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About The Competition

The third edition of the My Ideas for Public Spaces competition invited the public to submit ideas for pop-up projects to engage, delight and enliven public spaces in Singapore.

Consisting of a single open category, this year’s competition attracted a total of 102 submissions and 12 entries were shortlisted by a panel of expert jurors from both the private and public sectors.

A public exhibition featuring all 102 submissions was held from 05 September to 28 September 2017 at the URA Centre Foyer Park.

Check out the winning and merit entries below!

Winner : Book Bus
By Priscilla Foo

Inspired by the mobile library in the early days of National Library Board, the ‘Book Bus’ proposes to activate spaces with the installation of mobile book carts and movable stools to create a space where children are free to explore their environment as well as the imaginary world of books.

Jury Citation: ‘Book Bus’ has the potential to be transported around easily to enliven a variety of public spaces, such as void decks and other frequently used communal spaces. The strength of the proposal lies in its potential to complement other programmes and events by the community.

WINNER : Jump
By Syafiq Mazlan

Inspired by the mobile library in the early days of National Library Board, the ‘Book Bus’ proposes to activate spaces with the installation of mobile book carts and movable stools to create a space where children are free to explore their environment as well as the imaginary world of books.

Jury Citation: ‘Book Bus’ has the potential to be transported around easily to enliven a variety of public spaces, such as void decks and other frequently used communal spaces. The strength of the proposal lies in its potential to complement other programmes and events by the community.

WINNER : Mobile Cinema
By Chua Soo Hoon & Meliaty Wong

The ‘Mobile Cinema’ installation proposes to transform public spaces into an outdoor cinema during the evening and creates shaded seating for rest and relaxation during the day. The installation comprises a series of lightweight frames with seats, a retractable fabric awning, a projector and screen. As night falls the fabric awning can be pulled back to reveal the night sky, and people can enjoy a movie under the stars just by connecting their mobile devices to the built-in projector.

Jury Citation: The simplicity of the idea to evoke open-air cinemas of the past is particularly strong. ‘Mobile Cinema’ re-defines mobile entertainment and is an idea that is current and fitting in the age of the sharing economy. The elegant design and adaptability of the lightweight installation for a variety of purposes at different times of the day is also deserving of praise.

WINNER : ORIGAMe
By Tek Swee Lang

The ‘ORIGAMe’ structure transforms public spaces with the installation of giant pieces of origami which act both as sculptures and inspiration for community members to take a break and fold their own piece of origami following the instructions provided at site.

Jury Citation: Easily implementable at various scales, the whimsical ‘ORIGAMe’ structures will inject fun and colour to public spaces. The origami folding activity could take place within a resident community, or scaled up to a nation-wide community bonding event. The simplicity of the idea, and its ability to bring communities together by evoking memories of past shared experiences, are praiseworthy.

WINNER : Rhythmic Space
By Mrinalini Sivadas

‘Rhythmic Space’ seeks to give life to public spaces and bring community members together through music. The submission proposes a collection of musical instruments, such as drums, xylophones, marimbas and chimes, to be set up in public spaces for everyone to enjoy music-making. The installation can also be activated to tie in with community events and workshops.

Jury Citation: A beautiful and simple idea that is highly implementable. ‘Rhythmic Space’ is a thoughtful proposal which demonstrates how music can enliven public spaces, and promises to be attractive to all. The participant’s enthusiasm for imagining better public spaces at such a young age is also praiseworthy.

WINNER : Tiong Bahru Park Rainbow Maze
By Indra Pramana & Edison Gunawan

‘Rainbow Maze’ transforms Tiong Bahru Park with the installation of a colourful maze, which is constructed using bamboo and fabric panels in rainbow hues. Taking cue from the park’s theme “Old Frame, New Images”, the installation is proposed to be sensitively sited within the decades-old park.

Jury Citation: The proposal is commended for its simple yet cost-effective and sustainable approach to activating existing green spaces that will appeal to people of all ages. Many will find running through the maze enjoyable, while others may see photo-taking opportunities with the attractive installation.

MERIT : Air Your Laundry
By Kirk Yi Ling & Sharmaine Toh

‘Air Your Laundry’ is a pavilion constructed of bamboo which creates a public seating and exhibition space to encourage residents to connect and share their stories with the community. The installation is inspired by the distinctive feature of laundry hanging on bamboo poles in HDB estates.

Jury Citation: The strength of the idea lies in its simplicity and the opportunity it presents for community engagement. The simple structure has potential to be adopted as an exhibition space programmed by local communities for activities and events.

MERIT : Clean Energy Is Child’s Play!
By Zang Eyu & Ong Jian Liang

A playground for children with a twist, ‘Clean Energy is Child’s Play!’ harnesses the boundless energies of children to generate energy. Play equipment, such as the slide, merry-go-round and rock-climbing wall, are adapted with moving parts to convert the kinetic energy from children’s movements into electricity which is used to power the playground lights and fans.

Jury Citation: The proposal is applauded for the integration of sustainable design with the everyday functions of a playground. It provides an opportunity for children to play and promotes an appreciation for and understanding of sustainable design.

MERIT : exhale
By Jezamine Chua

‘exhale’ is a public art installation inspired by the works of Anish Kapoor. Placed in under-utilised spaces, the reflective surfaces of the installation invite passers-by to stop and take a moment to re-consider the space, and at night the installation glows with LED lights resembling star constellations.

Jury Citation: An imaginative proposal that is commended for its promotion of the value of public art as an important element in public spaces. The amorphous form has the potential to bring delight to places through inviting quiet visual engagement.

MERIT : FLOW
By Ng Qi Boon

‘FLOW’ presents an idea to transform transitory spaces in HDB void decks and along covered walkways into public seating and rest areas with the simple installation of a scultpural fibreglass seats which are designed to be hung over existing metal handrails and barriers.

Jury Citation: The merit in this proposal is in its creative approach to transform existing pieces of infrastructure which are otherwise under-utilised into pieces of street furniture. The simplicity of the proposal and the potential for the seats to create areas for rest and community gathering is commendable.

MERIT : Oasis
By Goh Jun Yi

‘Oasis’ is a lightweight pavilion structure that creates a space for relaxation in the city. The walls of the pavilion are constructed of PVC pipes which are suspended from the roof structure suggesting the form of a wind chime. As wind flows through the pavilion the lightweight pipes gently come into contact with each other, making chime-like sounds.

Jury Citation: The strength of this proposal lies in its experiential nature and connection with the environment: the summer breeze is seen, felt, and heard as the giant wind chimes sway gently in the wind.

MERIT : Pop-Up Playground – Loopy Fruity
By Leeyau Chun Chuan

‘Loopy Fruity’ proposes see-saws and rocking horses made of recycled vehicle tyres and wood planks. The installations can be adopted by community groups, and deployed at community events and festive occasions to foster community bonding. Other concepts, such as rest benches, tyre swings and giant seats, further explores the possibilities of upcycling used items to playground equipment.

Jury Citation: Commendable for the use of recycled materials, ‘Loopy Fruity’ is old-school fun in technicolour. Painted in vivid colours suggestive of tropical fruits, the playground equipment can be easily deployed to bring simple delight to a variety of public spaces.

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