Designing toward a creative city: Positioning the citizen in Singapore’s rebranding
This panel will examine the intentions and practices underlying the Design 2025 call to engage the Singapore public in the country's national design identity. While the government recognises that this will require an opening up of social and political spaces more conducive to experimentation and innovation; complete freedom of public expression on political, ethnic, and religious issues remains relatively controlled. Some have suggested that this reflects the image of an “emerging creative city”, where a flourishing - if not slightly corralled - creative economy is encouraging a “gradual democratisation” of society. With indications that the national design policy is up for review this year, and considering recently revived conversations around citizen voice, the panel will discuss what the future image of Singapore as a creative city might be, what that might mean for the public, and what the role of service design might be to achieving it. The panellists consists of Dr Jung Joo Lee (Assistant Professor, NUS, Service Design Lab), Dr Carol Soon (LKY School of Public Policy), Debbie Ng of ThinkPlace, Justin Zhang (Plain Words) and Vicky Gerard (Loughborough University London) who is a researcher of public engagement.