What is a Pop-up Project?
Our Favourite Place Pop-up Projects are short-term installations designed to activate existing public spaces by providing opportunities for people to engage and interact with the installation and the space.
Since 2013, URA has worked with private and public organisations on a variety of pop-up installation projects, such as Chairs in Squares (movable chairs), Play Space (3-D play set) and Play at Jalan Besar (series of urban interventions e.g. giant chess sets). The projects were well-received by the public and showed how communities could be brought together in meaningful ways through simple but creative ideas good design and programming. The community also came forth with their own pop-up projects, such as KamPONG (ping pong tables) and Play it Forward (artistically transformed pianos).
Here are a few pop-up projects inspired by some ideas from the first two editions of the My Ideas for Public Spaces competition.
Play It Forward
Play It Forward is a creative project initiated by a group of passionate local artists and designers to transform old, unwanted pianos into art pieces and place them in public spaces for everyone to enjoy!
The pianos will eventually be donated to needy institutions where the pianos can continue to benefit people who do not often have access to a music instrument.
Chairs in Squares
‘Chairs in Squares’ Squares’ aims to add a dash of fun and spontaneity to our public spaces. Unlike usual public seating where seats are fixed to the ground, the ‘Chairs’ are movable and thus encourage people to interact with one another in different ways.
As a community-based project, IKEA has extended their generous support by providing the 60 brightly-coloured red, white and black easy chairs in these pop-up relaxation corners. Reminiscent of poolside seats, these lightweight plastic chairs can be easily moved so people can choose to sit together or recline in comfort under the shade of trees.
The pop-up Play Space is created for people to enjoy the outdoors and have fun re-creating our mosaic playgrounds using three sets of 3D jigsaw puzzles. These puzzles remind us of the old school dragon playground at Toa Payoh, the watermelon playground at Tampines and the elephant playground at Pasir Ris.
PLAY at Jalan Besar
PLAY at jalan besar is a fun way to activate our public spaces with life size games and fun installations placed in seven different spots in Jalan Besar, for all to better enjoy the neighbourhood. It is a collaborative effort with the communities there.
See how we turned everyday streets into fun spaces, where you can try your hand at ping pong, hoops, life-sized chess board or even a backlane maze!
Would you like to revive the kampung spirit in your neighbourhood and activate an under-utilised space with ping pong?
KamPONG is the latest addition to our series of pop-up projects to activate our public spaces. We work with community partners to bring specially designed ping pong tables to existing public spaces so that you can just pick up a paddle and play with your friends and family.