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Singapore Design Week 2019: Bukit Pasoh is set to come alive, an urban design festival descends on a carpark in Jalan Besar and other highlights to look forward to

Singapore Design Week 2019: Bukit Pasoh is set to come alive, an urban design festival descends on a carpark in Jalan Besar and other highlights to look forward to

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Text: Aravin Sandran


The second edition of Singapore Urban Design Festival descends on a multi-storey carpark in Jalan Besar.

 

Organised by placemaking agency LOPELAB, the second edition of the Singapore Urban Design Festival will return at an under-utilised multi-storey carpark in Jalan Besar. Running from 14 to 17 March, the three-day summit will feature hands-on workshops on urban farming and future living as well as innovation talks by industry academics and leaders. It's not all that serious though; the good times roll in through a pop-up roller disco rink, Instagrammable art installations by Singaporean artists, communal dining options, Zumba and yoga wellness activities as well as live entertainment courtesy of acts such as rapper MAS1A and drag queen Tia Sorrel. 

The heritage district of Bukit Pasoh will be brought to life by a ground-up initiative to rally the local community around design matters.

 

After last year's rip-roaring Holland Village takeover, Street of Clans by local creative studio Outeredit will bring together a cross-section of the old and the new at the hip-and-happening heritage neighbourhood of Bukit Pasoh. Details haven't been announced yet, but expect the standard mash-up of pop-up markets, interactive workshops and informal talks.

The inaugural 'UNESCO Creative Cities of Design Public Forum: Designing for Impact' will bring in an insightful international perspective on design.

Held on 8 March, the forum will feature representatives from the UNESCO Creative Cities of Design, including Singapore, which was inaugurated as one of two ASEAN cities in 2016. Hear from international thought leaders and understand how design has been harnessed to add value and impact in fields as diverse as education, public policy, business and communication.

The heritage civic district of Bras Basah and Bugis will be embellished with public street art installations.

 

Conceived by the National Heritage Board in partnership with DesignSingapore Council, the bustling Queen Street area will witness the installation of urban art interventions by local artists and designers that'll transform the commercial vicinity into a festive hub.

Singapore Design Week 2019 will run from 4 to 17 March 2019.

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