Singapore Design Week 2023 will discover how design can enhance lives

Promotion: themes of innovation, inclusivity and sustainability would be the focus of the exhibitions, workshops and talks going down at this 12 months’s Singapore Design Week (SDW), which opens later this month.

One in all Asia’s most anticipated design festivals, Singapore Design Week goals to showcase Singapore’s “distinct model of creativity”. This 12 months marks the twentieth anniversary of its organising physique, DesignSingapore Council (Dsg). To mark this milestone, the 11-day pageant will undertake the council’s motto, ‘Higher by Design’, as its theme for 2023.

“Singapore design embodies a common angle – the will to all the time search to make lives higher utilizing design,” stated pageant director of SDW 2023, Madeleine Ho.

“The motto ‘Higher by Design’ displays DesignSingapore Council’s dedication to champion design and creativity that helps us to satisfy complicated challenges and form a greater future.”

To focus on the ‘Higher by Design’ theme, DesignSingapore Council commissioned native design curators to create various installations.

Curators included co-founder and artistic director of Black, Jackson Tan; co-founder and artistic director of Kinetic Singapore, Pann Lim; and co-founders of Lekker Architects, Ong Ker Shing and Joshua Comaroff.

Curators embrace Jackson Tan, Ong Ker-Shing, Joshua Comaroff and Pann Lim

The installations, titled Playground of Prospects, College of Tomorrow and FI&LD can be dotted round Bras Basah.Bugis – the humanities and heritage district in Singapore’s metropolis centre.

Organised underneath the themes of Innovation, Sustainability and Inclusivity, the installations are designed to showcase impactful design options that deal with society’s greatest challenges.

Playground of Prospects presents ’12 Tales of Prospects’, together with socially-driven and interactive reveals resembling a “mini” public housing city designed to be dementia-friendly and 3D-printed medical prosthetics for higher affected person outcomes.

“I hope guests of all ages can realise that everybody can create a constructive influence by way of design,” stated curator of Playground of Prospects, Jackson Tan. “As our society evolves, complicated challenges resembling digital disruption and local weather change have additionally surfaced.”

At Playground of Prospects, guests additionally find out how biomimicry and nature-inspired methods may help in designing to deal with local weather change.

FI&LD will function reveals that push inventive inclusivity together with Cave of Hug by Bureau Spectacular

The set up FI&LD presents a “new philosophy in inclusive design” primarily based on play and improvisation. Right here, guests will get to expertise examples of this ethos in observe – from bodily environments to graphics, merchandise, companies and experiences.

The set up goals to stress the doable connections between inclusion, emotion and expertise by way of design.

“Inclusive observe is not only ‘handicap ramps’ or accessibility infrastructures,” stated co-curator of FI&LD, Joshua Comaroff. “As a substitute, it’s a completely new mind-set in regards to the person of design, in all our human selection.”

“Empathy for a various public will make higher design, that brings extra consolation and delight to us all.”

Exploring sustainability, College of Tomorrow will introduce lessons analyzing crucial environmental points by way of widespread topics resembling geography, chemistry and social research.

“Sustainability would possibly appear to be a broad topic to broach, however we hope that through the use of the idea of a faculty for these installations, guests can simply recognise the various environmental challenges we face, and discover strategies to raised equip ourselves, each in principle and observe,” stated curator of College of Tomorrow, Pann Lim.

Sustainability is likely one of the themes all through the week.  Picture by Kinetic Singapore

Along with Bras Basah.Bugis, the pageant may even introduce Marina Bay and Orchard Highway as design districts. Every of those three precincts goals to mirror the distinctive character of its neighborhood and supply immersive design experiences inside strolling distance.

As in earlier years, the 2023 occasion will proceed to discover design by way of three defining pillars: Design Futures, Design Market and Design Affect.

Addressing Design Futures, Singapore Design Week’s Design Futures Discussion board will see distinguished designers and thinkers from Singapore and all over the world discover design-enabled variations of the long run.

Audio system embrace Japanese architect Shigeru Ban; health innovation knowledgeable and founding father of Whitespace, Lululemon’s ideation lab, Tom Waller; and the primary Asia Pacific head of the World Inexperienced Constructing Council, Joelle Chan.

Audio system at Singapore Design Week’s Design Futures Discussion board embrace Shigeru Ban, Dr Tom Waller and Joelle Chen

The pageant’s Design Market pillar is as soon as once more spearheaded by FIND – Design Truthful Asia, which can return to Marina Bay Sands for its second version from 21 to 23 September 2023.

The honest consists of Emerge at FIND – a showcase devoted to Southeast Asian modern design curated by designer and curator Suzy Annetta of Design Anthology.

This 12 months’s version will function the curatorial theme of “Craft and Business: Man and Machine”, with works by over 50 rising and established designers from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

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EMERGE @ FIND is a showcase devoted to Southeast Asian modern design

In addition to the pageant fee of immersive installations, the Design Affect pillar can be demonstrated by way of Future Affect: Homecoming Showcase, curated by design guide Tony Chambers and curator Maria Cristina Didero, which was first introduced at Milan Design Week 2023.

As well as, the native design neighborhood will current over 80 ground-up occasions that embody exhibitions, talks, panel discussions, workshops, excursions and retail pop-ups knowledgeable by the pageant theme and pillars.

To study extra about Singapore Design Week, go to its web site.

Singapore Design Week takes place from 21 September to 1 October 2023 in Singapore. See Dezeen Occasions Information for an up-to-date checklist of structure and design occasions going down all over the world.

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