In celebration of Earth Day on 22 April, SPACE, in collaboration with Cubes Indesign magazine, identified five aspects of the Danes’ ecological efforts that have the potential to be applied to Singapore and invited five designers to explore these ideas as part of an exhibition called "Danish Green Ways of Life".
I was invited amongst the likes of WOW Architects, Lekker Design and Formwerkz and Park & Associates, and given the issue of "Water" to tackle.
My exploration centered around the idea of new water catchment possibilities in our urban environment, re-thinking various elements around us; from drains to lamp posts, and converting them into catchment devices.
It is a grassroots campaign to contribute to positive change in our city.
In the spirit of our friends at #betterKL, it hopes to empower those of us who call Singapore home to join forces and collaborate with each other — designers, urban planners and thinkers, businesses, institutions, organisations, policymakers, artists, students, teachers, city dwellers — to achieve the fullest potential of the city.
WHAT IS 'SAFE STREETS'?
That's the name of the first project as part of the #betterSG initiative. We've always been interested in cycling and what it can do to our cities and we've been pushing for that idea in our work for Archifest. We also believe that if Singapore is to achieve its vision of a more liveable city, then non-motorized movement through the city such as cycling and walking will be key.
Archifest is an annual festival of ideas about the city organised by the Singapore Institute of Architects. In 2012, FIVEFOOTWAY was asked to lead the festival and chart a new direction for it and our founder, Adib Jalal was installed as its Festival Director.
We reimagined the festival by initiating the creation of the first ever Archifest pavilion, setting up a pop-up school called the School of Urban Ideas and crafted many new programmes including film screenings and an urban picnic to enable a wider audience to engage in conversations about our city. We also collaborated with many different communities and organizations from Singapore and beyond to create programmes that would encourage the public to consider the city in new ways and transform October into a month-long celebration of ideas.
Rethink Singapore 2012
The theme for Archifest 2012 is Rethink Singapore. To imagine a city of the future, old urban moulds must be shed and new definitions made. Archifest 2012 hopes to place our city under new light and through new lenses, rethinking and reframing Singapore as an urban ecosystem, beyond singular architectural projects.
Surprise Stove is a one-day food festival exploring issues of public spaces in the city through the wisdom of street-inspired food culture. A movement that started on the streets of Indonesia, the guerrilla-style event brings chefs and cooking enthusiasts to cook in the city who will then give away their culinary creations to the public for free. This Singapore version of the event was held at Haji Lane on 12th November 2011.
In collaboration with KeukenBdg (Indonesia) & Jong Arsitek (Indonesia) with support from Orita Sinclair
Social Influence studio, GOODSTUPH wanted a direct mailer for HP’s latest Z1 workstation in the form of a flat-packed cardboard desk which was then to be distributed to key influencers in Singapore’s creative industry as part of their PR campaign. We were approached to design a cardboard desk capable of holding up to 30kg of weight, to be flat packed into a box and assembled by the recipient. The catch, we had 4 weeks to designed and produce it.
Team: Creative Direction: Adib Jalal. Designers: Belnice Chua, Chua Li Qi, Nadira Seah.
Hub to hub
Hub to hub is a public art program where 7 artworks by multidisciplinary teams were commissioned to generate new ideas of public spaces. FIVEFOOTWAY came on board to art direct the program and took inspiration from the linking of urban nodes and creative disciplines to form a single unbroken line that became typography, creative elements and visual cues.
FIVEFOOTWAY Sessions is an annual event organized by FIVEFOOTWAY that brings together individuals from various disciplines to explore issues related to the asian built environment.
Beyond a platform for insightful discussion, Sessions is the place to strike up a conversation with others, create or strengthen relationships, gain inspiration from your peers and share a drink or a thought with the FIVEFOOTWAY team.
Sessions 01 with the theme "This is what the future looks like" took place on 13th July 2011, 7-10pm at Night & Day Bar, 139A/C Selegie Road, 188309, Singapore
• Adib Jalal , Editor-in-chief, FIVEFOOTWAY (Singapore)
• Paskalis Khrisno, Architect (Jakarta)
• Wicaksono, Architect, Editor-in-chief, Jong Arsitek (Bandung)
• Support - All presenters, the Fivefootway team, the community
Magical Spaces is a project where we set out to explore people's perceptions of spaces that they consider special or "magical". Through the use of Moleskine notebooks passed round from one person to another, we asked the public to document their magical space in an anecdote or a sketch.
The responses were collated and exhibited at The Asylum, Singapore. A publication was also produced in conjunction with the project.
Official Notebook Sponsor: Moleskine
Official Publication Sponsor: Basheer Graphic Books
Supporter: National Arts Council
My last project before leaving FARM is an entry to an architectural competition for the refurbishment of a mosque in the estate of Bedok in Singapore to cater to the evolving needs of the community and the mosque's operations. This entry won top prize, the first in FARM's history, and construction is expected to commence in 2012.
Civic Life: Tiong Bahru is a major community project exploring identity, memory, architecture, a sense of place and civic space. Developed with the involvement and support of the National Museum of Singapore, the British Council, the Singapore International Foundation and Arts Council England, the project consists of a short film by renowned UK filmmakers Desperate Optimists, a blog component, community submissions platform and a short film competition. This was also the first time that the web would be playing an integral part in the development of a Civic Life film.
-To develop a coherent graphic identity for the project with a view for adaptation to past Civic Life films. -To develop and execute a strategy to engage the community with an online presence. -To develop and execute an editorial strategy for the blog.
The graphic identity was developed with a crisp, timeless quality so that it could be adapted to various Civic Life films. The logo was designed to adopt a dominant colour from the palette of each individual film and through this, have its own identity while still remaining coherent across various films. In the case of Civic Life: Tiong Bahru, the colour orange was used, echoing the colour from the Tiong Bahru market which plays a prominent role in the film.
The website, considered to be the home-base for the various strands of the project, was developed as part of a larger strategy to develop a community around the project. A blog and a section for community-generated content were identified as key pieces to growing the community. In addition, various online tools and services such as Facebook groups, pages, gadgets and also the slightly more traditional email list were also incorporated into the design.
The blog was developed as a key component of the project - one that will allow the various underlying themes of the project to be fleshed out and discussed in greater detail. It was decided that to achieve the best range of opinions and writings, the blog will be produced by many guest contributors instead of a single resident blogger. These invited contributors comprised of architects, journalists, artists, poets and writers among others, and added to the richness of conversation around the project. The blog also featured behind the scenes posts by the filmmakers, giving the community an intimate insight into the development of the project.
To encourage community participation, an open invitation to contribute to the blog was also extended to everyone. At the same time, a separate section and user interface was developed for the community to submit their stories, film and photos, all of which in section on the website called "My Tiong Bahru".
In 2008, the viewing gallery at Singapore's Changi Airport, Terminal 2 and 3 underwent a complete re-design to become the airport's Aviation Gallery. Designed to capture the wonders of flight and origami paper planes, the gallery featured various interactive exhibits and trivia of all things aviation related. The FARM team designed, created and curated all the content in the semi-permanent exhibition and from what we've heard, it's quite a popular joint now.
Involvement: [FARM] Design & Project management team leader. In collaboration with AE models