre, Critique of Everyday Life (Verso, London 1991) 232]. 

The moment of filming is vital. An interplay between thought and feeling is in progress, alongside concurrent, yet distinct modes of observation, which are situated around a fundamental and constitutive dichotomy in the artist’s gaze: the double gaze while operating the drone (her subjective/human view on the street level and the drone’s objective/scientific view up in the sky), the high vs close-to-eye-level altitude flights (which incur solitude, hiding and being “invisible” vs becoming visible to the nearby observers and inevitably interacting with them), the simultaneous surveillance (observing while being observed, “surveilling” while being surveilled).