World Architectural Day (WAD) how it all began….

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W.A.D. was initiated by UIA (International Union of Architects) in 2005, to raise public awareness of architecture’s role in planning for the future. It is held on the first Monday of every October all over the world. PAM as a member of the UIA, decided to participate annually.

WAD 1.0 (2011)

In 2011, a group of architecture students spent a night at The Spring Mall to construct a huge cardboard installation to commemorate World Architecture Day in Kuching. This was the first “Cardboard City”.

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WAD 2.0 (2012)

As the idea of architectural installations caught on, PAMSC organized an Urban Installation Competition for WAD in 2012. A 2-stage competition with the design for the official WAD 2.0 T-shirt, followed by the construction of architectural installations built for judging and exhibition at the Boulevard Mall in Kuching.

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'construction' site of the Urban Installation


WAD 3.0 (2013)

In 2013, the WAD 3.0 Urban Installation Competition became more exciting as we did not limit the size of the installation. 11 entries were constructed and exhibited at Tun Jugah Mall, in an event officiated by MBKS Mayor, YB Dato’ James Chan. It began to attract the attention of the general public as judging was also conducted via FaceBook.

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WAD 4.0 (2014)

The 4th installation for WAD took place in Lov Gallery, Jalan Padungan – with a total of 22 entries. That year, we combined the WAD 4.0 exhibition with the PAMSC Graduates’ Exhibition to maximize exposure to the public. The exhibition was open for public viewing for 1 month.

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WAD 5.0 (2015)

The success of WAD gained momentum as local roofing supplier, AMCAN sponsored the WAD installation at Padang Merdeka. The installation design was the winning scheme from a 24-hour design workshop organized by PAMSC at LimKokWing Institute of Creative Technology (LICT) in July 2015. It was an exhibition pavilion designed to commemorate Tom Harrisson – who was instrumental in making the Sarawak Museum ‘an institution of world standing’.



WAD 6.0 (2016)

Instead of an installation, WAD 6.0 was a 24-hour Design Workshop for 80 students from local design schools; LimKokWing Institute of Creative Technology (LICT), University College of Technology Sarawak (UCTS) & Kolej Laila Taib (KLT). The workshop took place at The Old Court House, Kuching where students were required to provide design solutions within 24-hour for their urban intervention project.

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WAD 7.0 (2017)

This year, PAMSC took a different approach as targeted a young audience – 200 primary 3-6 students were invited to build a city of their imagination using cardboard. This was the second ‘Cardboard City’ – built at Borneo 744 over 3 days and exhibited to the general public over the weekend.

It was attended by over 1200 people causing our industry partners and sponsors to express an interest for next year’s WAD.

Cardboard City Aerial

(Photo credit to: WYK Photography)

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