Simply being a user of a space is all the qualification you need to be part of participatory design. Everyone has a hand in shaping how spaces are built, come join us.
How many times have you visited a space and thought, “This would be a really great place if only...”? Great ideas can come from anyone and now, you may just have the opportunity to voice your ideas and be part of the design and creation process.
Property development has always been a collaborative process. Land owners, developers, architects, engineers, construction teams, and more work together to turn blueprints into buildings. This process has served us well, but what if there is a better way to create spaces which are well-used and loved by the community. After all, when it comes to live, work and play, we spend much of our time indoors, why not build a space you can appreciate and call your own?
The answer may well lie in participatory design.
Participatory design takes a ‘for the people, by the people’ approach in encouraging potential end-users of a space to be actively involved in the design and decision-making process.
In participatory design, developers aren’t just putting their own ideas on paper. Taking a consultative approach to engage the stakeholders and keeping them involved in the design and decision-making process, good ideas from the community are now distilled and implemented.
So, own it!
CapitaLand has been at the forefront of transforming the built environment through our extensive design, development and master planning capability. To transform Singapore for Singaporeans in the future, we reached out to the public. Were you one of the 2,000 people who submitted ideas for CapitaLand’s #BuildSG2065 in 2015?
In #BuildSG2065, your vision of SG100 involved underground earthscrapers, laughter-powered homes and gravity-defying personal transport capsules. From your ideas, you have provided important clues about the environment that you want to live, work and play in the future.
If you're still skeptical, the 1,000 people who shared their vision for the new Funan in the #BeyondIT campaign last year may opine otherwise.
Come 2019, Funan will set a new paradigm for how you live, work and play in Singapore. The aspirational lifestyle destination will enthrall shoppers and retailers. It will be an experiential creative hub within the city that engages communities to incubate new ideas and passions, and enables shoppers to enjoy retail in a technology-enabled environment.
Going to the heart of the community.
Building upon the campaigns of #BuildSG2065 and #BeyondIT, this year, we turned our focus on those would inherit the future.
Through the CapitaLand Young Architect Programme we wanted to give students today, a voice and an opportunity to see their community through the lens of an architect, and co-design and improve their own districts.
To develop ideas for a diverse range of communal spaces, including void decks, pavilions for senior citizens and youth centres. 70 secondary school students from low-income families had to opportunity to speak to residents, resident committees and other stakeholders in their neighbourhoods to understand their needs.
These aspiring architects did a phenomenal job in listening, observing, analysing and internalising the views and opinions of the community and, with some guidance from CapitaLand’s product and design experts, produced some remarkable designs!
Some of these great designs are now being considered for implementation by the local Community Development Councils. And the five students who clinched the Young Architect Award will soon be taking another step towards realising their dream of becoming a bona fide spatial designer — they’ll be spending their December school holidays in a special student immersion programme with CapitaLand.
They say - if you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together. We couldn’t agree more.