Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
The first Transitional___ activated an industrial building in a gentrifying neighbourhood of hardware and industrial businesses.The space was going to be vacant in the process of obtaining necessary permits.We convinced the developer to allow us to curate and prototype a retail/workshop/community space fitted with a pop up kitchen and a cafe.Various food,craft,arts & music programmes were initiated with the creative community and new independent businesses.The activation of this space liven up the neighbourhood,brought more opportunities and publicity to young creative business and offers the networking and collaborative environment for further collaborations.The landlord, through our project, found a creative business as a tenant.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
In 2 editions of Transitional___ interventions, each lasting 4 weeks,we have partnered with 48 businesses, independent creatives, artists, organizations and social enterprises to deliver 37 programmes and 8 artworks.In the 2nd edition,we activated a vacant rooftop space in the city,worked with a partner to fit the outdoor space with solar panels, providing shelter and generated solar energy to power the events.We spotlight initiatives that use design to do good in the city, such as rooftop urban farming, solar powered rooftop gigs, starting a new lunch experience in the city, collaborations between designers and artists to develop new works.
The platform also saw many firsts:the debut of new workshops that allowed the businesses and creatives to refine their offerings. Also,both locations have since benefited with one being leased out and the other reimagined for new programs.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
This model can be applied to other dense and urbanised cities in SEA & Asia.As the developing Asian cities & their economies mature,it is likely that they will experience a similar situation in Singapore where creatives & social enterprises will be outpriced by market forces.Unlocking transitional spaces for the community will be critical to ensure that asian urban communities can continue to be resilient and vibrant in the face of urban development.At this scale too, the "big data" that is gathered can be analyzed for insights into sustainable urban development.