SINGAPORE DESIGN WEEK

Eight things to see or do

Go behind the scenes on how the Parkroyal on Pickering hotel's greenscape (above) came about with design practice Tierra Design. Installation works (above) at Urban Ventures.
Installation works (above) at Urban Ventures. PHOTO: LOPELAB
Go behind the scenes on how the Parkroyal on Pickering hotel's greenscape (above) came about with design practice Tierra Design. Installation works (above) at Urban Ventures.
Go behind the scenes on how the Parkroyal on Pickering hotel’s greenscape (above) came about with design practice Tierra Design. PHOTO: TIERRA DESIGN

More than 100 design events and activities will be held in the third edition of Singapore Design Week. Here are some highlights.

1 DESIGN AND MAKE FAIR

What: More than 30 Singapore designers, craftsmen and artisans will peddle their wares at a pop-up fair.

They include multi-label concept store kapok; publishing house Epigram; terrarium-maker Green Banana; and handcrafted gelato-maker Momolato.

Visitors can join workshops by Singapore makers, in areas such as jewellery- and soap-making and fabric-weaving.

Advance registration is needed.

Where: 111 Middle Road, National Design Centre, Levels 1, 2, 3 and 5

When: Tuesday to March 20, 11am to 8pm

Admission: Free

Info: Go to bit.ly/1SneiHf


2 URBAN VENTURES

What: Design studio Lopelab turns Keong Saik Road into a carnival for one evening. The road will be closed to vehicles during the event.

Students from Lasalle College of the Arts will put on art installations, while you can take part in group yoga, shimmy away in a Caribbean dance class or try your hand at making copper lamps.

Adding to the party vibe, Singapore musicians such as Keith Soo-Tho and Shak'thiya will perform original songs, while a Street DJ Set Party closes the event.

Where: Keong Saik Road

When: March 12, 4 to 10.30pm

Admission: Free

Info: Go to bit.ly/1TUcEhu for schedules


3 THE U SYMPOSIUM 2016: MAGAZINES INDEPENDENT

What: For its second outing, The U Symposium, featuring editors and creative directors of indie magazines, will take place at the Lasalle College of the Arts.

Over two days, speakers from nine titles will share their experience of the publishing industry and their niche magazines. They include Mr Omar Sosa, co-founder and creative director of cult interiors magazine Apartamento.

The event is organised by Underscore, a home-grown lifestyle magazine whose creative director Jerry Goh will also be speaking.

Aside from talks, there are also satellite events - invite-only and ticketed - such as a masterclass on how to start your own independent magazine and a panel discussion on illustration.

These take place on March 14 at locations such as *Scape in Orchard Road and Kith cafe at Millenia Walk.

Where: 1 McNally Street, Lasalle College of the Arts, The Singapore Airlines Theatre

When: From March 12 and 13, 10am to 5pm

Admission: $150 (advance two-day pass), $180 (during the event). There are discounts for students and group ticket purchases. Go to tusym2016.peatix.com

Info: Go to www.theusymposium.com


4 DESIGN TRAILS: THOUGHTFUL DESIGN

What: The popular event returns, this year taking visitors inside well-designed spaces that are often not open to the public.

They include The Half Half Studio, which makes products out of concrete; indie florist Floral Magic; and The Cranes, a multi-shophouse project in Joo Chiat where six apartments have been carved out of three shophouses.

Architecture buffs will enjoy photographing the soaring skyscrapers adjacent to conservation buildings at The South Beach mixed-use development in Beach Road.

The tours take place on two days, with five stops each day. Free shuttle buses depart from each stop every half an hour.

Registration for the Design Trails is required.

Where: 111 Middle Road, National Design Centre, and other locations

When: March 19 and 20, 11am to 6pm

Info: Go to bit.ly/1SneINP to register and for details of the tour stops


5 TIERRA GUIDED WALKING TOUR

What: Check out buildings here that have blended greenery and architecture well.

Tierra Design, the award- winning multi-disciplinary design practice behind the greenscapes at places such as the Parkroyal on Pickering hotel, leads the tour of its projects here.

Aside from the hotel in Upper Pickering Street, the tour also stops at Ocean Financial Centre and the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum.

Where: Meet at 10 Collyer Quay, Ocean Financial Centre, Ground Floor Plaza

When: March 12, 9am to 1pm

Admission: $10

Info: Go to bit.ly/1L70hfA to register


6 PECHA KUCHA NIGHT SINGAPORE X SINGAPORE DESIGN WEEK

What:Singapore creatives from the fields of architecture, multimedia design, fashion design and urban planning talk about their experience in their industries.

Twelve to 14 presenters will take on the Pecha Kucha 20x20 challenge to present 20 slides for 20 seconds each.

Where: 111 Middle Road, National Design Centre

When: March 15, 7 to 9pm

Admission: Free

Info: Go to bit.ly/1Qvh38e


7 LIGHT TOUR OF MARINA BAY AND THE CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT

What: Trace the transformation of Singapore's nightscape over the past 50 years.

Join this night tour, which will take participants to Ocean Financial Centre and CapitaGreen, to learn how lighting designers have worked their magic, highlighting the architecture with light to create an iconic skyline.

The event is organised by the International Association of Lighting Designers.

Where: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre, Level 3, Begonia Junior 3012

When: Wednesday, 6 to 8.30pm

Admission: Free

Info: Go to bit.ly/1Qvh6ky to register


8 STRAWBEES

What: Get children started on D-I-Y prototyping. In this workshop, they use straws to construct geometrical figures.

Using a trial and error-based learning method, they are encouraged to tinker around and build shapes they dream up.

Where: 111 Middle Road, National Design Centre, Prototyping Lab

When: March 12 and 19, 3 to 4pm

Admission: Free

Info: Go to bit.ly/1L70mQn to register

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 05, 2016, with the headline 'Eight things to see or do'. Print Edition | Subscribe