From a disappearing souvenir to a device that inflates when you consume too much energy, there was no shortage of talent or inspiration at this year’s NUS Division of Industrial Design (DID) Graduation Show. More than 50 innovative creations by current and graduating DID students at NUS School of Design and Environment were on display at the National Design Centre from 21 to 24 May. read more.
NUS Architecture will be curating, for the first time, the Singapore Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition (Biennale Architettura 2016) of the La Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale) in Venice, Italy. Students from the department will also be acting as docents throughout the event, held from 28 May to 27 November. read more.
Spending 13 days in austere Antarctica with like-minded adventurers inspired NUS student Quang Nu Tuong Nhan not to give up on her dream of being an environmental changemaker. read more.
NUS School of Design and Environment has been named the world's #9 in Architecture/ Built Environment in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016. read more.
NUS School of Design and Environment and City Developments Limited (CDL) announced their partnership in promoting innovations in smart, green building technologies. CDL made a gift of S$2.25 million to the School to establish two new research laboratories dedicated to the study of smart building technologies for indoor and outdoor environments, and to provide funding for research projects. These initiatives, which are also supported by the Economic Development Board (EDB), will further entrench Singapore’s position as a leading international Smart City and improve the quality of life in our highly urbanised environment.. read more.
Groove Light, a project by a team of 11 Year 4 NUS Architecture students, will be showcased at the i Light Marina Bay 2016 event from 4 March. This is the first time the Department is participating in Asia’s leading sustainable light art festival organised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority. read more.
A bibliometric analysis of research in international construction that appears recently in the Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering has placed the National University of Singapore (NUS) top in the world in this field of study. As far as single-country publications are concerned, NUS ranked first with 12 articles. Professor Low Sui Pheng from the Department of Building of NUS School of Design and Environment (SDE) contributed to eight papers all of which are single-country publications. Sixteen papers that have been cited at least 25 times were written by 32 authors from 10 countries. Of these, NUS contributed to the largest number of most cited articles. These most cited articles were authored/co-authored by Professor George Ofori, Professor Florence Ling and Professor Low Sui Pheng, all of whom are from the Department of Building of SDE. read more.
A face mask with micro-ventilator, an artisan table inspired by a rainbow-hued Malay dessert, and “bungalows in the sky” with dramatic green sky terraces were among the winning creations by NUS staff, students and alumni at the President’s Design Award 2015. In addition, an alumnus Mr Siew Man Kok won the prestigious Designer of the Year Award for embracing local climate and topicality, while showing sensitivity to the social, cultural and tropical context of his works. read more.
How can design enhance the experience of ageing? This was the question that led three teams from NUS Industrial Design to create their award-winning prototypes during a two-day design marathon organised by DesignSingapore Council. read more.
The National University of Singapore (NUS) honoured the achievements of 19 outstanding alumni at the prestigious NUS Alumni Awards 2015. Architecture alumnus Mr Edward D’Silva, Senior Advisor, SAA Architects; Chairman, Seniors Committee, Central Community Development Council; and SDE School Advisory Committee Member, received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award, while Mr Ouyang Xiuzhang, Head of APAC Energy and Metals and Senior Country Representative for China, Noble Group; and SDE School Advancement Advisory Council Member, was presented with the Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Held biennially, the Awards recognise alumni who have excelled locally and internationally, and have made significant contributions to the University and society. read more.
The National University of Singapore’s (NUS) School of Design and Environment today inaugurated the Centre for Integrated Building Energy and Sustainability in the Tropics (CiBEST) to develop cutting-edge expertise in designing energy efficient and sustainable buildings in the tropical climate. Over a period of five years, CiBEST, which is based in the Department of Building, will receive funding of close to S$3 million to strengthen and deepen its capabilities to develop itself as a global leader in this important area that is strategic for Singapore as the nation makes rapid progress to become a Smart Nation. read more.
Meet Chua Sheng Chuan, a fourth-year undergraduate from the School of Design and Environment. The ambitious innovator with a “can do” spirit spent more than 400 hours researching, designing and building his very own carbon fibre road bicycle which he now uses on a daily basis to travel to school. He aspires to one day build and fly his own aircraft. read more.
Flex, a modernised walking cane for the elderly developed by Year 3 Industrial Design student Kevin Chiam was one of the inventions on display at the inaugural Global Grad Show as part of Dubai Design Week. Held from 26 to 31 October at the Dubai Design District, the exhibition showcased 50 innovative projects handpicked from 10 international design schools and tertiary institutions by curator Mr Brendan McGetrick, one of which was NUS. read more.
The National University of Singapore’s (NUS) School of Design and Environment (SDE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with global energy generator Électricité de France (EDF) to develop new planning processes that include energy considerations at the design stage. read more.
The Ecosperity Young Leaders’ Dialogue 2015 was held at School of Design and Environment on the 18th to 19th September 2015, co-hosted by SDE and NUS’ Institute of Real Estate Studies, sponsored by Temasek. Over 140 university students from Asia and the USA met three international experts. read more.
Last semester, NUS students Tan Chee Wee and Prerna Shah travelled more than 22,000 km for a personal encounter with one of Earth’s great wilderness, the Antarctica. The students from the Master of Science (Environmental Management) (MEM) programme are believed to be the first from the University to make this expedition. read more.
The National University of Singapore’s (NUS) School of Design and Environment, together with international philanthropic organisation World Future Foundation Ltd (WFF) and Beijing Vantone Citylogic Investment Corporation (Vantone Citylogic), announced the winners of the “Vertical Cities Asia International Design Competition 2015: Everyone Contributes” today. This annual student competition seeks to address the problems of urban sprawl, congestion and pollution faced by Asia’s overcrowded cities. read more.
A one-of-its-kind playground built by 22 NUS Architecture students became an instant hit, delighting not only the underprivileged children in Smile Village in Phnom Penh, Cambodia it was intended for, but also kids from the surrounding neighbourhoods. Smile Village, a community project initiated in 2012 by Pour un Sourire d'Enfant (PSE) and Solutions to End Poverty which the Architecture Department participated in, is a new village built specifically to house 170 PSE beneficiary families evicted from slums. read more.
Naturing Ubin, an exhibition of 36 projects by NUS Architecture students, displays ideas on how Pulau Ubin could fulfil its rustic potential. The exhibition, held at The URA Centre from 28 May to 17 June, showcases design solutions for the island located off the north-eastern corner of mainland Singapore. read more.
NUS Industrial Design alumni have shone well at the international stage, as seen by recent graduates Kwek Wenshu and Eason Chow who won the prestigious iF Student Design Award and Stanford Longevity Technology Prize respectively. read more.
A recent film titled 03-FLATS, conceptualised by Assistant Professor Lilian Chee from the NUS Department of Architecture, has won widespread acclaim for its intimate and thought-provoking counter-narrative of public housing in Singapore. It recently garnered best ASEAN documentary at the 5th Salaya International Documentary Film Festival in Thailand. read more.
Over 50 innovative designs by students from the NUS Division of Industrial Design (DID) were displayed at this year’s NUS Industrial Design Graduation Show. The annual event showcases the thesis projects of DID’s graduating cohort along with projects from design platforms over the past year and the latest innovations by the NUS School of Design & Environment’s Design Incubation Centre. read more.
NUS Real Estate student team defended their championship title at the 2015 University of Southern California (USC) Marshall International Real Estate Case Competition, clinching the top spot for the second year running. This is the University’s fifth win at the annual event organised by the USC Marshall Business School, reflecting the most number of victories by any university since the inaugural round in 2004. read more.
NUS has been named among the world’s 10 best universities for 11 subjects across disciplines in Architecture/Built Environment, Engineering, Science, and the Social Sciences, in the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject. The University is also Asia’s best across 21 subjects, up from 18 subjects last year. read more.
The NUS Centre of Excellence (COE) in Building Information Modeling (BIM), launched in February, aims to transform the way people design, deliver and manage built environments using BIM innovation and practice. The BIM Centre is hosted by the Departments of Building and Architecture, and supported by BIM researchers from the NUS Faculty of Engineering. read more.