February 14, 2024

Three things we learned about rewilding and placemaking – from the perspective of a couple of urban dwellers

We thought that rewilding would be hard in urban Singapore, but we’ve learned that rewilding doesn’t only have to take place in places with vast natural landscapes. Rewilding in urban spaces is actually a very broad topic with a lot of different applications across work, ecology, and even our daily lives. 

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August 4, 2023

Why Placemaking in Geylang?

What sets one neighbourhood in Singapore apart from the other? For many Singaporeans, it’s the food. Prata from this neighbourhood, chicken rice from that one, satay from another one. But besides food, what else distinguishes neighbourhoods in Singapore from each other?

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August 3, 2023

Placemaking as a Way to Embrace Nature and Technology

The built environment industry is here to stay, and beyond the houses we live in, we have spaces in our neighbourhoods and cities that we love. How can we make sure that these spaces are available to us for years to come? And what about the plants and animals in these spaces?

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March 10, 2023

What does it take to be a female leader in the design world?

We chat with Gwen Tan, Afternaut’s Design Principal. She shares her favourite projects with us, chats about questioning the status quo, and why she doesn’t have a project she calls her “greatest”.

Gwen is also Co-founder of Formwerkz, and Co-Founder/Principal Designer of interior design firm Studio iF. This interview was done as a special for International Women’s Day 2021.

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February 27, 2023

Lessons We Learned From Working In China

Afternaut got our start in China and looking back now, we’re grateful for all the opportunities we’ve had to create some of our favourite work. The fast pace, strength of relationships and the resourcefulness we’ve had to build add up to our experiences working in China.

Since then we’ve applied what we’ve learned to projects in Singapore too. Afternaut’s co-founders Berlin Lee, Kokyong Chew and Chong Zhe Wei share what they learnt about building a harmonious, constructive working relationship in the competitive Chinese market.

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February 27, 2023

Taking a break at Comma Convenience Store

Pioneering the ultimate convenience store experience, Comma is a convenience store that was set up in China in 2017, and is a completely manless store with no staff. Customers also don’t need to touch anything in the store other than the products they intend to purchase. Comma turns any space into an area where the community can gather to refresh themselves, a place for a break, or a pause, like a comma in a sentence.

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February 2, 2023

Placemaking to rejuvenate dead spaces

More than just an exhibition, the Zero One Tech Festival is a placemaking project that merges technology and sites with old uses into something valuable.

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January 5, 2023

The Evolution of Lighting and its Effect on Spaces

Good lighting is an aspect that may sometimes be glossed over in spatial design. Here's why it's important and what are some things that can be done.

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December 19, 2022

How can we design living spaces for seniors

The topic of designing for the seniors is something close to our heart, as we have loved ones who are getting on in years and we want to ensure that they lead the best quality of life. What can we do to help them? These are some of our initial thoughts, questions, and what we’d like to do about it.

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November 19, 2022

Is the future of retail a services-only mall?

Talks about the future of retail and of decentralising shopping malls has been going on for a while now. But when developing Seedplaza, Afternaut didn’t want to just move the mall outside the city.

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The Afternaut Group Pte Ltd. 2024

 

The Afternaut Group Pte Ltd. 2024