Singapore presents “Space to Imagine, Room for Everyone” at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition. Commissioned by the DesignSingapore Council of the Ministry of Communications and Information and curated by the Department of Architecture of the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Singapore Pavilion will be amongst the 88 participants from 37 countries at the Biennale Architettura 2016. This marks the country’s fifth presentation at the exhibition since 2004.
Responding to the Biennale Director Alejandro Aravena’s exhibition theme, Reporting from the Front, the Singapore Pavilion focuses on the small ‘battles’ fought at the home-front which are contributing to the emergence of an invigorated Singapore. Space to Imagine, Room for Everyone goes behind Singapore’s carefully planned infrastructure and its modern cityscape to put the spotlight on the people and their creative actions in forging new identities, connections to place and social bonds. The Singapore Pavilion will show a selection of works in three segments: People and their Homes, People engaging the City and People working the Land. Details can be found in Annex C. The centerpiece of the exhibition will be a display of 81 beautifully customised lanterns illuminating photographs that will invite visitors into the homes of ordinary Singaporeans living in public housing. This will give visitors an intimate experience of the multiplicity of domestic lives and how each family has imaginatively created a space to call their own. Complementing these lanterns are displays of artefacts which will tell the stories of how citizens are stepping out and taking actions to adopt and own their environments, such as mud-bricks made by the community for the walls of their new building.
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