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Angelene Chan

Chief Executive Officer
DP Architects Pte Ltd

At the tender age of 10, Angelene Chan knew she wanted to be an architect. She was fascinated with the drawing tools that her...

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‘‘What I am interested in is architecture that addresses the needs of the everyday person. When this is achieved in design, buildings can and will have a significant socio-economic impact, shaping the urban setting.’’

Hans Tan

Founder, Hans Tan Studio; and Assistant Professor, Division of Industrial Design,
National University of Singapore
Hans Tan Studio

A chance encounter with a university prospectus led Hans Tan to give up his place in business school and switch to industrial...

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‘‘One of the biggest misconceptions about design is that designers solve problems. I think designers find opportunities.’’
‘‘Nature is always seen as an obstacle. You have to bulldoze and clean it up to have development. But a sustainable urban design enables a green infrastructure like this to coexist with cities which are becoming denser.’’

The Future of Us Pavilion

Designer
SUTD Advanced Architecture Laboratory

Why should buildings still be rectangular in shape? This is a question that The Future of Us Pavilion elegantly poses to visitors...

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‘‘The true power of this technology is that everything can be customised easily and it makes no difference… This is also the main message: there is absolutely no reason to have buildings that are the same anymore.’’

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