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Public Exposure! - Helping locals to fall in ❤ with public spaces again

Public spaces - pockets of land that are often locked away by bureaucratic red-tape. The result? Spaces in Singapore that end up underutilized and looking soulless. Let us rediscover and reconnect with Singapore's public spaces!

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Public Exposure is an online platform to help locals rediscover and reconnect with Singapore's public spaces.  This is achieved by making make public spaces more accessible and welcoming again. 

Singapore is a tiny island, and land is always a highly sought after resource. Yet, it is also common to hear our locals complaining of the lack of activities in our city. 

Public spaces is a term originally derived from the Latin word popllcus, i.e. people. They are the most fundamental resource where like-minded people come together; where relationships are formed and sealed. Today, public spaces remain largely disconnected from locals. This is potentially caused by unpalatable/troublesome booking processes (e.g. http://www.sla.gov.sg/htm/ser/ser0206.htm)

Public Exposure is an attempt to change things around. Imagine an online platform that surfaces up the myriad of public spaces we have. From sports facilities to art spaces, or even just an empty space -  all waiting to be rediscovered and reconnected with the general public. 

HOW IT WORKS:
  1. Rediscover:
    This showcases not just the basic information of a venue, but also the history and faces behind them. Helping prospective users to feel the personality of a specific space. 

  2. Reconnect:
    Moments: A space acts as a foundation to shared moments. As more events are booked at each space, the events are profile in a timeline fashion. Presenting the growing history and personality of each space. 

    Members: Once an event organizer completes an event in a public space, he or she is now part of the space's history. This can be personified as being a member of the space. 
     

Let us unveil Singapore's public spaces and feel a sense of belonging to our city again. 

How does your concept inspire collaboration between individuals, private sector organisations, and the government in an effort to create cleaner neighbourhoods?

As the Moments and Members are public information, these creates a sense of ownership and accountability to each public space. Together with people find a sense of belonging through their affiliation to a space, these factors will ensure civic responsibility of maintaining the hospitality of public spaces.

How might your concept be scaled in a way that creates even more connections between people?

By making public spaces more accessible and welcoming through the "Rediscover" section, individuals and organizations are encouraged to kickstart events that foster offline interactions. Such activities inevitably bind people together, creating relationships along the way. The "Moments" and "Members" features of the "Reconnect" section also allows shared experiences affiliated captured online. This helps to forge the personality of respective public spaces, which might potentially attract prospective event organizers that find themselves associated with it. E.g. a public park that often host live band concerts.

How might you design a small experiment around your concept that would mobilise action?

To curate e.g. just 5 venues with 5 organizations/companies to kickstart the online platform. Overtime to unlock one type of public space at a time; allowing a gradual adoption of the online platform.

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The maximisation of public spaces for activities will help our country to be more efficient in utilising our land! This helps make public venues more accessible too. Would be great to see how this idea gets refined.

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