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NDC December 2020: A Future by Design


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01 Dec - 31 Dec 2020
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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Before the turn of a new year, there’s no better time than now to envision and strive for a better future in the wake of numerous challenges the past months. And we’ve the most appropriate showcases, workshops and talks lined up this month to inspire us to leverage design to shape a brighter 2021 (and beyond!). We’ll even capture insights on how the practice of design might evolve in an increasingly complex world. 

Forager Things
Duration: 3 Dec 2020 – 6 Feb 2021, 9am – 9pm daily
Venue: Design Gallery 1, Level 1

The COVID-19 situation makes us question the significance of capitalism that is underpinned by goods of mass manufacture. Inspired by apocalyptic scenarios (in films) where survivors imaginatively put together essential products by foraging for things around them from ground zero, Forager Things presents two collections of objects that encourages us to recondition our perspectives towards mass produced items – considering a possible future where society has to relearn how to build and connect through analogue means.

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Visions of the Future
Duration: 10 Dec 2020 –  7 Jan 2021, 9am – 9pm daily
Venue: Atrium, Level 1

A curated showcase of seven designs by emerging Singaporean designers, Visions of the Future explores how design solutions can help answer the question, “how might design help us to thrive despite the challenges of the moment and reimagine hope in such dire times?”. Under the mentorship of design duo Wendy Chua and Gustavo Maggio, each design has been hand-selected for its visionary approach to current issues, with key focuses of the showcase looking at the improvement of health and wellbeing, designing for multigenerational living, sustainable processes, new materials and safety through design.

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National Vending Gallery: Topic No. 2 Future Past
Duration: 11 Dec 2020 – 7 Feb 2021, 9am – 9pm daily
Venue: Design Gallery 2, Level 2

Sourced from the limited inventories of archaic household goods stores in Singapore, National Vending Gallery presents topic No. 2 Future Past – a collection of enlightening household artefacts that are sensible and beautiful at the same time. Unlikely designed by professional designers, each piece in this collection was instead shaped ingeniously by mercenary conditions and honed through negotiations between the cost-effectiveness of mass manufacture, economic profitability, and user expectations – providing an uncanny perspective to the future of democratic design.

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P*DA 2020 Jurors’ Forum – Creating a Better Future by Design
Date/Time: 8 Dec 2020, 5pm – 6.30pm
Venue: Online

As 2020 comes to a close, we reflect on the changes that the past year has brought, and how this has affected the role of design and designers in the new normal. How can designers contribute to these conversations of change, and how can design create a better future, raise the quality of life and enable economic transformation? Come hear from our design changemakers from various disciplines and backgrounds and be inspired from their work in driving change through human-centered design. Dialogue with them and see how you can create a better future by design.

Watch the webinar recording here.

Smart & Liveable Cities
Date/Time: 9 Dec 2020, 5pm (Pre-recorded session)
Venue: Online

With the world ravaged by the current pandemic, everything people knew about smart city design and urbanisation will change dramatically. Cities will also face immense challenges that come with rapidly ageing societies, and those relating to mobility, sustainability, climate change and resiliency to outbreaks. Enterprises will discover a new approach to the study of the built environment, where design takes on an investigative and intervening role that purposefully interfaces amongst people, technologies and the city. This series is a plenary on Smart & Liveable Cities, presented during the design-led segment, Catalysing Innovation with Design, on day 3 of the TechInnovation 2020 virtual conference and was held as part of the week-long Singapore Week of Innovation & Technology and Singapore Fintech Festival.

Watch the webinar recording here.

Designing for the Future Burger King Restaurant
Date/time: 14 Dec 2020, 4pm – 5pm
Venue: Online

How can design be utilized to enhance guest experiences and provide authentic human connections and new workflows for the future? How can we integrate the digital elements of today and design innovative online-offline hybrid experiences without compromising on food quality?As part of the Good Design Research Initiative, Burger King is looking for designers to take on the challenge of giving a fresh perspective to their future restaurants! Join us to find out more about how you can participate. This session is suitable for designers who are keen to work with hospitality services and communication design professionals.

Watch the webinar recording here.

Bicycle Urbanism: Making Cities Bike Friendly
Date/Time: 16 Dec 2020, 4pm – 5.30pm

Online Cycling plays a significant role in the future of sustainable urban mobility in cities, with positive environmental, health, social and economic benefits. As cycling gains momentum in Singapore, urban planners and designers are making efforts to bring Transit-Oriented Development with “last mile” cycling solutions to residential neighbourhoods. This webinar will present an ongoing research project of the Singapore University of Technology and Design’s Cities: Urban Science and Design for Density programme that investigates how cycling interfaces with public transit nodes and how the resulting networks and flows relate to future urban planning and design. 

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Forager Things (Experiential Mail): e-Workshop
Date/Time: 15 Dec 2020, 5pm – 5.45pm and 6pm – 6.45pm, 19 Dec 2020, 3.30pm – 4.15pm and 4.30pm – 5.15pm
Venue: Online

Join us for a series of guided online workshops and create your very own experiential mail for loved ones this festive season! With the pandemic favouring digitally mediated interactions, we forage for analogue means to stay connected with our loved ones even as we remain physically apart. Reimagining what our future experience with common mails could be, these mails embed thoughtful sentiments into a surprising opening experience. All participants will receive a physical tool kit. Limited slots available. Applicable to residents in Singapore only.

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