a humanitarian design exhibition + talk

Beyond Building is an exhibition and talk showcasing the works done by architects, engineers, architecture and engineering students who go beyond their comfort zone to work with vulnerable communities facing issues of homelessness, displacement caused by natural disaster and lack of access to early childhood education.

These socially-conscious designers do not just address the basic needs of providing shelter. They also seek design solutions that are innovative and human-centred through creativity and employing appropriate technology. 

event details


20 April - 14 May 2017

8:30 pm - 6:00pm

(Monday - Friday)

DE Foyer

Blk 34, School of Design Environment,

Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore 599489

Showcase of 1:1 scale 'Living Shelter' prototype which was exhibited at the Venice Biennale 2016 and at National Design Centre during the Singapore Design Week 2017.

Showcase of Design Studio 2 module projects on Transitional Shelter Design by Year 3 Architecture students of Sustainable Urban Design & Engineering Diploma.


28 April 2017

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

DE Gallery

Blk 34, School of Design Environment,

Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore 599489

our speakers

Arrival of guests and light refreshments


by billionBricks

Living Shelter 

by POD Structures & WY-TO Architects

Lombok School

by SDE Students

Q&A followed by tour around exhibits

4:00 - 4:30 pm

4:30 - 4:50 pm

4:50 - 5:10 pm

5:10 - 5:30 pm

5:30 - 6:00 pm

Designing for the poor, but not poorly
Prasoon's talk will highlight how we look at design in the context of emergencies and disasters, using WeatherHYDE as a case study to reflect how we can break through challenges, and innovate for impact.

The Living Shelter is an intelligent shelter solution inspired by traditional “kampong” houses in Southeast Asia and designed specifically for the climate, geography, and cultural habits of this region. Its features include openings that ensure natural ventilation, roof eaves to protect from sun and rainwater, and legs to elevate the liveable area from the ground. The engineering system provides sturdiness and adaptability to hot and humid weather conditions.

Lombok School 

Architecture student, Katherine Tay and Civil Engineering student, Kwang Wei Xiong, from School of Design & Environment will be sharing about their recent YEP experience at a village in Lombok. They will relate how they utilise the skills and knowledge they learnt in their modules and apply them to solve real-world problems. Before this, pre-school children attend classes in a temporary shed. Katherine and Wei Xiong led their team to design an environmentally and culturally responsive structure in consultation with the community. They will share more about their insightful journey from the conceptual design up to the construction stage and how they work with the local community to build the school.