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NDC April – July 2021: Casting Hope


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01 Apr - 31 Jul 2021
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April – Jul 2021: Casting Hope

There are moments in time, such as this, when a shared focus on the proactive and optimistic can have much-needed resonance. ‘Casting Hope’ focuses on design that strongly harnesses the imagination to find new solutions to problems and new, impactful possibilities for an improved world.

June – July Events

National Vending Gallery: Topic No. 4 Hand Made
Date/Time: 5 Jun – 30 Aug 2021, 9am – 9pm daily
Venue: Design Gallery 2, Level 2

National Vending Gallery presents topic No. 4 Hand Made, a collection of products crafted by makers based in Singapore. Exerting their imagination on the physical material, each piece of work took shape through the hands of the designer. These objects of hand-manship brings back a genuine position to the flagrant use of terms in today’s culture – artisanal, hand-crafted, home-made.

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Singapore Interior Design Festival 2021 (SIDFest)
Date/Time: 18 Jun – 18 Jul 2021, 9am – 9pm daily
Venue: National Design Centre

Presented by Society of Interior Designers, Singapore (SIDS), SIDFest 2021 is a celebration of positive perspectives which invites designers to create fresh experiences using the tools of our trade — materials, lights, colours, textures, spaces —  as a love letter to the fraternity, from the fraternity. Discover how a hopeful perspective drives innovation to result in improved processes and better outcomes for businesses, customers, and the greater good. Because progress doesn’t happen by sticking to a formula.

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The Office, Disrupted – Redesigning the Workplace in a Time of Change (Hybrid Work zone extended)
Date/Time: 13 May – 18 Jul 2021, 9am – 9pm daily
Venue: Pop-up Gallery, Level 1 (#01-01)

Missed The Office, Disrupted? Keep a look-out for the extension at Level 1, showcasing feedback from the public from the exhibition run. Learn more about the fundamentals of design keeping your work-life in check for the future of Hybrid Work, where our HybridWork Lab continues on Level 3, Paperwork.

Find out more here.

April – May Events

The Office, Disrupted
Date/Time: 9 Apr – 13 May 2021, 9am – 9pm daily
Venue: Atrium, Level 1

How can we achieve the ideal work life? The Office, Disrupted is an exhibition designed to provoke discussion about the shifting definition of the workplace. This experiential journey will take visitors through the evolution of the office to a future of hybrid work. Visitors will also have the opportunity to experience hybrid working for themselves at the HybridWork Lab. Supplementing the exhibition will be four panel discussions where industry and thought leaders will come together to share their views on adapting in times of change.

Find out more here.

Redesigning Businesses  in a World Transformed
Date/Time: 15 Apr 2021, 4pm – 5pm
Venue: Online

As we emerge from a global crisis into uncertain economies, businesses have to adapt quickly to solve unforeseen hurdles that require creative solutions and inter-disciplinary responses with a focus on putting people first. Hear from business leaders from some of the hardest hit industries as they share their insight to leading their companies through uncharted waters. This is one out of a series of four panel discussions organised in conjunction with the ongoing exhibition The Office, Disrupted.

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The Past and Future “Office”
Date/Time: 6 May 2021, 4pm – 5pm
Venue: Online

Seismic shifts in the way we work, particularly precipitated by the pandemic, have given us the opportunity to reshape and redesign our future workplace. There is never a better time to consider what matters to our work communities in the long run. As we look into a post-pandemic world and beyond, how can we frame disruptive approaches to space, human connection and technology within the larger picture of a city-wide or even global evolution of the office?

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No Turning Back
Date/Time: 11 May 2021, 4pm – 5pm
Venue: Online

As major cities across the world respond to new ways of living and working, how will this impact and shape Singapore’s urban landscape? This timely discussion brings together diverse perspectives in spatial design, urban development, real estate, sustainability and technology to explore how future planning paradigms might be reshaped as new challenges, considerations and design possibilities redefine the energy and blueprint of our cityscape.

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Garden Dreaming

Garden Dreaming
Date/Time: 9 Apr – 31 May 2021, 9am – 9pm daily
Venue: Design Gallery 1, Level 1

Vegetation has always been strategic in urbanised Singapore. As we evolve toward NParks’ new vision of a ‘City in Nature’, we find ourselves on the cusp of incredible potential. A more naturalised high-performance green environment can bring us greater resilience in many ways. But are we collectively ready to live closer to nature? Step into our garden gallery to discover design perspectives from some of the figures behind leading-edge projects and research. They have robust visions for Singapore’s landscaped future. Do you share their garden dreams?

Find out more here.

This Humid House: Appropriating Nature For Pleasure
Date/Time: 22 Apr 2021, 8pm – 9pm
Venue: Online

Have you ever considered the design potential of the flora all around us in Singapore? This Humid House partners with the National Design Centre for a live-streamed talk and design demonstration within the Garden Dreaming exhibition gallery. While crafting a large-scale floral installation for the exhibition, John Lim (founder of This Humid House) will talk about the studio’s design approach, sustainable sourcing methods, and relationship with the floral ecosystem in Singapore and the region. Don’t miss this chance to see botanical design in action.

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Appropriating Nature for Pleasure 2: Home Edition
Date/Time: 21 May 2021
Online Video

In this next installment as part of the Garden Dreaming exhibition, This Humid House turns locally sourced materials — cuttings from houseplants, fallen branches and market fruit and flowers into arrangements for the home. Follow along as their senior designers demonstrate techniques that will allow any receptacle that holds water—bowls and cups included, to serve as vessels for their masterpieces. Stand a chance to win a gift from This Humid House by showing us your very own creations! Stay tuned for more details on this giveaway.

Find out more here.

Other Talks & Workshops

To Our City With Love Part 3
Date/Time: 20 Apr 2021, 6pm – 7.30pm
Venue: Online

What do we love about Singapore and what would make us love our country more? What brings us together? What makes us tick? How do you gather data on the loveability of a city or country? And how do you interpret it for design-related outcomes? Join this interactive webinar for special insights into the research process and findings of the Loveable Singapore Project – an initiative led by the DesignSingapore Council. Over a four-month period, our researchers engaged more than 2,300 participants, resulting in 9,000 minutes of engagement and insights. Discover the interim insights and chip in to co-shape the final report!

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