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PLAY! Tomorrow’s Tropical Cities: Virtual Tour and Dialogue


Event details

  • Date and Time
    Date and Time
10 Oct 2020
03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
  • Location
Zoom Webinar
  • Event Fee
    Event Fee


Join us for an interactive guided tour of the PLAY! Tomorrow’s Tropical Cities’ exhibition and gain greater insights into the creative ideas behind the project! Hear from the both the curators and featured creatives/studios as they expand on their processes through a quick sharing session and Q&A.

The PLAY! Tomorrow’s Tropical Cities exhibition is ongoing at the National Design Centre from 2 – 31 October 2020.

Programme Schedule:

  • Introduction about the PLAY! Tomorrow’s Tropical Cities exhibition
  • Sharing session by panellists on their featured works
  • Open panel discussion and Q&A

About the Speakers:

  • No-To-Scale (MY)
    Shamin Sahrum and Nur Nadhrah A. are founding partners of No-to-scale studio, an explorative studio with interests in curating, object-art, and analogue/digital fabrication. No-to-scale acts as a design research platform responding to current issues through the act of design; it provides socio-political commentary to various issues addressed through their works which are widely published in both electronic and print format. Both of them are currently based in Kuala Lumpur.
  • SAMPO (SG & JP)
    SAMPO is an architectural group with an ambition to democratise and empower individuals and communities through design processes by focusing on the cultivation of DIY culture through the framework of mobile architecture. Their projects expand across SE Asia and the UK and explore mobile architecture—rooted in the act of designing and making—as a means of realising both an individual and collective sense of autonomy.
  • Jonathan Ng (SG)
    Jonathan Ng is a Masters of Architecture (MArch) candidate at Harvard University GSD and a DesignSingapore Scholar. Jonathan has received recognition for design and academic excellence in prizes such as the Singapore Design Award 2019, IKEA Young Designer Award and Singapore Board of Architects Prize in 2017 & 2018. Most recently, he was one of ten scholars selected worldwide for the Norman Foster Foundation Scholarship for his research in advanced digital design and robotics with new emerging materials.
  • Yeo Ker Siang (SG)
    Ker Siang is a designer that investigates the irrational production of value and culture. He makes things up for society by exploring mechanisms and fabrications that affect an individual’s experience. As an educator, his teaching is influenced by Information Theory, where he develops approaches to enrich experiences by experimenting with uncertainty in aesthetics and values.
  • Rebekah Elza Ong Lin (SG)
    Pursuing her BA(Hons) Fashion Design and Development at London College of Fashion, Rebekah seeks to specialize in ready-to-wear womenswear, to create meaningful yet functional designs.

    Her passion to embody sustainable fashion practices has motivated her exploration of innovative solutions that would push design thinking forward in the resolution of environmental problems within the fashion industry. Having interned for brands like RÆburn and Marc Jacobs helps shape Rebekah’s keen sense of design wearability and encourages her drive to create design narratives that challenge overconsumption and the meaning of designing responsibly.
  • Zen Teh (SG)
    Zen Teh (born in Singapore in 1988 and currently lives here) is an artist and educator interested in interdisciplinary studies of nature and human behaviour. Her art practice spans across photography, sculpture and installation. Her works have been showcased in numerous group and solo exhibitions in Singapore, including the Esplanade Singapore, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore Art Museum and Art Science Museum.

    She has also exhibited regionally in Thailand, Indonesia, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China and has been invited as a guest speaker at regional environmental conferences such as ASEAN Powershift 2015 and Hanoi Innovation Week 2016 on Sustainability. Teh has also recently been awarded the winning title for the 7th France + Singapore Photographic Arts Award and Finalist (Artist) for 2019 IMPART Awards.

About the Moderators:

  • Syafiq Jubri (SG)
    Syafiq Jubri, is an architect by profession but always finds himself in the slippery territory of experimental architecture and spatial design. He returned to Singapore in 2019 after nine years in the UK. Most recently, he runs his own transdisciplinary spatial design studio INTUITION, operating between Singapore and the UK.

    As an advocate of design thinking, he teaches and critiques at both local and international institutions, including The Bartlett School of Architecture, University of Greenwich, SUTD, NUS and Temasek Design School. Syafiq received the DesignSingapore Scholarship in 2014 and read the MArch RIBA Part II programme at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London.
  • Nicole Teh (SG)
    Nicole is an architectural designer by day. With a keen interest in the cultural, social and material practice of design and a penchant for making, she values well-crafted and materially rich design that pushes new boundaries between traditional and digital craft, where innovation and craftsmanship are centered around the design process.

    A miniaturist by night, she is fascinated by all things small and often delves into the technical challenges of crafting these compact worlds. She creates imagined spaces through the play of scale, form, material, light, and darkness, orchestrating series of miniature narratives that culminate through the lens of the camera.

    Nicole received the DesignSingapore Scholarship in 2017 and holds BSc and MArch Architecture from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Her works have been showcased in numerous exhibitions, both in UK and Singapore.

This event is co-presented by the DSG Associates Network and DesignSingapore Council, and supported by the National Design Centre.

This event is part of the National Design Centre’s “Next-Gen” programme line-up for October – November 2020.

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Singapore’s highest honour for designers and designs across all disciplines
One of Asia’s premier design festivals that champions design thought leadership
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