Master Lectures

“Play” is framed as research and experimentation within design and this "state" of Play ranges from tactile exploration of material such as the moulding of clay to the digital and computational design of a system. The theme also suggests that the environment we are operating in, Singapore, is well positioned and conducive for explorations, testing and experimentation. The lecture series aims to complement the exhibition by extending the dimension of Play into practice and also provide a perspective of the future.


All attendees will be entitled to a door gift and complimentary access to a networking session at the SingaPlural core pavilion at NDC Atrium from 6 - 7.30pm on 9th March 2018. Get up close and personal with our speakers and mingle with like-minded professionals!


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Benjamin S. Koren

About Speaker:

Ben Koren

Ben Koren was born in Frankfurt and grew up in Miami. He studied architecture at the Architectural Association and worked for ARUP's Advanced Geometry Unit and for Herzog & de Meuron architects. He is the founder of ONE TO ONE, a computational design and digital fabrication studio based in New York.

AT ONE TO ONE: Computational Design and Digital Fabrication in the Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall and Other Built Projects

Date: 9th March 2018
Time: 1330 - 1445hrs
Location: National Design Centre, Auditorium L2 , 111 Middle Road (Singapore 188969)

The lecture will focus on the development of custom computational design and digital fabrication methods used at ONE TO ONE. It will showcase a cross-section of large and small scale built projects, from concert halls, interiors, facades, prototypes and sculptures such as the acoustic interior of the Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall or a prototype for the Louvre Abu Dhabi.


About Speaker:

Steffen Riegas
Head Digital Technologies
Herzog & de Meuron

Steffen is a German architect who graduated from the School of Architecture in Muenster. He has worked at several leading design firms in Amsterdam and Copenhagen before he joined Herzog & de Meuron in Basel, Switzerland, as Head Digital Technologies.

Design tools in the age of digital transformation

Date: 9th March 2018
Time: 1500 - 1615hrs
Location: National Design Centre, Auditorium L2 , 111 Middle Road (Singapore 188969)

The architect’s design tools are undergoing rapid changes, which naturally poses challenges, as well as new opportunities to any architecture practice and the profession as a whole. Advances in technology constantly push the boundaries of hardware, software and are unfolding new potentials of emerging methods such as Building Information Modelling, Digital Fabrication or Virtual Reality. In all those fields new roles for architects will inevitably appear, which gives us the opportunity to explore new, and reclaim lost territories simultaneously. An understanding of code and data enables architects to shape and develop their very own toolsets to communicate their ideas. Herzog & de Meuron’s Digital Technologies Group is capturing those challenges from the project realities, translating them into new tools and media.

Ren Yee_UNStudio

About Speaker:

Ren Horng Yee
Head of Innovation Strategy and Forecasting / Senior Associate
The Netherlands

Ren Yee, Head of Innovation Strategy and Forecasting / Senior Associate of UNStudio heads Workfield (UNStudio Future Dept.) that explores the realm of how we live, work, learn, play, consume and move today and tomorrow with all its consequential intersections with the built environment.

After Shopping

Date: 9th March 2018
Time: 1630 - 1745hrs
Location: National Design Centre, Auditorium L2 , 111 Middle Road (Singapore 188969)

Ren will be speaking on disruption in retail and transformation of retail spaces. Retail spaces being already a quintessential component of the city and in Singapore, we can argue that retail spaces are the city itself. We discuss how retail spaces are no longer a segmented feature of the city but increasingly is geared towards supporting all facets of city life - live, work and Play.