Reconceiving the Future of Malls presents a new way of thinking about Singapore’s existing malls and imagines their possible futures.
The changing nature of retail affects the entire spectrum of malls, whether developer-owned, HDB-owned or strata titled. Future “15-minute cities” will likely regard malls as critical anchors of neighbourhoods, offering promise for upcoming malls that can adapt to these changes.
But what will happen to older malls? The research engages this overshadowed side of retail in Singapore – and sees new possibilities for their future, whether it means revitalisation or decommission. The research also radically explores how in the instance of closure, a mall may undergo a possible transfiguration into a virtual or phygital realm.
In this exhibition, learn about the year-long research journey and explore two prototypes that deal with mall futures: one to diagnose the health of a mall and facilitate consensus on its future actions, and another that resurrects expired malls in a multilayered virtual experience.
In addition to the exhibition, hear from a panel presenting a diversity of views on the futures of retail, and ways to tackle key issues faced by malls in Singapore. Find out more and register here.
Spatial Anatomy is a recipient of the Good Design Research, an initiative supported by DesignSingapore Council.
About Good Design Research
Launched in March 2020 in the middle of a pandemic year, Good Design Research (GDR) underscores the importance of how design backed by deep research can make a true difference by building deep domain knowledge and solving the challenges faced by societies and cities. This initiative empowers designers and design enterprises in Singapore to find their unique value proposition in designing for impact through research and experimentation, supported by a wide network of knowledge partners.
To find out more about GDR, please click here.
Spatial Anatomy designs objects, spaces and strategies for cities. The firm is known for its innovative design strategies towards liveability, productivity and resilience of urban environments, having worked on the Paya Lebar Airbase Masterplan for URA, award-winning Green Agora, a lightweight infrastructure of anchoring small communities with changing lifestyles, and publications on productive peripheries in and around Singapore and South Korea.
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