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NDC August-September 2020: Singapore: Our Home


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01 Aug - 30 Sep 2020
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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In Singapore, the month of August means National Day, and we’re taking the opportunity to appreciate all things local and the wonderful creative talent we have! This month’s NDC events theme is Singapore: Our Home, and will run from August to September. Discover how design plays a part in shaping Singapore into a loveable city, transforming local businesses and inspiring our designers to be creative and culturally relevant. 

#designspottingsg – by Designers in Singapore 

Inspiration begins at home, and we’re proud of it! We’re launching a new monthly series #designspottingsg, where we invite you to discover design inspirations in everyday Singapore through videos presented by participating designers. We can’t wait to experience a different slice of Singapore through their eyes! Watch the episodes on Dsg’s Facebook or Instagram page. Here are the designers that will be featured:

  • Tan Jiahui, Founder/Creative Director of Fable Studio
  • Keat Ong, Founder/Design Principal of Keat Ong Design and President of Society of Interior Designers, Singapore

Designing for Inclusivity – Safeguarding Culture and Heritage
Date/Time: 25 August 2020, 4pm – 5:30p

As we celebrate our independence, come find out more about Singapore’s intangible cultural heritage in this talk by Mr Yeo Kirk Siang, Director of the Heritage Research and Assessment, National Heritage Board, and from local traditional craft practitioners. As design trends and consumer needs evolve, how can Singapore designers create products that embody and preserve our unique local heritage, and contribute to their survival? Find out more here.

Design Thinking for Business Transformation (F&B)
Date/Time: 27 August 2020, 10am – 11:30am

With stiff competition and rising costs for labour and rental, F&B business owners need more than just an innovative food concept to survive. Hear from some of Singapore’s top homegrown F&B business owners, Adrien Desbaillets, Co-founder & Managing Director, SaladStop and Steen Puggar, former CEO, 4 Fingers, on how they have used design thinking to help rapidly transform and rethink their businesses. Find out more here.

To Our City with Love
Date/Time: 31 August & 30 September 2020

What do we love about Singapore and what would make us love our country more? Join us in this two-part webinar series as policy and community practitioners deliberate how we experience cities and neighbourhoods, and how the concept of loveability can help us meet our needs and aspirations, transforming our nation into a more innovative and resilient home for all. Find out more here.

National Vending Gallery: Topic No. 1 Cardboard
Date/Time: 7 September 2020, 9am – 9pm
Venue: Design Gallery 2, Level 2, National Design Centre

The National Vending Gallery features 18 locally-designed card and board games assembled for its maiden topic: No.1 CARDBOARD. Through a designer’s ingenuity, cardboard is transformed from a meek paper-like material to imaginative gameplays fit for social interactions and experiential learning. Find your next perfect stay-at-home activity you can enjoy with friends and family. More details here.

Local Design: Board Games
Date/Time: 19 September 2020,  11am – 12pm

Do you love board games? Did you know we have a bustling local board game design scene? This webinar is an accompaniment to the National Vending Gallery exhibition. Join us as we explore the different aspects of board game design! Speakers include Ms Yasmine Khater (Bye Bye Virus), Mr Xeo Lye (Capital Gains Studio) and Ms Lilian Lee (Say What?). More details.

Designing for Inclusivity – Digital Technologies to Empower Everyday Living
Date/Time: 10 September 2020, 4pm – 5.15pm

Inclusive design leverages digital technology to improve lives by making products and processes accessible and safe for everyone. Join us to find out about conversational and educational technologies that address gaps within our society. This session is suitable for interested designers and product managers, and organisations that are keen to connect with technology partners and understand the potential of inclusive technologies. More details here.

Community Building Through Participatory Design
Date/Time: 24 September 2020,  4pm – 6pm

How can design play a role in building communities and creating a sense of ‘home’? Join us to rediscover design as a community building tool, as community practitioners and design experts share how participatory design tools and methodology can be used in our local context to co-create public and social spaces. This webinar is curated for designers and architects who have a passion for community design. More details.

Designing Ageing-friendly Cities
Date/Time: 29 September 2020, 4pm – 5.10pm

What will the future of our cities look like? Join speaker Dr Belinda Yuen (Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities, Singapore University of Technology and Design) as she explores topics like a housing audit checklist tool to start thinking about ageing in place and a ‘Peter Pan’ home, as well as design opportunities in a silver economy. More details.

To Our City With Love (Part 2)
Date/Time: 30 September 2020, 6pm – 7.30pm

What do we love about Singapore and what would make us love our country more? Join us in the second part of our webinar series as practitioners across the diverse fields of design and built environment focus on how we may design innovative and inclusive communities and environments to meet our needs and aspirations, and transform Singapore into a more flourishing and resilient home for all. More details.


National Design Centre

The National Design Centre is the nexus of design, the meeting point for creative minds and businesses and the venue for presenting all things design. Centrally located in Bras Basah.Bugis, Singapore’s arts, heritage and design precinct, it is also home to the DesignSingapore Council, the national agency for design. The repurposed, award-winning conserved building is as much an emblem for outstanding Singaporean design and architecture, as it is a thriving venue for visitors to attend design-focused showcases and programmes. NDC adds to the pulse of the city’s district of arts, culture, design, heritage, learning and entertainment. 

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