Spent 8 crazy days in Singapore with the UN innovation lab - UNLEASH, working with people from many disciplines and geographies to tackle some major global problems.
Our group focused on Singapore's ageing population, and the increasing levels of isolation and loneliness amongst the elderly community. We proposed a model of participatory action, allowing senior citizens to take an active role in shaping their local environment. This would utilise the empty 'void decks' that exist on the ground floor of the majority of Singapore's 'HDB' housing blocks - a state built typology that makes up 80% of Singapore's housing stock. Both the physical interventions and the participatory processes that define them will engage senior citizens, strengthening ageing communities and building a more inclusive society.
After 5 days of intensive development, I pitched the project to hundreds of other groups and a panel of expert judges. The project generated a lot of interest, and we have been invited by the Singaporean Ministry of Culture to apply for funding to implement the project.