Provide citizens with a competition that asks to make their block (HDB or Condo) the most pretty in town, displaying the nationality of Singapore & the citizens living at the block.
Prize giving & rewarding at the national day.
At the 9th of August Singapore celebrates their national day. This day is a good reason to clean up your neighbourhood and make it something to be proud on.
The government can start a competition; asking every block to be 'dressed up' for the party. The block should display the national identity of Singapore & its citizens. The block should show what its inhabitants are proud of.
It can be compared to the Chrismas lighting & Deepavali lighting; both making neigbourhoods party ready. However, this initiative should come from the blocks themselves.
Creativity should be stimulated, there can be diverse prizes: one for the most pretty block according to citizens, one for the most creative block and one for the most decorative according to the government. A Prize can be that the government sponsors a block's BBQ. Furthermore, the blocks should be rewarded for their effort; during the upcoming weeks before the 9th, newspapers can report on the decoration preparations and report on blocks that are fully dressed up and worth a visit.
We refined the idea as follows:
Before the 9th of July
People will be made aware of the competition coming. They will be reached through local newspaper and posters and are asked to join their community (centre) the 9th of July to prepare, start & kick off the competition!
9th of July
For each block of housing a large outline of the building will be printed. During a creative session people are asked to decorate their block and draw/visualize it at their outline. People have to work together and get tips on how to decorate their building.People are encouraged to use their existing decoration (from Deepavali or Christmas etc.) or materials (colored bed sheets will also be cool)
9th July- 9th August
The decorated outline of their block will be copied and will be placed in the elevators to remind people to the competition.
Newspapers will write about the competition and will show what blocks are actually making. Maybe the local television show can be involved and have a news update in their program?
Everybody should be made aware of the blocks competing so that those blocks will be visited by other (competing) Singaporeans and so that those neighborhoods will be shown so that all Singaporeans know about their area.
9th of August
At the 9th of August a team of Singaporeans will choose the nicest block in town. They will visit all blocks and choose the best block. There will be several prices:
"Best decorated block"
"Most creative block"
The public can also choose a block to be the prettiest. At several spots in the city large photographs from the blocks (Shot in the morning & Printed) can be evaluated by public.
We wanted to know what people thought of this idea so we made a outline of a HDB block and asked inhabitants to decorate them. We asked to their opinion and all three (we asked 3) we enthused and would want to participate.
The outlines were also decorated nicely as can be seen in the pictures.