Propose-A-Parklet Competition

“Powerful ways of engaging space spring from powerful ways of seeing space.”

—Adeline Chia, A Public Square

What makes a space public? How would you define a public space? Who does a public space belong to? Who determines the users of a public space? Is a public space a tangible area or an intangible and immaterial one? Is it a relational, a conversation-generating or an activity-generating space?

Propose-a-Parklet is an open invitation for all public enthusiasts (including architects, designers, artists, students, creatives, etc) to join in a conversation about the use of public space(s) within the vicinity of The Substation. The public is invited to participate either as individuals or in teams.

Participants are to submit a concept proposal for a temporal urban addition that is no larger than a parking space of 2.5m (W) x 5.0m (L), to be sited in a public space of your choice. The winning proposal will stand a chance to be realised!

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The Jury


Jiarong Goh

Born in Singapore, Jiarong Goh completed her Bachelor of Arts (Architectural Studies) in 2008, followed on a Masters in Architecture (Design) in 2010 at the National University of Singapore. Upon her graduation, she has since joined studioMilou Singapore as a Senior Architectural Associate in 2011 and has been closely involved in several key projects of the studio, such as the National Gallery, Singapore, 33 Holland Park, and international projects in Vietnam and Hong Kong.


Fauzy Ismail

Fauzy Ismail was an artist-in-residence at The Substation from 2018 to 2019 where he exhibited during the 2019 Singapore Art Week. He is currently a tutor and researcher in the department of architecture at the National University of Singapore, researching in and teaching on Singapore’s architecture and urban heritage. He is architecturally trained and was a government conservation architect. He is a keen volunteer for Singapore Heritage Society.

Hoe Su Fern

Hoe Su Fern is an arts researcher, educator, manager and advocate who traverses artistic disciplines and mediums. She is currently Assistant Professor and Programme Coordinator of Arts and Culture Management at Singapore Management University. She holds a PhD in Culture and Communication from The University of Melbourne. Her research areas include cultural policy, urban cultural economies, arts spaces and creative placemaking, which are deeply informed by her pursuit for practice-oriented and engaged arts research.

Michael Lee

Michael Lee is an artist based in Singapore. He researches urban memory and fiction, especially the contexts and implications of loss. He transforms his observations into diagrams, models, environments, events or texts. Among his curatorial projects is “what it is about when it is about nothing” (2015) held in Mizuma Gallery, Singapore. He is currently observing the mood of Singapore’s art scene.

Selwyn Low

Selwyn is the co-founder of cross-­disciplinary design practice, FARM. Formally trained as an architect, he currently leads the firm’s diverse portfolio including Interior, Product, Branding and Curatorial. He enjoys the process of conceptualising new spatial products from a user perspective and experience; and is actively creating new models of working and living spaces in Singapore and in the region.



Related programmes

Townhall & Critique Session
22 Feb, Sat / 10am to 1pm / The Substation
Registration details to be released shortly

Members of the public are invited to join an open, public townhall and critique sessions where up to 10 shortlisted participants are selected to present their proposed design.

Judging Round & Voting Session
29 Feb, Sat, 1pm to 6pm / The Substation

Members of the public are invited to join an open, final presentation by the Top 10 shortlisted participants and vote for their favourite design proposal. The winners (Grand Prize, Juror’s Choice, People’s Choice and Special mentions) will be announced on the day itself.

Exhibition & Winners’ Showcase
20 – 29 March / The Substation Gallery

Members of the public are invited to participate in model making workshops and contribute mini parklets to a 1:20 Substation model. Selected winning proposals of the competition will be realised and showcased as part of the exhibition.

Submission period: 28 January to 15 February 2020

Closing date and time: 15 February 2020, 2300hrs SGT


Interested participants are to submit the following documents via email to

  1. Completed application form
  2. An A3 size concept board (in PDF format), which shall include concept, design statement, visual mock-up, technical details 
  3. Completed production budget (using the budget template)
  4. CV and Portfolio

Participants are to indicate clearly:

  • The user(s) they are designing for
  • The exact location to place these additions within and around the premises of The Substation 
  • How the parklet can be assembled or demobilised easily

For competition brief, timeline and T&Cs, please see here.


Grand Prize (x1): $1,000
Juror’s Choice (x1):  $500
People’s Choice (x1): $500
Special mentions: $200

Selected winning proposals will be awarded a production grant for realisation. The realised 1:1 parklets designs will be showcased as part of the exhibition from 20 to 29 March 2020. The total number of proposals to be realised will be decided by the jury panel.

Winners will be contacted and announced by 2 March 2020.

Assessment Rubrics

Concept: 50%
(Originality, creativity and longevity of proposal, relevance of concept to the theme of public spaces)

Design: 30%
(Feasibility of structure, cost effectiveness, aesthetic qualities and/or architectural form)

Communication: 20%
(Communicate design solutions effectively)


Congratulations to all selected winners!

During the selection process, we have received a total of 30 submissions and shortlisted the Top 11 proposals to progress to the public voting and judging round. We would like to thank all applicants who have taken the time to put together the proposals and for participating in this competition.

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