Sustainable Communities Award (Youth)

Sustainable Communities Award

Overall Winner in Youth Category

Teo Rong Brian, 19, N.S.

A Timeless Tradition

Lao Sai Tao Yuan, a century-old Teochew Opera troupe in Singapore, continues to breathe life into a tradition that is no longer the main source of entertainment in modern day society. While many other Chinese Opera groups have closed over the years, Lao Sai Tao Yuan continues to have regular performances. My inquisitiveness about their survivability led to this body of work, an observation of their way of life and an attempt at understanding sustainable communities.

Sustainable Communities Award

Merit Winners in Youth Category

Shannon Sim Pei Xin, 22, Student of Nanyang Technological University

Seats For All

‘Void decks’ are the open common space on the ground floor of Singapore’s public housing. Aside from planned seating areas, occasional personalization can be spotted with seemingly random or misplaced chairs added by residents. Previously belonging to private homes, these chairs have now taken on a new identity as shared property. They extend the comfort and intimacy of a home to the public sphere, transforming the void decks into the likes of a private home for everyone.

Lee Jian Wei, 23, Student of National University of Singapore

Last In Its Line

With more than 35 years of experience, the Goh brothers are the only ones in this business of traditional coffin making based in Muar, Malaysia. Each hand-crafted coffin will take a month to complete by the pair. Nowadays with the advancement in technology and innovation, coupled with the attraction of more lucrative careers, many in the younger generation are unwilling to take on the jobs of these dying trades.