After feasting their eyes on the variety of design highlights of NDC and its surrounding areas, delegates were invited to feast on a variety of Peranakan food at a dinner hosted by Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade & Industry and Ministry of Education Mr Chee Hong Tat. Over a delightful spread of uniquely Singaporean food, Delegates were able to form meaningful connections over their shared passions and experiences in design education and policy implementation. Conversations at the dinner table also featured light-hearted anecdotes about cultural experiences and childhood tales. “I think there was a lot of meaningful conversations that I’ll be able to take back home to the United States,” expressed Lillian Crum from Detroit.
Delegates sharing about design at the UNESCO Cities of Design Public Forum.
All the delegates participated, as both presenters and audience members, in the UNESCO Cities of Design Public Forum held on the 8 of March. The forum, open to members of the public, involved presentations and panel discussions about design by a variety of policymakers, designers, educators and leaders.
The public forum, which had been split into four pillars – Design X Policy, Design X Education, Design X Business and Design X Communications – was well received as a place of knowledge and experience sharing. Each presentation was seen not only as a platform for spreading ideas about design policies and implementation, but also an opportunity for the audience to learn more about the various cities featured. Panellists received a flood of interesting questions during the panel session, such as “How can the community influence policies if policy makers have yet to realise the importance of design?”, which prompted a robust discussion.
Delegates enjoying dinner at Lau Pat Sat, a historic building located within the heart of the city and home to an array of local cuisine.