Press Release Date: 03 Apr 12|
Beatboxers, Electric Car Charging Kiosks, Preserving Bukit Brown are some of things will change your mind about design
How can we make it easier to charge electric cars? How does one turn beatboxing passion into meaningful design reality? How did the Bukit Brown issue spur one young designer to relocate a piece of Singapore’s history to preserve our heritage wholly? What lessons did one film-maker learn while making a documentary about the homeless in Singapore?
Meet our newly-minted designers, graduates of Temasek Polytechnic Design School, who did that and more – they gave a new definition to meaningful design in various form factors. The cohort will present their finest works yet this week at VivoCity, from 5-7 April. More than 300 designers will be graduating with their diplomas after The Design Show.
From Design to Fruition
- Leslie Teo, from Interactive Media Design, loves beatboxing so much that he decided to give back to the community by designing the local beatboxing website, 808Beatz.com, complete with a new logo. The new proposed website has a Beationary for beatboxers to learn different beatboxing sounds. The founders of 808Beatz loved the proposed website, and will be using the new design soon. “I love beatboxing, and this is my way of giving back to the community that taught me so much.”
- Kevin Chiam from Product & Industrial Design, wanted to make charging electric cars hassle-free for local and worldwide users in his project, Helix. He approached local company, Greenlots Singapore, a developer of solutions for the charging of electric cars with global presence. With their help and guidance, he designed a kiosk and proposed induction charging, the easiest and most efficient way of charging – via a short distance wireless energy transfer that is harmless to humans. This stint with Greenlots gave the young man insight to possible careers in future. “Since young, I’ve discovered flaws in daily products – that really motivated me to find design solutions for daily living.”
- The whole issue with Bukit Brown moved Alicia Ang from Interior Architecture & Design so much that she turned this focus into her final year project. Inspired by the rich layers of history, she proposed to exhume and relocate the remains to a new columbarium at One Fairy Point Hill, Changi. Alicia tackled preservation from all points, keeping it intact in the form of photo galleries, sculptures and exhibition panels to show Singaporeans Bukit Brown’s history. “I have always wanted to design space in a columbarium anyway. Death is part of life. With land scarcity, the need for well-designed columbaria will increase.”
- “Making a documentary is not about completing the project; it is about understanding and taking the time to appreciate the concerns of our case studies,” said budding film-maker, Anisa Bte Abdul Latiff from Moving Images. Together with her crew, Anisa documented the plight of the homeless in Singapore through the eyes of a young man in his 20s, and that of an ageing soul in his 80s. The team tracked the old man throughout Jalan Besar where he sleeps at night while the young man recounts how his father refused to accept him back into the family because of his drug offences. Do they have a future in Singapore?
- Students from Environmental Design tackled three public spaces designated by NParks for recreational space development. These areas are Tanglin Halt and the Green Corridor, Jurong Lake and Jurong East. Proposed solutions include bridge made of abstracted wave forms, community space for urban farming, bird sanctuaries, and celebrating cycling as a potential major activity along the future green corridor where the KTM railway track used to be
For a snapshot of other project highlights, please refer to Annexe A.
You are invited to preview The Design Show on 5 April, 11am-4pm. Student interviews can be arranged – please call Corinne Teo (tel: 67806974 / 92321932 / firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.