Today marks the start of the Singapore Design Week 2019. As the sixth edition and running till 17 March, it promises to offer something for every taste and preference. Expect more than 80 programmes with more than 70 partners.
For the first time, the activities in the festival are clustered by the following areas of interest:
1. Transform my business (For business leaders, and design, transformation and innovation leads) – Stay relevant in this changing economic climate and learn to harness design as a tool for transformation.
2. Empower my community (For community advocates and aspiring change-makers) – Be the change you wish to see: use design to ignite your cause and to co-create a better world.
3. Inspire my everyday (For craft lovers, design enthusiasts and families) – Experience how design and craft can evoke joy, express beauty and improve day-to-day living.
4. Reimagine my future (For designers, students and educators) – Preview design’s potential to push boundaries and reshape the way we live, learn, work and play tomorrow.
This means that you can select which event to partake in, according to what catches your fancy, or is most relevant to the projects you are working on.
For instance, if you are designing a nursing home at the moment, the Landscape of Loneliness workshop – under the Empower my community track – hosted by design consultants Analogy and Quantum might interest you.
If you are working on a museum or event space, you will want to check out the SingaPlural exhibition – under the Reimagine my future track – themed on the idea of “unnatural phenomenon”, which explores what can come out of the cross-pollination of disciplines, concepts and ideas.
New this year, and already hotly anticipated, is the Street of Clans festival, taking place from 8 to 10 March along Bukit Pasoh. Four clans located on the street will throw open their doors to curious visitors, while concurrently hosting interactive design installations. The idea was pitched by OuterEdit and enthusiastically welcomed by SDW organisers.
Another event to look out for is the UNESCO Creative Cities of Design Public Forum. Singapore was designated a UNESCO Creative City of Design in 2015. This year, representatives from more than 30 other cities will be in town to share their efforts in designing for impact in education, public policy, businesses and communication.
Returning this year are headlining events such as the Brainstorm Design conference by FORTUNE and Wallpaper*, Wallpaper* Handmade exhibition held for the first time at the National Museum of Singapore, Urban Interventions: Bras Basah.Bugis installation, International Furniture Fair Singapore and the Urban Design Festival (look out for the display of d+a magazines there!).
With so much going on, we strongly encourage you to sit down and start planning how you’re going to maximise your time at the Singapore Design Week.