Hope to cultivate your child’s creative problem-solving from young? Dive into the world of design this Singapore Design Week from 16 to 25 September 2022! This 10-day festival offers an exciting line-up for families and little ones to look forward to.
Kick off the weekend by letting the young minds learn the key elements of design thinking – from empathising with problems to coming up with ideas at the Good Design Research Pop-up or Design Community Open Doors workshops to exploring how trash can be turned into treasure at the N*thing is Possible exhibition at the National Design Centre.
For some family fun, embark on an immersive exploration of Little India district through Re-route by Plus Collaboratives or explore some of Singapore’s most outstanding and impactful designs through the President*s Design Award Tours – here’s a guide to a fun and educational weekend that will equip your little one with valuable design insights and mindsets!
1. Discover how design can make a difference at the Good Design Research Pop-up
Beyond making things look pretty, design can make a real difference in our daily lives, societies, and cities. This special pop-up will showcase how design can add value to our lives through three themes: Purpose, by enhancing our welfare, community integration and social inclusivity; Practice, constantly improving work processes and the environment; and Play, re-framing perspectives of life through the lens of creativity and imagination.
Walk-in to the pop up at Bugis+ for free interactive activities and design thinking workshops!
Check out the list of available workshops and discussions here.
Good Design Research Pop-up
Date: 10 to 25 September 2022
Date: 1 to 30 September 2022
Location: Funan Underground Pedestrian Link
2. Create innovative works at STEMIEAdvantages Ltd Workshop for Kids
This Singapore Design Week, kids get to put on their design thinking caps to create innovative works at a plethora of workshops including SCAMPER Time!, SCAMPER-venture, The Simple SCAMPER Hack and Design A-Tech, organised by STEMIEAdvantages Ltd, a non-profit organisation that seeks to shape the next generation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics leaders.
In a series of hour-long workshops, young thinkers (age 9 and up) will be taught how to utilise the SCAMPER technique, a problem-solving tool to turn ideas into innovation and break the barriers against creativity. From recreating favourite holiday decorations to redesigning everyday items, these sessions are set to get the little ones’ creative juices flowing!
STEMIEAdvantages Ltd Workshop for Kids
Date: 18, 24 and 25 September 2022
Time: 10:00 – 17:00
Venue: 231 Mountbatten Road #03-03 Block B Mountbatten Centre Singapore 397999
Registration: Free (Registration Required). Registration information will be available here.
3. Learn more about sustainability at the N*thing is Possible Exhibition
Open your child’s minds to the creative ways waste materials are given a new lease of life at the N*thing is Possible exhibition, a regenerative design showcase that celebrates re-use, re-cycle, re-craft and re-live by highlighting the hospitality company’s journey to accomplish a zero-waste lifestyle!
Led by the creators of the world-famous Desa Potato Head creative village, Potato Head, and co-curated with award-winning firm Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), N*thing is Possible will tell the story of how Ronald Akili’s Potato Head Beach Club became a creative, sustainable place shape-shifting waste into beautiful objects and art.
Check out the line-up of activities here.
4. Experience Singapore’s top designs through the President*s Design Award Tours
Next, sign up to experience first-hand some of Singapore’s most outstanding and impactful designs through immersive tours and self-guided journeys that exemplify innovation, inclusivity, and sustainability. Don’t miss these two special P*DA Tours titled ‘Design that Cares’ by Monster Day Tours and ‘The Hunt for the Green Treasure’ by Tribe Tours which will be centred around architecture and place-making projects.
Embark on ‘Design that Cares’ to uncover the value of inclusive design through exploring what goes on behind-the-scenes at Enabling Village, The Pinnacle@Duxton and home-grown brand Bynd Artisan. If your family has a competitive streak, sign up for the ‘The Hunt for the Green Treasure’ to learn more Singapore’s award-winning green sustainable architecture – Skyville@Dawson, Oasia Hotel Downtown and Gardens by the Bay – while completing a mission!
Be sure to grab your family and join at least one of these special edition tours for an educational and exciting experience! Learn more about ‘Design that Cares‘ and ‘The Hunt for the Green Treasure‘.
President*s Design Award Tours
Date: 17 September 2022 and 24 September 2022
Time: 9:00 to 13:00 (For ‘Design that Cares’ Tour)
9:30 to 13:30 (For ‘The Hunt for the Green Treasure’ Tour)
5. Delve into the heritage of Little India at Re-route by Plus Collaboratives
Rediscover Little India with Re-route by Plus Collaboratives, a creative placemaking festival that immerses visitors in an alternative storytelling of the district to demonstrate how design can be used as a tool to spotlight our heritage. With curated experiences, installations, programmes, and other design interventions, it aims to encourage people to detour from their usual routes to explore the district with a new perspective and connect with Little India’s lesser-known history.
The design interventions will be held at Race Course, a former sports and recreational hub for horse racing for the upper class; New World Amusement Park, a popular nightlife destination from the 1920s to 1960s; and Serangoon Road, one of the earliest roads built in Singapore that served as a link between town settlements and Serangoon harbour.
At each stop, the festival offers inroads to the past. Bring your family along for a history excursion and experience the lived realities of Little India through themed experiences, installations, design fixtures, activities, and performances!
Re-route by Plus Collaboratives
Date: 16 September to 9 October 2022
Location: Little India
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