In the first in a series of Dezeen movies about the 2013 World Architecture Festival and Inside Festival, programme director Paul Finch introduces the events and gives a recap of last year's winning projects.
Both festivals take place in Singapore from 2 to 4 October - scroll on for details of how Dezeen readers can get 10% discount on entering their projects for the awards programmes.
The World Architecture Festival (WAF) will take place in the in the Moshe Safdie-designed Marina Bay Sands hotel and conference centre (above) in Singapore for a second time, but this year it will be accompanied by biennial interior design show the Inside Festival.
In the movie, Finch describes the atmosphere of last year's festival: "A lot of people were experiencing for the first time the dynamism of the Asian construction market," he says. "[There was] a sense that this is a place where design counts, things are being built at speed, it's all happening."
Finch discusses last year's winning projects, including the Gardens by the Bay tropical garden in Singapore (above) that scooped the coveted World Building of the Year prize, narrowly beating a public square above an underground museum in Tenerife (below).
He also describes why a masterplan respecting traditional Qatari street patterns (below) was named Future Project of the Year. "[It is an] interesting precedent for the Gulf and the Middle East in general, and perhaps for other places that wonder whether the future of all cities is just separated high-rise blocks or whether there are other urbanistic approaches that could give you a richer result," he reflects.
This year Dezeen readers can save 10% on the early rate cost of entering the WAF and Inside awards. Simply open a user account via the WAF or Inside website, follow the instructions given then use the VIP code "Dezeen" when registering your entry to claim your discount before 24 May.
Architects and designers booking a pass to attend the World Architecture Festival will also receive a 25% discount when registering a second delegate, while a 50% discount will be applied when booking a third.