My Ideas for Public Spaces: Pop-ups (2017 edition)
  • My Ideas for Public Spaces: Pop-ups (2017 edition)
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My Ideas for Public Spaces is an ideas competition organised by the
Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).
This year, we want your ideas for Pop-up Projects to enliven existing public spaces.
Selected winning participants will be invited to work with us to implement your ideas!



Do you have a great idea for a pop-up project to enliven a public space in your neighbourhood?

Submit your proposal and stand a chance to win $1000 and the opportunity to work with us to develop and implement it!



Our Favourite Place programme has supported a diverse range of projects that have activated many of the public spaces in our city - from our Play Space project inspired by the HDB mosaic playgrounds to the ground-up public piano movement, Play It Forward Singapore. 

We are looking to implement ideas for new pop-up installations which can 

  • Engage – invite public participation and foster social interaction/community bonding;
  • Delight – inject a sense of fun and surprise; and
  • Enliven – activate and bring life to public spaces.

We are looking for interventions that address how public space can be better used and possibly instill a sense of pride in the community towards the public spaces in their neighbourhood.

In describing your idea, please share with us:

  • Who is the target group of users?
  • How will people interact with the pop-up installation?
  • How will the pop-up installation help to delight and enliven a public space?
  • How will the installation encourage community bonding?
  • How do you propose to implement the idea?
Location There is no specific site for the competition. We are seeking ideas which have the potential to activate a range of different types of public spaces. Entries may show examples of how the installations can be set up in at least one or several sites. 

Scale As a guide, the pop-up installation should fit within a site area of 20-40sqm.  Do consider the ease of transport and re-deployment of the installation in a variety of public spaces in your proposal. 

Duration The pop-up installations are to be installed for a one- to three-month period and can be easily installed/packed and transported. 

Budget We are looking for simple, short term and low-cost ideas that are able to have a positive impact on shaping the public spaces and the neighbourhoods. As a guide, we recommend that the cost of materials be within $4000.

Implementation The pop-up installations should be easy to implement and maintain. The implementability of the idea will be taken into consideration in the selection of winning ideas. 


The prize monies are $1000 each for up to six best ideas submitted for the competition. 

Depending on the implementability of the winning schemes, we will invite selected winners to work with us to develop and implement these winning ideas. 

Participants are required to register for the competition before submitting an entry.

Upon completion of online registration, participants will receive a registration confirmation and unique registration number via email. The unique registration number must be indicated and shown at the back of the panel and CD, and on all other materials submitted for the competition.

Submission Format
Each entry must be submitted as a single A1 panel (594 x 841mm), oriented in portrait and mounted on not more than 6mm thick white foam board, together with a CD containing the soft copy of the proposals in .pdf or .jpg format at a resolution of 300 dpi.

There will be no restrictions on the medium: drawings, sketches, diagrams and photographs are welcome. Accompanying narratives can be included to supplement the illustrations, but an entry should not be wholly limited to text.

Anonymity of Submissions
All submission materials shall not bear any logo, motto, or any distinguishing feature of any kind to identify the participating individual or group of persons. Any submission material in an entry found not complying with this requirement will be disqualified.

Submission and Deadline
Mail or hand-deliver your entries to:
My Ideas for Public Spaces
The URA Centre
45 Maxwell Road
Singapore 069118

Entries must be delivered to the above address by 15 May 2017 (Monday), 4.00pm.

This is not a postmark deadline. The submission materials must be delivered and received by the given day and time. Late entries will not be considered.

For hand delivery, URA officers will be stationed on 2nd storey at URA Centre to receive the submissions between 10.00am and 4.00pm on 15 May 2017 (Monday) at the above address. On the day itself, please refer to the signage in the lobby of the URA Centre for direction to the submission counter.
Entries can be submitted by an individual or group of persons, with no limit to the number of group members who can be involved in one submission.

There is also no restriction to the number of proposals that each individual or group can submit, but the individual or group must register separately online for each submission, and obtain a unique registration number.

Ownership of Materials and Intellectual Property Rights
Participants submitting their entries for the competition shall be deemed to have agreed to the following:
  1. All drawings, photographs and other materials submitted to and received by URA for the competition will become the property of URA and will not be returned to the participants.
  2. URA shall have the non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable and worldwide right, without payment of any charge or compensation to any participant, to use, modify, adapt, exhibit, publish or reproduce any and all of the submission materials and any copyright or other intellectual property rights in any and all of the submission materials for purposes of performance of public, statutory or regulatory functions or for promotional (non-profit), non-commercial, research and development, training or educational purposes.
Subject to the above, participants will retain ownership of the copyright and other intellectual property rights in all their submission materials.

The URA will exhibit the entries of all award winners and, at its discretion, a selection of other competition entries in a public exhibition following the competition.

Jury Decision
The decision of the Jury is final and shall not be negotiated, contested, reviewed, challenged or appealed against by any party through any means or process whatsoever.


I am a member of the public who has no experience in the design field. Can I take part in the competition?
The competition is open to all. You can convey your ideas and designs through images and text. 

Is registration required to enter the Competition?
Yes. You will be issued a unique registration number upon registering online. The registration number needs to be indicated on all your submitted materials. Your submission will be presented anonymously to the judging panel for evaluation.

Can an entry be made by a group? How many members can a group comprise?
There is no limit to the number of members in a group that can be involved in one submission.

Am I allowed to submit multiple entries?
Yes. Each submission requires a unique registration number.


What is a Pop-up Project?
Our Favourite Place Pop-up Projects are short-term installations designed to activate existing public spaces by providing opportunities for people to engage and interact with the installation and the space.

Since 2013, URA has worked with private and public organisations on a variety of pop-up installation projects, such as Chairs in Squares (movable chairs), Play Space (3-D play set) and Play at Jalan Besar (series of urban interventions e.g. giant chess sets). The projects were well-received by the public and showed how communities could be brought together in meaningful ways through simple but creative ideas good design and programming. The community also came forth with their own pop-up projects, such as KamPONG (ping pong tables) and Play it Forward (artistically transformed pianos).

Here are a few pop-up projects inspired by some ideas from the first two editions of the My Ideas for Public Spaces competition.

Play It Forward

Play It Forward

Play It Forward is a creative project initiated by a group of passionate local artists and designers to transform old, unwanted pianos into art pieces and place them in public spaces for everyone to enjoy!

The pianos will eventually be donated to needy institutions where the pianos can continue to benefit people who do not often have access to a music instrument.

Chairs in Squares

Chairs in Squares

‘Chairs in Squares’ Squares’ aims to add a dash of fun and spontaneity to our public spaces. Unlike usual public seating where seats are fixed to the ground, the ‘Chairs’ are movable and thus encourage people to interact with one another in different ways.

As a community-based project, IKEA has extended their generous support by providing the 60 brightly-coloured red, white and black easy chairs in these pop-up relaxation corners. Reminiscent of poolside seats, these lightweight plastic chairs can be easily moved so people can choose to sit together or recline in comfort under the shade of trees.

Play Space

Play Space

The pop-up Play Space is created for people to enjoy the outdoors and have fun re-creating our mosaic playgrounds using three sets of 3D jigsaw puzzles. These puzzles remind us of the old school dragon playground at Toa Payoh, the watermelon playground at Tampines and the elephant playground at Pasir Ris.

PLAY at jalan besar

Play in Jalan Besar

PLAY at jalan besar is a fun way to activate our public spaces with life size games and fun installations placed in seven different spots in Jalan Besar, for all to better enjoy the neighbourhood. It is a collaborative effort with the communities there.

See how we turned everyday streets into fun spaces, where you can try your hand at ping pong, hoops, life-sized chess board or even a backlane maze!



Would you like to revive the kampung spirit in your neighbourhood and activate an under-utilised space with ping pong?

KamPONG is the latest addition to our series of pop-up projects to activate our public spaces. We work with community partners to bring specially designed ping pong tables to existing public spaces so that you can just pick up a paddle and play with your friends and family.

Find out more about the past competitions.


Can I submit a model together with the A1 panel?
Only one A1 panel (in portrait format) will be accepted. Photographs of the model may be included as part of the A1 panel.

Can I submit only a write-up of my idea?
No. The write up should be a supplement to drawings, sketches, diagrams and photographs and they should be part of the A1 panel.

Can I submit my panel electronically?
We will only accept hard copy submissions. If you encounter any problems making a hard copy submission, please email us at will be happy to help with suggestions on how you can make your submissions.

What happens to my panel after the competition is over?
The winning entries and selected submissions will be exhibited following the competition. More details on the exhibition will be announced at a later date. The panels and all materials submitted for the competition will not be returned to the participants and will become the property of URA. Participants will retain ownership of the copyright and other intellectual property rights in all their submission materials unless otherwise assigned. Please note the condition on Ownership of Materials and Intellectual Property Rights.

I still have unanswered queries, where do I direct my questions to?
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