BEX Asia 2016 is a trade exhibition for the green building market to source, network, learn and grow at a single, convenient platform. Ngee Ann Polytechnic is invited to set up a booth to showcase our teaching and learning activities in the area of green building and sustainability. Etc.lab which is part of the Ngee Ann Polytechnic, School of Design & Environment is curating a body of works which exemplifies the lab’s mission of empowering communities through design. The works showcased are design/build projects completed by our students and staff in developing countries where access to good design are limited and people could not afford to pay for architectural and design services to build their community infrastructure . A participatory approach towards design is adopted at the earliest stage to ensure ownership and once completed, the building give them a sense of dignity and pride. Some buildings on display are a library/playground and a kindergarten built in Lombok, Indonesia. Other works on display include shelters designed for the homeless and disaster-stricken communities as well as water purification devices designed by Product Design & Innovation (PDI) students. Overseas study trips such as a Bamboo Workshop conducted in Bali will also be up on display.