Article and Infographic by: Ali Akbar Sahiwala
Singapore, popularly known as Asia’s jewel in the crown, is an exemplary city on many accounts. Having grown from a small, unknown fishing village in the 1940s to a bustling and thriving cosmopolitan city today, Singapore has been constantly challenging herself to deliver innovative and effective solutions to global challenges.
A tiny country, slightly smaller in size than New York City, Singapore’s primary goal has always been to invest in the skills and talents of people. By developing various hubs in fields of healthcare, education and business, the country has successfully attracted some of the biggest international companies to build a base on its island state. Over the past several years, Singapore has topped the chart for ease of doing business, according to an annual ranking published by the World Bank.
The design sector has been recognized as a key driver of the country’s economic growth. In 2003, the Design Singapore Council was established to help develop the nation’s design sector through a two-fold initiative; by developing, facilitating and growing the demand for design services and products and by enhancing the capability of design practitioners.
Recently in mid-March, Singapore hosted the Singapore Design Week (SDW) to bring together a collection of local and international design activities. The SDW aims to raise awareness of good design and encourage the use of design for innovation and productivity. An anchor event was SingaPlural 2014, a dedicated platform to celebrate Singapore’s design talents across multiple creative industries including – Advertising, Architecture, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, Furniture Design, Graphic Design and Fashion Design.
From iconic architectural developments to government-led mega initiatives, Singapore tells the story of a city that is carefully studying global trends and incorporating them to create a flourishing, vibrant and creative atmosphere for years to come.