Urban Design Festival, Singapore

The information on this project was compiled by students from the University of Geneva as part of the Urban Futures Workshop (full report).

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Singapore manages several planning challenges:

  • Building with limited land availability: For efficiency, Singapore needs to plan for its low land availability, namely through temporariness. This challenge has legitimised re-claiming land for public usage, especially under-utilised land and infrastructure.
  • Fostering a sense of community: Infrastructural development has been the bedrock of Singapore’s growth; however, the provision of physical space alone cannot foster a cultured city. Art can here promote a sense of national unity (Wong, 2017).
  • Managing Covid-19 restrictions: With Covid-19, outdoor environments are preferred for social interactions (Arup Ltd. 2020). Promoting outdoor neighbourhood connectivity is therefore essential.

Date: 14th to 17th March 2019

Implementation period: 4 days

Time life of the project: Ended

Status of land: Public

Type of place: High-density area, car park


  • Local residents
  • Technical & local services and management:
    • LopeLab: An urban planning consultancy firm specialised and branding itself as a ‘tactical urbanist’.
    • TCA Think Tank: Architecture practice based in Singapore focusing on public space design through art.
  • Institutional actors:
    • Design Singapore Council (federal office)
    • National Urban Planning Authority: allowing land lease & co-designed the urban space

Target audience

  • Residents & young working professionals

Type of actions

  • Event: 4 days
  • Non reversible intervention
  • Participative process
  • Temporary changes

Citizen participation

  • A public call for innovative but ‘sensitive’ proposals was launched in 2018 by the Urban Development Authority to test potential usages for this State property as a public space.
  • During the event: idea boxes were placed to collect public opinion.

Types of intervention

  • Appropriation: Sought to activate an underutilised mundane car park, turning it into a mixed environment for local communities. The infrastructure was renovated and transformed it into a placemaking space offering learning experiences.
  • Education: Welcomed awareness-raising workshops targeting ‘innovative urban solutions’.


Collective educational experiences: Lopelab Consultancy curated a series of light shows and exhibitions on circular design. These ‘Circular Design Workshops’, conducted by industry-leading companies allowed architects, designers, and the local community to experience recycled materials and brainstorm about waste recycling solutions in Asian megalopolises.

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The outcomes of this project can be seen as two-fold. For one, it successfully co-created and engaged communities through these communal spaces. However, its reach remains limited to a community of residents already plugged into the arts and culture network in Singapore.


Lopelab Consultancy: 1 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089109


+65 8595 3365



  • Type of action : animation / évènement
  • State : Cloturé