26. Singapore’s Pavilion – Space to imagine, room for everyone
Commissioner: Jeffrey Ho, Executive Director of Design Singapore Council. Curator: Wong Yunn Chii Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore. Exhibitors: Tay Lai Hock – Ground-Up Initiative; Mizah Rahman, Jan Lim – Participate In Design; Bjorn Low – Edible Garden City; Tamae Iwasaki, Eitaro Ogawa – Keyakismos; Tomohisa Miyauchi; Lilian Chee; Lei Yuan Bin; Goldhill Gardening Garden – Moulmein Goldhill Neighborhood Committee); Publi(C)ity Projects of the Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA); National University of Singapore; Singapore Heritage Society; Singapore Nature Society; Comcrop.
One may notice that in this pavilion staged for an International Architecture Exhibition, it is not showcasing buildings. Rather it is displaying the connections between people and their spaces. The challenge is that while buildings are traditionally documented in drawings, photographs, and models, the stories of these small “battles” that were found on our home-front had no ready-made form.
To embody the spirit of each participant, the curatorial team selected from each an artefact, a visually striking object that bears the marks of their endeavour or tells the stories succinctly. In one example, the Ground-Up Initiative (GUI) displays the mud-bricks that their volunteers are making for the walls of their new campus. For Participate in Design (P!D), an array of the colourful, now universal, Post-It notes that the protagonists gathered from their consultation sessions is presented.
The selection of the artifacts that will carry the story of each participant is an act of design as much as it is an act of curation. The design philosophy for the Singapore Pavilion is to present the inspiring stories in an honest and transparent manner.