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Frontliners in Action: architects and the people create a better living environment

Architects are like field agents. They must constantly be resourceful in surmounting constraints, to find solutions that address “frontline” challenges. These challenges may be social, environmental, natural or even man-made. Every day, in the course of their work, architects attempt to ameliorate these issues through innovative design and architecture. Increasingly, citizens are also exerting their influence in enhancing the environment, through active support and participation in ground-up initiatives. Architects and the people are our extraordinary “frontliners”.

One of the highlights of Singapore Design Week 2017 is the returning exhibition of Singapore’s presentations in Venice, Italy at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition by La Biennale di Venezia. This is a consolidation of three exhibitions including the Singapore Pavilion, ‘Space to Imagine, Room for Everyone’, as well as ‘Limit/Limitless’ by MKPL Architects and ‘Living Shelter’ by WY-TO and POD Structures.

Frontliners in Action is organised in partnership with NUS Department of Architecture, MKPL Architects, WY-TO and POD Structures.

FRINGE PROGRAMMES

Book Launch: HDB Homes of Singapore

A passion project to photograph 118 Singapore HDB homes has resulted in the handsome publication, HDB Homes of Singapore. Eitaro Ogawa and Tamae Iwasaki, both artists, together with Tomohisa Miyauchi, senior lecturer with the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore, documented HDB homes over three years. They will share their experiences in capturing intimate portraits of domestic lives in Singapore. Selected home owners featured in the book will also share stories about their homes. Join us to learn and celebrate the creativity of our people, in our city. You might just be inspired to start a creative project for your home!

Event Details

Date:        Saturday, 4 March 2017

Time:        4.00pm – 6.00pm 

Venue:      Auditorium, Level 2

                National Design Centre

                111 Middle Road

                Singapore 188969

Admission: Free (By registration only, limited seats available)

Refreshments to be provided

Enquiries:  programmes@shophouseandco.com

                or +65 6291 3686

Registration link: http://bit.ly/vb4march

Film Screening: The Art of Recovery

Join us for the Singapore premiere of The Art of Recovery, an inspiring documentary about post-quake Christchurch, New Zealand; and stories of the residents’ efforts in rebuilding the city they love.

Film Synopsis

As demolition gangs reduce ruins to rubble, innovators, artists and entrepreneurs bring life back to the streets of post-quake Christchurch, empowering the people and creating a promising future for a new city.

The Art of Recovery documents one of the most dynamic, creative and contentious times in the history of Christchurch. It tells an uplifting narrative of resilience and community spirit that informs a greater discourse on how we live with one another, and how we build our cities.

Pre-Screening Talk

Meet a designer who designs for a good cause. Prasoon Kumar, co-founder/CEO of billionBricks will share the initiatives of his not-for-profit design and innovation studio. The weatherHYDE, one of the studio’s innovation, has helped to provide shelter for the urban homeless.

Event Details

Date:        Thursday, 9 March 2017

Time:        7.30pm – 9.30pm 

Venue:      Auditorium, Level 2

                National Design Centre

                111 Middle Road

                Singapore 188969

Admission: Free (By registration only)

                Refreshments will be provided

Enquiries: programmes@shophouseandco.com

     or +65 6291 3686

Registration link: http://bit.ly/vb9march

Design For Resilience

How might designers identify solutions to address disasters or global/societal issues? Designers – Yann Follain (WY-TO); Lee Kay Lian (POD Structures); and special guest from Japan, Takuya Onishi (ENERGY MEET) will present their innovative, “disruptive” projects.

Yann and Kay Lian will present their inspiration and challenges in realising the Living Shelter, an affordable shelter designed for disaster relief that is easy to transport and assemble. It was inspired by the Southeast Asian kampong house in response to the tropical environment.

Takuya will share insights from his innovative projects such as ENERGY Gift mini, a device designed to provide light source for students in rural areas; and ALOXYGEN, an Earth homing project on Mars.

 

Event Details

Date:              Thursday, 16 March 2017

Time:              7.30pm – 9.30pm 

Venue:            Auditorium, Level 2

                      National Design Centre

                      111 Middle Road

                      Singapore 188969

Free (By registration only)

Refreshments to be provided

Enquiries:       programmes@shophouseandco.com

           or +65 6291 3686

Registration link: bit.ly/vb16march

Live & Love Green

Keen to join the gardening movement in Singapore? If you wish to start a microgreen garden at home or learn about urban farming, join us for a healthy, fun-filled Saturday on the roof terrace of the National Design Centre (NDC).

Community gardens and urban farming projects are taking place in various neighbourhoods across Singapore. Join members of community garden projects and local champions of the Grow-Your-Own-Food movement as they share their initiatives, and tips on gardening and sustainability.  

Learn to make a compost bin from TANAH; listen to stories on how home and community gardens are changing the foodscape from Foodscape Collective; share the joy of Goldhill Gardening Club members as they present their efforts in tending to a community garden for over nine years.

So bring your microgreens, slap on some suncreen, wear a hat and join us up on the NDC roof for this demo and hands-on session. Let’s learn, love and eat fresh greens!

 

Event Details

Date:               Saturday, 25 March 2017

Time:              11.00am – 1.00pm 

Venue:            Roof Terrace, Level 5

                      National Design Centre

                      111 Middle Road

                      Singapore 188969

Free (By registration only)

Refreshments to be provided

Enquiries:       programmes@shophouseandco.com

           or +65 6291 3686

Registration link: bit.ly/vb25march

Together We Create

A Co-Creation Conversation

“By the community, for the community” – that is the essence of community co-creation projects initiated around the world.

Join Participate in Design (P!D) and Ground-Up Initiative (GUI) for an immersive afternoon as they share their community design projects.

You can participate in P!D’s latest toolkit on building awareness for safe streets in Singapore. Save your Streets: A Walkability Game was created in collaboration with parents and students. Learn about GUI's nature-inspired community campus Kampung Kampus, and make mini mudbricks. So, get your hands dirty and join us for an afternoon of co-creation action and conversation.

 

Event Details

Date:               Saturday, 1 April 2017

Time:              4.00pm – 6.00pm 

Venue:            Auditorium, Level 2 and Roof Terrace, Level 5

                      National Design Centre

                      111 Middle Road

                      Singapore 188969

Free (By registration only)

Refreshments to be provided

Enquiries:       programmes@shophouseandco.com

           or +65 6291 3686

Registration link: bit.ly/vb1april

Singapore’s Instagram stories

More photographs of our multi-faceted city exists today than ever before. Thanks to built-in digital photography on mobile devices; as well the visual appeal of social media platforms such as Instagram. How do we perceive our built environment with these “Insta-images”? What architecture and urban design stories do these photos tell?

Find out from the perspective of three photographers who have a common passion for documenting scenes and the people of Singapore:

  • Kevin WY Lee, photographer and founder, Invisible Photographer Asia @invisphotogasia

  • Aik Beng Chia, photographer who documents daily lives of people on the streets of Singapore and around the @aikbengchia

  • Darren Soh, architecture and landscape photographer @darrensohphoto 

Following their presentations, join the panel discussion moderated by Jia Xin Chum, Acting Associate MKPL Architects, where we will discuss the narratives of these photographic moments of our city.

Event Details

Date:               Thursday, 6 April 2017

Time:              7.30pm–9.30pm 

Venue:            Auditorium, Level 2

                      National Design Centre

                      111 Middle Road

                      Singapore 188969

Free (By registration only)

Refreshments to be provided

Enquiries:       programmes@shophouseandco.com

           or +65 6291 3686

Registration link: bit.ly/vb6april