SDA Finalist’s Spotlight

EMBRACE!

EMBRACE! 500 500 Design Business Chamber Singapore

Project EMBRACE seeks to beautify Singapore’s landscape and unite people with MRT pillars.

Ar. Chio Wen Tian of CHIO Architects


I frequently go down to the track right by the MRT to run and I’ve often thought that the spaces could have been better utilised. The idea of EMBRACE is to clad the MRT columns with 22 used holding panels and allow members of the community to come together to paint them and express themselves.

About the project

The premise of this project stemmed from a far-sighted concern on the MRT system. Mindful about the implications the fixed corridors created by the network of on-grade MRT tracks have on our city when WFH becomes the norm, how can design spark online or physical conversations/collaborations to rejuvenate our community spirit in a post-pandemic Singapore?

EMBRACE cleverly reuses construction hoarding steel panels affixed on circular steel support around the MRT pillars, with hoarding panels serving as canvas for any community expression through Paint, Stick or Project. The initiative showcases our people’s ingenuity for turning an urban challenge into opportunity, while the colours and vibrancy of the adorned columns embraces our diversity, creativity and aspirations.


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Scratchbac

Scratchbac 1778 1000 Design Business Chamber Singapore

Scratchbac was inspired by the thought of connecting neighbours together.

Jerry Neo of Scratchbac


Scratchbac is a proximity-based app that originally started out to solve my personal problem but the idea quickly grew to something bigger than myself.

We began organising events such as inviting neighbours to come down and play games together and small markets where people could bring down and exchange their pre-loved items with one another.


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Semula to a Dying Industry

Semula to a Dying Industry 667 1000 Design Business Chamber Singapore

Semula to a Dying Industry’s quest is to reuse and repurpose discarded materials.

Eddie Sim (left) and Tay Sok Leong (right) of Semula Pte Ltd


Our project is about giving a new life to a dying industry. Through our project, we hope to rejuvenate the kiddy ride that many of us are familiar with using recycled plastic materials.

We wish to create a common space for multigenerational communities to bond and interact such that this will be a space for young children to play and enjoy the kiddy ride, parents to relax and catch up with others, and elderly to participate in sensory experiences and promote their physical well-being.


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Young Changemakers!

Young Changemakers! 1148 1000 Design Business Chamber Singapore

Young Changemakers believe that a better future lies in a strong foundation that incorporates sustainability into the teaching pedagogy.


When we started the project, we were driven by the desire to make sure that kids had the right principles growing up from a young age, especially when it comes to sustainability.

As no one has ever done a program on sustainability, we wanted to be the first.

Lim Si Hui of Glyph Community Ltd

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Singapore Design Award (SDA)

Singapore Design Award (SDA) 2560 1707 Design Business Chamber Singapore

The Singapore Design Awards (SDA) was conceived in 1988. Launched by then PM, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, at the first Singapore International Design Forum to recognise and honour outstanding design practitioners and design students. These designers create innovative designs and use a human-centric approach in their design methodology. 

Source: Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew visits a housing project. Credit: Larry Burrows via Getty Images

All nations come with a vast array of people with different cultures, heritages, and history – but only some succeed. Why? Singapore is positioned in a unique space that emphasises the importance of unity among its citizens despite our clear divides. As a consequence of this, we are also in a place that allows for effective nation-building.

Whilst our governmental bodies make huge decisions, they are also working in tandem with their citizens to build a better Singapore. Despite their best efforts, no one can solve every problem a nation has on their own. This is why ground-up initiatives are important to the future of Singapore.

This brings us to the current day. We live in, are exposed to, and are surrounded by so many good examples of good design that we barely notice. However, these designs were actually responses to the challenges that Singapore once faced. From our housing enclaves to our water system, we take many designs (read: solutions) for granted. We face no shortage of challenges – which is why it’s so important for people to unite to tackle these challenges from the ground up.

This year, 4 challenges were set forth by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment.

4 finalists were selected this year. Young Changemakers by Glphy Community Ltd thinks of building a better future by incorporating sustainability into the teaching pedagogy, Semula to a Dying Industry by Semula wants to reuse and repurpose discarded materials, EMBRACE by CHIO Architects wants to beautify Singapore’s landscape and unite people with MRT pillars, and a proximity-based social media platform app by Scratchbac wants to connect people who are close to each other.

While each of the finalists have wildly different ideas, each of them are similar in their ideology to create a better Singapore. 

Singapore Design Awards (SDA) offers individuals the chance to ideate and come up with potential solutions to the current challenges that Singapore faces. While submissions to SDA only require ideas, winners of SDA will be given seed money to prototype their projects to make their designs a reality. Our four finalists have already launched their designs – and are trailblazing the way for Singapore’s future.

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