Friday, July 13, 2012

Outdoor benches along Marina Bay waterfront promenade unveiled

13 July 2012
Outdoor benches along Marina Bay waterfront promenade unveiled
Singapore, 13 July 2012 – The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), in collaboration with LASALLE College of the Arts (LASALLE), unveiled 10 student-designed benches along the Marina Bay waterfront promenade.  This is part of the URA’s ongoing “My Marina Bay, My Inspiration” programme to encourage student and community groups to draw inspiration from Marina Bay and to translate it into creative designs for the area.



Besides livening up the spaces along the Marina Bay waterfront promenade, the project provides LASALLE’s students with a platform to showcase their creative talent.

Designs for the street furniture were shortlisted by LASALLE and evaluated by a panel of judges comprising representatives from the URA, LASALLE and professionals from the furniture industry. The final 10 designs selected for fabrication were evaluated based on their originality, functionality, durability and buildability. Funding for the fabrication of the designs was supported by the URA, LASALLE and the private sector.
The benches will be on display for one year at the waterfront promenade. The popular designs could be replicated for permanent use along the waterfront.

Ms Fun Siew Leng, URA’s Group Director of Urban Planning & Design, said, “We are glad to have this opportunity to work with the students from LASALLE on this design project. Marina Bay is a great platform for students to showcase their talents.  Through this project, we hope to create small delights for visitors to Marina Bay.  We hope that the benches will provide welcomed respite for visitors who can take a pause to enjoy the Bay.” 

Ms Adeline Yeo, one of the student designers from LASALLE, commented, “Marina Bay is a dazzling centerpiece of our city’s urban transformation. This collaboration provides us the experience to bring to life our creative expressions in a thriving, energetic and dynamic environment. I am grateful for this opportunity to showcase my work.”

Mr Ang Xinwei, Programme Leader for LASALLE’s Interior Design programme added, “I am looking forward to how the public will react to the different pieces located at the waterfront promenade and hope they bring a little fun to someone’s day.”

The public is invited to vote for their favourite bench design via an online voting competition organised by URA. Each week, two lucky winners will stand to win attractive vouchers sponsored by Marina Bay Link Mall and Verve Pizza Bar. The competition runs from 13 July to 31 August 2012. Please visit http://www.marina-bay.sg/mbinspiration/vote to cast your vote.

The street furniture project is part of a series of three projects in the URA-LASALLE collaboration. The other two projects – undertaken by Level 3 students from LASALLE’s Design Communication BA(Hons) programme – are themed fa├žade decoration designs for the Marina Bay City Gallery, and  outdoor posters to reflect  Marina Bay’s positioning as a 24/7, thriving and energetic place. The fa├žade decorations and outdoor posters have been installed since July 2012 and will be rotated throughout the year.

Please refer to Annexes A, B and C for more information on all three projects.
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About Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA)
The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) is Singapore’s national land use planning and conservation agency. URA’s mission is “to make Singapore a great city to live, work and play in”.  We strive to create a vibrant and sustainable city of distinction by planning and facilitating Singapore’s physical development in partnership with the community.  As the main land sales agent for the state, our multifaceted engagement strategy includes the sale of state land to attract and channel private capital investment to develop sites for meeting our land use needs.  As the place manager for Marina Bay, we promote exciting activities within Marina Bay in collaboration with other government agencies and private stakeholders. To create an exciting cityscape, URA also actively promotes architecture and urban design excellence.  For more information, please visit us at www.ura.gov.sg.


About LASALLE College of the Arts (LASALLE)
LASALLE College of the Arts in partnership with Goldsmiths, University of London provides tertiary arts education within a dynamic environment that reflects the collaborative and interactive practices inherent in artistic practice. Founded in 1984 by De La Salle educator, Brother Joseph McNally, LASALLE today offers a full range of publicly-funded diplomas and degrees in design, fine arts, film, media arts, fashion, dance, music, theatre, art therapy and arts management. LASALLE is a non-profit, private educational institution operating autonomously with financial support from the Singapore Ministry of Education.

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