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I stem from a rooted belief that design can influence people, impact society and transform the world. I abide by a philosophy in my academia—”Impact Over Form”. Design is not solely about making visual statements. It should provide a holistic user experience, connecting users on a more emotional level. After all, Design embodies the intrinsic quality of sincerity and empathy. Personally, I feel that my creativity is motivated by the magnificence of the human environment. Design has the power to address society’s most intractable ills, and right what is wrong in the community. This pushes me further to get my creative gears into motion. From the beauty of the flower in still life, to the pristine rivers in the wilderness, to the urban sprawl, I am intrigued by the fine balance between the strength and the fragility of the environment. As such, I am always subconsciously making mental notes of the general atmosphere of the human environment, which I would later seek to translate them into my Design works.

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Twelve 8-21

Hope 23-35

Flow 37-45

Others 47-53

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TWELVE

INTRODUCTION


TWELVE In respond to Singapore’s ageing phenomenon, the potential increase in the number of youths at Dakota Crescent, and the kindling of Dakota’s rich heritage, within Block 12 of Dakota Crescent is a social gathering space lead by the elderly. Harnessing their skills and experience, their contribution to society would challenge the social stigma of ageing and therein, promote a sustainable economy. Through a myriad of programs: Movie screening, Café and gallery, this theatre would serve to connect people of all ages together. With the elderly sharing their life experiences, the young would in turn, guide them with the learning of new things, maintaining the “kampong spirit” and culture of Dakota Crescent. This space allows people of all ages to socialize and bond, all the while with films making great company. TWELVE

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(Singapore, 12 Dakota Crescent)

(Singapore, 12 Dakota Crescent)

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Cafe Kitchen

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Washroom

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Gallery

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(Singapore, Little India, Rowell Road)

(Singapore, Little India, Rowell Road)

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HOPE Design can transform the world. It can right what is wrong in our communities, and better yet, it can address society’s most intractable ills. With an aim to improve the living conditions and social problems of the migrant workers in Singapore, I have designed a gathering space at the five-foot way in Little India’s Rowell Road. The place would serve its purpose and hopefully, more than anything, leave the migrant workers with a powerful message of hope.

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Walkway

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(Singapore, River Safari, 80 Mandai Lakee Rd)

(Singapore, River Safari, 80 Mandai Lakee Rd)

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Akin to how a stream of water branches out into many, the flow of my design commences from the walkway and stretches out into the plaza. It seeks to explore how the river, nature, mankind and wildlife at the River Safari are interweaved seamlessly through sustainability. In recent times, appearance has been admired over purpose, aesthetics over user experience. But that is about to change. Designed with the holistic user experience in mind, my design for River Safari is therefore kept subtle. It seeks to rectify the existing fundamental problems and address the needs of the people. The proposed structure would function as a contemporary shelter, a rainwater catchment, and a water installation.

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Water Stream

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With costs spiraling out of control and house unaffordability at an all-time high, small-space living becomes highly desirable. This explains why I designed a 33.8 meters-square space: to explore the endless possibilities in maximizing small interior spaces without sacrificing design, style and functions. The area functions as a collaborative working space which enables like-minded creatives to gather and share their ideas. Warm white lights decorate the sparse and raw interior. The addition of natural and durable materials provides a beautiful contrast to the furniture that fill the floors and corners. This space is no doubt a cozy retreat, perfect for designers of all disciplinaries.

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INN Set in a natural landscape of incomparable beauty, “The Inn” boasts the simple and reserved nature of a serene rainforest. Through meticulous 3D manipulations, the interior is kept simple and clean, with sustainable materials extending throughout the ceiling. Complementing the usage of natural materials, the colour ‘green’ maintains a hospitable and soothing environment.

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THE NODE Founded as a design community in 2017, TheNode consists of both design students and practitioners, united by a love for design. We are conducted in a highly interactive and dynamic team setting, heeding a set of underlying philosophies. They are: Knowledge is power, Designing for the people and Connecting the future. Together, we aim to use design insights to impact society and to allow others to thrive amidst ongoing societal transformation. Through TheNode, I get to experience the unforgettable: what it is like to be part of the design industry, working at Google Asia Pacific, to be learning highly relevant design thinking skills, and to be addressing and rectifying society’s problems through collaborative work, just to name a few. In September 2017, my group mates and I went to the Singapore’s google office for two weeks to better understand the work culture. Thereafter, we came up with low-technological design solutions to make the office a smarter workplace.

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SKETCH I always let my pencils wander around the page, creating all sorts of imagery. Despite so, sketching fueled my design passion and has been my productive past-time. After all, Design ideas are not conjured from nothing. Many begin with a sketch.

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GRANDPA Memories are all I am left with when my Grandfather passed on.

The nails which I have used, are therefore, a metaphorical expression of my grandfather’s bravery.

I remember vividly how my grandfather loved to don teal blue shirts. He never failed to leave the house without one. The hem of his shirt would move in tandem with the summer wind whenever he cycles. With a thin frame, constantly coughing and always shivering, he was always seen hiding behind the newspapers. Therefore, he was known by many as the “meek old man”.

With much sincerity, the seemingly impossible is made possible. Breaking away from the usage of conventional materials like clay and paper, this peculiar sculpture employs nails instead.

What many did not know however, was what lay underneath the weak exterior. Despite battling with cancer, this brave man never gave up. He never failed to smile. He was in fact, tough like nails. OTHERS

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Would you oversee my flaws and shortcomings, and shake this hand of mine?

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