Collabs Experiments Press 2020.06.25

Where We Stand

The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a 163-year-old tropical garden honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Where We Stand is a project by David Michon made possible by ASK US FOR IDEAS. Where We Stand has asked 15 leading design agencies, designers and design partnerships to help reimagine public spaces to fit the new socially-distanced demands we must place on them, as we grapple with a global pandemic. We are excited to be part of this super thoughtful project, and hopefully some of these ideas can come to life one day.

The project has been well-featured in the design press including It's Nice That and Dezeen.

Participating agencies, in alphabetical order:
Accept & Proceed
Foreign Policy
Sthuthi Ramesh x Samar Maakaroun
Wiedemann Lampe
WGI alumni – Es Youn, Kinzie Burke, Na Rojanusorn, Qiang Wang
Wkshps x Studio Pandan



  • (1) Image credit: @nparksbuzz
  • (2) Image credit: @tingkennie

We have reimagined Singapore Botanic Gardens to be activated with a system of distantly-spaced poles built with sound speaker-receivers so that people who are hanging out can interact with one another. This would be built artfully so that it takes the form as a public art installation.

This visualisation takes on the reframing of social distancing to physical distancing, to highlight how people can remain together and connected even while being physically apart. Distantly-spaced poles with speaker-receivers let people who are hanging out at the Singapore Botanic Gardens to interact with one another. Sounds are transmitted via hollow tubes inter-connecting a system of speaker-receivers. Each is also installed with sensors that can detect motions that will convert to various musical tones. All of these functions turn this into a public art installation for all to enjoy even if they are apart.




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